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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Increase Your Visibility through the Chamber

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 09, 2016
    If you are looking to increase your company’s regional visibility and target business influencers, the Nashville Area Chamber’s sponsorship and advertising opportunities will help connect you with your target markets, meet your objectives cost-effectively and better position your brand.

    Your support of Chamber programs and events will also ensure that your company is recognized as an active participant in the Chamber's mission of facilitating community leadership to create economic prosperity. From leadership to public policy, and from networking to business training, we have a perfect fit for your organization's goals and objectives.

    The Chamber is actively seeking sponsors for the following programs:

    Friends of the Chamber
    The Friends of the Chamber sponsorship is designed to connect your company with community and business executives in Middle Tennessee to drive brand awareness and visibility. The sponsorship package includes year-round marketing through the Chamber’s most important and substantive programs and events, customizable to fit your strategic priorities and target audiences.

    Education Report Card

    Each year, the Chamber assembles a diverse and committed group of local business leaders and residents to assess the progress of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The committee examines student achievement, as well as an area of performance outside academics, such ...

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  • So, You Want to Be a Leader?

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 07, 2016
    By Stephanie Winn, manager of talent attraction & retention, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs), I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. I’ve been flipping through photos of NELAs gone by and thinking about how much our program has changed over the years. As Nashville has grown, so has the NELAs – which started all those years ago as a tiny awards program. This year we reached a record 750 nominations of well-deserving young professionals!

    We announced our 75 finalists for the 2016 NELAs today, and in reviewing all of the applications we received, I noticed they all have five things in common. If your dream is to be one of Nashville’s top leaders, here are the top five traits to be successful.

    1. They have a sense of humor.
    As much as we would like to believe that being tough and cold in business is best, our applicants proved time and time again the truth of the old adage, “You'll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.” If you can make people feel comfortable, chances are they will open up to you about ...

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  • Nashville Continues Topping the Charts

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 02, 2016
    With Nashville's current boomtown status, it's no surprise that our region's affordability, quality of life and strong economy are propelling us to the top of national rankings. Here are a few recent standouts.

    Best Big Cities for Jobs 2016
    Forbes researchers ranked all 421 U.S. MSAs based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2004 through 2015 to determine the top cities for job growth. Nashville ranked fourth.

    Top Cities for Startup Growth
    Nashville was named one of the top cities for startup growth, ranking No. 5 in a 2016 Kauffman report, ahead of San Francisco and Boston. Nashville stood out in business products and services and health care, ranking No. 1 in both categories for high growth.

    Top Cities for Creatives
    Using job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and cost-of-living information from the Council for Community and Economic Research, financial research website SmartAsset ranked the top 10 U.S. cities for creative workers. Nashville comes in ninth. This is the second year SmartAsset has conducted this research; Nashville also ranked in their 2015 list.

    Top Cities for Recent College Graduates
    The new Graduate Opportunity Index, compiled by Trulia in partnership with LinkedIn, rates 40 of ...
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  • Member Spotlight - Tennessee Air National Guard at Berry Field

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 31, 2016

    Col. Keith Allbritten, commander, 118th Wing

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for other business owners?
    A: When you hire a member of the Air National Guard, you get an employee who knows how to be on time, in shape, healthy, drug-free, well-educated and understands the meaning of getting the job done. 

    Q: What's important for people to know about the Tennessee Air National Guard and Berry Field?
    A: At Berry Field, we have very high-speed missions that are supported by a well-trained, disciplined and technically savvy workforce - great patriots who support our country. We are proud to be an instrument of national power!

    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: "Be ready when the train pulls into the station." In other words, if you need certain training to get to the next level, don't wait until the promotion opportunity presents itself - if you leave the station to go home and pack your bag, the train has left when you get back and you've missed your opportunity. Lack of preparation = self-elimination. Never hold yourself back.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: We have several goals for our ...

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