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Chamber Reflects on 2011 and Looks Forward to 2012 With the passing of another year, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of the previous year’s accomplishments, and is excited with the anticipation of what is to come in 2012.

MEMBERSHIP In October 2011, over 200 volunteers gathered together to work for two and half days for The Chamber’s 2011 Rock The Chamber Membership Event. The volunteers worked against the clock and each other to help sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the chamber of commerce. During the event, Kyle Spurgeon, President/CEO of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, members of The Chamber’s Executive Committee and volunteers donned rock and roll costumes to get in the spirit of the “Rock The Chamber” theme. After days of phone calls and visits to Jackson businesses, the volunteers recruited a total of 291 new members, exceeding the goal of 253 new members.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Along with the growth of The Chamber’s membership base, The Chamber also announced two Jackson industrial expansions in 2011. In June, automotive supplier US Farathane announced that it would invest $4 million and add 50 local jobs as a result of its Jackson plant expansion. The 166,000 square foot facility was at full operation in 2006. The plant was initially expected to employ approximately 130 associates, but has seen continued growth over the years. US Farathane has five U.S. manufacturing plants, employs 500 nationally and has been supplying the automotive market for more than 30 years. Jackson Die Casting, LLC, a high-pressure aluminum die casting company owned by Dallas-based Key 3 Casting, LLC, announced in


December a planned expansion to its Jackson manufacturing facility. The company, formed in 2009, represents an investment of almost $4.5 million and also has operations in Minneapolis and Hibbing, Minn. Its Jackson facility expansion plans to create 58 new jobs in the Jackson area over the next three years.

FORWARD JACKSON With the new year, The Chamber is looking forward to continuing the Forward Jackson Campaign. In January 2011, The Chamber launched the five-year economic development campaign. With the help of National Community Development Services (NCDS), The Chamber reached out to several local business leaders to invest in the campaign. The initial goal of the campaign was to raise $3.8 million, where the funds would be used to create at least 3,000 jobs, improve workforce development, strengthen the community’s foundation and to help attract, retain and expand businesses in West Tennessee. The initial goal of $3.8 million was reached in September 2011. The funds committed represented pledges from 82 Chamber members and other businesses and organizations within Madison County. Upon reaching the initial campaign goal, The Chamber has set an additional “stretch goal” of $500,000. The campaign continues to address issues such as the Jackson-Madison County School System strategic plan, superintendent search, Madison Achieves scholarship program, community wellness, public safety, branding and regional economic development.

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• Promotions, Accomplishments & Special Recognition Page 4 - 5

• Member Spotlight Page 6

• New Members Page 7

• Renewing Members Page 8

• Ribbon Cuttings & Openings Page 9 - 10

• Economic Indicators Page 11


Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce STAFF DIRECTORY

197 Auditorium Street Jackson, TN 38301 Phone: 731-423-2200

Ryan Porter, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel

Kyle Spurgeon, President/CEO

Judy Renshaw, Sr. Vice President, Business & Community Services

Tammy Boyd, Chief Administrative Officer

Megan Seals, Communications Coordinator

Lisa Cothran, Manager, Membership Development

Brandy Stutsman, Administrative Assistant, Business Services & West Tennessee Business Resource Center

Shirley Jones, Vice President, Public Affairs Lori Nunnery, Executive Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau Beth Parnell, Manager of Events Denise Perry, Receptionist

Stay Connected with the

Jackson Chamber

Carolyn Vaughan, Membership Development Coordinator Joyce Welch, Executive Assistant Mandy White, Vice President, Research & Economic Development


Attend. Network. Learn.

FEBRUARY 2, Women In Business Luncheon

FEBRUARY 10, U40 Young Professionals Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Carl Grant Events Center,

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Coyote Blues, 541 Wiley

Union University, 1050 Union University Dr.

Parker Rd.

Cost: $25 per person for Chamber members; $35 per

Cost: $15 per person for Chamber members, $25 per person for non-members

person for non-members

Event Details: U40 is a group of professionals 40 years old and younger.

Event Details: Ladies, let’s lunch and learn at The

Meeting every month, U40 is compromised of lunch, networking and valuable

Chamber’s Women in Business luncheon. Attendees will enjoy a wonderful lunch and fabulous door prizes. RSVP is required. To register, e-mail Brandy Stutsman or call at (731) 423-2200. Sponsored by First South Bank, Charter Business and West Tennessee Women’s Center.

insight from seasoned business leaders in and around the Jackson community. Sharon Younger, President of Younger Associates, will be the featured speaker. RSVP is required. To register, e-mail Brandy Stutsman or call at (731) 423-2200. Sponsored by West TN Healthcare, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC, Coyote Blues, ING Financial Advisers Steve Little and Brad Little, Murray Guard, Personnel Placements LLC, West TN Business College and The University of Memphis.

FEBRUARY 15, Chamber Member Orientation


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., The Chamber, 197

Auditorium St.

Auditorium St.

Event Details: Local state legislators will speak about the latest news from the

Event Details: Orientation is not only for new members, but

Tennessee General Assembly. Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R - Jackson) and Sen. Lowe

for members who want to make the most of their member-

Finney (D - Jackson) will be the featured speakers at this free town hall meeting.

ship as well. Find out about the many programs the Chamber

The meeting is open to the public. A light breakfast will be served. For more

offers and how you can be involved. Light refreshments will be served. The orientation is free, but advanced registration is required. To register, e-mail Lisa Cothran or call at (731) 423-2200. Sponsored by New Day Marketing Group & Hometown Connection

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., The Chamber, 197

information, e-mail Shirley Jones or call at (731) 423-2200. Sponsored by Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC, AT&T, FirstBank, Gerdau, ING

For more information, visit our Calendar of Events page on our website at

Financial Advisers Steve Little and Brad Little, Jackson Energy Authority, Masterfit Medical Supply, Procter & Gamble and West Tennessee Healthcare




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STRATEGIC PLAN The purpose of the strategic plan is to create a partnership between the JMCSS and the community to improve public education outcomes for our public school students. The plan has goals related to academic achievement, parental/community involvement, discipline and system effectiveness. The first area of focus chosen by the JMCSS and the School Board relates to academic achievement, and is the Middle School Turnaround concept. In reviewing data in preparation for the strategic plan, it became evident that our students show a dramatic decrease in achievement when they transition from elementary school to middle school. This often carries over into their high school years. The JMCSS felt this was an opportunity to develop a plan to change that decrease. The middle school turnaround concept, which has been very successful in other areas of the country, can include longer school hours, extra tutoring, additional training for educators on best practices in teaching middle schoolers, more technology, and a myriad of other options that have been proven to turn a dramatic decrease in academic achievement to a dramatic increase. The Chamber has committed to continue its partnership with the JMCSS through the completion and implementation of their strategic plan.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH The Chamber funded a superintendent search for the school system. While no candidate from the search was retained by the school board in the first phase of the search, The Chamber continues to offer to be a resource for the school system in this process.

MADISON ACHIEVES The Chamber has committed to funding the Madison Achieves program scholarships, which is a last dollar scholarship program for graduates of the Madison County public school system, for the first two years of the initiative. Approximately 85 volunteers assist students and their parents in applying for grants and scholarships that go towards tuition at Jackson State Community College or Tennessee Technology Center.

Once these students complete the grant and scholarship process, as well as a community service requirement and the completion of a college success course, The Chamber provides the last dollars of their tuition allowing these students to attend one of these two institutions of higher learning. Of the 118 graduates of Jackson-Madison County schools that participated in Madison Achieves in 2011, 60 percent were first generation college students and approximately 50 percent were from families with an average yearly gross income of below $25,000.

WELLNESS The Chamber hosted a “Putting County Health Rankings in Action” Webinar in August 2011 where The Chamber and community health leaders provided an overview of how the Jackson community is using the County Health Rankings to improve the overall health and well-being of the community. The Webinar was sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, where 189 participants represented 29 states. Madison County was ranked as the 20th healthiest county to live and work in Tennessee. The Chamber is active in Jump Start Jackson, a healthy community action team with the purpose of promoting a healthier community. Jump Start Jackson is a combination of several existing organizations that have a common goal of promoting healthy choices and lifestyles in the community. This consolidated effort will prove to be more effective and efficient than previous efforts. The Jackson community recently broke ground on CityWalk, a new urban design for healthy living located on 17 acres in downtown Jackson. This project is a gateway project that infuses new homes and commerce in downtown Jackson with a shift to wellness thinking. It will include a wellness center, built by West Tennessee Healthcare, that will promote health and wellness through an on-site clinic, a fitness facility, physical and aquatic therapies and disease management. This project will be a place of continual investment in both the well-being of its residents and the vitality of the city of Jackson.

CELEBRATE WITH US! Excitement is in the air about the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s new Annual Celebration. “The Celebration” will honor Chamber volunteers, and highlight our membership’s accomplishments throughout the year. The prestigious Business Awards, which will recognize outstanding businesses that have achieved ultimate success, will also be presented in conjunction with the Jackson Sun. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Carl Grant Events Center on the campus of Union University. The cost to attend is $25 per person. For more information, contact Beth Parnell at or call 423-2200. The Annual Celebration is presented by West Tennessee Healthcare. Additional event sponsors include Alexander, Thompson, Arnold, PLLC, Commercial Bank andinformation Trust Company, HORNE LLP,inSteele Martin Jackson Jones &campaign, If you want more about investing the Forward Company, PLC and the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. contact Ryan Porter at or call The Chamber at 423-2200.


If you want more information about investing in the Forward Jackson campaign, contact Ryan Porter at or call The Chamber at 423-2200.



PROMOTIONS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS & SPECIAL RECOGNITITONS Orthopedic Center Opens at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Jackson-Madison County General Hospital provides a newly renovated center for patients after orthopedic surgery. A group of hospital leaders, community leaders and officials were present for the grand opening of the new Orthopedic Center, which is located on the fourth floor at General Hospital. “Jackson-Madison County General Hospital continues its focus on the needs of the patients,” said David Pearce, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics. “The goal of the new orthopedic floor is to improve the comfort of patients and the efficiency of the caregivers. It is a new, beautiful environment that should enhance the patient experience.” “We are very excited about the opening of the Orthopedic Center at General Hospital,” said Dave Sickle, MD, orthopedic surgeon. “This represents another step in the hospital’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art care to the patients of this area. It helps us to continue to provide the finest quality orthopedic and rehab services in West Tennessee. We’re proud to be able to offer this level of care and service to our patients.” “The investment we have made is to improve the patient’s experience. In these new suites, we hope to ease the stress that people feel when they have to be hospital patients,” said Renee Peebles, RN, director of Orthopedics. The new Orthopedics Center is located on the fourth floor in the B Tower. Suites are spacious with modern amenities to enhance the healing environment: • 24 large suites • Bariatric equipment — lifts, wheelchairs, doorways, restrooms and showers to provide more comfort and safe mobility • Showers to accommodate patients with hip and knee surgeries and/or breaks • Upgraded telemetry monitoring system of patients • New designated hand, arm and shoulder rooms • New Stryker beds specialized for orthopedic care and traction • Upgraded nurses stations for efficiency for optimum communication and patient care • New physical therapy gym to provide motivation and healing therapy for the best recovery • Space for equipment so that it is easily accessible • New sleeper sofas for room-in family, visitors or caregivers • Upgraded and additional computers and work stations for physicians and staff Orthopedic patients at General Hospital typically are recovering from these procedures: hip or knee replacement, carpal tunnel surgery, plus other procedures of the hand, foot, knee or hip. Surgeons at Jackson-Madison General Hospital are now performing the Legion Total Knee replacement. The Legion knee is designed using advanced engineering concepts to fit the size and shapes of the knee. Surgeons are also using the Visionaire Patient Matched Instrumentation. These patient-specific surgical instruments are custom made for the precise alignment of the person’s knee. This technique increases the implant longevity and comfort. “Patients undergoing orthopedic surgery at General Hospital receive first class care using the latest technology, surgical techniques, and rehabilitation methods,” said Kim Rush, RN, executive director of Med Surg Nursing. Many patients, of various ages and activity levels, receiving hip or knee replacement surgery have experienced pain and swelling from years of wear and tear on their joints. “Orthopedic surgery at General Hospital involves providing optimal results for each patient through a team approach,” Dr. Pearce said.

USEFUL TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS/MANAGERS By Ron Acree & Joel Newman, TSBDC IDENTIFYING THE MAJOR TIME WASTERS IN BUSINESS You can become more successful in your business if you learn to identify, and correct, these major ‘Time Wasters’: • Telephone Interruptions. This item tops the list. When the telephone/cellphone rings and breaks your train of thought, it interrupts you and distracts you from what you are doing. When you hang up, you are also distracted and find it hard to get back to work. • Unexpected Visitors. Unexpected or drop-in visitors can be extremely time consuming. These can be employees within your company or visitors from the outside. When they ‘drop in’, your work is disrupted, your train of thought is broken and your effectiveness is impaired. Sometime they talk endlessly about things that are unimportant and keep you from your duties. • Meetings. Planned and unplanned meetings consume approximately 40 percent of your time. They can be formal or informal, with groups or one-onone, in another staff member’s office, conference room or your office. Many of these are unnecessary and are a waste of time. • Fire Fighting and Emergencies. A major time waster is ‘putting out fires’ and handling emergencies, leading to inevitable crisis. Just as you get ‘settled in’ on a project, something happens that takes you away from your objective and disrupts you for a long period of time. • Procrastination. This is the thief of time. The tendency to procrastinate is universal for many reasons. • Socializing and Idle Conversation. This ‘Time Waster’, is one of the major culprits and previous surveys have estimated that as much as 75 percent of time at work is spent interacting with other staff that is not work related. Much of this is, by survey results, idle chatter that does nothing to produce positive work results. • Indecision and Delay. Indecision costs more time than most people realize. It can generate unnecessary paperwork, correspondence and tasks, while wasting your time and that of your staff.




VOLUNTEER Spotlight Rita Bryant Senior Vice President First South Bank

The Chamber is proud to announce Rita Bryant, First South Bank, as the Volunteer of the Month for January 2011. She currently serves on the Women in Business Committee and has also volunteered her time with The Chamber’s Membership Events in 2009 and 2011. “Rita always gives 100 percent in working with the Women in Business program,” said Beth Parnell, Manager of Events for The Chamber. “Her input and enthusiasm makes her an integral part of the committee.” Bryant also spends her time volunteering on the Regional Board of Directors for March of Dimes, school projects at both public and private schools in Madison County, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the West Tennessee Healthcare’s Annual “Girls Weekend Getaway.” “I have a passion to help those that can’t help themselves or to help women help themselves by taking care of themselves so they can take care of everyone else,” Bryant said. “I choose to help to insure there were events that catered to the women in Jackson and also to insure all businesses in Madison county know and understand the benefits of being a chamber member.”

GOOD NEWS JACKSON The University of Memphis assumed control of what was formerly Lambuth University in December 2011 with the official recording of the deed. Transfer of the property was made from the Lambuth University Board of Directors to the State of Tennessee, for the benefit of the University of Memphis. “This is a monumental day not only for the University of Memphis, but also for the citizens of Jackson and West Tennessee,” said Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis. The City of Jackson, Madison County Government, West Tennessee Healthcare, and the Jackson Energy Authority each contributed $2 million to purchase the campus and then turn it over to the State of Tennessee, for use by the University of Memphis. With the assistance of Governor Bill Haslam, the state legislature agreed to allocate state funding for operating costs once the transfer of property is complete. An official flag-raising ceremony was held at the Lambuth campus January 12. The University of Memphis at Lambuth opened for classes this fall with more than 300 students. Registration is currently underway for the spring semester.


Congratulations to the Ambassadors with perfect attendance: Dessie Hardee, Isagenix Health & Wellness Norwood Jones, Old Country Land Office Heath Williams, George A. Smith & Sons

Chamber Emissaries Volunteer Group Selects New Chairperson

Drew Yates, financial center manager of FirstBank, has been selected as the 2012 chairperson for the Emissaries. Yates has volunteered for Chamber functions the past four years. In the past two years, he has volunteered his time with the Emissaries, the JacksonMadison County School System strategic plan initiative and the 2011 Rock The Chamber Membership Event. “It is definitely an honor to be the chairperson of such a great group of people,” Yates said. “It is a privilege, and we have a great time working together. We eat, laugh, joke and work hard. This group of Emissaries never backs down from the chance to help new and existing members be active in the community, whether through The Chamber or various other opportunities.” The Emissaries contact members to develop relationships within The Chamber. The Chamber also has other volunteer groups, including the Ambassadors, also known as the “Red Coats.” “My favorite part about volunteering for The Chamber is having the opportunity to build relationships that go beyond just a hello and a handshake,” Yates said. “With each person I meet, there is someone else on the other end who wants our community to succeed, especially if they are a business owner. I appreciate the Chamber offering avenues to facilitate those opportunities through its many business networking functions. They are also opportunities for anyone to plug in and make a difference. I am glad that my employer has always encouraged me to make a difference. I also hope to be the person they think of when a financial need arises.” The Emissaries’ work is vital to The Chamber being connected to its membership base, by ensuring The Chamber that it is meeting the needs of its members by personally contacting businesses. “Each Emissary has a passion for something outside of this group, and I think it is what makes us click,” Yates said. “We are diverse in our interests, but common in our goal to see Jackson and the surrounding area become a place that draws people in.”

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Company name: ATA Technologies, LLC (ATAT) Address: 231 Oil Well Road, Suite C Established: ATA Technologies, LLC was founded in 2004 as Trinity Solutions, LLC. In 2007, ATAT merged with Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs to form a strong partnership. Their mission is to deliver technology services, so their clients can focus on their businesses. Number of Employees: 5 Top Services/About your company: They take a full-circle approach to managing Information Technology needs for local businesses. No matter the industry, whether it is Banking, Professional Services, Manufacturing, or retail, ATAT has the expertise to provide all your IT solutions. Because of their approach and dedication to their clients, ATA Technologies, LLC received the 2006 Emerging Business Award from the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. ATA Tech is also recognized as a Dell partner, Fortinet Partner and a Microsoft Certified Partner. Web site: Phone Number: (731) 664-0102

Chamber Connection: What’s new with your organization? ATAT: We are working with several of our clients to implement cloud environments. Cloud Computing is an IT Hot Topic right now. We have been finding and implementing public cloud solutions, private cloud solutions, community cloud solutions, as well as hybrid solutions for our clients. We are also helping our clients to convert their office to an all Mac environment, which can have some benefits over a PC environment. We are very proud that Senior Manager Daniel Simons just completed his Master of Science in Information Assurance with a 4.0 GPA. Chamber Connection: What’s the biggest community project you’re working on right now? ATAT: As part of the ATAT family, we support the Relay for Life activities in Madison County. Individually, the ATAT staff is involved in several community organizations including Youth Town, Exchange Club, The Cancer Research Institute of West Tennessee and our churches. Chamber Connection: What’s helped your organization become successful in our community? ATAT: Hard work and a mission to focus on our clients’ IT environments, so that they can focus on their businesses. We are dedicated to staying ahead of IT trends through education, professional associations and customer feedback. Chamber Connection: What does your organization do that most people don’t know about? ATAT: We provide IT auditing services such as SSAE 16 auditing, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability assessments for large organizations. These services require our team to have a high-end IT security knowledge base as well as certifications. Our security expertise helps all of our clients know that we are able to provide the best security solutions to meet their needs. Chamber Connection: What are some recent successes your organization has experienced? ATAT: We have just completed a project to convert one of our clients to a new and improved virtualized environment. Virtualizing your IT infrastructure lets you reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilization and flexibility of your existing assets.

Michael Laffoon Partner, ATAT

ATAT SERVICES: • Network Management - Wide & Local Area Networking, PC & Network Maintenance •Business Solutions - Hardware & Software Solutions, Cloud Computing, Technology Assessments, Remote Access, Wireless Networking, User Training, Custom Software, Web Application Development • Disaster Recovery - Offsite Backup, Data Recovery • Security - Security Solutions, Anti-Virus & Network Security • Auditing - IT Auditing, SSAE 16/SAS 70 Computer Forensics


• CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) • CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) • CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) • ENA (Extreme Networks Administrator) • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) • A, .NET Certification

Chamber Connection: What challenges does your organization face? ATAT: IT consulting firms are faced with the heightened competition from big companies like IBM and Dell, which are eager to now provide consulting services as well as hardware. Additionally, during our time of economic concerns, businesses equate technology consulting and solutions to a budget nightmare thinking that it is just too expensive! That is not the case. We at ATAT can help you find technology solutions that will assist you in improving office productivity, gaining a technological edge on you’re your competitors and reducing downtime, which in turn will increase your bottom line. ATAT also provides Managed Service pricing plans, which is a flat fee, to help you with your budget planning. Chamber Connection: Are there any things we didn’t ask that you would like to share? ATAT: The IT field is constantly changing. If you want an IT partner who will take that off your plate, so you can focus on growing your business, call us. Also, we know some great accountants who can help with your tax, bookkeeping, payroll and audit needs.



WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS December New Members American Cold Storage-North America, L.P. Charles Cheatham 100 Lee St. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 422-7100 Category: Cold Storage Commercial

University of Tennessee Extension-Madison County Amy Hastings Elizer 309 N. Parkway Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-8543 Category: Education Services

DaVita South Jackson Kay Rich 46 Harts Bridge Road Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 422-9568 Category: Clinics & Medical Groups

YoLo Frozen Yogurt Taylor Berger 1081 Vann. Dr #103 Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 300-0282 Category: Ice Cream Shops

Me’ Me’s Yum Yums Glenda (Peggy) Creasy, RN, CMM, CLCP PO Box 11822 Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 695-1450 Category: Bakeries and/or Specialty Desserts Redd Realty Services Anna Disser 1254 Old Hillsboro Rd. Franklin, TN 37069 (615) 591-5525 Category: Real Estate-Commercial &/or Residential State Farm Agency Field Leadership Office Joe White 162 Murray Guard Dr., Ste. C Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 664-4590 Category: Insurance The Convenience Store Downtown Sarah Clayborne 116 E. Baltimore St. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 256-4040 Category: Convenience Stores



DECEMBER RENEWING MEMBERS Advanced Spine Institute, PLLC All American Signs All Star Property Managment & Realty Co. Allstate - Hughes Insurance Agency Alpha Omega Food, LLC Backyard Barbecue Boys & Girls Club of Jackson-Madison County, Inc. Brooksie’s Barn Carlson Consulting Engineers, Inc. Certified Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A of Old Hickory Mall Christian Culbreath, D.D.S. Commercial Bank & Trust Company Cross Gate Services, Inc. Cyber Vision Technology Group DaVita North Jackson DCP of Tennessee, LLC dba We’re Wireless Delta Faucet Company Donna Does Details Wedding & Event Planning Dr. Michael King EHS Management Systems Faith Satellite Company Family Health Care of Jackson, PC First Tennessee Bank Franklin Electrofluid Co., Inc. Garrett Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. Gary A. Taylor Investment Co. Geisler Young, LLC General Shale Brick Inc. H & H Services, Inc. H & M Company, Inc. Harry H. Miller Jr., CPA Havner’s Frame Shoppe Hensley Enterprises Home Instead Senior Care Hub City Blueprint & Supply Co., Inc. Hudson Warehouses ING Financial Partners, LLC Jackson Chiropractic Center Jackson Civitan Club Jackson Housing Authority Jostens Kirkland’s, Inc. Kitchens by Design of TN, LLC Lawrence & Company, CPA’s Legalshield/GoSmallBiz

LPL Financial M G Construction Co., LLC Madison County Emergency Communications District (911) Merry Maids of Greater Jackson Mirror Lawn Turf Doctor, Inc. Northside Medical Clinic, PC Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Pathway Lending Pratt Ind. (USA) Corrugating Div. R & J Feed Supply Company, Inc. Reichhold Machinery, Inc. Rina’s Dulce Memories Signature’s Boutique Signs First of Madison County Smith’s Floor Covering & Interior Design Snells of Jackson Sunrise Recycling Services Superior Enterprises, Inc. Surplus Warehouse Taylor’s Jewelry Repair Studio Tennessee Quality Homecare & Hospice Tennessee Quality Homecare & Hospice The Barrel Wine & Spirits Co. The Eblen Agency - A Div. of Insurance Planning & Service Co. The Hughes Eye Center The Learning House The Neely House Therapy and Learning Center Tyler’s Locksmith United Country Action Realty WBBJ TV West Tennessee Examiner Wild Sophistication, Inc. Young Touchstone Co. Youth Town of Tennessee




Avalon Hospice - Regency Health Care 1024 Greystone Sq. Category: Hospice Care

Ronda’s Travel Corner 3339 N. Highland. Ave. Category: Travel Agencies

Churchill Mortgage Group 1903 N. Highland Ave., Ste. 6 Category: Mortgage Loans

Fabulous Footwear 662 Vann Dr. Category: Shoes

Solar & Renewable Power Systems 33 Old Hickory Boulevard Category: Renewable Energy Solutions

Mags and Lulu 189B W. University Pkwy. Category: Clothing - Children

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital - Orthopedic Center 620 Skyline Dr. Category: Hospitals

UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS JANUARY • Monday, January 23, 2 p.m. SeaPort Airlines, McKellar-Sipes Airport, 308 Grady Montgomery Dr. Contact Cindy Melton, (731) 423-0995 • Wednesday, January 25, 1 p.m. DaVita Dialysis South, 46 Harts Bridge Rd. Contact Seneca Suggs, (731) 422-9568

FEBRUARY • Wednesday, February 1, 10 a.m. AFLAC Insurance/ Nate Jones, 2796 N. Highland. Contact Nate Jones, (765) 760-3205 • Tuesday, February 7, 2 p.m. Sweet Designs, 207 Main St., Suite B. Contact Marla Pruett, (731) 695-4804 • Wednesday, February 8, 2 p.m. Patriot Equity Credit Union, 1450 Union University Dr. Contact Shelby Kee, (731) 660-7338 • Monday, February 13, 10 a.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 1242 Vann Dr. Contact LaMorris Person, (731) 984-9464 • Tuesday, February 28, 3 p.m. Home Based & Out of Town Ribbon Cutting, The Chamber, 197 Auditorium St. Contact Lisa Cothran, (731) 423-2200

MARCH • Friday, March 2, 12 p.m. Cole Detail Shop, 210 Commerce Center Circle. Contact Robert Cole, (731) 410-6688.




Behavioral Healthcare Center at Martin 458 Hannings Lane, Martin, TN Category: Health Care Facility

Easter Seals Tennessee 777 W. Church, Ste. K, Lexington, TN Category: Nonprofit Organization

Lakeside Travel, LLC 22150 E. Main St. Category: Charter Bus &/or Tour Company

Legal Shield / GoSmallBiz 547 Old Humboldt Rd. Category: Consulting Services

Roto Rooter Plumbing 25G Stonebrooke Place, Ste. 149 Category: Plumbing

Steel Storm Shelters 130 Mockingbird Rd., Medon, TN Category: Storm Shelters

Jackson Ballroom Dance Club, Inc. 1015 Country Club PO Box 10995 Category: Dance Instruction

JS Promotions 266 Trenton Hwy., Humboldt, TN Category: Promotional Products

Mill Creek Kennels 6503 Terry Rd., Lavinia, TN Category: Pet Shop, Grooming & Kennels

Office Pride PO Box 1, Crockett Mills, TN Category: Janitorial - Commercial

Training Services Group, Inc. 292 Mcleary Rd. Category: Private Investigator

Vanick Group 6555 Quince Rd., Ste. 101, Memphis, TN Category: Web Site Development

GET INVOLVED! The Ambassadors (Red Coats) are accepting applications now for additional volunteers for the 2012 year. The Ambassadors serve as the goodwill arm of The Chamber. They attend ribbon cuttings, grand openings, ground breakings and volunteer at Chamber functions. They are an elite group of volunteers who support Chamber member businesses in all kinds of ways. They are on the front line of all the new and exciting things happening in Jackson. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, contact Shirley Jones at or call The Chamber at 423-2200.




Total Labor Force

Nov. ’11

Nov. ‘10

Rate Change

Oct. ’11

Oct. ’10

Rate Change

Madison County







Jackson MSA (Madison & Chester Counties)



















United States



Nov. ’11 Nov. ’10 Rate Change Oct. ’11 Oct. ’10 Rate Change

Madison County 9.0% Jackson MSA 8.9% (Madison & Chester Counties) Tennessee 8.4% United States


Sales Tax Collected


-0.6% 9.3%

9.2% 0.1%




9.4% -0.1%

9.4% -1.0%









Dec. '11

Dec. ‘10

Rate Change

Nov. '11

Nov. '10

Rate Change

City of Jackson $3,424,871 $3,494,177 -2.0%

$3,556,129 $3,592,962 -1.0%

Madison County $3,692,590 Building Permits Dec. ‘11 Residential 11 Number Issued Permit Value $3,182,000 Commercial 12 Number Issued $987,719 Permit Value

$3,870,910 $3,935,268 -1.6%

$3,801,328 -2.9%

Dec. ‘10

Nov. '11

8 7 1,505,000 $795,000

Nov. '10 14 $2,515,000

10 12 18 1,667,093 $11,217,248 $7,977,673



January 2012 Chamber Connection