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March 22nd, 2016

March 22nd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Attend: What Nashville is Doing to Promote our Technology Companies
Nashville Technology Council
Join us for a panel discussion on what is our community is doing to accelerate and promote the growth of technology companies in Middle Tennessee. What is the city doing to promote our companies? We will explore thoughts and ideas about potential combined initiatives and line out what local companies can do to support these activities, to help contribute to growth. Register here!

Be a Rock Star – Be a Resource
Memphis Daily News
Being a business professional is much like being a rock star. If you make great music, your audience is going to like you. However, if you give them much more than just the music – such as an engaging performance – chances are, they are going to love you. How does this apply in the business world? In a strange type of way, you’re technically an entertainer. The only difference is, your form of entertainment is centered on your area of expertise. Just as a rock star uses his talents to engage his audience, a business professional uses his talents to engage his clients. It’s all the same. You’re the performer, and your clients are the audience.

Chattanooga Chamber Video Series Continues, Aims to Draw Attention from Outside the City
Nooga.com
A new video series and ad campaign is targeting entrepreneurs who might want to move their businesses to Chattanooga; the second video in the campaign launched Monday. The videos direct viewers to the landing page ChattanoogaPerfect.com, which features local companies that are already in the Gig City, such as auto supplier Yanfeng—which invested $55 million in Chattanooga last year and created hundreds of jobs in the area.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke Kicks Off First Minority-Owned Business Task Force Meeting
The Chattanoogan
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke kicked off the first meeting of his newly-established Minority-Owned Business Task Force at City Hall on Tuesday. This diverse group of 21 community leaders, business owners and economic development experts will meet regularly to identify barriers and propose solutions to strengthen minority-owned businesses throughout Chattanooga. “Through meaningful collaboration, this group of talented business and community leaders will address the challenges of diverse businesses in Chattanooga,” said Mayor Berke.

Memphis Accelerator Ranked Top 25 in Nation
High Ground News
The ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator has been announced as one of the top accelerators in the country for the second year in a row. The Memphis-based accelerator has been named as one of the top 25 business accelerators in the United States out of only 150 programs that were invited to participate this year. The new rankings were announced last week at at SXSW and in TechCrunch.

PART 1: Oldham Says TTU is a Creator of Economic Development Opportunities
Teknovation
“The university can be not just a magnet to attract companies to the region, but a creator of opportunities for economic development,” Phil Oldham says in his characteristic low key but effective style. We first met Tennessee Tech University’s President during our tenure at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At the time, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University (MSU). Oldham moved in 2007 to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) to serve as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs before taking the top position at Tennessee Tech on July 1, 2012.

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