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  • 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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  • Member Spotlight - Key Fire Protection

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 08, 2016
    Q: Who is Key Fire Protection, and what should fellow Chamber members know about your services?
    A: Key Fire Protection, Inc. is a full-service commercial, industrial, and residential automatic fire protection sprinkler company. We have been in business since June 10, 1977 and incorporated on April 1, 1989. Over the years, we have installed fire sprinkler systems ranging from very small residential projects, to complex industrial applications.

    We are able to provide a full range of services, competitive pricing and quality system installations that are in compliance with state and local standards. We are licensed in several states, and are continually expanding our market area. Our team consists of more than 30 highly experienced and skilled construction personnel with well over 100 years' combined experience.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Key Fire Protection is expanding our services into Middle Tennessee due to the area's continuous growth and success. Our biggest goal is to offer fire protection and services to residential and commercial clients throughout Middle Tennessee.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Here at Key Fire, we define success by providing honest and reliable services to all of our customers. We ...
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    Category: General
  • Meet Our Next Generation of Outstanding Community Leaders

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 05, 2016

    Amidst a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity, Middle Tennessee faces opportunities and challenges we've never seen before. Strong community leadership has gotten us where we are today, and it will be even more crucial to our future success.

    Fortunately, the next generation of leaders has already stepped up and proven they are more than capable of taking the helm. On Aug. 4, we celebrated the 10th annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, recognizing 75 outstanding young professionals for their professional and personal accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating this year’s talented, dedicated group of leaders!

    2016 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Winners


    Architecture, Engineering & Construction
    Brittany Shepherd, Turner Construction Company
    As an estimating engineer at Turner Construction Company, Brittany Shepherd is responsible for quantifying business elements, evaluating bids and generating cost estimates. She manages projects up to $100 million in volume. She currently serves as president of Associated General Contractors’ Construction Leadership Council and is the youngest member to serve on their board of directors. Shepherd volunteers as team leader for the ACE mentor program and was recognized as an exemplary mentor in 2015. She is also active with Special Olympics of Tennessee, where she co-chairs their Young Professionals ...

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    Category: Workforce
  • Member Spotlight - Palladium Signs

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 02, 2016

    Justin Schmidt, owner

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: We call a sign project a success when our customer sees an increase in sales and/or brand value. We only succeed when our customers can say their business is better than it was before they worked with Palladium Signs.

    Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: It's great to see the area grow both economically and culturally.

    Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?
    A: The best advice I got was from a fellow sign maker. He told me that no one will know your business and customers better than you do, so don't put someone else in front of them. I've followed his advice by not hiring salesmen or customer support. When you come to Palladium Signs, you don't just get a good sign company; you get the best sign guy in town.

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The Chamber has given me ways to be involved in the Nashville community that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Not only have those opportunities helped me grow my own business; they have also led to lasting relationships, both personal and professional, ...

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    Category: General
  • New Rankings Add Sizzle to Nashville's Summer

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 28, 2016
    It's another scorching Southern summer, and the Nashville region's national accolades are turning up the heat. Here are some of our recent favorites.

    The U.S. Cities Creating The Most White-Collar Jobs, 2016 researchers analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine the cities creating the most jobs in the business and professional service sector. Nashville ranks No. 1, with business service employment growth of 47.2 percent since 2010 to 152,700 jobs, including 7.7 percent growth last year alone.

    The Best and Most Improved Housing Markets in America
    Nashville has the No. 1 metro housing market in the nation, according to a report published on The ranking is based on Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index, which includes the best and most improved housing markets across the U.S. Tennessee's housing market is the second-most improved in the survey, ranking 17th nationally.

    Tech Talent Growth Rate
    Nashville has the second-strongest tech talent growth rate in North America, according to CBRE Group, Inc.'s annual report, "Scoring Tech Talent," which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. As the home of digital entertainment and music applications, the Nashville market has increased its tech tenant ...
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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Donatos Pizza

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 25, 2016

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The opportunity to network with the leaders of this community has been incredibly valuable for us at Donatos as we work to earn customers’ business and get the word out about who we are and what we offer.

    Q: Who is Donatos and what should people know about you?
    A: Donatos is a family-owned business that has been passionate about making great-tasting pizza since 1963. Our goal is to provide guests with a product that helps make their day better. We also believe in being a contributing member of the community we serve, and we enjoy finding ways to partner with other organizations.

    Q: You recently expanded into Nashville. Why did Donatos choose Music City?
    A: Our location in Midtown opened on February 1 and is currently our only location in Tennessee. We believe Nashville is a vibrant, growing community; we are really excited to be a part of it and hope to grow here as well.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our biggest goal is to continue to create awareness of what we have to offer the Nashville ...
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    Category: General
  • What Will You Discover At BIZaroo?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 13, 2016

    The Chamber is committed to the success of Middle Tennessee's entrepreneurial community. We developed our Business Studio programming to provide flexible, affordable business training in a casual environment.

    This month, we're excited to offer BIZaroo, our signature half-day conference for growing businesses. It's ideal for small and midsized business leaders, nonprofits, marketers and all types of entrepreneurs.

    The day kicks off with a keynote presentation from Tim Ramos, co-founder, president and CEO of DayNine Consulting. He brings more than 15 years of leadership experience with IT companies around the U.S.

    Following the keynote, participants will choose interactive panel discussions on topics such as branding, marketing, strategy, innovation, culture, funding and productivity. The event will conclude with an after-party celebrating the first cohort of the ScaleUp Nashville business accelerator program, as well as additional networking opportunities.

    At BIZaroo, you'll connect with like-minded people while getting inspired by Nashville business leaders and sparking new ideas. Will we see you July 28? See our full speaker lineup and register today. 

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  • New Benefit Saves Members Money

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 12, 2016

    The Chamber is proud to announce a new addition to our cost-savings member benefits. We partner with vendors on our members' behalf to negotiate discounts on the products and services you use most.

    The Staples Business Advantage program helps businesses save money on commonly used office and breakroom supplies, furniture, print solutions and promotional products. The average member company saves 15-30 percent.

    All Chamber-member companies are eligible to participate. Click here to get your login to access the program discounts. It takes just a few minutes to enroll, and you’ll receive your login within three business days.

    If you have questions, contact Olivia Leow at



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    Category: General
  • Next Awards: Is 2016 Your Year?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 07, 2016

    The Nashville region continues to rank near the top when it comes to business friendliness and startup growth. Our “it city” status is no accident. It’s because Nashville has an amazing entrepreneurial energy that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.

    In 2011, the Chamber and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center partnered to develop the Next Awards, Middle Tennessee's premier awards event for entrepreneurial companies. The Next Awards honor the innovators and trailblazers challenging themselves to write our region's future success stories.

    What's new with this year's awards?

    For our sixth annual awards, we've made a few key changes to the award categories and streamlined the application. We still have our industry award categories that focus on innovation and growth, but we’ve added several exciting new categories that apply to entrepreneurial businesses of all types. A few to keep your eye on include:

    Game-changer Award – Tell us how your company has disrupted the marketplace or created a new niche.

    Mentor of the Year Award – This individual award acknowledges the contributions of those who have given back to the entrepreneurial community through their time, talent and resources.

    Intrapreneurial Company of the Year Award – This is for our more established businesses ...

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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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