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  • Member Spotlight - Lodestone Advisory Group

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 13, 2016
    Amr El-Husseini, CEO

    Q: What updates with Lodestone Advisory Group should fellow Chamber members know about?
    A: The company has been on a very interesting path to growth since its establishment in 2013. The idea of Lodestone was born in response to a gap we experienced in international advisory services and the business model that was in place at leading management consulting and investments advisory firms, where they hardly take an active role in the execution of what they preach. Alongside both international and domestic partners, Lodestone is working tirelessly to make the latest disruptive innovations and advancements in technology, health care, education, transportation, entrepreneurship, financial services, engineering and more available to more people around the globe. We advise companies on ways to generate sustainable growth, maximize stakeholder value, create lasting impact and expand their global reach. Our partners are some of the most innovative and creative in the world, many of which are bringing smarter technologies and turning incredible ideas into tangible realities across all global markets. We at Lodestone believe that the inventions, ideas and inspirational leaders we work with truly make the world a better place.

    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: If your ...
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  • Increase Your Visibility through the Chamber

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 09, 2016
    If you are looking to increase your company’s regional visibility and target business influencers, the Nashville Area Chamber’s sponsorship and advertising opportunities will help connect you with your target markets, meet your objectives cost-effectively and better position your brand.

    Your support of Chamber programs and events will also ensure that your company is recognized as an active participant in the Chamber's mission of facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. From leadership to public policy, and from networking to business training, we have a perfect fit for your organization's goals and objectives.

    The Chamber is actively seeking sponsors for the following programs:

    Friends of the Chamber
    The Friends of the Chamber sponsorship is designed to connect your company with community and business executives in Middle Tennessee to drive brand awareness and visibility. The sponsorship package includes year-round marketing through the Chamber’s most important and substantive programs and events, customizable to fit your strategic priorities and target audiences.

    Education Report Card

    Each year, the Chamber assembles a diverse and committed group of local business leaders and residents to assess the progress of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The committee examines student achievement, as well as an area of performance outside academics, such ...

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  • So, You Want to Be a Leader?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 07, 2016
    By Stephanie Winn, manager of talent attraction & retention, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. I’ve been flipping through photos of NELAs gone by and thinking about how much our program has changed over the years. As Nashville has grown, so has the NELAs – which started all those years ago as a tiny awards program. This year we reached a record 750 nominations of well-deserving young professionals!

    We announced our 75 finalists for the 2016 NELAs today, and in reviewing all of the applications we received, I noticed they all have five things in common. If your dream is to be one of Nashville’s top leaders, here are the top five traits to be successful.

    1. They have a sense of humor.
    As much as we would like to believe that being tough and cold in business is best, our applicants proved time and time again the truth of the old adage, “You'll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.” If you can make people feel comfortable, chances are they will open up to you about ...

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  • Nashville Continues Topping the Charts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 02, 2016
    With Nashville's current boomtown status, it's no surprise that our region's affordability, quality of life and strong economy are propelling us to the top of national rankings. Here are a few recent standouts.

    Best Big Cities for Jobs 2016
    Forbes researchers ranked all 421 U.S. MSAs based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2004 through 2015 to determine the top cities for job growth. Nashville ranked fourth.

    Top Cities for Startup Growth
    Nashville was named one of the top cities for startup growth, ranking No. 5 in a 2016 Kauffman report, ahead of San Francisco and Boston. Nashville stood out in business products and services and health care, ranking No. 1 in both categories for high growth.

    Top Cities for Creatives
    Using job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and cost-of-living information from the Council for Community and Economic Research, financial research website SmartAsset ranked the top 10 U.S. cities for creative workers. Nashville comes in ninth. This is the second year SmartAsset has conducted this research; Nashville also ranked in their 2015 list.

    Top Cities for Recent College Graduates
    The new Graduate Opportunity Index, compiled by Trulia in partnership with LinkedIn, rates 40 of ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Tennessee Air National Guard at Berry Field

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 31, 2016

    Col. Keith Allbritten, commander, 118th Wing

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for other business owners?
    A: When you hire a member of the Air National Guard, you get an employee who knows how to be on time, in shape, healthy, drug-free, well-educated and understands the meaning of getting the job done. 

    Q: What's important for people to know about the Tennessee Air National Guard and Berry Field?
    A: At Berry Field, we have very high-speed missions that are supported by a well-trained, disciplined and technically savvy workforce - great patriots who support our country. We are proud to be an instrument of national power!

    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: "Be ready when the train pulls into the station." In other words, if you need certain training to get to the next level, don't wait until the promotion opportunity presents itself - if you leave the station to go home and pack your bag, the train has left when you get back and you've missed your opportunity. Lack of preparation = self-elimination. Never hold yourself back.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: We have several goals for our ...

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  • Thanks to Our Sponsors

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 31, 2016
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  • Complete College Scholarship Winner Rises to the Challenge

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 25, 2016

    Courtesy of WGU Tennessee

    Miranda Goolsby was passed over for a job because she lacked the required educational qualifications. She wanted to change that, so she decided to return to school to pursue a master's degree in management and leadership from WGU Tennessee. Thanks to a scholarship program launched last year in conjunction with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, she’s on her way.

    Goolsby was named a 2015 recipient of the Complete College Scholarship, a WGU Tennessee scholarship program launched in conjunction with the Nashville Area Chamber to boost workforce development in Middle Tennessee. The program’s goal is to provide up $300,000 in scholarships to 100 new students who work for any of the 2,200 member businesses of the Nashville Chamber. She and the other recipients will each receive up to $3,000 in tuition funding for up to five six-month terms. (WGU Tennessee has just reopened this scholarship for 2016, and new or prospective students interested in applying can do so here.)

    After receiving an associate degree from Nashville State Community College in social services and social work, Goolsby started working as a roving cashier for Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Nashville native then earned a bachelor of ...

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    Category: Workforce
  • Member Spotlight - The Hermitage

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 09, 2016

    Howard J. Kittell, president & CEO, Andrew Jackson Foundation

    Q: What's your biggest goal for the Hermitage in the next year?
    A: My simplest and most direct answer is to meet or exceed our revenue goals for the coming year. However, my goal implies significantly more than money. Achieving our revenue goal will enable us to realize our mission-based goals outlined in our aspirational strategic plan. Importantly, the coming year is the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth. We are planning a series of programs and events to help the public better understand the impact Jackson had on the history of the United States, and raise national awareness of The Hermitage as a leading presidential museum.
    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: Actually, there are two pieces of advice that I regularly turn to:
    1. “Listen to your stomach, not your head.” Now, from time to time, my head needs to provide my stomach with background research, but my instincts tend to be spot-on.
    2. When starting a new initiative, you need to have the patience to allow for a “messy phase.”  I have a tendency to want things in neat boxes right away. However, letting things ebb ...
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  • ScaleUp Nashville Announces Second Cohort & Application Deadline for Third Cohort

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 09, 2016

    The Chamber is excited to announce that 18 local small businesses have been tapped to participate in the second cohort of ScaleUp Nashville, a competitive, 12-week business accelerator program funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    As part of the training, participants work with a certified public accountant to complete a financial analysis of their businesses, meet with area-specific focus groups, and work with a mentor. Each business owner who completes the program will receive coaching focused on his or her particular area of need, such as developing a strategy for accessing capital or undergoing market research.

    Could your business benefit from this intensive training? We're accepting applications for the third cohort of ScaleUp Nashville Friday, May 20, through Friday, June 24. Visit for an application and program details. Your company does not need to be a current Chamber member to apply; outreach will focus on bolstering underserved communities.

    Congratulations to the participants in ScaleUp Nashville's second cohort:

    Actual Food Nashville is a catering company and an eclectic event space. Owner/chef Daniel Forberg is dedicated to demonstrating freshness, quality of origin, high production standards, sustainability and flavor.

    Atlas Motorworks is a custom motorcycle shop and community garage focused ...

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  • Big Talk from Small Businesses for National Small Business Week

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 02, 2016
    Small businesses are the foundation of Nashville’s economy and the backbone of Chamber membership. Approximately 75 percent of Chamber-member businesses have 50 or fewer employees.

    May 1-7 is National Small Business Week, so there's no better time to recognize the unique small businesses in our membership. We reached out to a few of our small business members to ask them for their best tips and advice for fellow small business owners.  

    "Be good to your customers, and they'll be good to you!"
    Amber Greer, Kernels Gourmet Popcorn

    "Live your brand! It shows that you and your team are passionate about what you do. People want to be around, support and buy from people that carry that brand passion everywhere. For me, my license plate says 'MAC MAN' and I introduce myself as 'Dan the Mac Man' regularly."
    Dan "the Mac Man" Stephenson, Dan's Gourmet Mac & Cheese

    "Invest and elevate the people around you to be the best version of themselves. Great businesses are not built around lackluster talent and individualism."
    Ryan Carter, Parachute Media

    "As most businesses know, happy employees lead to happy clients. What we sometimes forget, however, is that it takes a special person to want ...
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