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  • Member Spotlight - Girls on the Run

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 21, 2014
    Q: How does Girls on the Run incorporate lessons of healthy decision making, independence and inspiration into running a 5k?
    A: Girls on the Run is a physical-activity based positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls' social, psychological, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. We use a nationally developed 24-lesson curriculum that empowers girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women. Each session is led by trained coaches who guide and mentor girls. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants in the 10-to-12-week program learn how to celebrate their unique and real selves.

    Q: In 2000, Girls on the Run International was born. What are your goals for the next five years in Nashville?
    A: Very simple: grow, grow, grow! Girls on the Run operates two curricula - one for elementary schools and one for middle schools. Currently we are in 13 sites in Nashville, but with more than 100 public elementary and middle schools in Nashville, there is so much opportunity ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Fresh to Order

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 16, 2014
    Q: Why did Fresh To Order choose to expand into the Nashville community?
    A: Nashville is a bustling city with so much to offer, so it was a natural choice. We provide a niche that no other restaurant is currently filling. Fresh To Order offers a “fine fast” menu of chef-inspired, delicious flame-grilled entrees, paninis, soups and salads – all of which are freshly prepared on premise and served within 10 minutes, for about $10. We also offer beer and wine. We have it all: incredible food, an amazing staff, and a beautiful restaurant that fits into any lifestyle.

    Q: What is the most exciting or unique feature about Fresh To Order?
    A: Our fresh, high-quality, chef-inspired menu at a fast-casual price point. We want everything to be absolutely perfect from start to finish, and we will make sure that happens every time.

    Q: What is one item first-time visitors have to try?
    A: It is difficult to choose just one, but our smoky southwest chicken panini or our Asian salad with seared tuna are two great choices to start with. Our menu covers a wide range of flavors, so you can try something different every time!

    Q: How has ...
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  • Area Advisory Councils Help Chamber Members Get Involved

    by Olivia Leow | Apr 09, 2014
    Guest post by Olivia Leow, Chamber director of member relations

    With a 20-year history, the Nashville Chamber’s Area Advisory Councils have a rich past and a bright future. With the initial launch of Chamber South in 1994, we’ve since added councils for other specific geographical areas, most recently Chamber Midtown last month. Amid Nashville’s constant growth, the councils’ goal of involving Chamber members with area-specific issues at a grassroots level hasn’t swayed.

    Since their formation, the Area Advisory Councils have worked on many projects, such as economic redevelopment, area beautification, college-to-career fairs and more. Here’s what each council is working on now:

    Chamber East
    Following record attendance at its April Chamber East Monthly Networking Coffee, Chamber East is hosting a series of meeting with business owners for input on branding business districts in East Nashville, including Eastland Avenue – Porter Road corridor, West Cleveland & McFerrin intersection, and Fatherland & South 17th Street. You can help us make history by joining us at our future networking coffees.

    Chamber North

    Chamber North is partnering with John Early Museum Magnet Middle School on their G.E.A.R. Up grant, preparing middle schoolers for college and career readiness. Join us for the Chamber North Quarterly ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Linda's Hope

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 09, 2014
    Q: How did your company get started?
    A: In 2009, I moved to Nashville after the death of my mother, Linda, to pancreatic cancer. I tried to get involved in a local pancreatic cancer cause, and there wasn't one at the time. Immediately, I knew I had to change that. People who have been affected by this disease need support, and that's why I created Linda's Hope.

    Q: What has been your biggest challenge?
    A: The biggest challenge has been getting larger corporate sponsorship. Since we are local and small, a lot of companies would prefer the larger-name charities. Although we are small, pancreatic cancer is a cause that deserves more attention. It has a 6 percent survival rate after five years of diagnosis.

    Q: What is unique to your service?

    A: We are a grassroots nonprofit that keeps things local. We have partnered with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for patient support through The Caring Hearts Fund and for pancreatic cancer research. We have completed an endowment of $100,000 towards pancreatic cancer research and have committed to another $50,000 towards that endowment. Additionally, our biggest goal in the next year is to complete a $50,000 Discovery Grant at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, ...
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  • A Case for Bringing Your Own Device to the Workplace

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 01, 2014
    Guest post by Bob Deckard, vice president, Comcast Business

    Mobile technology first made its appearance in the business world through the use of company-provided laptops and cell phones, which were solely intended for professional purposes. Although maintenance of these devices was cumbersome and expensive, it gave IT departments complete control over which devices could access the company network. Now, with technology research firm IDC stating there are more than 200 million smartphones in North America, mobile technology has grown considerably among consumers and has led the way for the BYOD, or “bring-your-own-device,” trend in the workplace. In fact, based on a global survey of CIOs, research firm Gartner predicts that 38 percent of companies will completely stop providing devices to employees by 2017.

    This has benefited employees in many ways, but its main success has been for businesses. Allowing employees to use their own devices and apps helps businesses reduce capital expenditures for hardware and software, lowers training costs, and increases employee productivity. As a result, businesses have embraced the BYOD trend as a win-win situation for both employees and the business itself. Nevertheless, companies have realized that with these great benefits come risks, and they’ve had to evaluate the ...
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  • Women's Final Four to Spotlight Nashville

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 28, 2014
    In April, Nashville will welcome thousands of college basketball fans for the NCAA Women’s Final Four, one of America’s most prestigious women’s championship sporting events. Our city was awarded this opportunity because community leaders understand the importance of such an event and have been working toward this goal since 2008.

    For five event-filled, energy-packed days, the NCAA Women’s Final Four will come to Nashville and the Bridgestone Arena April 4-8.

    This high-profile sporting event will strengthen what we already love about Nashville – education outreach, economic vitality and a city to brag about.

    Through the Chamber’s support of the tournament, Metro Schools students will be involved in some of the tournament activities. The community can join in, too, in the many free events surrounding the games. Additionally, the Nashville Sports Council needs more than 1,000 volunteers to make the event a success. Click here to volunteer.

    Not only will you feel the love, so will our economy. While you already know of all the great restaurants, nightlife and hotels we have to offer, thousands of tourists are packing their bags to experience it all. Their tourism dollars will add a burst of economic vitality for our city.

    Not only will ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Monroe Harding

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 25, 2014
    Mark Pilkington, community relations coordinator

    Q: Monroe Harding was founded in 1893 in Nashville and has since helped more than 16,000 youth in the state’s custody in areas of education, relationship building, and health and wellness. What is one of the new programs or initiatives that you are most proud of?
    A: We have had the privilege and honor of being in Middle Tennessee for more than 120 years. Our programs have changed and evolved throughout the years but our mission to do for kids in foster care what a family would do remains the same. Most recently we shifted our model of care to be trauma and resiliency focused. A key tenet of our culture shift has been training all Monroe Harding staff (from the support services staff to the CEO) to understand the impact of past adverse experiences on youth development. We are moving toward a more cohesive and trauma-informed approach across the agency.

    Q: What are your goals for the next five years?
    Within the next five years, we want to be able to continue to provide a continuum of care for kids in foster care from birth through age 26. In addition, we are analyzing our ...
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  • There's Still Time to Contribute to Your Retirement Account for 2013

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 10, 2014
    Guest post by Mark Deering, CFP®, Southwestern Investment Group, An Independent Firm

    With tax season upon us, you may be looking for last-minute ways to contribute to your retirement savings before filing your taxes. Most individuals choose to save with a traditional IRA (individual retirement account) or a Roth IRA.

    Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs are not themselves investments, but rather tax-advantaged vehicles in which you can hold your retirement investments. You can open a traditional IRA or Roth IRA with a financial institution such as a bank, mutual fund company, life insurance company or a broker dealer. Once you open an IRA, you or a qualified professional like a Certified Financial Planner™ then need to select the specific investments to fund the IRA.

    Who can contribute? Anyone who has taxable income can open and contribute to an IRA, and certain individuals that earn a taxable income and meet income limitations can open and contribute to a Roth IRA. The amount of your allowable contribution or the deductibility may depend on your annual income and federal income tax filing status.

    What’s the difference? Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs share a few common generalities. Both feature tax-deferred growth of earnings and ...
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  • Business is Good: Building a Better Future in Middle Tennessee

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 05, 2014
    This week, the Chamber launched a new phase of our “Business is Good” marketing campaign. The campaign centers on an online Engagement Center, which highlights the resources of the Chamber, as well as our regional initiatives. Through a series of print and online ads, individuals can connect to the Engagement Center and explore how we are sparking, building, rocking, loving and partying our way to a prosperous future in the Nashville region.

    At the core of this campaign is the value of Chamber membership as a business strategy, as well as a celebration of the work of our members. By investing in the Chamber, our members have demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of our community. Every Chamber member has the opportunity to help fulfill our organization's mission.

    In the Nashville region, we're fortunate to have one of the nation's strongest economies, and this success has not happened overnight. It is the direct result of deliberate, focused efforts by our local business community. Initiatives such as those spearheaded by the Chamber are key to our continued success. Through this campaign, we will amplify our collective voice, raise public awareness of the role Chamber members play in creating a high quality ...
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  • Let Your Recommendations Get Rewarded

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 10, 2014
    Although our Future Member Referral Program is ending soon, members still have time to receive additional membership exposure and be entered to win Southwest Airlines tickets and $500 cash.

    To be eligible, members must recommend a company for membership in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce by Feb. 28 through this form.

    Those who recommend a converted referral will receive either two weeks of advertising or a member spotlight in the Monday Morning Report e-newsletter (a $300 value). These placements will expose your company to more than 6,000 members.

    To gain further exposure, for every two additional converted referrals, members will receive an additional two weeks of MMR advertising.

    For each member referral that joins the Chamber within 90 days of Feb. 28, the member's name will be included in a grand prize drawing: two Southwest Airlines open-destination round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines-operated services, plus $500 cash (a $1,300 value).

    Each member must meet the requirements noted in the official program rules. The grand prize drawing will be on or about May 30.

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