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INSIDE Chamber & JMCSS Board present strategic plan pg. 1 upcoming events pg. 2

Chamber and JMCSS Board Present PLan

On June 30, the Jackson-Madison County Area Chamber of Commerce, hired Board of Education and the Jackson Area EducationCounsel to assist in formulating the Chamber of Commerce presented its first first draft of the Strategic Plan. draft of the Jackson-Madison County School The Chamber’s financial support of the System Strategic Plan. The plan has been Strategic Plan is linked to its economic developed to provide direction and set development efforts. Education is the foremost goals to help the system improve academic of The Chamber’s four initiatives to increase achievement. economic development in the Jackson area. Results from 2010 ACT scores from the “A strong education system is a crucial Jackson-Madison County School System factor in the Forward Jackson economic revealed that only seven development plan and percent of high school is important to the “The Education Strategic Plan seniors in the JMCSS marketability of the region began as part of The Chamber’s graduated fully prepared to outside industries,” said Economic Development plans. But Kyle Spurgeon, Chamber for college. For the community and the Board the more we’ve gotten involved, President and CEO. of Education, this number the more we have seen that this The JMCSS Board has served as a rallying plan is really about the children of presented the preliminary cry for change in the draft of the Strategic Plan our school system and ensuring school system. on June 30 in Liberty High their future success. “ “That seven percent School Auditorium. The -Jim Campbell is a shocking number,” School Board encourages said Jim Campbell, feedback from the First Vice Chairman of community on the plan. The Chamber board of directors. “It is direct For people that were unable to attend evidence of the urgency of the need for the June 30 meeting, the first draft of the change in our schools and with the Strategic plan is posted online at www.educatejackson. Plan, the JMCSS Board wants to address the com. Visitors can read the plan and submit problem head-on.” their comments online. In addition, Educate The Board’s Education Strategic Plan Jackson has a Facebook and Twitter page, was developed by EducationCounsel, a which can be found at www.facebook.com/ Washington D.C. based firm retained by The educate-jackson and www.twitter.com/ Chamber. EducationCounsel formulated the educate_jackson. As the plan continues to plan through a combination of community move forward, Campbell remarked on the input, extensive research, and evidence on Chamber’s involvement in the plan. leading practices throughout the nation. Each “The Education Strategic Plan began part of the plan was voted on by JMCSS as part of The Chamber’s Economic Board members. It contains five overarching Development plan. But the more we’ve gotten goals, with a corresponding strategic initiative. involved, the more we have seen that this Work on the Strategic Plan began in plan is really about the children of our school January 2011, when the School Board, system and ensuring their future success,” with the financial support of the Jackson Campbell said.

good jackson news, Complete college initiative & Governor news Summary pg. 3 Promotions, accomplishments & Special recognitions pg. 4-6 Member Spotlight: Raines Design pg. 7 New Members pg. 8 Renewing members pg. 9 Openings & Celebrations Pg. 10 Economic INdicators Pg. 11

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Attend. Network. Learn. August 2011 Events

Networking & Business Services Business After Hours Thursday, August 25, 5-7 p.m. Residence Inn 126 Old Medina Crossing (Exit 83, behind Medina Market) Event Details: Free to attend; Registration is not required for this event Mingle with business professionals over hors d’oeuvres! Remember to bring business cards. Business After Hours is one of The Chamber’s largest networking events with approximately 150 attendees each month. Sponsored by Residence Inn Chamber Member Orientation Wednesday, August 24, 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce RSVP: Lisa Cothran, 4232200 ext. 120 Event Details: Free to Chamber members; Advanced registration is required. Orientation is open to all Chamber members -- those who have recently joined and those who want to learn how to make the most of their membership. A light breakfast will be served compliments of RelyLocal-Jackson/ Madison County. Sponsored by RelyLocal-Jackson/Madison County.

CHAMBER WORKSHOP Thinking Outside the Bottom Line-For Profitability Thursday, August 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: $39 members/$49 nonmember per session; registration is required. Speaker: Seth Chandler, DCA/DCPR RSVP: Brandy Stutsman, 423-2200 ext. 126

More Upcoming Events

Downtown Block Party Business After Hours Thursday, September 1, 5-7 p.m. Location: TBA Event Details: Free to attend; Registration is not required for this event Mingle with business professionals over hors d’oeuvres! Remember to bring business cards. Business After Hours is one of The Chamber’s largest networking events with approximately 150 attendees each month. Sponsor by The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce & the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation B For Business Thursday, September 8, 7:45-9 a.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: Free to Chamber members; advanced registration is required. Network and enjoy a light breakfast from 7:45 to 8 a.m. Speaker: Brad Little, ING Financial Advisors; Greg Milam, State Farm Insurance; Chris Allison, Allison Insurance; Keith Perry, White & Associates Topic: “What You Don’t Know About Insurance”

RSVP: Brandy Stutsman, 423-2200 ext. 126 Grant Writing Thursday, September 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, September 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, September 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: $65 members/$85 nonmember for all three sessions or $30/$35 per individual sessions Speaker: Dr. Vicki Lake, West Tennessee Healthcare Effective Social Media for Small Business with Less Time & Staff Tuesday, September 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: $29 members, $39 nonmembers Speaker: Summer Paris, Social Media Specialist, Younger Associates, LLC Technology Talk Tuesday, September 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: $29 members, $39 nonmembers Speaker: Myk Robinson, Kingdom Computer Solutions

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Beth Parnell, Manager of Events bparnell@jacksontn.com

jackson area chamber of commerce

Denise Perry, Receptionist dperry@jacksontn.com

197 auditorium street jackson, TN 38301 phone: 731-423-2200

Judy Renshaw, Sr. Vice President, Business & Community Services jrenshaw@jacksontn.com

staff directory

Megan Seals, Communications Coordinator mseals@jacksontn.com

Kyle Spurgeon, President/CEO kspurgeon@jacksontn.com Tammy Boyd, Chief Administrative Officer tboyd@jacksontn.com Lisa Cothran, Manager, Membership Development lcothran@jacksontn.com Shirley Jones, Vice President, Public Affairs sajones@jacksontn.com

Brandy Stutsman, Administrative Assistant, Business Services & West Tennessee Business Resource Center bstutsman@jacksontn.com Carolyn Vaughan, Membership Development Coordinator cvaughan@jacksontn.com Joyce Welch, Executive Assistant jwelch@jacksontn.com

Lori Nunnery, Executive Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau lnunnery@jacksontn.com

Mandy White, Vice President, Research & Economic Development mwhite@jacksontn.com

good jackson news

This summer, The Jackson Generals released an app for the iPhone and Android that allows users to connect with the team in a whole new way. Fans of the Generals can now quickly look up schedules, results, team rosters, stats, team news, and purchase tickets, all in the palm of their hand. The app also includes a Pringles Park seating chart, map directions to the park, and the current weather forecast. One feature called “Photo Op” even allows users to insert Generals props -- such as a foam finger or a “Sarge” mascot -- into photos and share them with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Fans can find the app online at the iTunes store or Android store. For more information about the Jackson Generals, visit their website.

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Complete College Initiative

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry is making progress on its “Complete College” initiative. The initiative seeks to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional level. The first major achievement of the initiative will take effect this fall when all community colleges and universities will offer and accept in transfer a common set of courses. Additionally, the community colleges and universities will now honor the

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transfer of 19 hour pre-major paths in 38 baccalaureate degree majors. This is just the first phase of the more extensive Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010. “We in the business community need to continue creating awareness and need for post-secondary completion,” said Suzie Lusk, Director of Events for The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. “We need to make sure that Tennesseans understand how exponentially their opportunities expand when they have a post-secondary degree,” she said.

Chamber post governor’s news summaries on company social media

Starting July 25, the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce began posting the Governor’s Daily News summaries on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Governor’s summaries are a collection of newsworthy stories from the day from around the state, sent from his Communications office.The summaries are hosted on The Chamber’s Scribd account, a social publishing site. Chamber President and CEO Kyle Spurgeon said, “The Governor’s Daily News Summaries provide a great

overview of news stories across Tennessee. Through our social media platforms The Chamber is able to pass along to our members a link to the summaries.” For a link to the summaries, visit The Chamber’s Facebook page at www. facebook.com/jacksontnchamber. To see all the news summaries, visit The Chamber’s Scribd account by clicking on the Scribd social media button below.

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Promotions, accomplishments & Special Recognition University of Memphis preparing lambuth campus for class

The University of Memphis will begin offering classes at what was formerly Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., on Saturday, August 27, the official start of the University’s fall 2011 semester. The University of Memphis has had a presence in Jackson since 1955. Since then thousands of students have obtained their college education at least partly through the University’s classes taught at Jackson State Community College. All classes formerly taught at JSCC, as well as new course offerings, will now be taught at the Lambuth location. In announcing the University’s increased presence in Jackson, President Shirley Raines said, “We are honored to be able to offer more educational opportunities as a public university to the citizens of Jackson and West Tennessee. Lambuth University has given its students and alumni a great legacy, and the University of Memphis will continue, and will build upon, Lambuth’s fine educational reputation.” For students planning to attend classes in Jackson this fall, information sessions were held August 9-10. Students were able to meet individually with academic advisers and representatives from admissions, financial aid, housing and other U of M offices. Both sessions were held in the Jack Morris Ballroom of the Wilder College Union building on the Lambuth campus. Those who couldn’t attend the information sessions or who would like more information may email lambuth@ memphis.edu, or call 731-427-4725 or 901-678-5087. More information about University of Memphis classes in

Chamber Hires membership development coordinator Carolyn S. Vaughan joined the Chamber August 1 as the Membership Development Coordinator. In her position, she helps area businesses that have not yet joined The Chamber learn about the benefits of membership. She is a native Jacksonian with experience in sales and marketing. “We are thrilled to have Carolyn join our team,” said Lisa Cothran, Manager of Membership Development for The Chamber. “Her sales and marketing background, as well as her knowledge of the Jackson area, will be assets as she recruits area businesses to join The Chamber.” Carolyn graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. She currently lives in Jackson with her husband and two children, and is actively involved in her local church.

Volunteer of the month Spotlight

The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Rick Willams is the August “Volunteer of the Month.” Rick has been a Chamber Ambassador since 1998 and Ambassador Chairman in 2011. He has been involved in radio for years and also had a four year stint in the print media. Williams was born and raised in Milan. Williams is currently the Marketing Consultant for News/Talk 101.5. He has worked for The Jackson Sun, Clear Channel Radio and has been involved in the music business for over 30 years. Along with volunteering for The Chamber, Williams has done work for The Star Center. “I chose to volunteer because I love to meet new people and support the City of Jackson,” Williams said. “I hope to get involved with Music Therapy sessions soon too.”

Did you know?...

97 percent of your Chamber dues are tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. 4

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promotions, accomplishments & special recognitions Chamber and Cothran Company LLC to publish Jackson magazine

Jackson’s story of community spirit and commercial success will be skillfully told with the publication of Jackson, the annual community magazine designed to promote our amenities to prospective residents, 
 businesses and visitors. Jackson magazine is the only community magazine sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce and is in its twenty-first year of publication. Jackson showcases the best of our community through its people, places and progres-

sive business climate. This refined, full-color magazine highlights the people, places, exceptional business climate and natural beauty of the area through original local photography and professionally written stories. The magazine also contains many helpful phone numbers and local statistics. “Jackson includes stunning local photography and feature articles focusing on health care, education, economic development, sports and recreation and all the unique qualities that make Jackson the best place anywhere to live, work and conduct business,” said Kyle Spurgeon, President and CEO of The Chamber. “Through this publication, visitors, potential newcomers and investors can learn about every aspect of our remark-

able community, as well as the business and services available in the area.” Produced by the Chamber’s publishing partner, Cothran Company LLC, this high quality, indispensable guide to the community is put in the hands of newcomers, residents and other businesses all year long. Advertisements in Jackson are available only to Chamber members, offering you the opportunity to reach new clients before they connect with your competition. Beginning Wednesday, August 10, Chamber members were contacted to discuss advertising opportunities offered through Jackson. For more information, simply com call Cothran Company at (731) 694-0571, or e-mail lcothran@ cothranco.com.

congratulations to the 2011 leadership jackson class Join us in welcoming the 33rd class of Leadership Jackson. They are as listed: Steven Baucom-Yung, Operations Parnter, Abbay’s; Karley Bond, Mortgage Loan Officer, Regions Bank; Alison Bradford, Asst. Vice President/Manager, First South Bank; Scott Brown, County Commissioner, Madison Couny Government; Angela Calhoun, Team Member Relations Specialist, Bodine Aluminum, Inc.; Kelly Carson, Field Accountant, TVA; Scott Conger, City Councilman, City of Jackson; Barry Cooper, Executive Director, JACOA; Amy Dove, Marketing Manager, WorkCare Resources; Danny Hall, Senior Manager Stores & Transportation, Jackson Energy Authority; Stephenie Hinson, Training & Development Specialist, Delta Faucet Company; Ryan Holmes, Mechanical Engineer, TLM Associates, Inc.; Beth James, Executive Director, JCIL; Kristina Johnson-Anderson, Bulk Account Executive, Charter Business; Carrol Kessens, Manager, Alexander Thompson Arnold, PLLC.; Kim Laughlin, Executive Assistant, The Bank of Jackson; Brandon Lindsey, Owner, Madison South Liquor & Wine, Inc; Aida Lovelace, Branch Officer, BancorpSouth Bank; Ben Lovell, Improvement Facilitator, Gerdau Ameristeel; Sandy Maxwell, Firm Administrator, Steele Martin Jones & Company, PLLC; Tammy Mays, Compliance Director, Aspell Recovery Center; Monique Merriweather, Director, Neighborhood Services, City of Jackson; Soyna Miller, Branch Director, YMCA of Jackson & West TN; Lisa Piercey, MD, Vice

President, West TN Healthcare; Shaun Powers, Assistant Director, Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA); Landon Preston, Director of Donor Relations, Union University; Steven Puffer, HR/GM of Company Operations, Mighty Product Center; Stephanie Riley, Owner, Raines Design; Karen Roby-Via, Credit/Debit Card Services, Leaders Credit Union; Lisa Silver, Business Development Coordinator, Jackson Oaks Senior Living; Jason Wells, Production Supervisor, Pinnacle Foods; Amy West, Human Resources Director, Jackson State Community College; Greg Williams, Minister of Music, First Baptist Church

Chair of the 2011 program year is Dr. Beverly Absher, Union University, and serving as 2011 Vice Chair is Ty Cowles, Jackson Energy Authority. The program begins on August 22 with a “Get Acquainted/Information Session” followed by a “Welcome Cookout” hosted by the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. 5

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promotions, accomplishments & special recognitions jackson native expands business into Chattanooga 


Xerox Corporation announced that Memphisbased XMC, Inc., has been awarded new territories in Chattanooga and Northern Georgia. XMC will now serve an additional five counties in Southeast Tennessee and a sevencounty North Georgia territory. With this expansion, XMC now serves an

area stretching from Little Rock to East Tennessee plus key markets in northern Mississippi and Alabama. XMC originated as a subsidiary of an office supply company and initially served only Jackson and surrounding rural West Tennessee. When Jackson native Bob Hamilton, president and CEO, took full ownership in 1992 he saw the potential of the company and the Xerox product line.

West TN OB/ GYN welcomes new provider West Tennessee OB/

Gyn Services welcomes Elliott C. Roberts Jr., MD to its staff. Dr. Roberts is from Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his medical education at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Roberts’ residency in obstetrics and gynecology was completed at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Roberts is an Associate Professor and Assistant Residency Director of Meharry Medical College, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Nashville.

union university named to “great colleges to work for” honor roll Union University was recently named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “Great Colleges to Work For.” The university was one of only 42 other colleges and universities in the nation to achieve this honor. The Chronicle determines the schools on the list by an annual survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities nationwide. Of this number, 111 receive recognition for specific best practices and policies, while only 42 achieve “Honor Roll” status. Union is the only college in Tennessee named to the “Honor Roll” list. “We are deeply grateful for this high honor, this lofty recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “I want to congratulate our marvelous faculty and staff, as well as the high quality students, who contribute each and every day to this special academic community. We are certainly thankful for the dedicated members of

the Board of Trustees who offer the guidance and establish the high expectations for this university.” Union won honors in 11 different categories, making it one of only 3 other schools nationally to do so. The categories included: Collaborative Governance; Professional/Career Development Programs; Teaching Environment;

Compensation and Benefits; Facilities, Workspaces and Security; Job Satisfaction; Work/ Life Balance; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Respect and Appreciation; Tenure Clarity and Process. Kimberly Thornbury, Union University Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, said the university’s strong sense of community is one of the benefits of working for the institution. “We have been blessed with a president who is a tremendous leader in higher education,” Thornbury said. “He sets the tone for a campus that is innovative, encouraging and positive. People who work for Union seem wonderfully ‘shocked’ at the true level of community in this place.” More information about “Great Colleges to Work For,” including a listing of all institutions on the list, is available at chronicle.com/academicworkplace.

Do you have news to share to The Chamber?

If so, email news about your company to Megan Seals, Communications Coordinator, at mseals@jacksontn.com or call 423-2200 ext. 122. Items are published depending on newsworthiness and available space. 6

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member spotlight: Raines Design Company Name: Raines Design Established: 2005 Location: 2821 N. Highland Ave., Suite C Chamber member since: 2010 Number of Employees: 3 About Us: We are a creative marketing company, specializing in print and web design Phone Number: (731) 234-0082 On the Web: www.rainesdesign.com Chamber Connection: Tell us more about your company and its mission? Raines Design: Raines Design offers creative marketing solutions to help businesses deliver messages to their customers through a carefully selected blend of services. We take your concept from the design process to print and work side by side with you to convey your message through branding, printed media, advertisements and the web. Because we want to be instrumental in the final production of your marketing material, we offer the newest printing technology, in house, which allows us to have full control of the printing quality you expect. Some of the things we create include logos, brochures, sales presentations, letterheads, flyers and business cards. What we love most is delivering a product that our client loves and helps bring them success. It’s so rewarding to see the end result of all the hard work. Chamber Connection: What are some things people may not know about your organization? Raines Design: We just launched a new direct mail program that allows clients to target customers for less than the price of a stamp. We also have a consumer division of our company named “One August Day” that specializes in wedding invitations, stationary and gifts. Chamber Connection: What has helped your organization become a successful company in the Jackson community? Raines Design: Networking and referrals have played a huge part. Attending Chamber events and being involved in the community has given me the opportunity to make great connections. Seeing the results of networking doesn’t happen overnight, but it really pays off if you are patient and put time into it. Chamber Connection: What are some of your challenges and future goals? Raines Design: Our challenge is to create awareness of our company. If someone needs a brochure designed and printed, we want them to at least think of us. Many people still don’t know that we are here, and if they do, they may know we design logos but don’t know that we can create a web site. Our main goal this year is grow our company. We were a home-based business for several years, which had always worked due to the nature of our work. Once we decided to expand and offer full service printing we opened our location on North Highland Avenue. The move has been fantastic and we hope to continue increasing our client base and expand our staff by the beginning of 2012. 7

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big thanks to new members of the chamber July New Members Comprehensive Industrial Solutions Jennifer McCarter 2574 Christmasville Cove, Ste. A Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 265-2101 Category: Industrial & Occupational Safety and Health Hadley’s Terry Jenkins 2726 Vail Rd. Halls, TN 38040 (901) 827-2660 Category: Restaurants Happy Time Ice Cream, Inc. Jerry Crabb P.O. Box 3916 Jackson, TN 38303 (731) 215-1732 Category: Concessions

Madison South Liquor & Wine Brandon Lindsey 1725 S. Highland Ave., Ste. G Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 424-2064 Category: Liquor Stores Office Pride Daniel Hooper P.O. Box 1 Crockett Mills, TN 38021 (731) 696-2550

www.officepride.com

Category: Janitorial - Commercial Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service Mark Evans 25-G Stonebrooke Place, Ste. 149 Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-8812

www.getroto.com

Category: Plumbing

Sudell’s Sweet Sensations Bobby & Treva Jones 54 Jeff Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 935-2802 Category: Bakeries and/or Specialty Desserts Viamedia/JEA Kristi S. Turnbow 119 E. College St. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 422-7341

www.viamedia.com

Category: Advertising - Media Walgreens Pharmacy Charles W. Adams, II 1405 S. Highland Ave. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 935-7456 Category: Pharmacies/Drug Stores

The Chamber at a glance...

• Over 1,200 member businesses and organizations • Employees of Chamber member businesses total approximately 42,000 • Businesses with 25 or fewer employees comprise nearly 80 percent of our membership • Chamber staff and volunteers spend countless hours per year working on behalf of our Chamber members to ensure the best business climate possible • 6,153- Number of direct manufacturing, distribution, and call center jobs created in Madison County by Chamber economic development initiatives in the last 10 years • More than 30 percent of the Madison County workforce join Jackson’s population each day from surrounding counties

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July Renewing Members 1st Class Flooring Advanced Kidney Specialists, PC AFLAC - Hazel Johnson All Star Property Managment & Realty Co. Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC American Insurance Management American Johnny AmeriSpec Inspection Services Area Relief Ministries Aseracare Hospice Auto Tech Service Center Badgett, Payne & Warren, PC Baker’s Rack Bill’s Appliance, Inc. Bole’s Professional Service Bonus Building Care BR Supply Byrd & Byrd, Attorneys at Law, PLLC-North Office Cantrell Service Center Line Electric, Inc. Clay Goodrich/Town & Country Inc., Relators ClearTalk Wireless Internet & Phone Cogdell Spencer Erdman Coldwell Banker/Real Estate Now/Eden Smith Community Anti-Drug Coalition of Jackson - Madison County Copies Plus, Inc. Courtyard by Marriott Cox Construction, Inc. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Crocker Construction Co., Inc. Crown Winery Dairy Queen David Barnes, D.D.S. Dawn’s Uniform Deaton’s Carpet One Inc. Delta Electrical Inc. Dental Associates, Inc. Dental Care Dugger Printed Business Products, Inc. Dusty’s Outdoor Media, LLC Edward Jones Investments Eric’s Rentals, Inc. Family Check Advance First State Bank FirstChoice Employment Solutions Forcum Lannom Contractors, LLC

General Cable Corporation Golden Circle Graphics Gorbet Construction, LLC Green Metals Hall CPA Firm Hampton Inn and Suites Jackson HCS - Henson Construction Services, Inc. Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee Hiscall, Inc. Home Medical Products Intrepid USA Jackson Energy Authority Jackson Industrial Holdings, LLC Jackson Sand JD Distributors, Inc. Kanpai Japanese Restaurant Kelly Services Kendrick Floral Company Kingdom Computer Solutions Lane College Lashlee Rich, Inc. Longhorn Steakhouse LSI Digital Lynn Auto Repair Main Street Publishing, Inc./A’Mata, Hari & Hari, Investigations Manpower West Tennessee McCoy’s Heating & Air Mega Mart Meridian LLC, DBA Brasher’s Merry Maids of Greater Jackson Modern Telephone Systems Moe’s Southwest Grill Morton Moving & Storage Nelson Sign Co., LLC nexAir, LLC Old Country Store Old Medina Market Paradoxe Corporation Paramount Construction Physicians Quality Care Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Pro-Kote, LLC Procter & Gamble Mfg. Co. Quality Fence Co. Reasons Construction Co. Regional Hospital of Jackson Regions Bank Republic Finance, LLC RMA Express Mart

Sayle Oil Company Serra Chevrolet - Cadillac - Chrysler - Jeep Southeast Recycled Fiber Staples Dental, LLC State Farm Insurance, Greg Milam State Farm\Howard Bond Steel Erectors, LLC Steel Fab, Inc. Superior Enterprises, Inc. Surveying Services, Inc. Tennessee Hyperbaric Center Tennessee InfoTech The City of Three Way The Discovery Museum of West Tennessee The E-Link Company The Kilburn Group The Lilly Company The Ridge at Jackson The UPS Store #4007 Tim Ferguson Plumbing Co., Inc. Tom Lawlers, Inc. Trust Company Bank TSS Industrial Packaging, LLC UT Family Medicine Center Utility Staffing Vitale Chiropractic Clinic Wagging Tail Resort, LLC West Tennessee Business College Beauty School West Tennessee Examiner West Tennessee Pediatric Dental Group, Inc. West Tennessee Research and Education Center West Tennessee School for the Deaf West TN Pharmaceutical Care Williams Steel Co. Window World of Jackson, Inc. Woman’s Clinic, P.A. WSBF Warehousing / Mid South Ware housing XMC of West Tennessee, Inc. Yorkville Recycling Inc.

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July openings and celebrations for a calendar of our upcoming ribbon cuttings, visit our website’s calendar of events page. Raines Design 2821 N. Highland #C www.rainesdesign.com Category: Graphic Design Services

Hub City Junior Golf Association P.O. Box 1352 Category: Non-profit Organizations

Regional Hospital Cardiology Center 367 Hospital Blvd.

www.regionalhospitaljackson.com Category: Medical

Music Highway Crossroads 40 Casey Jones Lane, #3

Core Heart & Medical Center 86 Stonebridge Blvd.

www.caseyjones.com

www.coreheart.net

Category: Health Care Facility

Congratulations

Wild Sophistication/Merle Norman 180 W. University Pkwy.

www.wildsophisticationinc.com

to the following Ambassador who had perfect attendance in June: Gidget Egner from Jack Morris Auto Glass

Category: Clothing & Accessories - Ladies

Elmcroft of Jackson/Heartland Village Partnership between the STAR Center and Elmcroft of Jackson/ Heartland Village 911 Old Humboldt Rd.

www.elmcroftal.com

Category: Assisted Living

Ribbon Cutting & Open House for Chamber Members:

The Chamber will coordinate a ribbon cutting and/or open house for your business. The Chamber Ambassadors will gladly assist you with your special event to ensure it is one to remember. Contact Shirley Jones, 423-2200 ext. 112, at least three weeks in advance to schedule. 10

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economic indicators Labor Force

June ‘11

June ‘10

Rate Change May ‘11

May ‘10

Rate Change

Madison County

50,280

48,630

3.4%

49,980

48,050

4.0%

Jackson MSA

58,540

56,580

3.5%

57,980

55,790

3.9%

3,166,600

3,056,300

3.6%

3,133,900

3,023,600

3.6%

154,538,000

154,767,000

-0.1%

153,449,000

153,866,000

-0.3%

(Madison and Chester Counties)

Tennessee United States

Unemployment

June ‘11 June ‘10

Rate Change May ‘11

May ‘10

Rate Change

Madison County

10.5%

10.4%

0.1%

10.3%

10.4%

-0.1%

Jackson MSA

10.7%

10.5%

0.2%

10.2%

10.2%

0.0%

9.3%

10.1 %

-0.8%

9.5%

9.9%

-0.4%

10.2%

9.6%

0.6%

8.7%

9.3%

-0.6%

(Madison and Chester Counties)

Tennessee United States

Sales Tax Collected July ‘11

July ‘10

Rate Change June ‘11

City of Jackson

$3,760,244

$3,323,291

13.1%

Madison County

$4,075,751

$3,558,754

14.5%

June ‘10

Rate Change

$3,562,524

$3,385,959

5.2%

$3,868,418

$3,680,407

5.1%

Building Permits Residential Number Issued Permit Value

July ‘11

July ‘10

10 $1,861,500

12 $2,449,000

7 13 $1,067,000 $1,981,000

6 $2,362,168

12 $4,883,897

20 $1,792,520

June ‘11

June ‘10

Commercial Number Issued Permit Value

14 $1,718,328

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August 2011 Chamber Connection