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1. More on Unwanted Calls
- Thursday, December 12, 2013
Last week, I thanked all who had weighed in on the issue of stopping unwanted calls from marketers. One contributor (“Tanya”) sent me what was represented as something that had helped “cut down on phone calls to me.”
2. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space
- Friday, December 06, 2013
BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.
3. Small Retailers Plan to Party Till They Profit
- Thursday, November 21, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They're part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores.
4. Indigo Going Ahead With Frontier Airlines Purchase
- Friday, November 08, 2013
DENVER (AP) – Indigo Partners LLC is going ahead with plans to buy Frontier Airlines, even though it failed to reach an agreement with the carrier's flight attendants' union.
5. Chasing Growth
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.
And the three Memphis-based companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list are pressing forward on their own distinct paths toward satisfying that pressure.
6. US Airways Net Income Dips on Higher Taxes
- Thursday, October 24, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — Higher taxes reduced US Airways' third-quarter profit, but the airline still beat Wall Street expectations on a combination of more traffic and higher average fares.
US Airways, the nation's fifth-biggest airline, pushed revenue higher by filling a larger percentage of seats. Including US Airways Express regional flights, passengers traveled nearly 5 percent more miles and they paid 4.4 percent more for every mile that they flew.
7. Henry Named Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Collierville
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.
8. Fewer Airline Jobs: US Carriers Trim Ranks by 2.4 Percent
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that airlines employed the equivalent of 381,441 workers in June, down 2.4 percent from the same month last year. It's the 10th straight month of decline compared with a year earlier.
9. Turley Shows Interest in Developing Central Station
- Friday, August 16, 2013
A partnership consisting of Henry Turley and Community Capital is the only entity so far to express interest in the management and development of Central Station.
10. Aerotropolis Manager Bowman Completes Delta Leadership Program
- Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chad Bowman, aerotropolis project manager for the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, has graduated from the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a yearlong Delta Regional Authority program designed to foster collaborative initiatives across the Delta region.
- Saturday, August 03, 2013
The Daily News will host its HR Rules and Ramifications Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will include an overview of changing employment laws and advice on dealing with real-life workplace issues. Paul Pattenof Jackson Lewis LLP will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.
12. Made in Memphis
- Saturday, August 03, 2013
Memphis’ geography is limited to roughly 300 square miles, but its identity stretches beyond the city limits, resonating to the far corners of the globe.
The city’s brand has obvious cornerstones, such as its place in the nation’s cultural topography. But setting aside those no-brainers, like the rock ‘n’ roll innovator whose mansion in Whitehaven still attracts gawkers from around the world, a lot of what makes Memphis’ story is the story of what’s made in Memphis.
- Friday, August 02, 2013
The Tennessee 2013 Sales Tax Holiday will run from Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4. Visit tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday for a list of items that qualify as tax-free purchases.
14. Southern Airways Adds Four Destinations
- Friday, August 02, 2013
Southern Airways Express announced Thursday, Aug. 1, it is adding four nonstop destinations from Memphis, bringing the total to eight.
Shortly after Labor Day, the Memphis-based airline will add Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss., and Knoxville, Tenn., to its list of nonstop destinations from Memphis. Southern Airways Express will continue its current routes to Destin and Panama City Beach, Fla., Gulf Shores, Ala., and New Orleans. The airline has hubs in Memphis and Destin.
15. Gasoline Prices Begin Summer Slide
- Thursday, July 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.
The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.
16. Court Rules for Amex in Dispute With Merchants
- Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against merchants Thursday who object to having to accept American Express debit and credit cards along with the company's iconic charge card.
17. NewME Accelerator Event Coming to Town
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013
In the last 16 years, the number of firms owned by minorities and women has grown, but they still lag behind all firms in terms of revenue and employment, according to a report commissioned by American Express OPEN.
18. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.
19. Cocktail Napkin Reality
- Wednesday, May 29, 2013
North Mississippi attorney Stan Little’s private plane had become so popular with friends they joked that he should start his own regional airline.
“Anybody that knows someone who owns a plane wants to borrow it,” he said. “Once you have done that once, you never want to go back through an international airport hub ever again.”
20. Median CEO Pay Rises to $9.7 Million in 2012
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.
The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.
21. Number of Women-Owned Businesses Booming in Tennessee
- Friday, April 12, 2013
The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee has grown faster than the national average over a 16-year period, according to a recent report commissioned by American Express OPEN.
Tennessee ranks No. 14 in the nation in the growth of the number of women-owned businesses from 1997 to 2013, according to The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. The number of women-owned businesses in Tennessee grew 65 percent to an estimated 164,600 firms employing 117,800 over the report’s 16-year study period. Revenue at women-owned firms in Tennessee also increased 71.5 percent during the study period.
22. Shift From Monologue to Dialogue
- Wednesday, February 27, 2013
For more than a decade, companies have slowly shifted their focus to fit an era of deep consumer engagement. They have begun to embrace social media management, and they are better integrating print and TV campaigns with their online and social media presence. Unfortunately, it’s not enough.
23. Raising Awareness
- Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition continues its rollout of a new marketing campaign across the city to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and how it contributes to the overall health of the mother and child.
24. Grace St. Luke’s Adds ‘Little Lukers’ Program
- Friday, December 14, 2012
Next year, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School will welcome a new group of students onto its Midtown Memphis campus: 2-year-olds.
Officials at the private school for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade recently announced the addition of a new program for 2-year-olds and young 3s at its Miss Lee’s Preschool. The Little Lukers program will open in 2013, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 15.
25. Small Business Saturday Celebrates the Little Guy
- Friday, November 16, 2012
Consumers tend to have a kind of paradoxical regard for Black Friday, when hordes of shoppers swamp America’s malls, department stores and other retailers on the hunt for a bargain but dreading the chaos.
26. Obama Pressing Business and Labor on Fiscal Cliff
- Thursday, November 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.
27. FedEx Giving Away $1 Million to Shoppers
- Wednesday, October 31, 2012
For the second straight holiday shopping season, FedEx Corp. is giving away $1 million to help boost small business.
28. Levine Named President of Southern Growth Studio
- Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mark Levine has joined Southern Growth Studio as president. In his role, Levine leads the firm’s Strategic Analysis team and plays a key part in the company’s culture, business development and client relationship management.
29. Wal-Mart, American Express Team on Prepaid Card
- Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and American Express are rolling out a prepaid card that they say offers unique services designed to help customers manage and control their everyday finances.
30. American Airlines: Key Revenue Number Rises
- Tuesday, October 09, 2012
DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations.
31. Airways Transit Center Awarded LEED Certification
- Monday, October 08, 2012
The Memphis Area Transit Authority Airways Transit Center has been granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification from Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council.
32. Amex Paying $112.5 Million in Late-Fee Settlements
- Tuesday, October 02, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – American Express Co. is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services.
33. Feds Order Discover to Refund $200 Million to Cardholders
- Tuesday, September 25, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Discover Bank will pay millions in fees to settle accusations by regulators that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring.
34. AP IMPACT: Aggressive Start for Consumer Bureau
- Thursday, September 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The new federal agency charged with enforcing consumer finance laws is emerging as an ambitious sheriff, taking on companies for deceptive fees and marketing and unmoved by protests that its tactics go too far.
35. American Airlines Signs Deal to Outsource Some Flying
- Thursday, September 13, 2012
DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines has agreed to outsource some of its regional flying to SkyWest Inc., part of American's plan to cut costs while it's under bankruptcy protection.
36. Ambassador Stresses Singapore’s Trade Importance
- Friday, August 31, 2012
When David Adelman, the U.S. ambassador to Singapore came to Memphis this month, there was more than a little interest from FedEx Corp. in his visit.
37. New Coupons Aim to Keep People Off Generic Drugs
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – If brand-name prescription medicines cost you as little as generic pills, which would you choose? A few drugmakers are betting Americans will stick with the name they know.
38. Proposed Gas Tax Advances to November Memphis Ballot
- Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 7, to a second ballot question for the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis.
On an 8-3 vote, the council approved on third and final reading the referendum ordinance that puts a one-cent-a-gallon local gas tax to Memphis voters. The same ballot will also include a referendum on a proposed half percent local sales tax hike the council approved in July.
39. US Consumers More Confident in the Economy in July
- Wednesday, August 01, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans breathed a bit easier about the economy in July, as a better outlook on short-term hiring and lower gas prices offset lingering worries about poor income growth.
40. Atheist Group Plans to Lobby Tenn. Legislators
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A national group of atheists plans to lobby Tennessee lawmakers on issues involving separation of church and state.
According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/NgxoKA ), the Secular Coalition for America announced intention on Tuesday to organize a local chapter aimed at increasing the clout of local atheists and agnostics.
41. Natural Gas Prices Drop 3 Percent
- Friday, June 29, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – The price of natural gas dropped more than 3 percent Thursday following reports of an unexpectedly large increase in U.S. supplies.
The U.S. Energy Department said that natural gas, which is burned for heat in the winter and electricity in the summer, grew in supply by 57 billion cubic feet last week. That's more than the 51 billion to 55 billion cubic feet that analysts were predicting. Prices tend to fall as supplies go up.
42. Natural Gas Prices Dip Below $2
- Thursday, April 12, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of natural gas has dropped below $2 for the first time in more than a decade.
A mild winter and production boom have left the U.S. with more natural gas than Americans can consume. Storage facilities are quickly filling up. The glut has pushed down the futures price of gas 59 percent since it peaked at $4.85 last summer.
43. First Lady Announces Travel Industry Jobs for Vets
- Thursday, March 01, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The travel industry is promising to create nearly 3,000 jobs for veterans and military spouses by 2014 as part of a program announced Wednesday by Michelle Obama.
The first lady's office said the American Society of Travel Agents was creating a coalition to help veterans and military spouses get jobs in the travel industry and hang on to them as families are transferred to different military bases.
44. Obama Promotes Steps to Boost US Trade
- Monday, February 20, 2012
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – President Barack Obama on Friday called for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormous Boeing Dreamliner to summon a bright future for American manufacturing and exports.
45. Dutch Logistics Co. TNT Rejects UPS' $6.43B Bid
- Monday, February 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – United Parcel Service, the world's largest package delivery company, said Friday it is still in talks to acquire TNT Express even after the Dutch package delivery company rejected a $6.43 billion bid.
46. Applying Pressure
- Monday, February 20, 2012
On Super Bowl Sunday, a group of 20 people huddled near a set of about as many tents on the Civic Center Plaza – the part of the Main Street Mall that is home to City Hall as well as the county, state and federal buildings.
47. Major Projects on Tap at EDGE Meeting
- Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Representatives of FedEx Express, a major steel producer, a medical diagnostics company and a manufacturer for the baking industry will all be in front of local economic development officials Wednesday, Feb. 15, in pursuit of financial incentives.
48. Bernanke: Weak Housing has Hurt Consumer Spending
- Monday, February 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Ben Bernanke said declines in home prices have forced many Americans to cut back sharply on spending and warned that the trend could continue to weigh on the U.S. economy for years.
49. Quarterly Loss Hits $3.3B at Postal Service
- Friday, February 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – Teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service's quarterly loss ballooned to $3.3 billion amid declining mail volume and the soaring costs of health benefits for future retirees.
50. CVS Caremark Q4 Profit Rises, 2012 Outlook Climbs
- Thursday, February 09, 2012
Drugstore chain Walgreen's loss of a big client is turning into rival CVS Caremark's gain so far this year.
A contract squabble between Walgreen Co. and pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. has driven more customers to CVS pharmacies, prompting that company to raise its 2012 earnings forecast by 3 cents per share.
51. 'In the Middle'
- Friday, December 30, 2011
Memphis executives and business owners moving their goods around the world this year kept a close eye on international developments like the Arab spring and the Greek government’s fiscal crisis.
52. CVS Caremark Rises on 2012 Profit Forecast
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – Shares of CVS Caremark Corp. rose Tuesday after the company said it expects that profit at its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business will grow in 2012, reversing two years of declines.
53. Touch and Go
- Monday, December 19, 2011
In the aviation industry, Memphis International Airport is considered a fortress hub, an airport where a single airline – in Memphis’ case, Delta Air Lines Inc. – handles 70 percent or more of the passenger flights.
54. Occupy Protests: Shop Mom-and-Pop on Black Friday
- Thursday, November 24, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday.
Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.
55. Back to Black
- Monday, November 28, 2011
The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.
The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”
56. Minority Biz Council Presents Awards
- Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division outshined co-finalists FedEx Express and Smith & Nephew to win Corporation of the Year Friday during the 26th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards Luncheon.
57. American Express Launches Target Prepaid Card
- Wednesday, November 16, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – American Express cards are now available in the aisles of Target Corp. stores.
The New York company on Tuesday announced the official launch of its prepaid cards available exclusively at the discount retailer's stores across the country.
58. CVS Caremark Q3 Profit Rises 7 Percent
- Friday, November 04, 2011
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) – CVS Caremark Corp.'s third-quarter earnings climbed 7 percent, as a long-term contract and acquisition boosted the pharmacy network claims it processed.
59. Carriers Enhance Motor Coach Service
- Friday, November 04, 2011
As Greyhound prepares to move from its longtime Downtown bus station to the airport area this month, another change under way in the Memphis motor coach market reflects broader changes in the business nationally.
60. MasterCard Q3 Profit Up 38 Pct as Card Use Rises
- Thursday, November 03, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – MasterCard Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit soared 38 percent on a big spike in card use around the world.
61. Event Spotlights Growing India-Memphis Relationship
- Thursday, November 03, 2011
The purchasing power of India’s growing middle class has American businesses racing to expand into that nation, and on Tuesday, Nov. 1, Memphis Bioworks Business Association hosted an event offering local bioscience and related companies insight into the tools and information they need to develop a presence in a market that’s moving from exporting to importing.
62. City Pride
- Tuesday, October 18, 2011
“Memphis,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, took New York by storm where it started a successful run two years ago.
In Memphis, the popular musical’s namesake city where this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre it kicked off an 80-week tour, it may have to work a little harder to resonate with audiences.
63. Memphis Cos. Seek Emerging Markets
- Friday, October 14, 2011
Executives at the Memphis headquarters of International Paper Co. like to recount the corporate giant’s experience in Russia in the 1990s.
64. Credit Card Defaults, Late Payments Slide
- Friday, September 16, 2011
Credit card issuers had a somewhat bumpy summer, but most of the top banks are reporting that their customers continued to make payments on time.
Default rates are down at three of the four companies reporting their August results. Only Capital One Financial Corp. says it saw an uptick in the rate it wrote off balances as uncollectible.
65. Former CFO of 'Green' Group Pleads Guilty to Fraud
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) – The former chief financial officer of a Knoxville nonprofit group that promotes energy from renewable sources has pleaded guilty to skimming federal funds.
Cameron J. Potter worked for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
66. US Gets Chance to Catch Up on Credit Card Security
- Monday, September 12, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The next time you swipe your credit card at check-out, consider this: It's a ritual the rest of the world deems outdated and unsafe.
The United States is the only developed country still hanging on to credit and debit cards with those black magnetic stripes, the kind you swipe through retail terminals. The rest of the industrialized world has switched –or is in the process of switching– to "smart" chip-based cards.
67. American Way Hotel Sold After Foreclosure
- Monday, August 29, 2011
The hotel at 4225 American Way Boulevard in Parkway Village has sold for $1 million to a Knoxville investor following a foreclosure.
68. Obama Consults With GE, AMEX Execs on Job Creation
- Thursday, August 25, 2011
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) – President Barack Obama is soliciting advice from the co-chairmen of his jobs council on employment boosting initiatives in advance of a major economics address he intends to deliver after Labor Day.
69. Kritchevsky: Moot Court Like ‘Law School Sports’
- Thursday, August 25, 2011
As a law professor for the University Of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law for more than 25 years, Barbara Kritchevsky has contributed her knowledge of the law by serving as the school’s associate dean and now director of advocacy.
70. Credit Card Late Payments Hit 17-Year Low in Q2
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Credit card users are so focused on keeping their accounts in good standing that they’ve driven the rate of late payments down to its lowest level in 17 years.
The national credit card delinquency rate, or rate of payments 90 days or more past due, fell to 0.60 percent in the second quarter, down from 0.92 percent a year ago. That’s the lowest rate since 1994, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion.
71. CVS Caremark Q2 Profit Slips 1 Percent
- Friday, August 05, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – CVS Caremark said Thursday its profit slipped 1 percent in the second quarter as its pharmacy benefits management business weathered lower prices on contract renewals.
The Woonsocket, R.I., company said Caremark faced lower prices related to contract renewals. The most significant of those was its retail pharmacy contract with the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, which the company renewed in the third quarter of 2010. While those renewals cut into its profit, total revenue for CVS Caremark rose 10.9 percent to $14.57 billion as the company began a new 12-year contract with Aetna Inc. and acquired Universal American Corp.'s Medicare Part D business.
72. White House Threatens to Veto Boehner's House Plan
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto emergency House legislation that aims to avert a threatened national default, a pre-emptive strike issued as Republican Speaker John Boehner labored to line up enough votes in his own party to pass the measure.
73. These Three Things
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thing 1: Earnings As we entered earnings season, anxiety centered primarily on the financial sector given the feeble U.S. economy, stagnant housing markets and low financial market activity. The tapestry of earnings information provided by financials to date has well exceeded these low expectations. Certain surprises, such as American Express members’ record card usage, merit applause. Within more traditional lending institutions, loss provisions have ebbed. Commercial loan growth contributed to earnings in the quarter, and volumes have now grown for eight straight months. Beyond financials, high concerns around tech earnings have also abated, with 21 of 22 reports to date ahead of estimates. Overall, of the 121 S&P 500 companies that have reported, 101 have beaten estimates. Revenues have also surprised skeptics, climbing more than 10 percent overall.
74. Accredo Health Parent Merges With Express Scripts
- Friday, July 22, 2011
Medco Health Solutions Inc., the parent company of Memphis-based Accredo Health Group, announced Thursday, July 21, it had signed a merger agreement with Express Scripts Inc.
75. Stocks Mixed After Biggest Day in a Year
- Thursday, July 21, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — One day after the Dow Jones industrial average had its best day this year, the stock market is drifting between slight gains and losses Wednesday. Analysts say concerns about lifting the U.S. debt limit are trumping strong earnings from Apple and a slew of new deals.
76. Hansen Promoted to Store Manager at Macy’s
- Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Greg Hansen has been promoted to vice president/store manager at Macy’s Oak Court.
Hometown: Lynbrook, N.Y.
77. Colbert Gets Conditional OK on Campaign Finance
- Friday, July 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show's resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show's corporate owners.
78. Thompson Dunavant Official Earns Special Certification
- Tuesday, June 28, 2011
William Spilman, payment card industry (PCI) compliance practice leader with Thompson Dunavant PLC, has earned a specialized certification.
Spilman recently completed the education security training requirements necessary to perform a PCI compliance audit and consulting related to the protection of credit card data. He’s also received the Quality Service Assessor (QSA) designation.
79. Rules Would Speed Up Union Elections
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor regulators are proposing sweeping new rules that would dramatically speed up the time frame for union elections, a move that could make it easier for struggling unions to organize new members, and cut the time businesses have to mount anti-union campaigns.
80. American Express Rolling out First Prepaid Card
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – American Express is rolling out its first prepaid card aimed at the general market on Tuesday as it moves to stake a claim in the growing industry.
The announcement marks a notable departure for the company, which is known for catering to a more affluent clientele with its signature green charge cards.
81. Wal-Mart CEO Pushes Plan to Keep Retailer Growing
- Monday, June 06, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unveiled a $15 billion share buyback program Friday as it hammered home its message to shareholders at its annual meeting that the world's largest retailer will keep growing.
82. Crum Wins Entrepreneur Of the Year Award
- Friday, May 20, 2011
After growing up with a family in the fabric industry, Kelly Crum, owner and president of American Clothing Express Inc., decided to create his own wholesale business in 1997. His efforts were recognized recently, when Crum received the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce.
83. Multiple Cultures Mix at East Memphis’ Tokyo Grill
- Friday, April 22, 2011
We live about two miles from Asian Palace Express, or, I should say, where the take-out restaurant used to be, so it was convenient on nights we didn’t want to cook to drive over and get an order of wonton soup and an order of war wonton soup – at home I would mix them together.
84. As Ticket Prices Have Risen, So Have Some Bag Fees
- Friday, April 01, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – While higher airfares are grabbing travelers' attention, airlines have also quietly been raising their fees for checked bags.
Some airlines have added a $30 fee for a second checked bag on international flights, or raised existing fees by $5 to $10. Others are charging significantly more – sometimes double – for overweight or oversized bags.
85. Grill Brings Taste Of Tokyo to Memphis
- Thursday, March 24, 2011
The owner of Tokyo Grill, a new eatery in the heart of East Memphis, is on a mission to serve up tasty Japanese fare to hungry Memphians fast and at an affordable price.
Aaron Liu claims his establishment is the Bluff City’s first Japanese take-out restaurant.
86. WPG Americas Signs Lease in Southaven
- Friday, March 18, 2011
A San Jose, Calif.-based worldwide electronics distributor is entering the Memphis area with full force.
WPG Americas Inc. has signed a 54,000-square-foot lease at Airways Distribution Center, 481 Industrial Drive, in Southaven. The project – a relocation of the WPG America’s New York facility – represents a $1.5 million investment by the company and will create 60 jobs over the next three years.
87. FedEx Express Bans East Japan Shipments
- Monday, March 14, 2011
Memphis-based FedEx announced this week it will continue a ban on accepting FedEx Express shipments this week for eastern Japan from any location, citing “the instability of infrastructure including transportation, power and fuel, pickup and delivery services” in the wake of last week’s earthquake and tsunami.
88. French Delegation Looks to Memphis for Biz Strategy
- Monday, March 14, 2011
A trio of visitors to Memphis from France last week spiced their conversation with words instantly familiar to a group of Memphians working to promote the medical and biosciences sector of the Memphis economy.
89. Bernanke: Rising Oil Prices Pose Threat to Economy
- Wednesday, March 02, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Tuesday that a prolonged rise in oil prices would pose a danger to the economy. But he said a more likely outcome is a temporary and modest increase in consumer prices, not runaway inflation.
90. Obama Names Business, Labor Leaders to New Council
- Thursday, February 24, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is naming leaders from business and labor to his newly created jobs and competitiveness council.
Among the members Obama announced Wednesday are AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and Kenneth Chenault, the head of American Express. Obama also named Penny Pritzker, the finance chair for his 2008 presidential campaign, to the board.
91. Chamber Breakfast to Help Businesses ‘Revive and Thrive’
- Monday, January 31, 2011
Jane Applegate, the leading speaker for Bloomberg Television’s “Financial Forum” speaker series, will discuss growth strategies for small businesses at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s first Small Business Council Breakfast of 2011.
92. Memphis Orgs Gear up for MLK Weekend
- Thursday, January 13, 2011
Perhaps more so than in any other city because of its prominent place in the history of the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis serves as a strong reminder of King’s legacy of service to others and his powerful advocacy for social change through nonviolent action.
93. Baptist Forms Partnership With Stern Cardiovascular
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Consistent with a national trend of health care systems partnering with physicians groups – cardiology groups in particular – Baptist Memorial Medical Group has announced its partnership with Stern Cardiovascular Center, one of the region’s largest cardiology group practices.
94. Cybercrime Keeps Businesses Attuned to IT Security
- Wednesday, January 05, 2011
With recent personal information heists receiving national attention, many local business owners are on high alert when it comes to cybercrime.
As Internet crime is evolving every day, so too must the security measures used in order to keep merchants and consumers safe.
95. Retail Rebound?
- Monday, December 27, 2010
Retail sales are looking bright this year, a sign that the pendulum of consumer confidence is swinging back in the right direction.
Holiday sales are anticipated to increase a modest 3.3 percent this year – adjusted from 2.3 percent in November – according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). This year’s uptick follows 2008’s 3.9 percent decline and also tops the 10-year average holiday sales increase of 2.5 percent.
96. Stores Push Gimmicks for Super Saturday
- Monday, December 20, 2010
Many stores are pushing discounts and other gimmicks for the last weekend before Christmas. Research firm ShopperTrak predicts Saturday will be the second or third busiest shopping day of the year.
97. Obama Says He Shares Mission With Business Leaders
- Thursday, December 16, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama, trying to boost anemic job creation and improve testy relations with the corporate community, said Wednesday he wants ideas from business leaders on how to “seize the promise of this moment.”
98. Ear Relief: Congress Acts to Stifle Loud TV Ads
- Monday, December 06, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Here's a message TV viewers may not want to mute: The days of getting blasted out of the easy chair by blaring TV commercials may soon be over.
The House on Thursday gave final congressional approval to a bill that would prevent advertisers from abruptly raising the volume to catch the attention of viewers wandering off when regular programming is interrupted.
99. MMBC Honors Minority Business Achievements
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told attendees at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”
The term came up frequently at last week’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.
100. MMBC Honors Minority Biz Achievements
- Monday, November 22, 2010
The new chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber told those at the annual Mid-South Minority Business Council awards luncheon that minority business is about more than “the spend.”
The term came up frequently at Friday’s luncheon where the organization presented the 25th annual Robert R. Church Achievement Awards.