50%of Madison County's workforce joins us each day from surrounding counties
80%of members have 25 employees or less
80%more likely to purchase goods from Greater Jackson Chamber members than non‐member businesses
Over 1000 businesses are a part of the Greater Jackson Chamber.
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Business After Hours 6-24-21
This is one of the chamber's largest networking events! June's event was sponsored by VFW Post 6496, 285 Airways Blvd., Jackson. You can see we all had a wonderful time enjoying each other's company.
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Business After Hours 7-22-21
Sponsored by Advanced Rehab and Medical with its new Beauty to the Bone By Michelle. Attendees had a lot of great activities as they sampled what the clinic offers, along with prize giveaways.
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Spark: Give Actionable Feedback to Employees
This panel discussion featured Lynn Henning, the City of Jackson, TN; Aaron Cooper, Jackson Energy Authority; and Lindsey Pullen, LyondellBasell Industries. Great tips were given with Q & A following.
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Chamber Member Breakfast
This event featured "Jackson’s Morning Drive," hosted by Mike Keith, voice of the Titans, and included special guests Kyle Spurgeon and Ryan Porter of the Jackson Chamber. Up-to-date information was given on Jackson, Tennessee, with this talk show style discussion. Sponsored by Le Bonheur Children's Outpatient Center in Jackson, TN.
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West TN Chambers-Economic Development Reunion
Appetizers, conversation and fun was all part of the plan for this "Zoomless Reunion" with members of West TN Chambers and Economic Development. The place to be was at Hub City Brewing in Jackson, TN.
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Business After Hours 5-24-21
The first Business After Hours in over a year took place at DoubleTree by Hilton-Jackson! What a blast with great giveaways and delicious food.
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Spark: How to Get Your Business in the News
Featured panelists were Josh Robinson, Bramblett Group; Summer Paris, Paris Creative Agency; and Kenneth Cummings, City of Jackson, TN - Government. Each gave key information on how to get your business in the news and answered questions. Co-sponsored with the CO. Event sponsor was BancorpSouth.
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Calling All West Tennessee Entrepreneurs
Applications Now Open for West Tennessee Residents to Turn New Business Ideas into Reality Through Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator Program Powered by Heartland Forward, the CO, Epicenter Memphis and funded by Ford Motor Company Fund, the automaker’s philanthropic arm Memphis, Tenn. Heartland Forward, Builders + Backers, the CO, Epicenter Memphis and Ford Motor Company Fund, […]
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CulturalJackson’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:
- Ballet Arts
- Jackson Art Association
- The Jackson Symphony
- Jackson Theatre Guild
- The Griot Collective of West Tennessee and Jackson Area Plectral Society
ShoppingWest 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.
DiningFrom 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.
Outdoors and ParksJackson 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 RecreationIn 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.
An Industry-Leading Regional Medical CenterJackson’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 West Tennessee Healthcare North Hospital. 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.
WellnessA 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.
Public SchoolsThe 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 SchoolsIn 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 & UniversitiesThe Jackson area boasts six accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions, including a top-tier university.
Community & Technical CollegesJackson State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) 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:
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.
Top 10 Reasons to Join
Promoting Your Business
Chamber members are given the opportunity to market their business through a variety of sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
As a chamber, we are loyal to our members — referring only our members.
Connect with Jackson Chamber members and community leaders — build business relationships, learn something new and have a little fun at chamber networking events.
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.
Small Business Support
The chamber works to take care of small business through seminars, workshops, business counseling and more!
There are opportunities for you to grow through professional development programs and committees.
Committees and staff follow local, state and federal legislation which has an effect on business and the community.
Your investment in the chamber helps create and retain jobs which maintains a pro‐business climate.
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.
You have a business stake in the community … your investment in the chamber means an investment in the community.
Membership ‐ at a Glance
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- Jackson Chamber Video Newsletter
Chamber Member Deal
- Member discounts featured on Facebook & Twitter
- Ambassadors (Red Coats)
Forward Jackson Campaign 2.0
The Jackson Chamber's Forward Jackson 2.0 campaign is a $4.7 million, five-year economic development capital campaign funded by local investors and focused on four initiatives: regional and local economic development, tourism, workforce development and small businesses. For more information on the Forward Jackson campaign, contact Ryan Porter at 731-423-2200.
Forward Jackson 2.0 Investors 2016 to date:
MOVER & SHAKER $100,000+
Developer $50,000 - $99,999
Producer $25,000 - $49,999
Maker $2,500 - $24,999
MAT Industries, LLC
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 Ryan Porter.
The Jackson Chamber holds 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 Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Ryan Porter.
Buff City Soap
It’s easy to stay squeaky clean and fresh in Jackson! With over 30 signature scents, Buff City Soap has something for everyone. Join Hannah from the Chamber as she visits their Thompson Farms location and gets “All In Your Biz.”
Empire 8 Theatre
Jeff Hartleroad, General Manager
Jackson Chamber's 'All in Your Biz' goes inside a member's business to show and tell! This month is Empire 8 Theatre on Vann Drive! Find out what makes the theatre unique. General Manager Jeff Hartleroad gives us the scoop.
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.
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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough.
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, this event allows companies the chance for a "official" ribbon cutting. For more information, contact Kristy Dew.
Ribbon cutting photos are featured in Jackson Chamber's video newsletter, on the website photo gallery and on flickr.com.
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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.
Members enjoy breakfast with their peers and an opportunity to network with other business and community leaders at this breakfast 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.
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 Ryan Porter or call 731-423-2200.
Calling All West Tennessee Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2022
Applications Now Open for West Tennessee Residents to Turn New Business Ideas into Reality Through Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator Program
Powered by Heartland Forward, the CO, Epicenter Memphis and funded by Ford Motor Company Fund, the automaker’s philanthropic armMemphis, Tenn. Heartland Forward, Builders + Backers, the CO, Epicenter Memphis and Ford Motor Company Fund, are proud to announce the opening of applications for 20 West Tennessee residents to access training, resources and up to $5,000 to help them turn ideas into potential businesses or ventures. Anyone in Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, Madison, Shelby and Tipton counties with a creative and unexpected idea for solving a problem facing their community is encouraged to apply. The Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator Program powered by Heartland Forward is designed to make it easy for anyone to experiment with entrepreneurship. Applicants are not required to submit a business plan or have a pitch deck for their idea. This new cohort of 20 Builders is part of Heartland Forward’s commitment to supporting 1,000 Builders across the heartland by 2023. “Problem solving with an entrepreneurial mindset will be key to rebuilding our post-COVID local economies, and the Builders + Backers Idea Accelerator has already proven to be a successful, meaningful way to accelerate the entrepreneurial thinking needed to help our communities thrive,” said Ross DeVol, president and CEO of Heartland Forward. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this program to West Tennessee as part of our commitment to support 1,000 Builders across the heartland by 2023. We’re confident this next cohort of Builders will have the innovative thinking and ideas to create real change in their communities, and we look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the months and years to come.” Those interested can apply here. The application deadline is December 30, 2022. Residents with the most promising and innovative ideas will be selected to participate in a two-month long virtual program starting on January 26, 2023. “Entrepreneurship is seeing a problem that exists and experimenting with a solution to address it,” said Donna Harris, CEO of Builders + Backers. "Millions of Americans see problems and solutions everyday while driving our kids to school, shopping online or waiting on hold to speak to a doctor. And we say, 'someone should fix this or build that.' Unfortunately, that's where millions of ideas end. We're excited to partner with Heartland Forward and the Ford Motor Company Fund to help get 20 of these ideas in West Tennessee from concept to action." “Ford is a committed partner to our new neighbors in West Tennessee and we are thrilled to be working with Heartland Forward to invest in the region,” said Ford Motor Company Fund economic mobility director, Mike Schmidt. “We believe in building pathways with people who have historically had limited opportunities for business development and ownership through access to capital and training. Through these new partnerships we hope to help bring aspiring entrepreneurs’ dreams to life.” "TheCO is excited to partner with the Ford Motor Company Fund, Heartland Forward, Builders + Backers and Epicenter to bring this opportunity to West Tennessee. Turning ideas into action is our jam and we know this program will aid in surfacing some amazing growth for West Tennesseans," said Lisa Garner, Executive Director of theCo. “We welcome the additional resources that the Builders + Backers program will offer entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Memphis and West Tennessee region, including those served by theCO,” said Jessica Taveau, president and CEO of Epicenter. “We’re grateful that Ford Motor Company Fund and Heartland Forward recognize, as we do, that investing in founders in this region and connecting them to opportunities can change lives and grow our economy.” At the heart of the program are the four pillars, designed to mobilize and equip Builders through:
- Idea Accelerator: This cohort-based program combines a 45-day Builder Bootcamp to teach participants how to put ideas into action, followed by 45 days of actively executing their ideas through a single experiment.
- Pebble Fund: All of the Builders are supported by a $5,000 Pebble Grant to test their ideas. Participants are mentored by Master Builders throughout the program.
- Storytelling: A comprehensive media program that curates, captures and distributes stories of Buildership™, both from within the programs and in communities everywhere. Through video, written stories, social media and media partnerships, the program inspires people to become Builders.
- Buildership™ Workshops: Workshops and other events introduce people to the ideas of Buildership™ and demonstrate that anyone can generate creative solutions through entrepreneurial experimentation that contribute to the sustainability of communities.
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This annual luncheon celebrates our chamber members’ accomplishments throughout the year. Local businesses that have reached ultimate success and chamber volunteers are also recognized.
Awards are given away in these categories:
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
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:
Email Monique Merriweather, director of the West Tennessee Small Business Development 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Monique Merriweather, director of the West Tennessee Small Business Development Center or call 731‐424‐5389.
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:
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).
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.
SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses including 7(a), 504 and disaster assistance loans.
Providing information for new or small businesses interested in TNInvestco funding.
Offers sources of financing for small business.
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.
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.
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:
- 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 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, 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.
Useful Links about Social Marketing
Social Media Revolution
YouTube video on the effects of social media.
Share Your Vision.Finding a mentor, networking with other entrepreneurs, participating in roundtables and researching are all great ways to share your vision.
Annual CelebrationThis 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough, 731-423-2200.
Non-Profit RoundtableMeets 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 HoursOne 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough, 731-423-2200.
CapitolTALKHeld 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 Ryan Porter, 731-423-2200.
Jackson Young ProfessionalsThe 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough, 731-423-2200.
Quarterly Membership BreakfastMembers 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough, 731-423-2200.
Ribbon CuttingsGain 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough. 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 Kristy Dew. 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.
SparkIgnite your business at Spark! Start your day making connections. Spark is part networking, part learning with a different speaker each month to help grow your business. It meets each month at co-sponsors, theCO, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Contact Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough or call 731-423-2200 for more information.
Women in BusinessLocal 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 Kristy Dew or Cameron Hansbrough, 731-423-2200.
Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) - Jackson Workshops
- During the course of the year, there are various workshops offered for both business and non-profits.
- Quickbooks—basic and intermediate is offered for businesses twice a year.
- West Tennessee Regional Conference—is offered once a year. It is a collaboration of West Star, TSBDC and the Jackson Chamber.
- Various Other Workshops—other workshops are offered during the course of the year that are informational as the need arises for small businesses.
- Grant Writing—is offered for the non-profit sector on an annual basis.
- 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.
Local, State, and Federal Contacts
State of Tennessee
"Tennessee SmartStart" is a step-by-step process of establishing your business in Tennessee.
Tennessee small business guide. Tips on starting, operating and growing your business.
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.
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.
During the course of the year, there are various workshops offered for both business and non-profits.
- Quickbooks‐basic and intermediate is offered for businesses twice a year.
- 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.
- Various Other Workshops—other workshops are offered during the course of the year that are informational as the need arises for small businesses.
- Grant Writing‐is offered for the non-profit sector on an annual basis.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center/Jackson State Community College is a collaborative effort with the Jackson Chamber to provide business counseling.
- All counseling is FREE of charge and is CONFIDENTIAL.
- Information regarding start-up businesses as well as expansion of existing business is available.
- A Business Plan Manual is provided covering market research to determine target market, start-up or expansion costs, cash flow analysis, costing, marketing, etc.
- This center will aid in the writing of business plans tailored to the specific need.
- Access to a variety of lenders both traditional and non-traditional as a help to secure funding for a project.
- Help in determining the business entity necessary for the business, i.e. LLC, S-Corporation of Sole Proprietor, General Partnership.
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.
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.
Joe Rogers, from Jackson, founded Waffle House.
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, famous game show host, is from Jackson.
Tennessee's First Automobile
The first automobile produced in Tennessee was in Jackson between 1906-1910.
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.