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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Author to Keynote Chamber & P2020 Annual Meeting

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 26, 2014
    jmeachamWe are proud to welcome bestselling author Jon Meacham as our keynote speaker for this year's Chamber and Partnership 2020 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is also a contributing editor to TIME magazine. He and his family moved to Nashville from New York in 2012, and in March of this year, Meacham wrote an article for TIME titled "The South's Red-Hot Town," spotlighting Nashville's emergence from the Great Recession into new heights of economic prosperity. The article praises Nashville for its strong employment growth, low cost of living and thriving cultural scene.

    Please join us for a celebration of the accomplishments of the past year. Your support helps us fulfill our mission of creating prosperity throughout Middle Tennessee, and we want to share our successes with you. To register, click here.

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  • Member Spotlight - Sweet Southern Spirit

    by Lindsay Chambers | Sep 22, 2014
    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: The best advice I have ever received was grow your business slowly and do not overextend. Watch your cash flow statements.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?

    A: Our biggest goal this year is to open a retail location in downtown Nashville. Although we have two retail locations and deliver into downtown Nashville each day, we want that presence in downtown.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: The best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee is the customer base. Customers are easy to work with, and there are several larger cities in Middle Tennessee in close proximity, which makes covering a large territory more effective.

    Q: How do you define success?
    A: I define success as being able to work in a field that makes you happy and satisfies your personal and financial needs.



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  • Member Spotlight - knapptimecreative

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 24, 2014
    Steven Knapp, knapptime creative

    Q: What is unique about your company or product/service?
    A: knapptimecreative’s main service is providing quick-turn multimedia storytelling for brands and businesses during events for use on social media. Our talent is going to your event, finding the stories that align with your brand, and presenting them to the world in a timely fashion, with a film-quality feel. While many businesses are content to let an intern post content with an iPhone, we take your branded social media content to the next level in terms of creativity, production value and speed. We’ve had great success with this model for some national brands like Roper Apparel, Stetson and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: knapptimecreative recently completed a 30-minute documentary about the Nashville in Harmony LGBT chorus; we are very thankful to have the Chamber’s support to help promote the screening Thursday, July 31, at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. More details are available here.

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The Chamber has demonstrated their value by making some invaluable introductions. As a freelance visual artist, those personal relationships are key. Being ...
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  • Chamber Announces Two New Hires, Staff Promotion

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 15, 2014
    The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced new hires on its membership and economic development teams, as well as a staff promotion.

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    Lauren Gregg has been named the organization's new member relations coordinator. In this role, she will provide customer service outreach to Chamber members, particularly those who have recently joined. Gregg comes to the Chamber from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, where she provided Nashville tourists with information about hotels, restaurants and attractions. She also served as a communications and media relations intern for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Gregg holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.


    Neal-MacDonald Neil MacDonald has joined the Chamber's staff as the director of business recruitment. He will work closely with companies that are considering doing business in Middle Tennessee to help bring new jobs and investments into the region. He comes to the Chamber from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, where he held the positions of legislative liaison and business development specialist. MacDonald has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

    Corey-Davis Corey Davis has accepted the position of director of business growth initiatives for the Chamber. In this role, ...
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  • Member Spotlight - The Joint

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 10, 2014
    Q: What is unique about The Joint’s approach to chiropractic care?
    A: The Joint makes chiropractic care convenient and affordable. We treat all patients on a walk-in basis, which allows each individual to stop in for a 10-minute office visit at the time that is best for them. We have convenient hours, open on weekdays until 7 p.m. and on Saturdays, so our patients can receive the care they need outside of a standard work schedule. Memberships and packages are also available to further reduce the cost of each adjustment, making chiropractic care affordable for everyone.

    Q: Why did The Joint decide to expand into the Nashville community?

    A: Nashville is an entrepreneurial hub with phenomenal growth prospects. Every industry seems to be thriving in Nashville right now, and we saw a need for our philosophy and model of chiropractic maintenance. The city is also filled with lots of forward-thinking professionals who recognize the value of ongoing, wellness care.

    Q: How has the Nashville Area Chamber been a resource to you during your expansion?

    A: The Nashville Chamber was an excellent resource during the planning of our ribbon cutting, from social media promotion to their presence at the event. More ...
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  • Chamber Communications Efforts Garner National Recognition

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 08, 2014
    This week, we were excited to learn that three of our communications pieces have received awards from American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), a national organization for chambers.

    ACCE's annual Awards for Communication Excellence recognize efforts in four categories: advertising, campaigns, electronic and publications. Each category is divided into two size classes: chambers with budgets exceeding $1 million and those with budgets below that amount.

    A judging panel of chamber professionals evaluated each of the 163 entries in this year's competition. The WorkIT Nashville technology recruitment campaign, led by the Chamber and our community partners, was recognized with a Grand Award in the campaigns category. Additionally, our 2013 Music Industry Study received a Grand Award in the publications category. Finally, the "Your Chamber Investment" membership benefits booklet received an Award of Excellence.

    These three award-winning communications pieces are just a small representation of our ongoing efforts to promote the Chamber's mission by providing relevant content and original research.

    We will receive our awards, along with recognition among our chamber peers, at ACCE's Centennial Convention in Cincinnati next month.
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  • How to Build a Wellness Culture That Works

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 07, 2014
    bcbstguestpostGuest post by Kasie Plekkenpol, director of health management product strategy, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

    It doesn’t matter if you have five or 5,000 employees; you can create a culture of wellness that increases job satisfaction and productivity.

    That may seem daunting, especially to smaller companies. After all, you’ve got a budget and business goals to worry about. But think about this: 66 percent of companies with successful wellness programs reported outperforming their top competitors, according to a Towers Watson study.

    We’ve certainly seen the link between well-being and productivity at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Take a walk around Cameron Hill and you’ll see employees who are focused and hard at work serving our 3 million members. Or you could see others managing stress by working out in the gym or taking a walk outside. The two go hand in hand.

    Over the last few years, we’ve held our claims costs to less than 1 percent annual growth rate while we’ve simultaneously boosted employee engagement. Our employees have become passionate advocates for the wellness program that is helping them lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, and manage chronic conditions like diabetes.

    And before you say, “easy for you,” ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Next Generation Dentists

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 30, 2014
    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: The most valuable aspect of our Chamber membership has been the ability to network with other businesses. Because networking plays a huge role in doing business with others, it is always great to meet and greet new people in the community, and we have met some wonderful patients.

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: Our old location on Murfreesboro Pike was not ideal for patients. It was on a second level and thus was not handicap-accessible. We decided to buy our new location and have it completely renovated. From the outside to the inside, we now have a completely new building and a new makeover as Next Generation Dentists makes its way to building their new brand to better serving our clients. We are hosting a ribbon-cutting celebration at our new location on Wednesday, July 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m., and hope everyone can join us.

    Q: How has Chamber membership benefited your company?
    A: Chamber membership has brought in new leads and more brand awareness for us. As we take on new patient families, we want to continue to let as many people ...
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  • Looking Back On a Successful Chamber Year

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 26, 2014

    Guest post by Ralph Schulz, president & CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

    As the Chamber prepares to close our program year on June 30, we wanted to share a few of the major accomplishments of the past year, as well as look ahead to 2014-2015. Our ability to support priorities such as economic development, business advocacy, public education and overall quality of life depends on the time and commitment of our volunteers, members, board members, elected officials and community leaders.

    Economic development highlights:
    From July 2013 to May 2014, through the work of our regional economic development partners and Partnership 2020, the Nashville region has announced:

    • 120 relocations and expansions from private businesses;
    • the creation of 19,767 new jobs;
    • $2.6 billion in capital investment; and
    • 8,425,631 square feet of commercial space leased, bought or sold.

    Additionally, we have seen a 156 percent increase in job growth over the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

    Business advocacy highlights:
    This was a busy year for Tennessee’s General Assembly. Throughout the session, the Chamber advocated for business-friendly legislation based on our state legislative agenda, which we developed based on member feedback. The outcome was a state legislative session that was generally favorable to the ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Solace Oral Surgery

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 09, 2014
    Jaime A. Romero, Jr., D.D.S., Solace Oral Surgery

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?
    A: Building relationships with other people and businesses is very important in any profession. As a specialty doctor, new to the area, I know it is very important to connect with people; the Chamber has been a great resource for me. Nashville is booming and flourishing, and a wonderful place to run a business.

    Q: What's the best advice you ever received?
    A: "Give and you shall receive." I'm a firm believer in giving back to the community. If you treat people the right way, you will always be blessed. I also believe that nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

    Q: What is unique about your company or service?
    A: The scope of my practice is very specialized. My niche and focus is on dental implants and an innovative technique for total rehabilitation of a person's smile, a surgical and prosthetic technique known as the All-on-4® treatment concept. We also do dental extractions, from simple to very complex. We provide exceptional patient care, and seeing our patients happy is our No. 1 priority.

    Q: What's your best piece of advice for ...
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