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INSIDE 2011 rock the chamber membership event pg. 1 upcoming events pg. 2 Chamber staff and members of the Chamber Executive Committee donned rock costumes as they visited with potential Chair volunteers for the 2011 Rock The Chamber Membership Event.

Rock the chamber; chamber prepares for membership event on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1. The Chairs recruited for the event are (as shown in picture to the left): Andy Culbreath (First State Bank), Ed Woodside (First South Bank), Gary Grisham (BancorpSouth), Mayor Jimmy Harris (Madison County), Bill The 2011 Rock The Chamber Membership Event Chairs pose for White (First Tennessee Bank), a picture during the Chair meeting at Flatiron Grille. Mayor Jerry Gist (City of Jackson), Gary Taylor (Gary A. Taylor Investment While most Chambers of Commerce Co.), Timothy Wehner (Rainey Kizer struggle through their annual membership Reviere & Bell PLC), drives, the Jackson Area Charles Byrd (Byrd & Byrd Chamber of Commerce Attorneys at Law), Anita will host a Membership Kay Archer (The Bank of Event that is like none Jackson), Vicki Burch (West other. For two and a TN Business College), half days, over 100 Nancy Nanney (Jackson volunteers will work Energy Authority), Moss against the clock and Miller (Miller Automotive). against each other to Not pictured: Roy Heatherly sign up new Chamber (The Jackson Sun) and Dr. members and create a greater community Lisa Piercey (West TN Healthcare) awareness of the important role of the The event is organized by the company Chamber of Commerce. Your Chamber Connection. Their specialty To kick off the 2011 Rock The is high energy membership campaign that Chamber Membership Event, Kyle allows volunteers to conduct out of the box Spurgeon, President and CEO of the membership fun while building the new Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, membership base. The event will kick off on members of The Chamber’s Executive Tuesday, October 18 to Thursday, October Committee and Chamber staff donned 20. For more information on how you can rock and roll costumes as they visited with be involved or volunteer, call The Chamber potential Chair volunteers for the event at 423-2200.

Ranking in Actions Webinar, Good jackson news pg. 3 Promotions, accomplishments & Special recognitions pg. 4-5 Member Spotlight: ActionCoach, steve pitcairn pg. 6 New Members pg. 7 Renewing members pg. 8 Openings & Celebrations Pg. 9 Economic INdicators Pg. 10

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Attend. Network. Learn. October 2011 Events

Networking & Business Services The Meeting - Quarterly Membership Breakfast Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m. Union University, Carl Grants Event Center, 1050 Union University Drive Event Details: Admission is $10 per person and advance registration is required by e-mailing Brandy Stutsman or calling at 423-2200. Speaker: Gregg Morton, AT&TTennessee President B for Business Thursday, October 13, 7:45 a.m.9:00 a.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: Network, exchange business cards and enjoy a light breakfast at this monthly event. B for Business is free to attend. Advanced registration is required. RSVP by e-mailing Brandy Stutsman or calling at 423-2200. Speaker: Michelle Goin, Learn Consulting, LLC Topic: Retaining Customers after the Sale

Undercover Boss - Uncover What Your Employees Value Thursday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce 197 Auditorium Street Event Details: $99/members, $109/ non-members. Prices include participant materials and a Rave Recognition Manager Toolkit. Speaker: Michelle Goin, Learn Consulting, LLC

2011 Rock The Chamber Membership Event Tuesday, October 18 to Thursday, October 20 Women Business Owners’ Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Roundtable 197 Auditorium Street Contact: If you are interested in As a business owner or primary decision maker, have you ever wanted participating in the event, contact an Event Chair (see list on first page) or people you could use as a sounding board for new ideas, creative thinking, contact Lisa Cothran at 423-2200, problem solving and other business is- ext. 120 sues that you may be experiencing in your company? We have the solution. The Chamber’s Women Business to learn more Owners’ Roundtable is for businesses with five years or more maturity, about our $250,000 to $5 million in annual revupcoming enue and a Chamber member. If you fit these qualifications and events, visit are interested, call or e-mail Judy our website’s Renshaw, Sr. Vice President, Business & Community Services, 423calendar of 0403 for an application form. Each roundtable will be limited to events page. 12-14 non-competing business owners and the cost is $60 per quarter. Call today! 2

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jackson area chamber of commerce 197 auditorium street jackson, TN 38301 phone: 731-423-2200

Ryan Porter, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel rporter@jacksontn.com

staff directory

Judy Renshaw, Sr. Vice President, Business & Community Services jrenshaw@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 Lori Nunnery, Executive Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau lnunnery@jacksontn.com Beth Parnell, Manager of Events bparnell@jacksontn.com Denise Perry, Receptionist dperry@jacksontn.com

Megan Seals, Communications Coordinator mseals@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

good jackson news:

JSCC partners with U of M Jackson State Community College and University of Memphis officials signed a partnership enrollment agreement Tuesday, September 13. The agreement established will guarantee university admission to any student who completes the associate’s degree at JSCC. University officials say the Partnership Enrollment Program will allow the opportunity to easily finish a four-year degree at the U of M, beginning in the spring 2012 semester. This agreement provides only for general admission to the U of M.

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

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chamber hosted ranking in actions webinar; Madison county ranked as 20th healthiest county to live and work in Tennessee

Kyle Spurgeon, President and CEO of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Piercey, MD and Vice President of West Tennessee Healthcare, and Annette Wilson, coordinated school health administrator with Jackson-Madison County School System, were the featured speakers in the “Putting County Health Rankings in Action” Webinar that was held on Tuesday, August 9. The speakers provided an overview of how the Jackson community used the County Health Rankings to improve the overall health and well being of the community. Madison County ranked as the 20th healthiest place to live and

work in Tennessee last year, but only because of the number of health care providers, hospitals and specialists in the county. After seeing the 2010 County Health Rankings, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Spurgeon knew that Jackson’s health conditions could be linked to its economic development success. “What I realized was that because of these rankings, you can now compare apples to apples,” Spurgeon said. “When a company is evaluating Jackson as a prospective location, they look at key location criteria – and wellness outcomes are part of that location criteria search. All other things being equal, a healthier community stands a better shot at getting a project than one that is unhealthy.” If the Availability of Health Care category were to be removed from the “2010 County Health Rankings” survey, Madison County would fall to 44th place in the state, from its current ranking of 20th. During the Webinar, Wilson spoke about the healthy choice initiatives already under way within the school system while Piercey spoke about the Wellness Center being planned for construction in downtown Jackson. 3

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Promotions, accomplishments & Special Recognition TVA AMONG “TOP UTILITIES” FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

For six years in a row, TVA has been named one of the top utilities in North America for economic development. Site Selection magazine released its top list on September 1, and detailed its criteria for picking TVA and the other utilities on the list. Performance was a key element in the magazine’s selections. In fiscal year 2010, TVA and its distributor customers, working with state and local partners, helped attract or retain more than 41,000 jobs and leverage $4.3 billion in capital investment for the sevenstate TVA territory. Site Selection noted that TVA’s econom-

ic development’s support has contributed to 264,500 new or retained jobs and $27 billion in business investment since 2005. Surveys of corporate end-users of power and site consultants were also important, Site Selection said, as were innovative programs – including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs – and incentives for business. “Innovation, tenacity and teamwork are powerful keys to economic development success in our region,” says John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development. “The distributors of TVA power, regional and state agencies and economic, industrial and community leaders from throughout the TVA service region are all participants in this success. And the ultimate winners are Valley communities that have more opportunities to gain and retain jobs.”

Chamber Hires vice president, strategic initiatives and general counsel Ryan Porter joined the Chamber September 12 as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and General Counsel. In his position, Porter will focus primarily on the Forward Jackson campaign and he will also be involved in Regional Economic Development. Porter graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in Psychology and Sociology. Porter also graduated Nashville School of Law in 2007.

Notable announced projects for the year included two major Amazon distribution centers, one in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the other in nearby Bradley County; a new plant in Fort Payne, Ala., by Canadian automotive manufacturer A.P. Plasman; and an expansion in Glasgow, Ky., by generic drug manufacturer Amneal Pharmaceuticals. In 2010, TVA continued its data center development program, assessing more than 50 sites across its service area for access, telecommunications, power availability and reliability, and other favorable characteristics. To date, 18 data center sites are ready-for-development in the Valley, including one in Jackson, Tenn. TVA expanded its successful Valley Investment Initiative program, which rewards qualifying power customers that make ongoing investments in the region.

Volunteer of the month: Beverly Absher

The Chamber is proud to announce that Beverly Absher, Department Chair of Continuing Studies and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Union University, was picked as the September “Volunteer of the Month.” Absher serves as the Chair of the Leadership Jackson Program, after serving as Vice Chair last year. She also serves on the Board of the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association and on the Association’s Committee for Professonial Development. She is a frequent seminar leader for Chamber programs. “Like everyone else in our community, I could easily think I am too busy to help, or that my small contributions don’t really matter,” Absher said. “Then I remember a quote from Margaret Mead that I read many years ago... ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ I believe that to be true so I count it a joy and a privilege to have even a small role in making our community—and our world—a better place to live, work, worship and play!”

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promotions, accomplishments & special recognitions aeneas internet & telphone ranked on Inc. magazine 5000 list For the third time, Inc. magazine hasranked Aeneas Internet and Telephone on its annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Previously named in 2008 and 2010, Aeneas Internet and Telephone joins the company of enterprises that have appeared on the list multiple times, many of which have grown to become national icons. In the state of Tennessee, only 77 companies have appeared on the list multiple times. “Making the Inc. 5000 list for a third time is a great validation of our employees and the hard work they do,” said Jonathan Harlan, founder and CEO of Aeneas Internet and Telephone. “We’re proud that the state of Tennessee has embraced and supported us as an alternative to the big national companies. It’s our customers that make this recognition possible.”

ALEXANDER THOMPSON ARNOLD PLLC NAMED 7TH LARGEST ACCOUNTING FIRM IN TENNESSEE Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs has been named Tennessee’s seventh (7th) largest accounting firm by American City Business Journals. This ranking is based on the

number of full-time certified public accountants with the firm. The firm is ranked eighth for total staff in Tennessee. “We are honored by this recognition,” said ATA’s Chief Manager Al Creswell, CPA. “At ATA, we build relationships with our clients, so we can understand their challenges and devise strategies to help them succeed. Our approach combines industry experience, community involvement and continuing education opportunities to provide the highest quality accounting services. We believe this approach is why we continue to grow.”

Service where he served on active duty before starting at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and remains an active reservist with them. Dr. Bob Dalsania has joined the practice as an Associate. Dalsania graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in Memphis, Tenn. Dalsania started at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in July 2011. “We are excited to have someone of Dr. Dalsania’s skills and ability join our practice and provide quality care to our patients,” Patel said.

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Jackson announce new owner and doctor

White & Associates welcome new independent insurance producer

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry would like to announce that Dr. Minesh Y Patel is now the sole owner of the practice. Dr. Patel has been with the dental office since 1996 when he joined as an associate to Dr. James Read. In 2006, he became a partner in the practice until purchasing the practice this year. Dr. Patel originally graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Centers’ School of Dentistry in Memphis. Upon graduation from Dental School, Dr. Patel joined the U.S. Public Health

White and Associates Insurance-Perry Agency welcomes Jeff Coley to its team as an independent insurance producer. Jeff brings with him 25 years of sales experience with eight of those years in the insurance field. Jeff is a lifelong resident of Jackson and a graduate of University of Tennessee at Martin. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Old Hickory Rotary Club and has been very involved with the National Association of Health Underwriters.

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.


member spotlight: Steve Pitcairn, ActionCoach Business Coaching Company Name: ActionCOACH Business Coaching Established: 2006; Celebrating 5 years on October 19 Location: 43 Darlington Cove, Jackson TN Chamber member since: 2010 Number of Employees: 1 Phone Number: (731) 426-2952 On the Web: www.actioncoach.com, www.actioncoach.com/stevepitcairn Chamber Connection: Tell us more about your company and its mission? Steve Pitcarin: ActionCOACH Business Coaching provides one-on-one coaching to business owners and Executives to train and motivate them to achieve their dreams and goals. We educate the business community through public training sessions with organizations such as the Chamber, structured training of businesses through the SBA’s emerging 200 program in Memphis, and conducting in-house corporate training programs. We also build active networking groups in Jackson that both train and build strong strategic alliances. Chamber Connection: What are some things people may not know about your organization? Steve Pitcarin: The one-on-one mentoring sessions are still the least known service that I provide. These sessions combine training, brainstorming and accountability to fast track a businesses results. In addition, the coach is someone to talk though difficult decisions and ideas who is really interested in doing what’s best for your business. Chamber Connection: What has helped your organization become a successful company in the Jackson community? Steve Pitcarin: Strategic alliances with others in the community where in helping them, my business also prospers. These include the Chamber, where by offering training programs to the Chamber, I’m exposed to business people who might need my services. Another would be our networking groups. By helping other quality business people be successful through referrals, they also refer businesses to me. Chamber Connection: What are some of your future goals? Steve Pitcarin: A name change! We’re changing to Clear Vision Business Services later this year to recognize the wide variety of program and services that we provide in addition to our original ActionCOACH franchise. Also, continuing expansion throughout West Tennessee and Memphis, and utilizing and developing additional materials and programs to help business owners. Chamber Connection: What’s the biggest community project you’re working on right now? Steve Pitcarin: A wide variety of small ones. We just finished facilitating yearly planning sessions for RIFA and the March of Dimes. Had a great time training the Leadership Jackson class on time management during its first session. We are also looking forward to conducting a training at the non-profit roundtable on October 6th and “B for Business” in November. Chamber Connection: What are some recent successes your organization has experienced? Steve Pitcarin: A number of my clients have experienced significant growth in their businesses this year with some expanding their facilities and their staff. There are great opportunities for small businesses to react successfully in this economy and build market share.

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big thanks to new members of the chamber August New Members Any Art Kevin Jerge 118 E. Lafayette St. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 554-3495 www.anyart.com Category: Art /Art Galleries Caldwell & Bryant Financial Advisors Robert A. Caldwell, CPA 2802-B N. Highland Ave. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-5665 Category: Financial & Financial Advisors Coach Robert Staub 6465 N. Quail Hollow Rd., Ste. 200 Memphis, TN 38120 (901) 205-9303 www.coachrobertstaub.com Category: Consulting Services Creasy & Jones Attorneys at Law, P.C. Leslie W. Creasy 25 Security Dr., Ste. B Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 215-2920 Category: Attorneys D180 Fitness Ian Buchanan 529 Westmoreland Place Jackson, TN 38301 (469) 363-0704 www.d180fitness.com Category: Physical Fitness Dermatology and Skin Cancer Consultants, PLLC Dafnis Carranza, M.D. 701 Medical Park Dr. Humboldt, TN 38343 (731) 784-4300 www.dermandskincancer.com Category: Clinics & Medical Groups

Elite Dental Care Mark A. Harper, DDS 47 North Star Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 664-9556 www.elitedentalcare.com Category: Dentist-Dental Care Hands Up! Donna Agnew 455 E. Chester St. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 431-1979 Category: Nonprofit Organizations Insphere Insurance Solutions Kevin Harris 8700 Trail Lake Dr. West, Ste. 108 Memphis, TN 38125 (731) 695-9646 www.InsphereIS.com/kevin.harris Category: Insurance Jackson Madison County NAACP Harrell Carter 27 A Brentshire Cove Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 660-5100 www.jacksonnaacp.org Category: Nonprofit Organizations JS Promotions Jeanne Slack 266 Trenton Hwy. #22 Humboldt, TN 38343 (731) 784-4711 www.jspromotions.com Category: Promotional Products

396 Airways Blvd. Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 421-4693 Category: Oil & Gas Operators Patient Centered Physician’s Care, P.C. Kim Howerton, M.D. 25 Security Dr., Ste. A Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 215-2888 www.pc3md.com Category: Physicians & Surgeons Redden Total Therapy Payton Redden 1385 S. Highland Ave., Ste. B3 Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 423-8700 www.reddentherapy.com Category: Physical Therapist Shelter Insurance Jonathan Coffman 68 Ridgecrest Rd., Ste. A Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 256-1775 www.shelterinsurance.com Category: Insurance Terminix International Preston Warford 42-A Volunteer Blvd. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-4414 www.terminix.com Category: Termite & Pest Control

Mark A. Miller, DDS, PLC Mark Miller 111 Murray Guard Dr., Ste. A Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 668-9898 www.markmillerdds.com Category: Dentist-Dental Care

BrownsteinSmith DBA The Boutique, Inc. Tamara Sorman 310 Carriage House Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 664-1842 Category: Clothing & Accessories - Ladies

Panther Petroleum LLC DBA Panther Oil Company, Inc. Lloy Skillicorn

The Uniform Source James Robinson 1000-D Vann Dr.

Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 423-3000 Category: Uniforms Tis the Season Carol Sharp 80 Innsdale Cove, Ste. G Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 554-9627 Category: Gift Shops West Tennessee Pest Control Monlo Hodge 84 Swan Drive Jackson, TN 38301 (731) 431-4850 Category: Pest Control Services Wild Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Chuck Hughes 1189 Vann Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 300-0386 www.wildsmiles.us Category: Dentist - Dental Care Wolfchase Limb & Brace Koley Moonen 367 Vann Dr., Ste. B Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 660-5900 www.wolfchaselimbandbrace.com Category: Prosthetics and/or Orthotics WorkPlace Solutions Pat Darnell Patrick 621-G Old Hickory Blvd. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 554-0044 Category: Drug Testing

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August Renewing Members A & J Janitorial Services A+ Care Solutions, Inc. AccuLab Environmental Services, Inc. Allied Hose and Belting American Insurance Management Apartment Association of Greater Memphis Audette’s Academy for Early Learning Back Pain Relief Clinic Bath Brush & Beyond Belk Bell Shirt & Sign Co. Benefit Consulting Services, Inc. Best One Tire & Service of Jackson Blue Hawaiian Pools, LLC Bowling & Skating Family Fun Center CareAll Home Care Services Carlisle Transportation Products Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio, Inc. Central West TN Association of Realtors Champion Windows . Siding . Patio Rooms Charter Media Chefmart Jackson Chris Mayer Roofing, LLC Chuck Cloud, CFP ® ClearTalk Wireless Internet & Phone Coldwell Banker/Real Estate Now/Eden Smith Cornerstone Health Services Group, Inc. Cost Plus Pharmacy Counter Solutions, LLC Cumberland Heights Davidson Titles, Inc. Delta Materials Handling, Inc. Dermatology Clinic of Jackson Divorce Incorporated Doing His Work First, Inc. Durham Chiropractic Eddleman & Eddleman Edward Jones Investments EMG Clinics of Tennessee Empire Education Group-The Hair Design School Envirogreen, Inc. Evergreen Recyclers, Inc. Express Mail Depot, Inc. Eye Care Group PLLC Faith Health Center Fireline Inc. First Baptist Church Child Development Center First Tennessee Bank

Frankie Plunk Travel Service, Inc. FSB Insurance Garden Pleasures Tearoom Gateway Tire & Service Center GCA Services Group Gene’s Tire & Wrecker Service Gold’s Gym Grace United Methodist Church Green With Envy Lawn Care Service, LLC Greystone Medical Clinic, P.C. HealthSpring Hinson Auction & Real-Estate Inc. Hollywood Vacuum Center Hub Express International Assn. of Admin. Prof., Jackson Chapter Jack Hornsby Electric, Inc. Jackson Country Club Jackson Downtown Lions Club Jackson Service League Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, & Holt Jackson/Madison County School System Jason’s Deli Jenny Craig, Healthy Outlook of Jackson Johnson Vision Development Center Konica Minolta Business Solutions Kustom Machining & Mfg. Lakeland Spring Water Co. Lamar Advertising Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) Liberty Hospitality Academy - Marketing & Virtual Enterprise & DECA Maddox Insurance Agency Marine Corps League McAlister’s Deli McCowat Mercer Packaging, Inc. McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, LLC Me & My Tea Room Catering Mid-South Machine & Welding Milan Express Co., Inc. Millsaps Auto Sales Minuteman Press Moss, Benton & Wallis, PLLC Mulligan’s NAPA Auto Parts Nebraska Book Company Neel-Schaffer, Inc. Old Hickory Steakhouse Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)

Parker’s Flooring Pavement Restorations, Inc. Peggy Graves,Coldwell Banker/Real Estate Now Rayco Inc. Regency Healthcare Group-Avalon Hospice Ritchie Smith Associates Robinson Toyota - Scion SimplexGrinnell LP Sitters & More, Inc. Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Something to Read Bookstore Southeast Recycled Fiber St. John’s Community Services-TN Stability Growth Solutions, LLC Staff Management Tastefully Simple Tennessee Career Center-Jackson Tennessee Personal Assistance Inc. Tennessee Quality Homecare & Hospice The Bank of Jackson The Centre Group, Inc. The Hamilton-Ryker Company The HillHelen Group The Holy Smoker The STAR Center Timothy Irby Photography Town & Country Inc., Realtors United Saw & Supply Co. Vaughan Associates Architects, Inc. VFW Post 1848 Volunteer Pallets, Inc. Walker J Walker Inc. Waste Management of Tennessee Jackson Wes Harris-State Farm Insurance West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, P.C. West Tennessee Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, P.C. West Tennessee Healthcare, Employer Services Wood Heat Specialists, Inc. YMCA of Jackson Zaxby’s

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openings and celebrations Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings:

September 29, 10 a.m.- Madison Haywood Developmental Services, 38 Garland Drive. Contact Kim McFarland, (731) 984-6405 October 4, 11 a.m.- Alan Vines Automotive (formerly Gary Matthews), 45 Bypass next to St. Mary’s. Contact Alan Vines, (731) 664-8500 October 6, 12 p.m.- Wild Smiles, 1189 Vann Drive. Contact Dr. Chuck Hughes, (731) 300-0386

Doing His Work First, Inc. 250 Grady Montgomery Dr., Suite D www.dhwf.org Category: Web Based Sales

Wolfchase Limb and Brace 367 Vann Drive,. Ste. B

www.wolfchaselimbandbrace.com Category: Prosthetics and/or Orthotics

October 7, 10 a.m.- Pops Music, 180 Old Hickory Boulevard, Ste. K. Contact Chris McCrudden, (731) 660-9995 October 10, 4 p.m.- Dart’s Carts, 2152 Westover Road. Contact Trad Longeway, (731) 300-0252 October 11, 3 p.m.- UT Martin’s new Jackson location, 3031 Hwy 45 Bypass Frontage Road. Contact Bethany Worley, (731) 425-9426

Congratulations

to the following Ambassadors who had perfect attendance in August:

West Tennessee Regional Blood Center, Inc.

Lifeline Blood Services 183 Sterling Farms Drive

www.lifelinebloodserv.org Category: Blood Centers

Gidget Egner, Jack Morris Auto Glass; Karen Ciastko, Holiday Inn Express & Suites; Janie Guthrie, Sumner Bank & Trust; Lisa Kinkade, DRS Corporate Connections; Heath Williams, George A. Smith & Sons; Rick Williams, WNWS/Newstalk 101.5; Renee Young, ServPro

October 13, 11:30 a.m.- Trends Salon, 365 N. Parkway Contact Candace Davis, (731) 660-2689 October 13, 4 p.m.- Tis The Season, 80 Innsdale Cove. Contact Carol Sharp, (731) 571-7858 October 14, 9:30 a.m.-Bliss Salon & Spa, 80 Innsdale Cove, Suites A &B. Contact Autumn Neasley, (731) 6977457 October 17, 10 a.m.-Steve Neil, Farm Bureau Insurance, 1385 S. Highland, Suite B4. Contact Steve Neil, (731) 427-9678 October 19, 11 a.m.- Angie’s Book Attic, 368 N. Parkway, #4. Contact Michelle Clifford, (731) 256-1769

October 21, 2 p.m.-Elite Dental Care, 47 Northstar Drive. Contact Cassandra Parker, (731) 664-9556

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. 9

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economic indicators Labor Force

July ‘11

July ‘10

Rate Change June ‘11

June ‘10

Rate Change

Madison County

50,050

48,750

2.7%

50,280

48,630

3.4%

Jackson MSA

58,200

56,700

2.6%

58,540

56,580

3.5%

3,144,800

3,064,600

2.6%

3,166,600

3,056,300

3.6%

United States

154,812,000

155,270,000

-0.3%

154,538,000

154,767,000

-0.1%

Unemployment

July ‘11

(Madison and Chester Counties)

Tennessee

July ‘10

Rate Change

June ‘11

June ‘10

Rate Change

Madison County

10.2%

9.8%

0.4%

10.5%

10.4%

0.1%

Jackson MSA

10.3%

9.9%

0.4%

10.7%

10.5%

0.2%

9.6%

9.6 %

0.0%

9.3%

10.1%

-0.8%

10.2%

9.7%

-0.5%

10.2%

9.6%

0.6%

(Madison and Chester Counties)

Tennessee United States

Sales Tax Collected Sept. ‘11

Sept. ‘10

Rate Change August ‘11 August ‘10

Rate Change

City of Jackson

$3,687,884

$3,504,994

5.2%

$3,843,501

$3,939,703

-2.4%

Madison County

$4,008,789

$3,779,852

6.1%

$4,357,272

$4,300,160

1.3%

Building Permits Residential Number Issued Permit Value

August ‘11

August ‘10

July ‘11

July ‘10

15 $2,741,500

13 $3,222,000

10 12 $1,861,500 $2,449,000

15 $3,448,576

14 $2,909,779

6 $2,362,168

Commercial Number Issued Permit Value

12 $4,883,897

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September 2011 Chamber Connection