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Steps to Building a Healthy Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is an easy to access account that holds four to six months’ worth of living expenses. This fund is to help cover the cost of unexpected financial demands, including covering the expenses of job loss. At the end of the day, an emergency fund is a way of providing peace of mind that your financial health will not be at risk in the event of an emergency demand on your wallet.
Posted: 3/31/2016 9:14:23 AM | with 0 comments

Leaders Win With Clear Communication

I recently took a seminar on leadership in organizational behavior discussing topics like defining effective leadership, what types of people make effective leaders and what results effective leaders produce.  One of the main questions we discussed was that while all companies seek effective leaders, how does one really determine if a person will be an effective leader?
Posted: 3/23/2016 9:39:46 AM | with 0 comments

Sales: The Most Crucial Component of a Small Business

Sales skill has to be among your best qualities if you are going to succeed at operating a small business. It turns your wonderful products into cash in the bank!  Nothing happens until somebody sells something. It’s true. They say America needs to move by truck but who fills the trucks?  Salespeople.
Posted: 3/16/2016 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Leveraging Women-Owned Business Status to Your Advantage

There was a time when the status of being a woman-owned business was a challenge to business progress, but now, there are multiple opportunities to leverage this differentiator as a positive. According to the last U. S. Census Bureau survey, more than a third of Memphis businesses are women-owned, and it’s safe to say more have been established since then. The good news is there are countless ways women business owners can use their status to their advantage. The opportunities are plentiful; you just have to look for them!
Posted: 3/9/2016 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Conquering Top Concerns for All Small Business Owners

So, what's on your mind so far this year? I bet it includes some version of these topics: growth, profitability and hiring. No matter how long you're in business, these can be regular visitors to your middle-of-the-night, ceiling-staring parties.
Posted: 3/2/2016 10:07:53 AM | with 0 comments

Your business may be small, but that doesn't mean that your impact can't be huge! The Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council serves to encourage, support, recognize and be a resource to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Memphis area. Here, our talented panel of contributors will present big ideas that could make a huge difference to your small business. And don't be afraid to ask questions ... no matter how small.

Sales & Small Business Ownership
Voss W. Graham is CEO and Senior Business Advisor for InnerActive Consulting Group Inc. He is known by his clients as "a knowledgeable partner who helps our team achieve business growth." He provides practical experience as a small business owner for over 29 years, yet is often engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the development of their people and business strategies.

Public Relations
Several professionals and strategists from the local Obsidian Public Relations firm provide excellent advice on everything from research to media relations to event planning. They believe that all companies, no matter how big or small the company or its budget, should have a public relations plan driving how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders. Public relations is an integral part of doing business the right way.

Human Resources
Joel Myers is a career Human Resources professional, with over 40 years in the field including 26 years in consulting.

Small Business Advice
Tom Pease is a small business owner of an office equipment dealership called e/Doc Systems, Inc. He has also owned a full-line Kawasaki dealership as well as a document shop. He used 30+ years of experience in owning a business to author two books, including: Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail and Small Business Survival 101. He also has published 85 columns in The Memphis Daily News as the Small Business Advisor.

Marketing & Public Relations
Lori Turner-Wilson is CEO and Founder of RedRover Company, a sales development, marketing and PR consulting firm. Lori works with companies large and small, from start-ups to mature organizations, to help them improve the productivity of their sales force and the return on their marketing investment. Lori writes a weekly syndicated column for the Daily News, Memphis News, Nashville Ledger, and Desoto Times, among others, titled “Guerrilla Sales & Marketing,” for which she won a 2011 Summit International Award and 2012 International Communicator Award.

Design and Digital Strategy
Founded in 1999, inferno provides brand development, advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Headquartered in Memphis with a satellite office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the award-winning firm produces results-driven work by passionately combining strategic thinking, creativity and culture to ensure the success of its clients. For more information, visit

Labor & Employment Law
Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That's why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases. The firm has 350 attorneys in 32 offices, including Memphis. For more information, visit

Since its founding in 2005, Paragon Bank has maintained a solid focus on the community and customer service. For more than 10 years, Paragon has delivered innovative products and financial expertise, convenience, and a deep understanding of what both businesses and individuals need from a ban, in order to provide solutions that make a difference. In the areas of business or personal banking, lending options or wealth management, Paragon delivers cutting edge technology, an experienced team and the most service-oriented staff of any community bank.