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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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    Category: General
  • 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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    Category: General
  • 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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    Category: General
  • 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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    Category: General
  • There's a Sizzle To the 'Red-Hot Rally' Membership Event

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 18, 2014
    Guest post by Fred Slater, Chamber vice president of member relations and growth

    You’ll be hearing from us! For two days, Dec. 9 and 10, we're conducting a high-energy, fun and even a bit crazy membership campaign. During this two-day period, more than 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano with Your Chamber Connection, and his entertaining style will keep the campaign lively and exciting. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with Nashville’s business influencers, teams will engage in a competitive showdown to recruit new members.

    “It’s about business,” said Cusano. “The Chamber of Commerce is the business community. When others hear about everything the Chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the Chamber and a great deal of support.”

    According to an article in TIME magazine, Nashville is the "South’s Red-Hot Town." This "Red-Hot Rally" will fire up our volunteers to reach out to their contact base with the goal of growing our regional business voice while diversifying our membership. Following this ...
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    Category: General
    Tags: membership
  • Member Spotlight - ONEHOPE Wine

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 17, 2014
    Q: What makes ONEHOPE Wine different from other wine companies?
    A: ONEHOPE Wine donates half its profits to charity! Our award-winning wine, produced with Rob Mondavi, Jr., gives back with every single bottle purchased.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Middle Tennesseans are givers! There is a strong sense of philanthropy in this town, and everyone wants to find ways to help one another and give back. ONEHOPE Wine is one easy way to do that.

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: Networking and connections - talking about ONEHOPE Wine and sharing with people about this amazing opportunity to give back through their purchase.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: To have ONEHOPE Wine become the wine of choice for everyone when it comes to personal enjoyment, corporate giving, gifting and events. I want to see Middle Tennesseans embrace this simple way to impact our community and the world!

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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Infintech

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 10, 2014
    Ryan Rybolt, president, Infintech

    Q: What is unique about Infintech?
    A: Infintech is unique in our commitment to transparent pricing and superior customer support. The merchant processing industry has been plagued by misleading pricing tactics and absentee support after the sale. From the beginning, our goal has been simple: attract customers and never lose them. The Better Business Bureau recently recognized our 10 years of integrity by awarding us their highest honor – the 2014 Torch Award. We’re very proud of this recognition because it validates our core principles.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: As we approach our 10th anniversary, we feel it’s time to complete an audit that will reveal the strengths and opportunities in our business practices. This audit will inform our strategic plan, which we will begin to execute in the new fiscal year. Our findings are giving us confidence to invest in several areas of business, focusing on business-to-business card acceptance and growth in key regions – including Nashville.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: As a small business owner who makes countless decisions each day, I define success as making more right decisions than wrong and never ...
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    Category: General
  • Protecting Your Data - What's the Big Deal?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Nov 03, 2014
    Guest post by Brig. Gen. Brad Pray, USAF (ret.), Axios, LLC

    What's the big deal about protecting your data? Your data is your lifeblood, and too many businesspeople don't realize that until it's too late. It may be your company's key intellectual property. If it's compromised, it negatively impacts your bottom line. It may be sensitive client or patient data that could lead to embarrassment if publicly released. It could be a key manufacturing or supply-chain process that could give away your market advantage if released.

    In each case, your data was compromised because you didn't have the proper defensive strategy in place to protect your organization's "crown jewels."

    So what can you do?

    Don't expect your IT professionals to have all of the answers. They need help from the key executives in operations, finance, human resources and strategic planning. Your team has to determine together where to concentrate your limited cybersecurity and information surety resources. You cannot protect everything, so determine what is most vital to your organization. In military terms, this is your key cyber-terrain.

    Don't put your head in the sand. Of course, you need strong technical personnel, but you also need strong leadership at the top ...
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    Category: General
  • Member Spotlight - Sprint

    by Lindsay Chambers | Oct 29, 2014

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: This area has a strong economy and very positive business environment which is attractive to new businesses, and an influx of talent, especially bold entrepreneurs. That is reflected in the broad range of interesting and diverse businesses you see here, most with their own unique niches but growing and trying something new. There is also a real ethic among businesspeople in Middle Tennessee toward doing the right thing for customers and peers. That really fosters strong loyalty among the customers, who appreciate that the businesses are loyal to them in return.

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for business owners?

    A: Keep learning. Have an open mind when you talk to your customers, fellow business owners and peers in the community; anyone can offer you new ideas and inspiration. Innovation is the only way to improve on operating your business more effectively and profitability. When it comes to technology, the greatest gains in revenue will come from how you use your information. The faster you can access information in real time, the greater impact you’re going to have on generating top-line revenue. The more analytics you can ...

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    Category: General