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  • Member Spotlight - C615

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 27, 2016
    Christian Paro, owner, C615

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: The people. I moved here from New York City 11 years ago and found it so easy to work with other businesses in the Middle Tennessee region. I felt the propensity for honesty and integrity immediately.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Between our members at Center 615, our clients at Studio 615, my residential tenants and my five staff members, I feel successful because I feel I’m supporting the growth and expansion of the middle class and making those around me stronger.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: The Chamber has done what they can to increase awareness and exposure of our projects. Some parts of East Nashville are still considered by many to be a no man’s land, and the Chamber, especially the Chamber East Area Advisory Council, has helped combat that.

    Q: How would you describe your leadership style?
    A: Lead by example. I’m not afraid to do any job at my company, from unclogging a toilet to meeting with the mayor.

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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Belle

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 20, 2016

    Q: Who is Belle, and what should people know about your services?
    A: Belle brings beauty and wellness services to our clients, hassle-free. Massage, hair, nails, makeup, skin care, fashion and fitness wherever they are, including their homes, offices and hotels. You name it. We’re there. All payments are digital and include tip, so every experience is simple and convenient.

    We are particularly excited about the recent launch of our corporate wellness offering, which allows businesses to bring a tailored menu of services directly to their employees, including massages, yoga, haircuts and more. It’s a powerful way to make employees feel appreciated while reducing stress.

    Q: How do you define success?

    A: Success is feeling fulfilled by what you do, every day. At Belle, we're passionate about building and furthering the success of professionals through self-employment and self-esteem. It's an incredible feeling to support others as they build and grow their businesses.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our primary goal is to continue growing and sharing the joy of Belle’s services with our clients, while empowering local beauty and health professionals and becoming a larger part of the Nashville community.

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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Baby + Company

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 14, 2016

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Middle Tennessee is home to a vibrant health care industry, and offers residents a myriad of options for their health care needs, which is fantastic for providers, facilities and residents! Because of our fantastic medical schools, there is a strong focus on advances and evidence-based care. Additionally, due to Vanderbilt School of Midwifery’s excellent reputation and popularity, Nashville was perfectly poised for a birth center. Nashville moms and families like options, and we are honored to be a new option for maternity care and birth in the area. 

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: To have as many babies and serve as many families as possible! We have had more than 70 births at the center in the past eight months, and look forward to continued growth! With the vibrant growth in the Nashville region, Baby+Company feels at home and at the best place at the right time, fulfilling unique needs from personalized clinical care, labor and birth, education and wellness, to care products for parents and newborns. Our goal is to continue to create an unforgettable experience.

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  • Member Spotlight - c3/consulting

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 22, 2016
    Q: c3/consulting recently announced a headquarters move. What’s most exciting about your new facility?
    A: We are excited to expand our office for several reasons. The new office will enable us to have space for our growing consulting team, while also expanding our collaborative place for our current and new clients (in and outside of Nashville) to meet to align their teams, plan for the future, creatively solve problems, and drive complex change. This collaboration center, called the engine, is a creative space for teams to gather, dream, plan and grow. Located just south of downtown Nashville, the engine is a convenient facility for area businesses and community organizations. Our collaboration center is designed to accommodate groups from 10 to 100+ (the new space will accommodate 200+) in a professional, comfortable environment and is specifically configured for group decision-making. The space is equipped for strategic planning sessions, training, board meetings, creative problem-solving, ideation sessions and team receptions. There’s no other space like it in Nashville!

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.

    A: We are always looking for the very best to join our team! As a result of our growth, we needed to redesign our recruiting ...
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    Category: General
  • Culture, Tapas and Barbary Macaques - Take the Trip of a Lifetime to Spain

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 17, 2016
    New for 2016, the Chamber has added group travel to our program offerings. Lori Odom, the Chamber's director of international business, answers questions about this year's trip and why group travel is a great way to make vacation memories.

    Q: The Chamber is partnering with Central Holidays this November to offer group travel to Spain's Costa del Sol. What are some advantages of group travel?
    A: We are very excited to offer members and future members the opportunity to experience a high-quality, affordably priced foreign excursion. Group travel is an easy, cost-effective way to see the world. All the details are taken care of for you. Just register, pay and show up! Flights, hotel transfers, tours and most of your meals are included. The trip is a great balance of planned activities and time to explore on your own. If you’ve always wanted to travel internationally, but were reluctant to take the leap, group travel can help you meet people with similar interests and create new friendships.

    Q: The geography of the Costa del Sol combines beaches and mountains, and the area is also known for its rich cultural heritage. What are some of the highlights of the trip's itinerary?...

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    Category: General
  • ScaleUp Nashville Announces Application Deadline

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 09, 2016

    The application window for the second cohort of the ScaleUp Nashville program will close on March 15. ScaleUp Nashville is a 12-week course of business training for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to develop a viable growth strategy. The program is funded through a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the Nashville Area Chamber’s Business Studio initiative.

    Qualified candidates will: 

    • Own an established small business (or be self-employed) 
    • Have been in business at least two years
    • Be positioned to grow
    • Have annual revenues generally between $150,000 and $700,000
    • Make a serious commitment to the program over the next six months, and continue to be involved through participation, feedback and leadership for the following three years

    Selected participants, who are fully funded by the SBA, will take classes at Refinery Nashville, based on a proven curriculum developed by the Chamber and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Participants will also work with a CPA from Pathway Women's Business Center to complete a financial analysis of their businesses, meet with area-specific focus groups, and be connected with a mentor.

    Additionally, each business owner selected for ScaleUp Nashville will develop a plan for strategic growth and receive coaching focused ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Dabble Studio

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 08, 2016
    Q: It looks like Dabble Studio has a lot of different class options. Tell me more about what people can participate in if they come visit you.
    A: We have painting classes, cooking classes and combination cooking/painting classes! Our painting classes feature stenciled canvases and encourage creativity, while our cooking classes are intimate and hands-on, featuring 4-5 courses you help create with your team! Our combination classes include a simplified cooking lesson such as pizza-making or bolognese sauce, as well as a simplified painting lesson on an 8x10 canvas that takes place while the food cooks. Our classes are BYOB, but we also sell a variety of wine and beer. We're conveniently located in Germantown near the new Sounds stadium.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: We'll never get tired of hearing Nashville being referred to as the "It City"! The diversity that comes with living in a city of transplants, the growth that we experience in our neighborhood every day, the inspiration that comes with living in such a creative and supportive city...what's not to love?

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our goal is, first, to ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Project Return

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 28, 2016
    Q: Tell us more about Project Return.
    A: Project Return is in its 37th year of service to Nashville and Middle Tennessee, dedicated solely to the success of the men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration. We propel people into employment – by the hundreds each year – while meeting their immediate, critical needs after prison. Our focus is job readiness and workforce development, and our specialty is connecting motivated job seekers with good employment opportunities at Middle Tennessee companies – changing lives, benefiting businesses, and making our community a better place to live and work.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your nonprofit in 2016?
    A: Project Return's biggest goal for this year is to reach more people in every sense. We want to reach more people who are returning from incarceration; reach more people in the business community who are in need of a motivated workforce; and reach more people who don't know about the important work we are doing in Nashville, and why it benefits everybody in our city.

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: Our challenge has been solving the riddle of connecting the motivated, well-meaning people ...
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    Category: General
  • Haslam Highlights Legislative Priorities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 26, 2016
    Tennessee's strong economy and vibrant business environment were the focal points of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual address to Chamber members on Jan. 26.

    Citing the more than 100 active construction projects in Davidson County alone, Haslam said the rapid growth Tennessee and Nashville have been experiencing is no accident. "People are making smart decisions in the private sector," he said. "Let's double down on what has led to that success."

    Our state is operating with a budget surplus, and Haslam said he plans to dedicate the increased revenue toward education. Noting that Tennessee has continued to make great strides in this area, Haslam said we "can't back up" in terms of education reform.

    Haslam's Drive to 55 plan, which aims to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025, will be a major emphasis of his administration during this legislative session. "Drive to 55 will continue to stoke our economy," he said.  

    Governor's Address - Jan. 26, 2016
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    Category: Legislative Issues
  • Public Meetings Scheduled For Review of Regional Transportation Plan

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 22, 2016
    Courtesy of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Beginning later this month, residents will have the opportunity to review the update to the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), and provide mayors from Middle Tennessee with valuable feedback as they finalize and adopt the plan.

    Prepared by the Nashville Area MPO on behalf of its member jurisdictions, the RTP, titled Middle Tennessee Connected, represents the collective transportation goals of city and county governments, transit agencies and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The plan outlines how those partners intend to invest federal funds to improve mobility across Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.

    The RTP is extremely important to Middle Tennessee, as it is the gateway to federal dollars and offers an opportunity for city and county governments, the state and transit agencies to develop a comprehensive document to unify priorities for transportation investments. The plan includes both short- and long-range projects and strategies that come together to build an integrated multi-modal transportation network for the region. Specifically, this plan recommends federal funds for projects developed through local comprehensive planning processes or by transit agencies such as Nashville MTA and RTA’s nMotion process.

    The public meetings will be structured in ...
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    Category: Transit