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  • Member Spotlight - From the Heart International Educational Services

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 12, 2015
    Q: How do you define success?
    A: By the number of lives that we touch, inspire and empower. We have a relentless desire to help transform students, educators and the community at large. Through our well-researched transformational models, we are assured that we have the capacity to bring about success.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?

    A: Although we have just begun exploring our Chamber membership, so far it has afforded us the opportunity to network and partner with many astute professionals from various industries. We wholeheartedly believe in the Chamber’s mission of being “...dedicated to facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity,” and we are eager to do our part to promote it and uplift our community.

    Q: How do you hope to impact the region with your business?

    A: From the Heart International Educational Services is comprised of school superintendents, school administrators, teachers, researchers, evaluators, accountants, human resources professionals, early childhood specialists, writers and former professional athletes, who all have a passion for creating structural changes in public education. Collectively, we have more than 200 years of professional experience, and most of us are survivors of the same disparaging situations that plague marginalized students attending today's ...
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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Leland, Inc.

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 09, 2015

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: Like any business, we face challenges every day, and we always try to address them with the utmost care. We recently contracted a job in Nashville with an out-of-state firm. When we arrived, the scope of work was presented differently than what we had submitted our bid for. We tactfully discussed the changes, and still finished well before the deadline.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Leland, Inc. wants to increase its capabilities to service the demand for Nashville's expanding public sector and commercial market in the construction industry.

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for other business owners?
    A: Be yourself. Be honest and fulfill the promises that you make.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Music City Sports Festival

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 02, 2015
    Q. What is the Music City Sports Festival?
    A. Nashville native and longtime sportscaster George Plaster is hosting this special two-day event to encourage health and fitness for children and their families. On May 30 and 31, there will be a wide variety of interactive sports clinics for children ages 4 to 18 at the Music City Center. Clinics include hockey, basketball, football, baseball, softball, archery, fishing, tennis, ping-pong, martial arts, soccer, lacrosse, running, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and rugby. Another component is a world-class speaker series which has included national celebrities like future Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, ESPN analyst Herm Edwards and more.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 25, George Plaster and Mayor Karl Dean will unveil exciting plans for the 2015 Music City Sports Festival. Nashville-area business and community leaders are invited to attend this special kickoff event from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Electric Room on the fourth floor of the Omni Hotel. Please RSVP to bonnie@musiccitysportsfestival.com or call 615-305-8264.

    Q. How can Nashville-area business and community leaders participate?
    A. Attend the Feb. 25 kickoff at the Omni Hotel to learn about sponsorship opportunities, or call Chris Kulick at 615-305-8248 or Bonnie ...
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    Category: General
  • Thousands Show Support For Ft. Campbell

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 21, 2015
    Guest post by Ralph Schulz, president & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    The pictures in the newspapers and on television didn’t do it justice.

    On Jan. 20, it was my privilege to join Gov. Haslam, other elected officials and thousands of friends and neighbors from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for a listening session held by Pentagon officials at Ft. Campbell. The Army brass wanted to hear from Ft. Campbell’s neighbors about potential force reductions which could result in the number of active-duty military personnel stationed at the post being cut in half. Clearly, these drastic cuts could have clear economic consequences for the region.

    About 1,500 area residents were able to make their way inside Ft. Campbell’s Family Resource Center before the local fire marshal closed the doors, and another 500 were able to view the proceedings by remote camera hookup at an auditorium nearby. Military police decided the listening session was at capacity and had to turn another 2,900 people away when Ft. Campbell’s Gate One was closed. The event was streamed live over the Internet, and organizers estimate another 700 people watched the proceedings online. It was an amazing show of support and the largest ...
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  • Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 30, 2014
    The Chamber is committed to helping you save time and money while giving you the tools you need to keep your business going strong. No matter what your new year's resolutions may be, here are a few resources you can take advantage of to start 2015 off on the right foot.

    NashvilleJobsLink.com - The Chamber's nationally marketed job board is a great place to find your next new hire. Posting your open positions is a free benefit of your Chamber membership, and we'll also promote the job posting on Twitter. Get started today!

    Social media outlets - And, speaking of Twitter, the Chamber's active on social media. Join our conversations on Twitter or Facebook, or keep up with videos and photos from our events on YouTube and Flickr. We also have a LinkedIn group just for members, which is the ideal place to share your company announcements, post press releases, or ask other members for advice.

    Business Studio - Did you know the majority of our members are small and midsized businesses? We've created a new suite of resources, Business Studio, to help business owners make new connections and get ideas for growing and thriving. We'll kick off Business Studio ...
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    Category: General
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  • Member Spotlight - Gogiro

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 19, 2014
    Q: Tell me about Gogiro Middle Tennessee.
    A: Gogiro Middle Tennessee's primary objective is to optimize the online presence of small businesses in the middle Tennessee region. We provide customized but affordable solutions for small business owners to develop and manage their online marketing plans. Our services include innovative tools, business apps and awesome websites that drive targeted visitors directly to our customers' homepages. Gogiro Middle Tennessee is a division of K-Tec Solutions.

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: Chamber membership provides us with excellent guidance on how to navigate through the challenges that are specific to small businesses in the area. Also, we thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie among the fellow members to help and support each other out. We are very grateful for the Chamber and its employees.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: The region is growing at a very fast pace, yet we are overwhelmed by the warmth and affection of everybody we meet in the area. What else can make your day better than a friendly smile?

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: At Gogiro Middle Tennessee, we feel successful each time ...
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  • Member Spotlight - City Winery

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 10, 2014
    Q: Tell us about City Winery and what to expect from a visit to the new venue.
    A: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to urban wine enthusiasts. We are a unique facility located in several cities in the U.S., including New York, Chicago, Napa and Nashville. The brand combines a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, private events and fine dining. City Winery has created a compelling mix for their sophisticated clientele of foodies and active cultural patrons, bringing the wine-country experience to the heart of large cities.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: We’re currently working on sourcing grapes; depending on the harvest, we’re aiming to be able to have the winery fully functioning by spring 2015. Once complete, we’ll produce more than 14 varietals in house, which will be available on tap or bottled onsite to be enjoyed at home.

    Q: What has been the best part about having a location in Middle Tennessee?
    A: The area is filled with people who have a deep appreciation for music, and live music is such a big part of what City Winery ...
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  • Gateway to Business Program Nurtures Future Business Leaders

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 04, 2014
    A new business-community partnership is helping Nashville's eighth-graders develop into the next generation of business leaders.

    The Nashville Area Chamber has partnered with LocalShares, Inc., Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and Metro Nashville Public Schools' Middle Preps to launch Gateway to Business, a career-acceleration program that gives eighth-grade students an inside look at Middle Tennessee's economy and business climate.

    Any eighth-grader in Davidson County is eligible to apply for Gateway to Business. Those selected will participate in two days of in-depth educational sessions with organizations such as the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and the Nashville Predators. Upon completion of the program, students will receive $1,000 to be used for higher education.

    Interested students must apply by Dec. 18 at localshares.com/gateway.aspx, and will be notified of their acceptance in January.
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    Category: Education
  • Member Spotlight - Girlilla Marketing

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 04, 2014

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: We Girlillas are new to the Chamber, but the networking opportunities with local businesses in a myriad of industries have already proven valuable to us. Our goal in joining the Chamber was to connect with the local community on a deeper level, and we've been able to do just that. 

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Nashville and the Middle Tennessee area are experiencing tremendous growth right now; it's wonderful to call such a vibrant community home. Every day you hear of new companies popping up and experiencing their own growth and successes. Being surrounded by such an entrepreneurial spirit keeps us on our toes and moving forward. Since most of our business isn't based in Nashville, it's exciting to see new potential and know the move to decide to start Girlilla Marketing here was the right strategy. 

    Q: What's your biggest goal for Girlilla Marketing in the next year?
    A: This city has been so good to us as we've grown throughout the years. Teaming up with other Nashville-based vendors and clients where we can collectively bring even more exposure ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Nikki Mitchell Foundation

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 24, 2014
    Rachel Winston, vice president, Nikki Mitchell Foundation

    Q: Tell us about Nikki Mitchell Foundation and how it formed.
    A: The Nikki Mitchell Foundation was formed by 11 board members with music industry backgrounds who were friends of our namesake, Nikki Mitchell. Nikki was Waylon Jennings' longtime friend and manager, and she died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. Upon her death, she challenged her friends in the music community to shine a light on the need for research.

    Q: What projects or events should we know about?
    A: In our inaugural year, we have raised more than $160,000 with our Full Moon Full Life benefit concerts and other events. Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings and Jessi Colter have been very instrumental in leading the way with these events. Keith Urban recently filmed a PSA for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to promote November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

    Q: What is your favorite part about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: We love Nashville. There is such a sense of community and teamwork here. The community has embraced the Nikki Mitchell Foundation with open arms. From the media, to artists, to researchers...it's been amazing to watch.

    Q: What is the best advice you ...

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