Membership

The mission of the Jackson Chamber is "to develop and maintain an economic climate that creates and retains jobs and enhances the quality of life for all citizens of Jackson-Madison County and West Tennessee."

Joining the Jackson Chamber and retaining your membership could be one of the smartest business decisions you'll ever make. By investing in the chamber, not only do you commit to the growth and success of the community, but also to the future success of your own business. As part of that investment, you immediately have access to the resources, contacts and networking reach of 1200+ chamber members. For more information about joining Jackson's most active business organization, connect with Alexis Long or 731-423-2200.

30%

of West Tennessee's workforce join Jackson's population each day from surrounding counties

80%

of members have 25 employees or less

Consumers are

80%

more likely to purchase goods from Jackson Chamber members than non‐member businesses

"We love being a part of the chamber. They’ve helped us get and stay connected to the community, meet new people and gain new clients.”

Randy Moffett
Kelly Services



4Apr - 18AugApr 48:00 amAug 18Lauren Tilden "Imago Dei" Exhibition

5Jul - 30AugJul 59:00 amAug 30Art Exhibits at The Ned

18Aug8:00 am- 2:00 pmWhy Corporate Health and Wellness in the Workplace?

18Aug3:30 pm- 4:30 pmFamily Book Club

21Aug12:00 pm- 2:00 pmMoon over The Bank of Jackson

21Aug7:30 pm- 8:30 pmBallroom Dance Classes

21Aug7:30 pm- 8:30 pmBeginner Dance Classes

24Aug10:15 am- 10:45 amStory Time - Library North

24Aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmAn Evening at Station Eleven with Emily St. John Mandel

24Aug6:00 pm- 9:00 pmMusic Open Jam - Jackson Area Plectral Society

25Aug10:00 am- 10:30 amRibbon CuttingLa Petite Boutique

25Aug3:30 pm- 4:30 pmFamily Book Club

28Aug7:30 pm- 8:30 pmBallroom Dance Classes

28Aug7:30 pm- 8:30 pmBeginner Dance Classes

30Aug4:00 pm- 5:00 pmRibbon Cutting for Class 101 West Tennessee

31Aug10:15 am- 10:45 amStory Time - Library North

31Aug5:00 pm- 7:00 pmBusiness After Hours

31Aug6:00 pm- 9:00 pmMusic Open Jam - Jackson Area Plectral Society



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Did You Know?

Life In Jackson

Do, Eat, Play

Do.

Cultural

Jackson’s cultural amenities offer symphony concerts to music fests, from community theater productions to the ballet, Jackson is known for the many art forms and celebrations of the arts. As a Jacksonian explained it, "Not only is there a great deal of art to be enjoyed in Jackson, you can often be a participant in the creation of the art, the theatre productions, the music." The Jackson Arts Council's mission is to connect and strengthen the arts. It promotes excellence in and access to the creation and experience of the arts. Serving as cultural partners with many organizations in the city, the Jackson Arts Council facilitates and supports the Arts Coalition, advocates locally and on a state level for the Arts, and also administers two grant programs: ABC and JAC. A variety of cultural/arts festivals are held in Jackson, including the African Street Festival, Archeofest, Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour, the Jackson International Food and Art Festival and Rockabilly Fest. The Arts Coalition of Jackson Arts Council is made up of representatives of non-profit arts organizations and arts presenters in Jackson-Madison County. Their mission is to advance the arts through cooperation, education, communication and support. Some of the many arts groups in Jackson include: For the complete list of Festivals and members of the Arts Coalition of the Jackson Arts Council, go to JacksonArtsCouncil.TN.org.
 

Shopping

West Tennessee shoppers flock to Jackson because they like the variety of retail stores that Jackson offers in its two million square feet of retail space. Many of those stores are found in one of the many shopping centers. Let’s go shopping.

Eat.

Dining

From down‐home cooking to fine dining and multicultural foods, Jackson’s array of restaurants also brings people to town. Local specialties include pulled pork barbecue and catfish. Home‐grown entrepreneur Isaac Tigrett made Jackson’s barbecue world famous at the Hard Rock Cafe found in major cities. Find a local restaurant.

Play.

Outdoors and Parks

Jackson and Madison county’s park system is a well-kept gem. The Jackson Recreation and Parks Department has been nationally recognized for its variety and depth of program services and its parks system. It has been ranked in the top 20 nationally for cities of similar size. The Department operates 12 parks, covering 850 acres. Madison County Parks offer a wide variety of activities for the entire family from youth football, cheerleading, wheelchair basketball, youth softball and baseball, BMX races, rodeos and horse shows, and historic reenactments. Facilities are also provided for volleyball, walking, and fishing. Jackson’s residents also are within an hour or two drive from several state parks, including Reelfoot Lake, which America’s bald eagle calls home in winter; and Chickasaw State Park and Natchez Trace State Park with their rustic trails and picnic areas. Paris Landing State Park and Pickwick State Park -northeast and southeast respectively from Jackson – sit on the scenic Tennessee River and offer boating, golf courses, lodging and other recreational activities.
 

Sports and Recreation

In 1998, the Jackson Generals were born when the formerly Memphis-based Southern League franchise moved to Jackson. The AA minor league team is an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Ballpark at Jackson is extremely fan-friendly. The last row of seats is a mere 30 feet above the playing surface. There are great sightlines and a well-stocked concession area. Corporate boxes round out the offerings. From college football to a host of adult and children’s recreational leagues also vie for the town’s attention. Jackson also offers golf courses, indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, two bowling centers, an outdoor inline hockey rink and well-kept fields for baseball, T-ball, softball, soccer and other activities. Jackson is home to The West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex, operated by the City of Jackson, Tennessee, is the Southeast’s premier youth baseball and softball facility. Located in the heart of West Tennessee and easily accessible by major highways, the Sportsplex is almost midway between Nashville and Memphis at Exit 85 on Interstate 40. With 17 lighted and immaculately groomed baseball and softball fields sitting on 70 acres, The West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex offers the perfect location for teams from any region.

Housing

From apartments and townhomes to luxury single family and historical homes, Jackson-Madison County offers residents a wide variety of housing options, whether for purchase or for rent.  

The median cost of available housing in Jackson is below national and regional averages. Prospective homeowners can choose between new and established neighborhoods for homes within any price range.  

Because of the low cost of living, people can put a greater percentage of their incomes into housing they couldn’t afford elsewhere. People transferring in from other areas with higher housing costs find their equity goes further in a similar size home in Jackson or that they can afford a larger home.

  Click here for a full list of member apartments & real estate firms

Health+Wellness

Health

An Industry-Leading Regional Medical Center

Jackson’s quality and diversity of medical care stands out from other cities. The physicians, hospitals and other treatment programs attract thousands of people a day to the community. The anchors of the medical community are Jackson’s two hospitals – Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Tennova Healthcare-Regional Jackson.  

Many of the community’s physicians are members of The Jackson Clinic, the state’s largest private multi-specialty clinic with over 120 physicians practicing in every major specialty. The West Tennessee Physician's Alliance is an organization representing more than 100 physicians who practice in smaller clinics. Jackson also offers a variety of specialty clinics with no need to travel for the care you need.

Wellness

  A variety of new fitness facilities and wellness centers have transformed Jackson into one of the most health-conscious cities in the state. Jackson also is on the cusp of building new parks, walking and hiking trails, greenways, along with areas for kayaking and canoeing.  

15 fitness centers operate in a city of more than 65,000 – with more health and fitness conscious operations on the horizon. The numerous variety gives Jackson more wellness centers per capita than any other city its size in the state.  

Get connected to good health by visiting any of the Jackson Chamber's Health and Wellness members.

Education



Jackson is home to various educational institutions, from Pre-K through 4-year post-secondary degree programs, that offer high quality academics. According to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report, Jackson has some of the top ranked high schools and universities in the nation.  

Resources

 

Public Schools

  The Jackson-Madison County School System (JMCSS) is an award-winning school district, serving approximately 13,000 students in 23 schools. The schools offer quality education programs and enrichment opportunities to a diverse population of students.

Private Schools

  In addition to our well-regarded public school system, Jackson offers a broad selection of private schools options. Covering pre-school through high school education, they offer a range of programs through a variety of learning styles. All stress outstanding academic standards.  

Colleges & Universities

  The Jackson area boasts six accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions, including a top-tier university.  

Community & Technical Colleges

  Jackson State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), and West Tennessee Business College are all located in Jackson. They provide opportunities for the highest quality academic, technical and professional training for our region.  

Tennessee residents may apply for the Tennessee Promise or Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community scholarship, which will provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee.


Thank you to Jackson Chamber's Education Sponsor:


Visit Jackson

Located halfway between Nashville and Memphis on Interstate 40, people visiting Jackson find there is a lot to like. When Country connected to the Blues in Jackson the sound was heard around the world and Rock-A-Billy was born. Jackson is where baseball players, beauty queens, heroes, and legends are all connected. Jackson offers great place to stay, great places to eat, great places to shop, fun things to do, and interesting things to learn.  

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History

Once part of the Chickasaw Indians’ hunting grounds, West Tennessee was opened for settlement in 1818. Early residents of the Jackson area set aside 30 acres for a city along the banks of the once-navigable Forked Deer River in 1822. They named their city Alexandria ‐ in honor of A.R. Alexander, whose home served as the meeting site of the first county court. Later that year, the town was renamed “Jackson” in honor of war hero and future U.S. President Andrew Jackson.  

One of Jackson’s earliest famous residents was Davy Crockett, the area’s U.S. Congressman. In one of his last speeches in the area, after losing his bid for re-election, Crockett left West Tennessee for Texas. Leaving was a fatal decision on Crockett’s part; he died defending the Alamo.  

Another famous resident was train engineer Casey Jones, who heroically stayed with his train and died in a wreck outside Vaughan, Mississippi. Casey’s house is now a popular tourist attraction in the Casey Jones Village, just south of Interstate 40 at U.S. 45 Bypass.  

Railroads have been an important part of Jackson’s growth: At one time, five railroad presidents lived here. For most of Jackson’s history, the economy also depended on the surrounding rich farmland.  

The richness of Jackson’s history is found in its neighborhoods and buildings. East Main Street, with its many Victorian period homes, and Northwood, developed after World War I as Jackson’s first “subdivision,” are on the National Register of Historic Places. Other sites on the National Register include the restored Carnegie Library, now a cultural arts center; Lane College, which opened in 1882 as a high school for African Americans; and the Bemis community, a cotton mill town developed in the early 1900’s.  

Government

The city of Jackson is located in Madison County, Tennessee and is the primary city of the Jackson, Tennessee metropolitan area, which incorporates the cities of Humboldt, Medon and Three Way, Tennessee.

 

City Government:

Jackson's Mayor is elected every four years. The City Charter also provides for a legislative body of nine members, each elected by and representing a unique district. Visit the City of Jackson website to learn more about city government and services.  

County Government:

Madison County's government is headed by an elected County Mayor. The legislative body for the county is the 25 member Madison County Commission. Visit the Madison County, TN website for more information about county government, local officials and services.  

For a list of local, state and federally elected officials, visit tn.gov.

Newcomer's Packet

Considering a move to the Jackson-Madison County area? Check out our Newcomer Packet with information about everything you need to know at your fingertips.  

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Jackson Chamber


197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301

731.423.2200 | chamber@jacksontn.com

Jackson Chamber


197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301

731.423.2200 | chamber@jacksontn.com

Why
Join?

Top 10 Reasons to Join


10

Promoting Your Business

Chamber members are given the opportunity to market their business through a variety of sponsorship and advertising opportunities.


9

Business Referrals

As a chamber, we are loyal to our members — referring only our members.


8

Networking Opportunities

Connect with Jackson Chamber members and community leaders — build business relationships, learn something new and have a little fun at chamber networking events.


7

Knowledge

Tap into the knowledge of your fellow members and chamber staff. With your membership you gain greater access to corporate CEO's, community leaders and government officials.


6

Small Business Support

The chamber works to take care of small business through seminars, workshops, business counseling and more!


5

Professional Development

There are opportunities for you to grow through professional development programs and committees.


4

Government Affairs

Committees and staff follow local, state and federal legislation which has an effect on business and the community.


3

Economic Development

Your investment in the chamber helps create and retain jobs which maintains a pro‐business climate.


2

Return on Investment

Ask members whether they received a good return on their initial investment and you'll hear an overwhelming positive response. The rewards realized on the nominal cost of membership might surprise you.


1

Community Commitment

You have a business stake in the community … your investment in the chamber means an investment in the community.

Why
Join?

Membership ‐ at a Glance

Free Listings

  1. Online Directory - JacksonTN.com
  2. Printed Directory

Affordable
Advertising Rates


Sponsorships


Mailing Labels


Free Groundbreaking
and/or Ribbon Cutting


Referrals


Chamber Plaque


Free Subscriptions

  1. Chamber Highlights
  2. Jackson Chamber Video Newsletter

Chamber Member Deal

  1. Member discounts featured on Facebook & Twitter

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Ambassadors (Red Coats)
  2. Emissaries
  3. Committees

Leadership

Leadership University is the Jackson Chamber's youth leadership development program for Jackson/Madison County. It is open to juniors from public, private and home‐schooled students in Jackson/Madison County. Established in 1999, Leadership University has exposed the younger generation to local opportunities, needs, problems and resources available in the community. Forty students are selected to participate each year in the program. Leadership University is sponsored by Lane College, Union University, Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis ‐ Lambuth Campus.

For more information, visit Leadership University's Facebook page, contact Brandy Stutsman or call 731-423-2200.


Leadership Jackson is the Jackson Chamber’s adult leadership development program for Jackson/Madison County. It is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of Jackson/Madison County and themselves. Since 1979, Leadership Jackson has helped emerging and established leaders take commitment to their community to an entirely new level. The program has connected more than 1,000 graduates with local opportunities, needs, problems and resources during that time.


For more information, please visit its website at www.leadershipjackson.com, contact Brandy Stutsman, or call 731-423-2200.

Chamber
Programs

Jackson Ranks Sixth Most Affordable Place to Live in U.S.

August 11, 2017

Reverend Jesse & The Holy Smokes play at Jackson's AMP at the market for one of its free outdoor concerts provided to the community.

Jackson, Tennessee has been recognized as one of the “Best Cities to Live in on a $100K Salary” in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine’s August issue. The article is based on MagnifyMoney’s look at the cost of living in 381 U.S. major metropolitan areas. This comparison loan-shopping site ranks their results by comparing how much cash is leftover after paying household expenses. In their study, Jackson ranked number six in the nation, with five metro areas in Tennessee falling into the top 10. The $100,000 income level can be used as a comparison tool for families either below or above that combined income level.

“We are pleased to receive this ranking,” said City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. “We have a great city that not only offers healthy living, a great education, health care and a thriving workforce; but this reinstates that we are one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S.”

The analysis was made by comparing a two-earner household with one child and a gross annual income of $100,000 in U.S. Metro areas. Estimated monthly expenses included childcare, transportation, food, housing, student loans, savings and entertainment. These were subtracted from after-tax income. The percentage of remaining income verses total monthly expenses were the defining factors. Jackson, Tennessee can boast that it is a great place to live to stretch a paycheck with only 64% of annual income being paid for routine expenses.

“Jackson, Tennessee is one of the top places in the country to maximize your income while enjoying a wonderful quality of life,” says Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon. “Low cost of living is one factor that makes us attractive to industry, businesses and entrepreneurs of all kinds. We have and are continuing to create an environment centered around healthy lifestyles, an educated workforce, and strong cultural amenities.”

Jackson's latest mural painted by local artists in Downtown.

Jackson boasts a great community, touting health-consciousness, great medical facilities, a robust econmomic climate, a strong workforce, and contiuous improvements to education and public safety. Known for its innovation and forward thinking, Jackson is also recognized as a Smart Gigabit Community (or “Gig City”) bringing ultra-fast Internet speeds for the next generation of education, medical care, public safety and economic development.

Jackson also provides great entertainment including festivals, outdoors and parks, The Jackson Generals - a AA minor league baseball team, arts, symphony concerts, free outdoor concerts at the AMP, a farmer’s market and much more. On Jackson’s horizon are amenities such as new greenways, bike trails, kayaking, bike share, theLOCAL which is a micro-retail development for entrepreneurs and artisans, and many good things to come.

“We strive to attain the best environment for creating jobs and expanding existing businesses in Jackson and Madison County,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris. “Knowing that our workforce can make a great living while providing for their family, sets us apart from many cities in America.”

Government
Advocacy

We take the relationships with our local, state and federal elected officials seriously. It's our top priority to advocate for the business-friendly legislation that allows your company to grow and prosper. The Jackson Chamber strives to offer governmental affairs programming to educate and inform members on local, state and national issues, and offer a direct connection to elected officials. For more information on any of the programs listed below, please contact Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Shirley Jones.

Governmental Affairs Committee


The Governmental Affairs Committee is available to Chamber Members interested in being more involved in the legislative process. This committee meets quarterly organizes legislative forums and programs to offer members access to elected officials, as well as monitoring legislation on every level that impacts our member businesses.



The Governmental Affairs Committee coordinates CapitolTALK Town Hall meetings with our state legislative delegation monthly during the legislative session (February through April).

Other events are held periodically throughout the year to connect our members to elected officials.

Members who have business related legislative issues they would like to discuss are encouraged to contact Shirley Jones.


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Education

In Jackson, we know today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. A quality education at every level is key to a strong community and prosperous economy. We work closely with Jackson-Madison County School System, as well as other educational institutions in the area to advocate for policies and initiatives geared toward helping students prepare for post-secondary education and an eventual career. The Chamber works to engage the community in education and create opportunities for business leaders to get involved, such as our Partners in Education program.


Initiatives supported by the Chamber include Dev Catalyst, tnAchieves, Pathways to Prosperity, Exploring, Complete Tennessee, and Manufacturing Day. We also host an annual principals and administrators luncheon, and various education recognition events.


For more information, contact:
Vicki Bunch, Manager of Workforce Development
731-423-2200


The Partners In Education (PIE) program is a cooperative effort with the Jackson Chamber, the Jackson- Madison County School System, and area businesses. The program connects volunteers and resources with schools for the betterment of public education. This community involvement opportunity helps educators improve the academic and personal growth of all children, the future leaders of our community.


Want to Partner with a School?




For more information, contact:
Vicki Bunch, Manager of Workforce Development
731-423-2200


Sponsored By


Member
Minute

Kelly Services

Randy Moffett

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"We love being a part of the chamber. They’ve helped us get and stay connected to the community, meet new people and gain new clients."


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Chamber
Events

Local businesswomen come together each quarter to lunch and learn as a part of this luncheon series. Held at various locations in Jackson, the Women in Business luncheon offers ladies the opportunity to network, hear fabulous speakers and enjoy lunch.


For sponsorship or information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731‐423‐2200.

Chamber Events

Business After Hours
One of our largest networking events, this popular after‐hours gathering is attended by representatives of the business community. The event is held from 5‐7 p.m. typically on the last Thursday of the month. Members make new connections with potential clients and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Sponsorships are available each month.   For information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731‐423‐2200.

Chamber
Events

Gain additional exposure for your organization.


As part of your membership benefits, the chamber is available to assist your company in a ground breaking, ribbon cutting and/or open house. Please schedule 2‐3 weeks in advance by contacting Shirley Jones.


Don’t have a store‐front or located outside of Madison County? No problem!


The chamber has a "Home Based and Out-of- Town Businesses" ribbon cutting opportunity for you. Held twice a year, typically in June and December, this event allows companies the chance for their "official" ribbon cutting. For more information, contact Alexis Long.


Ribbon cutting photos are featured in Jackson Chamber's video newsletter, on the website photo gallery and on flickr.com.
Click for Ribbon Cuttings on Flickr.

Chamber
Events

Business@212° is a business breakfast that affords an opportunity for small businesses to network. A speaker addresses business issues or topics common to local businesses with a good "take-away" to improve a business operation.


For more information, contact Joel Newman.

Chamber
Events

The Jackson Young Professionals is for emerging business professionals ages 21‐45. This program creates an avenue for young professionals to connect with networking events, develop professionally with programs and engage in our community through awareness.


For information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731‐423‐2200.

Chamber
Events

Members enjoy breakfast with their peers and an opportunity to network with other business and community leaders at this quarterly event. Program content covers topics of interest to the business community and helps keep members up to date on what’s happening with the chamber and our local community.


Sponsorships are available by contacting Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731‐423‐2200.

Jackson News

Jackson Ranks Sixth Most Affordable Place to Live in U.S.

August 11, 2017

Reverend Jesse & The Holy Smokes play at Jackson's AMP at the market for one of its free outdoor concerts provided to the community.

Jackson, Tennessee has been recognized as one of the “Best Cities to Live in on a $100K Salary” in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine’s August issue. The article is based on MagnifyMoney’s look at the cost of living in 381 U.S. major metropolitan areas. This comparison loan-shopping site ranks their results by comparing how much cash is leftover after paying household expenses. In their study, Jackson ranked number six in the nation, with five metro areas in Tennessee falling into the top 10. The $100,000 income level can be used as a comparison tool for families either below or above that combined income level.

“We are pleased to receive this ranking,” said City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. “We have a great city that not only offers healthy living, a great education, health care and a thriving workforce; but this reinstates that we are one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S.”

The analysis was made by comparing a two-earner household with one child and a gross annual income of $100,000 in U.S. Metro areas. Estimated monthly expenses included childcare, transportation, food, housing, student loans, savings and entertainment. These were subtracted from after-tax income. The percentage of remaining income verses total monthly expenses were the defining factors. Jackson, Tennessee can boast that it is a great place to live to stretch a paycheck with only 64% of annual income being paid for routine expenses.

“Jackson, Tennessee is one of the top places in the country to maximize your income while enjoying a wonderful quality of life,” says Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon. “Low cost of living is one factor that makes us attractive to industry, businesses and entrepreneurs of all kinds. We have and are continuing to create an environment centered around healthy lifestyles, an educated workforce, and strong cultural amenities.”

Jackson's latest mural painted by local artists in Downtown.

Jackson boasts a great community, touting health-consciousness, great medical facilities, a robust econmomic climate, a strong workforce, and contiuous improvements to education and public safety. Known for its innovation and forward thinking, Jackson is also recognized as a Smart Gigabit Community (or “Gig City”) bringing ultra-fast Internet speeds for the next generation of education, medical care, public safety and economic development.

Jackson also provides great entertainment including festivals, outdoors and parks, The Jackson Generals - a AA minor league baseball team, arts, symphony concerts, free outdoor concerts at the AMP, a farmer’s market and much more. On Jackson’s horizon are amenities such as new greenways, bike trails, kayaking, bike share, theLOCAL which is a micro-retail development for entrepreneurs and artisans, and many good things to come.

“We strive to attain the best environment for creating jobs and expanding existing businesses in Jackson and Madison County,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris. “Knowing that our workforce can make a great living while providing for their family, sets us apart from many cities in America.”


Read More Jackson News

Chamber
Events

This annual luncheon celebrates our chamber members’ accomplishments throughout the year. Local businesses that have reached ultimate success and chamber volunteers are also recognized.


For information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731‐423‐2200.

Starting a Business?
Here's How.

1

Business Plan

Creating Your Business Plan:

The business plan is the truth serum to your idea. It will either make or break your plan to start a business by revealing its true potential. The creation of a plan also helps uncover the important details you may have otherwise overlooked.
Who are your customers and how will you attract them?
How are you going to manage your inventory and cash flow?
Creating a business plan will help you organize your thoughts, test your true desire to start the business, and allow everyone involved to be more in tune with one another.

Resources to Help Write a Business Plan:

Tennessee Small Business Development Center/Jackson State Community College


Email Joel Newman, director, West Tennessee Business Resource Center or schedule an appointment at 731‐424‐5389.


The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business life cycle.


Business Owners Tool Kit
Various articles and topics related to starting or maintaining a small business.

Sponsored By


Starting a Business?
Here's How.

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Business Structure

Building Your Business One Block at a Time.

Will you be financing a start-up, buying a business or buying a franchise? Each structure has different monetary requirements in the beginning process and throughout the life of the business.


Starting a Business

If you are starting your own business it's possible, depending on the type of business, to get going on little to no money. But another type of business may require overhead and purchasing of equipment or space. It is important to evaluate your start-up costs ‐ those that will be one time costs (equipment, etc.) and those that will be recurring (rent, utilities, etc.). For help, Business.USA.gov.


Buying a Business

Purchasing an existing business generally saves time and money; not to mention the fact that the business will probably already have cash flow, inventory and existing customers. The downfall? The initial purchasing costs. Finding a thriving business for a reasonable price can be difficult, but there are several resources available to help in your search.


Small Business Administration
Provides information on buying a business from start to closing.


Entrepreneur.com
Shows where and how to look for a business to buy.


Buying a Franchise

Franchising is a great way to start a business if you are concerned with the risk involved in starting your own business. As a franchise owner brand/trademark owner, the franchiser will provide you with his business expertise on marketing, management, financing, and training among other things. Though you are purchasing a business with instant name recognition, you still need to bring your entrepreneurial spirit and motivation for success to the table to make the location thrive.

If you are interested in owning a franchise ‐ attend a seminar about that particular franchise, interview other owners, research, and get expert advice.


Small Business Administration
Gives you the pros and cons of buying a franchise and how to do it.


Federal Trade Commission
Learn about franchise opportunities and how to follow through to the franchise agreement.


Name Your Business

Once you come up with a good, creative name for your business, you must research state and local requirements to be sure you aren’t infringing on someone else’s name. At this time, you must also decide what the structure of your business is going to be.


Tennessee Department of State
Search business name availability.


Small Business Administration
Legal requirements for naming your business, search and registration information, help with domain names.


Choosing a Business Structure

Research and take careful consideration when selecting your business structure. Once it is decided, it will determine your taxes, liability and ownership succession. It’s always a good idea to consult an accountant or attorney when deciding what type of ownership is best for your business. When deciding on a structure, your vision and business plan will be taken into account.


Small Business Association
Choose a structure for your business using information and guidelines provided by the SBA.


IRS.gov
Information on different business structures.


Becoming Official: Getting Your Business License or Permits

The line of business and business structure you decide upon determines the type of business license you get.


Tennessee License
The state of Tennessee has a useful website that will guide you through the entire business start-up process from naming it to getting your business license.
It’s always best to check with the state licensing authorities to determine the requirements for your business.


Business License

Madison County License
Apply for a new business license online or in person at:
Madison County Clerk
Madison County Courthouse
100 E. Main St.
Jackson, TN 38301
731-423-6022


Jackson City License
Apply for a new business license online or in person at:
jackson City Hall
121 East Main St.
Jackson, TN 38301
731-425-2489


EIN Number and Sales Tax License

In the state of Tennessee, each business is required to have an employer identification number (EIN). This can be acquired from the Department of Revenue.
If your business will be collecting sales tax, then you’ll also be required to have a sales tax license.
Website ‐ Irs.Gov.smallbiz.


Taxes: What you should pay and how

The type of business you operate and its structure will determine what taxes you pay and how you pay them. IRS.gov is a great source to help walk you through the taxes you should be paying.


State of TN Dept. of Revenue Tax
Latest news from the Tennessee Dept of Revenue and information regarding taxes and online tax filing.


State of TN Dept. of Revenue New Business
Find out what taxes you must pay and registration requirements in Tennessee.


TN Dept. of Revenue Business Tax Guide
Informal reference for taxpayers who wish to gain a better understanding of Tennessee business tax requirements.


TN.gov
Sales tax, tax forms, overview of business tax, online tax registration, tax workshops, etc.


Small Business Administration (Taxes)
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s guide to all things taxes.


Internal Revenue Services (Taxes)
Information about filing and paying your federal business taxes.


Insurance: Protect yourself and your Business

Insurance is often necessary when starting your business for protection against the unexpected for you and your business. Without proper insurance, an accident, lawsuit or natural disaster could potentially end your healthy business operation.


Find Out More About Insurance

SBA.gov
Figure out what type of insurance will be best for your business and view frequently asked questions about insurance.


*For local, personal assistance on any of these topics, email Joel Newman, director of the West Tennessee Business Resource Center or call 731‐424‐5389.

Starting a Business?
Here's How.

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Funding

Perfect Your Pitch

Before you seek funding you should ask yourself, do I need the money or can I run on what I already have? What is the risk of my business? What will the money be used for? How does the industry look? Does the need for money co‐inside with my business plan? These are all questions a lender may ask you when you’re requesting a loan.


Types of Financing:

Equity Financing
Most small or growing businesses use limited equity financing. Much of this money may come from friends, relatives, customers, or colleagues but the most common source of equity funding comes from venture capitalists (wealthy risk takers, government sources or financial institutions).


Debt Financing
Banks, savings and loans, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and commercial finance companies are a few options for those seeking debt financing.


Information on Small Business Debt


Pitching your plan to your investors

Before you pitch your idea to the venture capitalist or a bank you must have a well thought out process and plan.
Entrepreneur.com


Financial Assistance


SBA Loans

SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses including 7(a), 504 and disaster assistance loans.


TNInvestco

Providing information for new or small businesses interested in TNInvestco funding.


What are 1099s?


Debt.org
Offers sources of financing for small business.

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Marketing

Selling Your product to the customer

Focusing on what the customer wants is critical to successful marketing efforts. Once you have a product people want, set your price, let others know about your product through public relations and advertising and make it available to them for purchase. It is a good idea to create a marketing plan to help guide your marketing efforts. It should include your market research, location, customers, competition, how you plan to position yourself against them, the product or service you are offering, pricing, advertising, and promotion.


Marketing Links

Entrepreneur.com
Broad-based information about many facets of starting and operating a small business.


How to create a marketing plan
Entrepreneur.com's guide to creating a marketing plan.


Business.gov is the official business link to the U.S. government for new and existing businesses. It has a guide for marketing your small business.


Social Marketing

More than 300 million active users spend more than 8 billion minutes a day posting 45 million status updates on Facebook. Over 65 million people on Facebook and 80% of Twitter users are connecting via handhelds allowing them access to you and your company anywhere at anytime. Of the 200 million bloggers out there, 54% post content and tweet daily. Youtube.com has reached 1 billion views per day and is the second largest search engine in the world. Are you beginning to see the value of becoming part of the social marketing craze?


Not only has it proven to increase company and brand exposure, social marketing is free, fairly simple, customizable, and can be updated as much or as little as time permits.


The most popular social marketing sites at this time are:
Facebook

  • If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s largest, having recently added over 200 million users in less than a year. Users log in every day to keep up with friends or colleagues, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. Capabilities include creating a fan page for a business or organization or sending invitations to events among other things.


Twitter

  • Twitter has over 310M active users per month and allows users to post a micro-blog of up to 140 characters on their profile page. You can add an image or upload video. Other users can view your tweets by following your page. You can also start or join a conversation with other bloggers or send a direct message to another tweeter.


LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has over 50 million members and continues to show steady growth. Every second, two people join LinkedIn. It is a place to connect with colleagues or trusted contacts and exchange knowledge and ideas. Over 95% of companies using social media for recruitment, use LinkedIn.


Stats provided by Socialnomics.net, Facebook.com, and Brandwatch.com.


Useful Links about Social Marketing

Socialnomics
A Social Media Blog.
Visit Socialnomics on YouTube.com for more videos about social media or go to their website, Socialnomics.net.


Social Media Revolution
YouTube video on the effects of social media.

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Networking

Share Your Vision.

Finding a mentor, networking with other entrepreneurs, participating in roundtables and researching are all great ways to share your vision.

Events

Annual Celebration

This annual luncheon celebrates our chamber members’ accomplishments throughout the year. Local businesses that have reached ultimate success and chamber volunteers are also recognized. For information, contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731-423-2200.  

Business@212°

Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Jackson Chamber from 7:45 - 9 a.m. Business@212° is a business breakfast that affords an opportunity for small businesses to network. A speaker addresses business issues or topics common to local businesses with a good “take-away” to improve a business operation.  

Non-Profit Roundtable

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at the Chamber from 8 - 9 a.m. The non-profit community is invited to share problems that confront them and to discuss issues where collaboration with one another might help to resolve some of their issues. Over the years close relationships have resulted in joint fund-raising such as Christmas In The City, an annual event.  

Business After Hours

One of our largest networking events! This popular after-hours gathering is attended by representatives of the business community. The event is held from 5-7 p.m. typically on the last Thursday of the month. Members make new connections with potential clients and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Sponsorships are available each month by contacting Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731-423-2200.  

CapitolTALK

Held each year February through April. This event provides a forum for members to meet their state senator and representatives in a town hall type setting. For more information about CapitolTALK, contact Shirley Jones, 731-423-2200.  

Jackson Young Professionals

The Jackson Young Professionals is for emerging business professionals ages 21-45. This program creates an avenue for young professionals to connect with networking events, develop professionally with programs and engage in our community through awareness. For information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731-423-2200.  

Quarterly Membership Breakfast

Members enjoy breakfast with their peers and an opportunity to network with other business and community leaders at this quarterly event. Program content covers topics of interest to the business community and helps keep members up to date on what’s happening with the chamber and our local community. Sponsorships are available by contacting Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731-423-2200.  

Ribbon Cuttings

Gain additional exposure for your organization.   As part of your membership benefits, the chamber is available to assist your company in a ground breaking, ribbon cutting and/or open house. Please schedule 2-3 weeks in advance by contacting Shirley Jones.   Don’t have a store-front or located outside of Madison County? No problem!   The chamber has a “Home Based and Out-of-Town Businesses” ribbon cutting opportunity for you. Held twice a year, typically in June and December, this event allows companies the chance for their “official” ribbon cutting. For more information, contact Alexis Long.   Ribbon cutting photos are featured in Jackson Chamber’s video newsletter, on the website photo gallery and on flickr.com. Click for Ribbon Cuttings on Flickr.  

Women in Business

Local businesswomen come together each quarter to lunch and learn as a part of this luncheon series. Held at various locations in Jackson, the Women in Business luncheon offers ladies the opportunity to network, hear fabulous speakers and enjoy lunch. For sponsorship or information contact Alexis Long or Jill Erling, 731-423-2200.  

Workshops

Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) - Jackson Workshops

  1. During the course of the year, there are various workshops offered for both business and non-profits.
  2. Quickbooks—basic and intermediate is offered for businesses twice a year.
  3. West Tennessee Regional Conference—is offered once a year. It is a collaboration of West Star, TSBDC and the Jackson Chamber.
  4. Various Other Workshops—other workshops are offered during the course of the year that are informational as the need arises for small businesses.
  5. Grant Writing—is offered for the non-profit sector on an annual basis.
  6. Other Non-Profit Workshops—are offered in collaboration with the Alliance for Non-Profit Excellence in Memphis. Additional meetings are held as the need dictates.
 

Tennessee Workshops

Lists upcoming workshops for self-employed and small businesses. Also provides a link to the IRS workshop for taxes and small businesses.  

SBA Training

A virtual campus providing quality and targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners.  

Free Online Entrepreneurship Classes

Provides links to courses available at MIT – Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford University, U.S. Small Business Administration and more.  

SCORE

Free and confidential small business advice. SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  

Tennessee Small Business Development Centers

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) offers free assistance to help business owners grow and develop successful, thriving businesses. Contact Ron Acree or Joel Newman for an appointment with the TSBDC associated with Jackson State Community College, housed at the Jackson Chamber.  

Small Business Television (Small Business Advice)

Provides videos with subjects of interest to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Business License

Contacts

Local, State, and Federal Contacts


Local

Madison County License
Apply for a new business license online or in person at: Madison County Clerk
Madison County Courthouse
100 E. Main St.
Jackson, TN 38301
731-423- 6022


Jackson City License
Apply for a new business license online or in person at:
Jackson City Hall
121 East Main St.
Jackson, TN 38301
731-425- 2489


State of Tennessee

"How to Start a Business" is a step-by-step process of establishing your business in Tennessee.


Business.gov
Tennessee small business guide. Tips on starting, operating and growing your business.


Federal

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Planner.
This Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle.

theCO

What is theCO?

TheCo is the front door for entrepreneurs in West Tennessee. A resource, collaborative community and support system for everyone from the serial entrepreneurs to those taking their first plunge into business ownership, problem solving and innovating.


Find Out More

Tennessee Small Business Development Center /
Jackson State Community College

Programs

Business@212°

Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Chamber from 7:45 ‐ 9 a.m. Business@212° is a business breakfast that affords an opportunity for small businesses to network. A speaker addresses business issues or topics common to local businesses with a good “take-away” to improve a business operation.


Non-Profit Roundtable

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at the Chamber from 8 ‐ 9 a.m. The non- profit community is invited to share problems that confront them and to discuss issues where collaboration with one another might help to resolve some of their issues. Over the years close relationships have resulted in joint fund-raising such as Christmas In The City, an annual event.



Workshops

During the course of the year, there are various workshops offered for both business and non-profits.


  1. Quickbooks‐basic and intermediate is offered for businesses twice a year.
  2. West Tennessee Regional Conference—is offered once a year. It is a collaboration of West Star, Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Jackson Chamber.
  3. Various Other Workshops—other workshops are offered during the course of the year that are informational as the need arises for small businesses.
  4. Grant Writing‐is offered for the non-profit sector on an annual basis.
  5. Other Non‐Profit Workshops—are offered in collaboration with the Alliance for Non-Profit Excellence in Memphis. Additional meetings are held as the need dictates.


One-On-One Counseling

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center/Jackson State Community College is a collaborative effort with the Jackson Chamber to provide business counseling.


  1. All counseling is FREE of charge and is CONFIDENTIAL.
  2. Information regarding start-up businesses as well as expansion of existing business is available.
  3. A Business Plan Manual is provided covering market research to determine target market, start-up or expansion costs, cash flow analysis, costing, marketing, etc.
  4. This center will aid in the writing of business plans tailored to the specific need.
  5. Access to a variety of lenders both traditional and non-traditional as a help to secure funding for a project.
  6. Help in determining the business entity necessary for the business, i.e. LLC, S-Corporation of Sole Proprietor, General Partnership.


Networking Opportunities

All of the events above provide more than ample time for networking along with the various events hosted and/or organized by the Jackson Chamber.



Small Business Resources

Through the counseling services of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), resources for funding, business plan development, marketing, cash flow analysis, costing, licensing, corporate identification, and other business information is available.

Did You
Know?

Carl Perkins

Rockabilly Legend Carl Perkins, the blue suede shoes man, called Jackson home.


Hard Rock Cafe

The first Hard Rock Cafe in the U.S. was in Jackson's Old Hickory Mall.


Isaac Burton Tigrett

The House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe were both founded by Isaac Burton Tigrett, who is from Jackson.


Waffle House

Joe Rogers, from Jackson, founded Waffle House.


Casey Jones

Casey Jones, the world's most famous railroad legend, lived in Jackson. A museum in his honor, Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, is dedicated to his life and legend and the rich railroad history of Jackson. The museum is located in Casey Jones Village at I-40 exit 80A.


Wink Martindale

Wink Martindale, famous game show host, is from Jackson.


Tennessee's First Automobile

The first automobile produced in Tennessee was in Jackson between 1906-1910.


MD Anderson

Monroe Dunaway Anderson (MD Anderson), founder of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, was born in Jackson.


Coach Paul Bear Bryant

Coach Paul Bear Bryant, former head coach at the University of Alabama, was the assistant coach at Union University in Jackson.


Super Bowl XLVII

West Tennessee was represented by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones in the Super Bowl XLVII. Jones played at Lane College located in Jackson.

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