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  • Get Involved and Lead the Way

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 02, 2015

    On Thursday, July 16, you're invited to spend your lunch hour with us and learn how you can become involved in Chamber initiatives in areas such as public education, economic development and business growth. We're again hosting Pick Your Place, our annual open house that encourages our members to engage in the work of the Chamber.

    Actively participating in your Chamber is a great way to maximize your membership while helping improve the business climate in Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to facilitate community leadership to create economic prosperity, and that leadership comes from our members who take roles in our committees, councils and communication interest areas.

    Pick Your Place is your opportunity to discuss your member benefits with Chamber staff in an informal setting and get new ideas for ways you can become one of Middle Tennessee's business leaders. The event will feature "big-picture" rooms, giving attendees the opportunity to sit down in small groups with Chamber leaders to discuss the role the organization plays in driving major community initiatives. These include:

    • Meet Chamber CEO Ralph Schulz
    • Economic development discussion with Courtney Ross, Chamber chief economic development officer
    • What is Business Studio? Learn about the Chamber's resources for small ...
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  • Apply Today For the 2015 NEXT Awards

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 19, 2015

    Innovation drives our local economy and continues to grow our key industries. At the 2015 NEXT Awards, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will recognize the entrepreneurs, creative class members and pioneers who are helping Middle Tennessee's economy advance to the next level.

    Who should apply?
    Privately held companies that are headquartered in the 10-county Middle Tennessee area are eligible to apply for a NEXT Award. Businesses that have demonstrated consistent, year-over-year growth in revenue and number of employees are ideal applicants.

    At the awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19, we will present awards in five industry categories: digital media/entertainment; health care; social enterprise/sustainability; technology; and products/services.

    Applications open Monday, June 22, and the deadline to apply is Friday, July 31. Visit to learn more about the awards and submit your application.

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  • Nashville Health Care Council Celebrates Commencement of 2015 Fellows Class

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 26, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2015 Health Care Council Fellows class following an intensive period of rigorous coursework and engaged dialogue on the future direction of the health care industry.

    An annual initiative formed in 2012, Council Fellows is co-led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. and Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management and executive director of health affairs at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. It provides a rare, highly collaborative experience that leverages real-world knowledge of the industry’s founding experts as well as nationally known figures and leading academic institutions. The class engages participants to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change.

    “When we started this program, our mission was to create an environment where the top health care minds are able to come together and establish a collaborative vision for creating meaningful change,” said Frist. “In just three years, we are already seeing the impact this program is making on our nation’s health care industry. Executives from across the country recognize Fellows as a unique, highly valuable opportunity to learn, examine and ...

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  • Member Spotlight - JumpOnIt Mobile Deals

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 28, 2015
    Q. Tell me more about JumpOnIt Mobile Deals.
    A: JumpOnIt provides the best deals on things to do, see, eat and buy in Nashville right on your cell phone. Business owners can save money on advertising by reaching thousands of potential customers in the most direct way possible: by text message. Consumers can save money at local businesses in a simple and convenient way. No more clipping coupons and forgetting them at home or paying for a discount -- JumpOnIt is free and accessible directly from your cell phone! Just text "JumpOnNash" to 88678 to join.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our goal for JumpOnIt as a whole is to have successfully launched in six cities by December, which we are definitely on track to do. But our goal for Nashville specifically is to have more than 20,000 people signed up and to be sending out 8-10 really fantastic offers each week.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success for JumpOnIt means that we are providing great savings to consumers and driving traffic and sales for local businesses. As long as the offers are great, people will be going into businesses ...
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  • Rankings Roundup: Music City Tops the Charts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 23, 2015

    Nashville's quality of life, affordability, job-creation rate and vibrancy have resulted in positive national coverage for our city. Here are a few of our favorite recent rankings.

    America's Friendliest Cities

    Nashville is in the No. 1 spot on Travel + Leisure's America's Friendliest Cities ranking. Music City has long been a favorite destination for Travel + Leisure readers, who have voted the city a top destination for foodies, live music, girlfriend getaways, barbecue, festivals, people-watching and affordability over the past several years.

    Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs
    With 68 percent tech industry job growth between 2004 and 2014, Nashville comes in at No. 8 in Forbes' survey of cities creating the most tech jobs. The study was based on employment data from the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan statistical areas.

    The 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers
    With an average down payment of $21,104, Nashville was No. 2 on MSN Money's list of the best markets for first-time homebuyers.

    The 10 Best Places to Live Now
    Men's Journal magazine listed Nashville No. 2 on its list of top 10 "cities where life is good," citing Music City's quality of life, construction boom, thriving tech scene and affordability.
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  • Member Spotlight - The Mill at Lebanon

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 02, 2015
    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: We recently reorganized and hired an event salesperson in response to our increase in event sales. We want to further develop our corporate events, meetings and trade shows.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: Success means accomplishing in your chosen field, and being content with that accomplishment.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: Networking is the lifeblood of our business. The Chamber provides us the opportunity to grow our contact base.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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