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1. Clinton to Propose Increasing Capital Gains Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton plans later this week to propose raising capital gains taxes for some investors, part of a larger campaign effort to encourage greater focus on longer-term economic growth rather than more immediate gains for investors.

2. Apartment Construction Drives US Homebuilding Surge in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of renters

3. Boner, Fate and the Summer of Shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

4. Colorado-Based Summit Wealth Group Expands to Memphis -

Randy Morris' Colorado-based independent wealth management firm Summit Wealth Group has grown at a steady clip over the last several years, and its new entry into the Memphis market shows that trend isn't slowing.

5. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

6. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $84 million

7. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

8. Belz’s Industrial Portfolio Sells to MDH for $82 Million -

The recent sale of Belz Enterprise’s industrial portfolio to MDH Partners LLC of Atlanta totals more than $82 million, according to four special warranty deeds filed on June 19.

9. Graceland Hotel Developers File $84 Million Construction Loan -

The developers behind a massive hotel near Graceland are ready to shake, rattle and roll on the project.

Guest House at Graceland LLC, formed to develop the hotel, has filed an $84 million construction loan for the 450-room resort-style hotel at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.

10. MDH Buys Belz’s Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

11. MDH Partners Buys Belz's Memphis Industrial Portfolio -

An Atlanta-based firm has acquired a large industrial portfolio from Belz Enterprises.

Atlanta-based MDH Partners LLC bought 22 industrial buildings in the Memphis area totaling more than 3.1 million square feet.

12. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

13. Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

Pay growth, though improving, remains tepid. Many workers have few opportunities to advance. Others have taken temporary, part-time or freelance jobs, with little chance of landing full-time permanent work with benefits.

14. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names New CFO -

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation’s largest pharmacy services provider, has appointed Sam Daniel as its new chief financial officer.

15. Bonnaroo Success ‘Testament to the Community’ -

Knoxville music promoter Ashley Capps – a big part of the brain trust that created Bonnaroo – really never needed the media to make the annual music and arts festival a success.

16. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services Names New CFO -

Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, the nation’s largest pharmacy services provider, has appointed Sam Daniel as its new chief financial officer.

17. Council Pursues Budget Loose Ends, Votes on Brewery Funding -

Memphis City Council members will vote Tuesday on $2.5 million in city funding for the Tennessee Brewery redevelopment.

The members also have budget changes to work out before final budget votes later this month. They will tackle those issues during a Tuesday morning committee session.

18. AutoZone Among Top 10 Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

19. AutoZone Named in Top 10 of Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

20. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

21. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

22. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

23. Pair of Employee Benefits Firms Merge -

Two Memphis-based employee benefits firms have merged, effective May 1, and they’re attributing the union in part to the daunting task some firms have of coming to grips with the Affordable Care Act.

24. Wright Medical to Add 100 Employees -

Wright Medical plans to add 100 employees to its Cherry Road corporate headquarters.

The 100 employees, which would bring Wright’s workforce at the location to 400, would be part of a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the headquarters, according to an application to the city-county Office of Planning and Development for additional parking.

25. Wright Medical to Add 100 Employees -

Wright Medical plans to add 100 employees to its Cherry Road corporate headquarters.

The 100 employees, which would bring Wright’s workforce at the location to 400, would be part of a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the headquarters, according to an application to the city-county Office of Planning and Development for additional parking.

26. Wright Medical to Add 100 Employees -

Wright Medical plans to add 100 employees to its Cherry Road corporate headquarters.

The 100 employees, which would bring Wright’s workforce at the location to 400, would be part of a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the headquarters, according to an application to the city-county Office of Planning and Development for additional parking.

27. Five of the Nation’s Finest -

Each year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contribution of small business to the national economy with the Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards. Five from Knoxville’s business community – The Tomato Head, Management Solutions LLC, Design Innovation Architects Inc., Visionary Solutions LLC and AMS Corp. – have been chosen for inclusion in the annual program.

28. US Economic Growth May Be Mild, But It's Also Really Durable -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy's tepid performance last quarter – a 2.2 percent annual growth rate – was typical of the economic rebound that began in the summer of 2009. Yet the sluggish pace of the recovery has a silver lining: This growth spurt has proved to be one of the most durable since World War II.

29. Paragon Bank Celebrates 10-Year Milestone in 2015 -

Paragon Bank is blowing out a milestone candle on its birthday cake this year.

The Memphis-based bank is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to coincide with that it’s planned a yearlong #10for10 campaign that features a number of celebratory events the bank has planned in honor of its anniversary and community-focused mission.

30. Eakin: Rising Rents Hitting All of Middle Tennessee -

Selling business people on the idea of relocating to Nashville is easy for commercial real estate broker Barry R. Smith because he, too, bought into the city’s charm when he first came to town in 1981.

31. Space Race -

Businesses looking for office space in Nashville are learning a painful lesson that homebuyers already know – prices are high, and if you take time to shop around for a better deal, someone else is likely to snap up the property, leaving you out in the cold.

32. Brewery Developers Buy Site for New Apartment Building -

11 Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Sale Amount: $1.25 million

Sale Date: Feb. 23, 2015
Buyer: 495 Tennessee LLC
Seller: BCH Investments LLC
Details: The team behind the development of the historic Tennessee Brewery has acquired a key piece of property adjacent to the long-vacant structure as plans for the new Tennessee Brewery: The Revival series of events there move forward.

33. Loaded For Bear Wins Best of Show at American Advertising Awards -

Creative directors from Boston, Las Vegas and New York were charged with judging 675 entries in the AAF Memphis 48th annual American Advertising Awards for creative excellence. The judges were so impressed by the quality of work that they created four additional “Best Of” awards, which recognize the top work of the year.

34. Commercial Advisors Asset Services Sees Strong Growth -

Kemp Conrad joined the asset services team at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors in 2007 after CB Richard Ellis acquired his former employer, Trammel Crow Co.

35. St. Jude Opens $198 Million Kay Research and Care Center -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its new $198 million Kay Research and Care Center Thursday, a facility the hospital says will usher in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for the hospital.

36. Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space -

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

37. Ready.Fund.Grow! Offers Help for Women-Owned, Small Businesses -

Small and women-owned businesses will have new sources of capital and know-how in 2015, thanks to a new initiative, Ready.Fund.Grow!, being developed by Pathway Lending and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC), along with a new Women’s Business Center which will be operated by Pathways.

38. Common Core is Working – So Kill It -

Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.

39. Shelby Farms Conservancy Seeks $7.2 Million in Permits -

6093 N Patriot Lake Blvd.
415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $7.2 million

40. Record iPhone Sales Drive Blowout Quarter for Apple -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

Apple said Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended Dec. 31, beating analysts' expectations for the latest models of Apple's most popular gadget, introduced in September.

41. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

42. Bioworks Helped Spur Memphis Economy in 2014 -

In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future.

About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.

43. Wharton Defends Local Tax Incentives, Searches for New Methods to Compete -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is pursuing a new economic development strategy that would allow those parts of Tennessee bordering other states to mirror or match the incentives on the other side of the state line.

44. US Decoupling -

The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses, and low demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.

45. No Child Left Behind Gets Renewed Focus -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year.

46. Program Launched to Grow State’s Small Businesses -

Because many small businesses might still find access to credit tight, and because putting new capital to work in small businesses can give the economy a jolt through the creation of jobs, a pair of organizations has launched a new lending program with those factors in mind.

47. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Buyer: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $20 million
Loan Date: Nov. 3, 2014
Borrower: Lynnfield Apartments LLC
Lender: Arbor Commercial Funding LLC
Details: The Lynnfield Place apartment community in East Memphis has sold for $22.4 million.

48. Why Corporate Innovations Fail -

Iliya Rybchin of the Highnote Foundry and formally of Bloomberg discusses where innovations break down in the corporate world. He was stronger than a good cup of coffee.

He comes out swinging. Warning: "I'm going to offend some people here." The room perked up. Then, Rybchin notes the most critical points of failure.

49. Germantown Was Into Mixed-Use Before It Was Cool -

Even before Mayor Karl Dean’s announcement that the $60 million ballpark would be constructed in Germantown, the area was flourishing – not to the extent that it is now, but it was experiencing growth and development.

50. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

51. Hillsboro High Land Sale: New School, Big Profit -

Merritt Rowe knows her children will never personally benefit from any changes to Hillsboro High School in Green Hills, but as the parent of two current students and another starting next year, it is something she is willing to fight for and encourages other parents – especially those of future students – to do the same.

52. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

53. Highland Row Developer Applies for $6.7 Million Permit -

387 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111
Permit Amount: $6.7 million

Project Cost: $61 million
Application Date: November 2014
Engineer: Jordan & Skala Engineers
Details: Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus Ventures has applied for another building permit for the long-awaited Highland Row project near the University of Memphis.

54. Key Tools for the Backend of Innovation -

Alekasandro Grabulou, director of innovation and development of Philips, talks about key tools for redefining the role of innovation in a fast-paced era.

Philips is a leader in health care, consumer lifestyle and lighting. And, they fused their front end and back end innovation efforts with great results and a compelling story.

55. NBA Extends Television Deals With ESPN and TNT -

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA and its television partners couldn't wait to extend their contracts.

The league renewed its deals with ESPN and TNT even though two seasons remain on the old ones. With potential competition from Fox looming, both networks were willing to pay generously to secure the rights long term.

56. Pace of US Factory Activity Slipped in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in September, as expectations for hiring and new orders slipped from their August levels.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index fell to 56.6 from 59 in August. Anything above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.

57. Officials Vow to Help Cargill Workers Find Jobs -

The Greater Memphis Chamber says it will work with its partners to help displaced Cargill Inc. employees find new jobs.

58. Cargill to Close Memphis Corn Mill -

Cargill Inc. will close its Memphis corn mill in January, a move that will impact 440 employees.

The company said the closure of the facility resulted from the underutilization of the Memphis plant on Presidents Island and its location far away from the Corn Belt. The nearby corn oil refinery that employs 28 people will remain open and operate as a standalone facility, Cargill said.

59. Start Co. Post-Acceleration Efforts Help Startups -

Graduation from a Start Co. startup accelerator and making a pitch to investors at the organization’s “Demo Day” is no longer the last stage to cross before entrepreneurs head out into the wild to sink or swim.

60. Start Co. Graduates Newest Batch of Startups -

This week’s Start Co. Demo Day, which brought together more than 500 people involved in the local ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, saw teams presenting their startup ideas in the hopes of securing funding and taking their concepts to the next level.

61. Less-Frenzied House Hunting in Williamson County -

This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.

Disclosure being the better part of valor, Stephanie is my real estate partner at Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates. With my wife Beth and our twins vacationing in London, Stephanie was the only real estate agent from whom I can draw immediate, deadline-ready data and information, so here she is.

62. Wisconsin Company Plans Paper Plant in Mississippi -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.

63. Medical Device Accelerator Prepares for Demo Day -

Teams participating in ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device accelerator program, are gearing up to show the new technologies they’ve devised to investors in a bid for follow-on funding next month.

ZeroTo510’s Demo Day, happening Aug. 14, represents the culmination of the program.

64. Hollingsworth Buys Mississippi Industrial Property -

The Hollingsworth Cos., which operates a prominent industrial development company with holdings across the South, has acquired an industrial building in Senatobia, Miss.

Clinton, Tenn.-based Hollingsworth recently acquired the 198,450-square-foot building at 795 Shands Bottom Road in Senatobia from BMW.

65. Partners Drive Startup Ecosystem -

Building startups is tough work that requires the engagement of money, mentorship and professional support.

Back before there were incubators, accelerators and formal platforms to systematically assist startup companies, there were critical trusted advisers in the community to help guide entrepreneurs as they started up. Those advisers were local bankers, lawyers, marketers, accountants and others where entrepreneurs could turn for support and guidance. While new startup infrastructures have sprung up to provide knowledge, capital and other resources, professionals continue to be the backbone driving entrepreneurial growth.

66. Conduit Global Opens Call Center -

Civic and business leaders celebrated Conduit Global’s new call center Wednesday, June 11, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $8 million Conduit Global call center and back-office support operation at 7000 Goodlett Farms Parkway will eventually employ 1,000 people, making it one of the largest local job creation projects in recent history.

67. Selling Memphis -

Not too long ago, Dudley Boyd, president and CEO of National Bankers Trust, entered a conference room at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s office at the Falls Building Downtown.

68. Grants Prove Bioworks is Delivering Good Results -

One grant is good. Two grants are better.

In 2012, Memphis Bioworks received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Developmental and Job Training Program (EWDJT). The $300,000 grant issued provided training for 110 persons, 65 of whom already have been placed in full-time jobs.

69. Entrepreneurial Eagles -

It was a gathering of eagles. You know, the people who like to soar, and, more importantly, they like to push eaglets out of the nest so that they can also learn to soar.

And, like eagles, they have both vision and focus. I recently attended the CSG Entrepreneurship Days, sponsored by the Council of State Governments’ State Pathways to Prosperity Initiative and State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, who is the 2014 CSG National Chair.

70. IronHorse Makes New Hire, Launches Mutual Fund -

Memphis-based investment firm IronHorse Capital Management has hired a managing director for national sales, a new hire that comes at the same time as the firm has launched its first mutual fund product.

71. Cates, Kornegay Look to Future While Honoring Colliers’ Past -

The memory is scorched in Andy Cates’ mind.

It was 2005 and Cates, just 29 years old at the time, was being made a partner at Colliers International Memphis, the commercial real estate firm.

72. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

Timothy Stephens has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as a maintenance mechanic at One Commerce Square. In his new role, Stephens will performing plumbing, painting and general maintenance services.

73. Sustainability is a Win for All -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

This April marks the third annual Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County. It has been remarkable and rewarding to watch the growth in activity and awareness around this important issue.

74. Harrah’s Tunica Casino Will Close in June -

Harrah’s Tunica casino will close June 2, according to an announcement Wednesday, March 26, by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s

The casino at 13615 Old Highway 61 North in Tunica includes a hotel.

75. Harrah's Tunica to Close in June -

Harrah’s Tunica casino will close June 2, according to an announcement Wednesday, March 26, by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s

The casino at 13615 Old Highway 61 North in Tunica includes a hotel.

76. Chamber Initiatives Targeting Small Business -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is launching three initiatives aimed at helping small-business owners find answers to some of their most vexing questions and identify tools and resources for growth.

77. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

78. GOP Tax Plan Lowers Rates, Repeals Popular Breaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A sweeping House Republican plan to overhaul the nation's tax laws would wipe out a slew of popular tax breaks to help pay for lower overall tax rates, a politically risky move in an election year that drew quick opposition Wednesday.

79. Economic Club Names Tucker Executive Director -

Just because she took a voluntary buyout from FedEx in December doesn’t mean Laurie Tucker is ready to slow down.

80. Visible Appeal -

At one point a few days ago, the performance space at Visible Music College near the front entrance to the school was booming with raucous applause and with the strains of musicians performing, cutting loose and using the stage to explore the range of their musical talents.

81. A Failure to Communicate -

A research study was done that asked 100 people who were all more than 90 years of age to describe what they would do differently if they had to live their lives over. The responses most often given were that they would take more risks, that they would spend more time reflecting, and that they would do more that would live on after they were gone. I was not a part of that survey, but I would like to add one more to that list of “do overs”: to listen more.

82. Butler Sevier Law Firm Expands Downtown -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid PLLC law firm has expanded its presence at 88 Union Ave.

83. Clean Line Energy To Meet With Local Cos. -

Clean Line Energy and its partners are hosting public meetings this month to provide information on their wind energy distribution plan and meet with local businesses.

Clean Line Energy plans on building a 700-mile-long transmission system to deliver around 3,500 megawatts of wind power – enough energy to power around 1 million homes – generated in the Oklahoma panhandle to the Mid-South and the Southeast.

84. Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times -

Robert C. Burleigh still enjoys playing tennis four times a week. But the 78-year-old founder of Burleigh Consulting Group admits he is playing more doubles matches these days.

“I’m running a little slower now, so it’s mostly doubles now, not a lot of singles,” said Burleigh with a chuckle.

85. Merck, Partners to Jointly Test Hot Cancer Drug -

Merck & Co.'s hot experimental cancer drug, already closely watched by investors, got more attention Wednesday after the company announced new alliances with three other drugmakers to test it in combination with their drugs.

86. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

87. Start Co. Forms New Investment Partnership -

Andre Mouton, director of investment at the Singapore-based boutique investment firm Angaros Group, traveled to Memphis last year to participate in the “Investor Day” for Seed Hatchery, the startup accelerator whose programming culminates with participating startups to make funding pitches to investors.

88. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

89. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

90. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

A digital marketing agency is expanding at Clark Tower in East Memphis.

KBM Group, which is part of Wunderman/WPP, one of the world’s largest marketers, is expanding at Clark Tower less than a year after moving into the East Memphis office building, 5100 Poplar Ave.

91. New Plan to Spur Entrepreneurship Growth -

On one of the first pages of a more than 80-page plan to kick start entrepreneurial growth in the Memphis area, a reader is greeted with a stark assessment.

“The Memphis economy is broken,” reads one of the bullet points within the newly released development plan called MEMx, a blueprint developed by Memphis-based Start Co. with help from the national JumpStart Inc. organization as well as with input from more than 200 Memphis partners and community leaders.

92. Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch -

Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.

93. Embrace Potential in 2014 -

The renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, when asked which one of the many buildings he designed was his favorite, without hesitation replied, “My next one.” The new year that stretches out in front of us has the same potential to be the best yet, for Memphis and for each of us.

94. Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment -

In October, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich traveled to Washington to testify in front of a congressional panel about promoting capital formation and job creation on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

95. Start Co. Joins Global Accelerator Network -

Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development group focused on grooming startup companies and their founders, is itself about to do some starting anew.

96. Wunderlich Gets $40 Million to Fuel Growth -

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. is getting up to $40 million in an equity capital investment that will be used to expand several company divisions.

97. Soulful Synergy -

What happened at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in the 1960s is nothing short of extraordinary.

At the crossroads of segregated neighborhoods in South Memphis, two white business partners would open the doors wide to whites and blacks alike, who congregated to write and record songs that would set off a soul explosion heard around the world.

98. Finding Vision for the Future -

It is said that the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. I have met more than a few of these visionaries right here in Memphis on my radio show Seize the Day (KWAM 990, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays).

99. Entrepreneurs Not Always Leaders, and Vice Versa -

Seventy percent of startup businesses fail within the first 10 years, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bradley University and the University of Tennessee. It’s a devastating reality given that the lion’s share of those are small businesses, from which more than half of domestic sales are generated.

100. Social Lunch Preps for Memphis Launch -

A new social lunch event called Lunchbox is preparing to launch in Memphis next month, the product of business partners who left San Francisco this summer to come to Memphis and build a creative venture here.