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  • Member Spotlight - Book'em

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 27, 2015

    Q: What is Book’em?
    A: Founded in 1989, Book’em is a local nonprofit children’s literacy organization whose mission is to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children from birth through high school discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers. We fulfill our mission by making children and teens proud owners of new books and bringing volunteer readers into the classrooms of at-risk preschool and elementary-aged children.  

    Our highest priority is serving Nashville’s disadvantaged children during their preschool and elementary school years. We believe that developing strong literacy skills from an early age is essential for academic and lifelong success. Book’em provides vital resources so that Nashville’s underprivileged children can build their literacy skills. Our programs include Books for Nashville Kids, Reading Is Fundamental and Ready for Reading. Book’em envisions a future in Nashville where all children own books and know firsthand the joy and value of reading. For more information, please visit 

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: For a children's literacy nonprofit, a huge donation of new books is something you need to find a way to say "yes" to. Last spring, we received ...

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  • Nashville Health Care Council Announces Additions to Board of Directors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 23, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council announces the appointment of new and renewing members to its 2015-2016 board of directors. William Gracey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will serve as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Gracey, the board’s former vice chairman, succeeds William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Health, who served as Council chairman from 2013 to 2015, and who remains on the board as a director. C. Wright Pinson, M.D., deputy vice chancellor, health affairs and CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, was selected to begin a two-year term as vice chairman of the board.

     Click here to view headshots of the new and renewing Council board members.

    Click here to view a list of the full Council board.

    “The Council’s role in supporting and enhancing Nashville’s health care industry is important now more than ever. I look forward to collaborating and working alongside other industry leaders to advance the organization’s mission and further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital,” Gracey said.

    New and renewing at-large directors include Neil de Crescenzo, president and CEO, emdeon; Samuel N. Hazen, ...

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  • Member Spotlight - UpDesk

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 20, 2015
    Q: Tell me about UpDesk.
    A: Born in Nashville, UpDesk believes people's space shouldn't define them, but they should define their space. Our height-adjustable desks are designed by the minds that have created other ergonomic supplies for the health care industry for more than 40 years. Most importantly, we consider our customers family and strive for excellent service.

    Q: What is unique about UpDesk?
    A: Company culture, customer interactions, and how we listen to the marketplace are few ways that make the UpDesk brand unique. Not to mention, we offer a wide variety of ergonomic solutions to fit everyone's need and budget.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for UpDesk in the next year?
    A: UpDesk's primary goal is to become known as the "one-stop shop" for large and small companies as well as individuals to find a large selection of ergonomic solutions at the best possible price.

    Q: What has been the best part about having a location in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Nashville is home to some of the world's most influential companies, and UpDesk has already had the pleasure of doing business with several of them. We look forward to sustaining those business relationships and expanding our awareness even ...
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  • Thanks To Our Sponsors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 14, 2015
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  • National Rankings Tout Nashville's Low Cost of Living, High Quality of Life

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 08, 2015
    The good news about Nashville continues to spread, resulting in a bumper crop of national rankings. Here are highlights of some of our city's recent accolades.

    Top 10 Cities for Creatives
    Financial research website placed Nashville fifth on its list of the top 10 U.S. cities for creative workers. To determine their ranking, SmartAsset compared the cost of living in major U.S. cities to the concentration of creative workers in those cities.

    Top 10 Large Metro Areas for Law School Graduates, which provides research data to current and prospective college students, lists Nashville at No. 5 among the best large metro areas to start a law career. To determine the ranking, GoodCall looked at metropolitan areas with populations above 100,000, evaluating them on average lawyer salaries, affordability, amenities and employment attractiveness.

    15 Affordable U.S. Cities To Add To Your Bucket List
    Lifestyle website placed Nashville on its list of "cool and eclectic cities that won’t cost an arm and a leg to visit."

    Top 10 Towns for Summer Jobs
    Based on factors such as recent positive job growth, availability of part-time employment and variety of summer activities, employment website has compiled a list of the top ...
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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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