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'Hotelier of the Year' Finds Home in Memphis

Memphis has plenty of boosters, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one more enthusiastic than Doug Browne. As president of the Peabody Hotel Group, a subsidiary of Belz Enterprises, Browne has been running the South’s Grand Hotel for the 14 years he’s been in the city and he’s clearly good at it. Last year, he received the “Hotelier of the Year” award by the Historic Hotels of America, a tribute to his love for and dedication to The Peabody. Learn more about Doug's journey to Memphis and his investment in our city in this edition of Corner Office.
Posted: 5/19/2017 2:16:44 PM | with 0 comments

Your Business Isn't Prepared to Survive Ransomware: Here's Why

Many business owners do not equate the threat of cybercrime with going out of business, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimates that half of the small businesses that suffer a cyberattack go out of business within six months. Learn how to protect yourself from one of the greatest cyberattack risks to businesses today from ProTech, the Chamber's official technology partner.
Posted: 5/17/2017 3:19:02 PM | with 0 comments

Lehman Roberts Executive Falls for a City of Generosity

He planned to serve humanity by becoming a doctor, but 45-year-old Patrick Nelson’s life took a turn on the freeway of life. He got a job with a roadway construction company in 1993, and he never looked back. In the few short years after arriving in Memphis to study biology, he’d fallen in love with a city, a woman and an industry. Nelson is now President of Lehman-Roberts, one of the region's most significant producers of asphalt.
Posted: 5/10/2017 11:32:29 AM | with 0 comments

Hotel Napoleon Offers Perfect Blend of Historical and Modern

Celebrating eight months downtown this May, Hotel Napoleon has brightened Downtown Memphis with its singular look that blends the ultra-modern with 1902-era grandeur.
Posted: 5/2/2017 2:44:30 PM | with 0 comments

Memphis in May: Humble Beginnings to $88 Million Impact

Each May, most Memphians can sense something special in the air here – and it’s not just the smell of mouth-watering barbecue. Simply put, each May, residents and visitors alike embrace the best that Memphis has to offer and fall in love with it – either for the first time or all over again. Welcome to Memphis in May, our favorite time of year.
Posted: 5/1/2017 3:45:04 PM | with 0 comments

Memphis Clean by 2019: The People Behind the Effort to Clean Up Our City

In late 2014, the Chamber adopted a battle cry – Memphis Clean by 2019 – to rid the city of trash and blight. What better time to get cleaned up than for the city’s 200th birthday? And what better motivation ­to tackle a problem that impacts not only the quality of life in neighborhoods but also the economic potential of a whole city?

Learn more about how these efforts are moving forward in four areas of Memphis - The Heights, Oak Ridge, Orange Mound, and Southeast Memphis.
Posted: 4/18/2017 11:08:42 AM | with 0 comments

Entrepreneurs Prove Memphis is the Best City for Startup Success: Ivy Mediation

LaMeka founded Ivy Mediation early this year. She works with civil, labor and domestic cases to help resolve conflict. As a “Rule 31 Mediator,” she participates in court-ordered conflict resolution for parties in divorces, for example, and she does volunteer work in mediation. In workplaces, she likes bridging the gap between managers and employees. Ivy Mediation’s services include conflict resolution training, harassment prevention and customer service training.
Posted: 4/11/2017 5:18:33 AM | with 0 comments

Entrepreneurs Prove Memphis is the Best City for Startup Success: eLittle Communications

With years of experience in television journalism, the Johnny Little, Jr. reinvented himself like his father before him and became an entrepreneur, opening eLittle Communications in 2007. 
Posted: 4/4/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Member Spotlight: Tennessee Charter School Center

Member Tennessee Charter School Center has made it their mission to support and cultivate high-performing charter schools and advocate for autonomy, accountabliity and choice across public education in Tennessee. In the video and blog post below, Amanda Henneghan, Director of Communications, shares how this organization is impacting education in Memphis.
Posted: 3/29/2017 11:18:10 AM | with 0 comments

Board of Advisor Spotlight: Orion Federal Credit Union

In each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Trevia Chatman, Business Development Officer for Orion Federal Credit Union shares why her company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
Posted: 3/28/2017 4:17:58 PM | with 0 comments

Entrepreneurs Prove Memphis is the Best City for Startup Success: Mid-South Drug Testing

Kelly Dobbins dared to start her own business after seeing a shift in the drug-testing industry. Even though she didn’t know where to get everything she needed, she took a gamble.
Posted: 3/21/2017 9:23:03 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

For more than five decades, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has led the battle against cancer in children. It’s made significant strides in research and treatment, but the institution is amping up its mission with a multi-billion dollar expansion that aims to take on 30 percent of the global pediatric cancer burden by 2021.
Posted: 3/10/2017 3:33:41 PM | with 0 comments

Get In Your Nominations for the Class of 2017 Young Memphians

While cities around the nation are competing for young talent, Memphis is making a name for itself as a destination for young professionals. Our young professionals council, SoundCheck, with over 200 members and counting, is filled with YPs eager to play a part in the economic growth of Memphis.

So once again we're looking to recognize ten emerging young professionals from Greater Memphis Chamber businesses who are taking ownership of this city, advancing in their career and want to see prosperity for all in Memphis. And we want YOU to nominate them.
Posted: 3/10/2017 12:01:47 PM | with 0 comments

MAAR CEO Shares the Chamber Vision for Selling Memphis

As CEO of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, or MAAR, Melanie Blakeney also immerses herself in leadership roles with the Greater Memphis Chamber. It’s only natural, she says. They share a vision -- selling Memphis.
Posted: 3/9/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Youngblood Builder Supply

You could say it’s new, but Youngblood Builders Supply is actually bringing an old lumber yard and hardware store into the 21st century. Rick and Don Youngblood bought Hyman Builders Supply at 40 West McLemore Ave. last year and gave it a complete makeover, with more to come. 
Posted: 3/6/2017 3:15:51 PM | with 0 comments

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