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  • Legislative Priorities Advocate for Business Prosperity

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 23, 2016
    The Chamber’s purpose is to facilitate community leadership to create economic prosperity. Our Metro government legislative agenda helps fulfill this purpose by focusing on the following priorities:

    • Creating an environment where businesses can prosper
    • Talent development of our region's workforce
    • Quality of life that attracts and retains residents
    One of our most important roles is to be an advocate on behalf of the business community on issues that have the potential to affect our business environment and quality of place. Every year, we produce a Metro legislative agenda to track local legislators' actions on these issues. This year, our top priorities include affordable housing, regional mass transit and property rights.

    In recent sessions, Metro Council has taken action on issues of particular importance to local businesses. View our updated 2016 Metro legislative agenda here. 
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    Category: Legislative Issues
  • Chamber's Job-Creation Efforts Rank Best in the Nation

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 21, 2016

    Based on a survey of more than 100 economic development organizations from around the country, the Nashville Area Chamber announced more jobs than any other organization in 2015.

    Denver-based Atlas Advertising collected data from more than 100 economic development organizations in their 2015 High-Performance Economic Development benchmarking survey, which included organization-specific information such as location, population, annual budget, and number of full-time economic development staff. Key metrics garnered from each organization included jobs announced, website visits received, number of organizations serviced (or inquiries generated), and capital invested announced over a 12-month period.

    Over the 2015 survey period, the 10-county economic region served by the Nashville Area Chamber announced more than 16,000 new jobs that resulted in more than $2.9 billion in capital invested in Middle Tennessee.

    Atlas Advertising’s annual benchmarking survey provides an important tool for the Nashville Chamber to gauge the results of our economic development efforts against those of similar organizations. It is helpful to compare our metrics on website views and number of companies served to ensure that we are staying competitive with our marketing and promotion efforts.  

     

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  • Member Spotlight - O3 Consulting

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 12, 2016

    John Thalheimer, owner and founding consultant

    Q: How would you describe your leadership style?

    A: As a person who guides leaders and their teams to sustainable positive leadership growth, I have learned that my style of leadership needs to be adaptable to the situations. In some cases, when I am working with an "alpha leader," I need to be authoritative and direct. In other situations, when I am working with an executive who is trying to improve, I need to offer a coaching style of leadership. The key to strong leadership is the ability to adapt your style based on the situation. The most successful leaders I have worked with and admired all have this trait.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success, for me, is when my clients are successful. Maybe that is a cliché now, but I started my career working backstage in the theater. Our goal was always to make sure that the performers had a successful show. This has carried over to my leadership development firm, where our mission is to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. As a leadership coach, I want to provide the tools and directions for organizations to be successful, but ...

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    Category: General
  • Chamber, Entrepreneur Center Celebrate 2016 Next Awards Finalists

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 09, 2016

    The Next Awards is one of the largest events of the year for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and Middle Tennessee's premier awards event for entrepreneurial companies.

    Since 2011, the awards have celebrated the growth and evolution of Nashville's entrepreneurial landscape. We added several new award categories this year to reflect these changes, and we're excited that our sixth annual event will be the biggest and best yet!

    Join us in congratulating the 2016 Next Award finalists, who will be recognized at our finalist celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and again at the Next Awards event on Thursday, Nov. 17.

    Digital Media & Entertainment

    Startup:
    Astute Communications
    Hi5
    Made in Network
    Proof Branding

    Market Mover:

    DWP Live
    KGV Studios
    SnapShot Interactive
    TNDV: Television, LLC

    Health Care

    Startup:
    Healthcare Blocks
    Medalogix
    The Next Door
    Stratasan

    Market Mover:

    Bernard Health
    EnableComp, LLC
    Entrada Health
    NextGxDx

    Products & Services

    Startup:
    Batch Nashville
    FoxFuel Creative
    Inflammo
    Lets Booth It
    Staffing as a Mission

    Market Mover:

    ADS Security
    A Head for Profits
    Argent Trust
    Elmington Property Management
    Infinity Hospitality Group

    Social Enterprise & Sustainability

    Startup:
    The Compost Company
    Just Love Coffee Roasters
    REBOOT Combat Recovery
    Songs Against Slavery

    Market ...
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    Tags: NEXT Awards
  • ScaleUp Nashville Announces Third Cohort of Growing Businesses

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 07, 2016

    The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with partners Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Pathway Women’s Business Center and Refinery Nashville, are excited to announce that, after a competitive application process, 15 businesses have been selected to participate in ScaleUp Nashville’s third cohort beginning Tuesday, Sept. 13.

    ScaleUp Nashville is a six-month program funded by the Small Business Administration that assists growth-oriented small businesses as they grow revenue, build staff and expand services. Each small business owner will attend a 12-week curriculum, receive data-driven market research and opportunities to build and strengthen networks, connect with a mentor and receive a financial analysis to best determine what capital and funding is needed for success.

    The program is provided at no cost to the businesses accepted. However, participants agree to ongoing program accountability and reporting, six months of regular attendance, and continued involvement with the program through mentorship, event attendance or other support.

    Nashville is one of only 15 communities in the country to be awarded funding to implement the SBA's ScaleUp America initiative. The Chamber launched ScaleUp Nashville in January 2016.

    If you would like to be considered for our fourth cohort, beginning in February 2017, please visit scaleupnashville.com.  ...

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  • Positioning Nashville as a Health IT Hub

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 06, 2016
    Guest post by Mark Muro, senior fellow, Brookings Institution

    With advanced industries a rising priority, attention has begun to focus on the promise of local "health IT" (HIT) clusters - clusters oriented to IT-powered health care and services. Given that promise, U.S. regions ranging from Silicon Valley and Austin to Indianapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh have begun to execute strategies to strengthen local HIT clusters.

    Now, Nashville is getting serious about the opportunity.

    Last month, Gov. Haslam and Tennessee Department Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd joined my team from the Brookings Institution and several hundred others in discussing Brookings' new HIT strategy report at the Nashville Technology Council's annual meeting. And this fall, discussions will be deepening on how to follow up.

    Why the excitement? It turns out Nashville concentrates nationally significant HIT assets relevant to a huge addressable market.

    A national center of hospital management, Middle Tennessee possesses important expertise relevant to HIT, including in clinical care, disease management, behavioral health and wellness, diagnostic testing, data management, and the management of physician transactions. These competencies are important assets, because to win at HIT a region needs to know the business of health, not just the tech--and Nashville knows ...

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  • Member Spotlight - TN Textile Mill

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 06, 2016

    Q: Tell us more about TN Textile Mill.
    A: TN Textile Mill is a small mill located in Goodlettsville that produces hand-woven, natural fabric from cotton, linen, silk and wool. We predominantly sell to designers who then use our fabrics to create their collections. We are unique in that the bulk of our fabrics are woven by hand -- a time-consuming, laborious, ancient art. The results are one-of-a-kind, custom-designed fabrics that stand out from the mass-produced fabric manufactured offshore.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Due to the ever-growing fashion industry in Nashville, this is the perfect city to launch our company. Having the Nashville Fashion Alliance help facilitate synergies among many of the producers and end users, this is the right city to be doing business in at the right time.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our biggest goal in the coming year is to end the year as a profitable enterprise with a growing list of satisfied customers here in Nashville and throughout the country.

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for other business owners?
    A: As many business owners already know, you ...

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    Category: General
  • Rankings Roundup: How Does Nashville Stack Up?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 31, 2016
    The Nashville region remains a national leader in economic growth, and our hospitality industry is breaking records. Here's a look at some of the newest national accolades Nashville has received.

    2016’s Best Real-Estate Markets
    Analysts from personal finance website WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Nashville ranked third among large U.S. cities, and 14th overall.

    America's Hottest Spots for Tech Jobs
    Research from Forbes.com ranks the U.S. cities with the greatest increase in technology jobs between 2010 and 2015. Nashville ranks fourth, with 30 percent growth.

    The Cities Challenging New York for Financial Supremacy
    The Nashville MSA leads the nation among metro areas that are increasing employment in financial services at the fastest rate, according to researchers at New Geography. Factors contributing to this shift are lower costs (including for housing), less regulation and expanding markets, driven by rapid population growth.

    The 2016 Friendliest U.S. Cities
    In Condé Nast Traveler's fourth annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the magazine asked its audience to rate the friendliest cities in the U.S. Nashville came in fourth.

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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Park 'N Fly

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 29, 2016

    Q: Who is Park 'N Fly, and what services do you offer? 
    A: Park ‘N Fly will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and our Nashville location, with more than 1,500 spaces, will celebrate its second anniversary this December. Our Nashville location, in the former Thomas Nelson building on Royal Parkway, is truly the only indoor airport parking option available at this time. PNF Nashville offers indoor valet for as little as $12 a day and self-parking for $7 a day. It’s a great way to start any journey. Prepare to be spoiled. We also have a frequent parker program and offer corporate discounts. Visit pnf.com for more info.

    Q: How would you describe your leadership style?
    A: We want to be innovators in the airport parking business and the gold standard in our industry. Nothing makes us happier than a returning guest. We take great pride in our customer service.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: The Chamber team has helped spread the word about Park ‘N Fly, and for us, that is priceless. When you are new to town and have competitors that have been around for much longer, it takes a village to ...
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    Category: General
  • Experts Analyze Brexit's Potential Impact on the U.S. Economy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 22, 2016
    Guest post by Patrick Ryan, Tennessee World Affairs Council

    When voters in the United Kingdom shocked themselves and other Europeans this summer with the choice to exit their decades-old political and economic union, the so-called “Brexit” caused a wave in currency and stock exchanges around the world, as well as toppling the British prime minister. The markets have largely settled out after the surprising prospect of a looming tectonic shift in European Union (EU) dynamics, but the implications are yet to be fully understood – especially for the American economy.

    U.S. Fed Chief Janet Yellen predicted Brexit would “negatively affect financial conditions and the U.S. economy.” How so? What does the exit of the United Kingdom mean for the United States’ economy? How will the $280 billion annual U.S. trade with the bloc be affected? What lies ahead in a new trade relationship with the UK?

    Earlier this month, a distinguished panel of specialists addressed the many questions surrounding Brexit and the U.S. economy at a special presentation hosted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Thad McBride of Bass, Berry and Sims moderated the panel that included Dr. Marieta Velikova, Belmont University economics professor; Amr El-Husseini, Lodestone Advisory Group ...

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