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1. Paragon Turns In Positive Third Quarter -

Partly driven by an uptick in loans, Memphis-based Paragon Bank turned in another positive showing during the third quarter, with year-to-date pre-tax earnings 35 percent higher than in the first three quarters of 2013, the bank said.

2. Achievement School District Transition Details Emerge -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Achievement Schools District superintendent Chris Barbic will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, to talk about the coming transition of five schools out of the county district and into the state-run ASD.

3. Walton Foundation Awards Grant to Excel Center -

The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.

4. How to Gain Immunity From Funding Cuts -

Martin Elliott, senior director of Mattel Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.

5. Excel Center Awarded Walton Family Foundation Grant -

The Excel Center, a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older, has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school startup. The Excel Center will begin classes in fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary.

6. Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

7. Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.

8. ‘Creative Collisions’ and Memphis Startups -

“We just closed a lead investor for our $1.5 million angel round,” said the entrepreneur, sipping a latte. “And we’d love to have you on board to help us round out the fundraise.”

9. Expedient Data Centers Expands to Memphis -

Expedient Data Centers, a leading provider of cloud computing and other related services, has settled on Memphis as the site of its first data center in Tennessee.

Expedient currently operates 10 data centers in six markets, and its 11th is planned for 3180 Players Lane in Memphis, close to the TPC Southwind Golf Course and FedEx headquarters.

10. Bioworks to Host Startup Panel Discussion Nov. 19 -

At a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 19, that ties into Global Entrepreneurship Week, several entrepreneurs will talk to a Memphis audience about why they launched a startup in the city.

The “Why I Launched a Startup in Memphis” panel discussion will start at noon in the Memphis Bioworks conference center, 20 S. Dudley St. It will feature medical device, health care and technology entrepreneurs, including Mike Hoffmeyer, president and founder of Paytopia; Ryan Ramkhelawan, chief technology officer and co-founder of Restore Medical Solutions; Virag Reti, CEO and co-founder of Cabsolutely; Brad Silver, CEO of Quire; and Byron Smith, founder of EndoInSight.

11. Start Co. Leaders Heading to Coasts -

The leadership of Memphis’ Start Co. organization is fanning out to both coasts next week – looking to, among other things, exchange best practices and to spread a little taste of Memphis along the way.

12. Start Co. Planning Startup Weekend -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is hosting a Startup Weekend Nov. 7-9 at its Downtown office.

Startup Weekends are part of an international series of events facilitated by UPGlobal, a nonprofit focused on fostering entrepreneurship in 500 cities around the world. The event in Memphis will be female-centric, focused on showcasing the talents of female entrepreneurs, but both men and women are encouraged to come together for the event.

13. Start Co. Planning Startup Weekend -

The Start Co. organization in Memphis is hosting a Startup Weekend Nov. 7-9 at its Downtown office.

Startup Weekends are part of an international series of events facilitated by UPGlobal, a nonprofit focused on fostering entrepreneurship in 500 cities around the world. The event in Memphis will be female-centric, focused on showcasing the talents of female entrepreneurs, but both men and women are encouraged to come together for the event.

14. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting -

Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

15. EW Scripps Buys Weather App Maker Weathersphere -

NEW YORK (AP) – The E.W. Scripps Co., the media company that is spinning off its newspaper business, said Wednesday that it bought weather app maker WeatherSphere. The companies did not give financial details of the deal.

16. Local Tech Startup Growth On Right Path -

More than 500 Memphis business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the Orpheum Theatre in late August, but they weren’t there for the latest show from Broadway.

They convened to participate in Start Co. Demo Day, when 15 innovative startups from a variety of sectors unveiled their products.

17. Four Memphis Companies Join The TENN -

Launch Tennessee has picked this year’s crop of 10 companies that will participate in The TENN, its master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators.

And, like last year, Memphis companies again represent almost half of the statewide batch of companies taking part in the program.

18. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image -

Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.

Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

19. Startup Looks to Help Cab Companies Evolve -

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft seem to have been eating the traditional cab industry’s lunch.

A recent graduate of one of the Start Co. startup accelerators in Memphis, though, wants to help cab companies fight back.

20. MentorMe Accepted into Points of Light Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

21. ZeroTo510 Accelerator Companies Win Funding -

One mark of the success of a startup accelerator program is if investors like what they see, once participating companies have gone through the program and are making pitches for funding.

By that standard, ZeroTo510 – the medical device company accelerator based in Memphis – continues to prove its value by setting up its participants to score the funding they need to build sustainable businesses. Two companies that went through ZeroTo510’s 2014 summer program – Compression Kinetics and EndoInSight – have been tapped to continue to the program’s next phase, also landing $100,000 in new funding each.

22. MentorMe Accepted Into Points of Light Civic Accelerator -

MentorMe, a startup from Memphis that provides cloud mentoring software, has been accepted into the Points of Light Civic Accelerator.

The accelerator is a national startup accelerator focused only on investing in civic ventures – any enterprise that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to create positive change.

23. University of Memphis Program Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

24. Care2Manage Draws on Local Startup Resources -

Ela Emami’s startup Care2Manage is an example of how the startup ecosystem in Memphis is supposed to work, and what the fruits of that ecosystem’s labor can be.

Her venture is a service platform for families with an aging loved one that connects them to social workers and local elder care resources and organizes total health care needs. Rather than launch it by herself or try to go it alone in terms of things like raising cash, refining the business model or acquiring customers, she says the local startup resources she’s taken advantage of have helped her get going – and get going faster.

25. University of Memphis Seeking Entrepreneurship Fellows -

A new, selective program at the University of Memphis called the FedEx Institute Entrepreneurship Fellows is looking to develop entrepreneurial potential and leadership skills through hands-on experience, networking, mentoring and educational programming.

26. Innova Memphis Closes Venture Capital Partnership -

Innova Memphis has reached the first closing of its third venture capital partnership, Innova Fund III LP, with $20 million in capital commitments.

27. 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.

28. Innova Memphis Closes Venture Capital Partnership -

Innova Memphis has reached the first closing of its third venture capital partnership, Innova Fund III LP, with $20 million in capital commitments.

29. Music City Food + Wine More Than Another Festival -

A wallop of good food and music can leave a mark. It’s why a year later, I can still conjure that trickle of butter on my chin from a bite of Chef John Besh’s crab and caviar toast at the inaugural Music City Food + Wine festival.

30. TriMetis Acquires Biologistics Startup -

The pre-clinical research services company TriMetis Life Sciences has expanded by acquiring FoundationBio, a biospecimen procurement startup with offices in Memphis and Boston.

FoundationBio uses access to tissue donors via hospitals and community oncology clinics and their supporting pathology and laboratory services partners around the world to get specimens for research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

31. People Power -

Meg Crosby and her fellow principals at the HR-focused consulting firm PeopleCap chose that name for their organization because of the way they think about the modern workplace – particularly, the ever-changing nature of the employees who populate it.

32. Crosby to Keynote Daily News HR Seminar -

Companies with employees who are enthusiastic about going the extra mile, who race to the office each day enthusiastic about their tasks, and where the vibe is a tight-knit one akin to a family don’t get that way by accident.

33. TriMetis Acquires Biologistics Startup -

The pre-clinical research services company TriMetis Life Sciences has expanded by acquiring FoundationBio, a biospecimen procurement startup with offices in Memphis and Boston.

FoundationBio uses access to tissue donors via hospitals and community oncology clinics and their supporting pathology and laboratory services partners around the world to get specimens for research. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

34. Veteran’s HomeCare Franchise Aims for Place in Market -

There are always adjustments to be made, such as when a middle-school-aged boy moves from Philadelphia to Birmingham, Ala.

Brian Walker still recalls that day in gym class when the P.E. instructor was taking roll. When Walker heard his name called, he answered the way he always had in his young life: “Yo.”

35. 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.

36. Screwpulp Carves Out Identity in Amazon-Led Industry -

It’s no secret Amazon is the subject of intense public scrutiny at the moment over a flurry of controversial decisions from the online retailing giant against some of the publishers with which it does business.

37. Events -

Stax Museum of American Soul Music will host Stephani Brownlee’s CD release party Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. in Studio A, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Museum admission is free to Shelby County residents with ID. Visit staxmuseum.com.

38. Events -

Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Walnut Grove Road. Attorney Stephen Biller will discuss how he can be of benefit to women minority-owned businesses. RSVP to Martha Ervin at 489-5481.

39. Doug Carpenter & Associates Still Growing Four Years On -

Even before her recent graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Cara Greenstein had been keeping an eye on her hometown of Memphis, paying attention to job opportunities, looking for the right place to land.

40. BarterSugar Co-Founder to Speak at Startup Grind -

The next speaker in the Startup Grind event series in Memphis is a New York attorney, executive and author who ended up in the Bluff City, without planning on it, when she discovered the burgeoning startup community continuing to grow and take shape here.

41. New Logistics Venture Lands $250,000 Investment -

Start Co.’s “Summer of Acceleration” already has proven a success for at least one startup that’s participated in one of the organization’s accelerators this year.

42. Start Co. Steers Accelerators Toward Demo Day -

Memphis’ startup community is in the throes of its busiest summer in memory.

The Start Co. organization is running four startup accelerator programs at the moment simultaneously, compared to past undertakings that involved one accelerator at a time. The four programs underway now include Seed Hatchery, Upstart, SparkGap and Sky High, and they include the participation of more than two dozen teams, some of which hail from Memphis and others from around the country.

43. Proposal Surfaces for Ashlar Hall -

Ashlar Hall could get new life as a help center for military veterans, according to a recent report.

A team that includes Jerome Hardaway, owner and operator of Frago, a nonprofit startup that takes an active approach to veteran transition, is exploring turning the vacant Midtown mansion into a facility offering veteran-based transition classes, according to a post at Choose 901.

44. Proposal Surfaces for Ashlar Hall -

Ashlar Hall could get new life as a help center for military veterans, according to a recent report.

A team that includes Jerome Hardaway, owner and operator of Frago, a nonprofit startup that takes an active approach to veteran transition, is exploring turning the vacant Midtown mansion into a facility offering veteran-based transition classes, according to a post at Choose 901.

45. TheGRIND Evolves as First Anniversary Approaches -

The one-year anniversary is approaching for theGRIND, a digital publication that launched in January to bring its own take on covering the people, places and events of Memphis.

Leading up to that milestone, the publication has several things in the works that collectively showcase how it’s evolved quickly from an idea to the reality of an ambitious media startup. Editor in chief Kendra Lyons, for example, says plans in the works include a print version of the digital-only outlet, as well as a coffee table-style book that would feature the best photography and stories from theGRIND.

46. Teach for America Leverages Start Co. Resources -

Education reform has been alive and well here in Memphis over the last few years. There have been many great initiatives established to secure dollars and establish programming to move our youth forward. As always, I am thinking of scale, sustainability and innovation to stay relevant.

47. I Choose Memphis: Hillary Quirk -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Hillary Quirk

Job title and company: Community Manager, Start Co.

48. RedRover Tweaks Name, Refreshes Logo -

RedRover Sales & Market Strategy, an 8-year-old sales training and coaching, marketing and PR agency, has decided to update its brand and tweak its name.

The new logo – which includes a blend of boldfaced and regular lettering, combined with the company name in capital letters to embody strength and purpose – is part of the agency’s #RoverRefresh campaign, launched during what’s proven to be a big year of growth and expansion of service for the agency.

49. RedRover Tweaks Name, Refreshes Logo -

RedRover Sales & Market Strategy, an 8-year-old sales training and coaching, marketing and PR agency, has decided to update its brand and tweak its name.

The new logo – which includes a blend of boldfaced and regular lettering, combined with the company name in capital letters to embody strength and purpose – is part of the agency’s #RoverRefresh campaign, launched during what’s proven to be a big year of growth and expansion of service for the agency. That campaign also includes a contest for local startup companies, which will be announced this afternoon, and there will also be social media activities that invite the public to participate in the logo launch.

50. Chamber Launches Young Professionals Group -

Before a concert gets underway, musicians will run through a soundcheck that serves as a kind of warm-up to the main event, during which participants can make suggestions for tweaks before the big show and can make sure that everything is done that needs to be.

51. Digital ‘Buy Local’ Platform MadeIn Set to Launch -

Next week, a venture called MadeIn is launching a new shopping platform in Memphis to connect people to a website where they can buy and sell local goods.

The venture is a digital platform that will act as a kind of local version of Amazon, and MadeIn creator Jennifer Sadler said her startup also will sell curated gift boxes that include an assortment of local products.

52. Obama on Economy: 'We're Making Progress' -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says job growth in June shows the recovery is taking hold, but the economy could still do better.

Obama is urging Congress to work with him to help create more jobs.

53. Connected Home -

When he founded Memphis-based Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment 20 years ago, Scott Fuelling couldn’t have predicted the degree to which consumers eventually would embrace the concept of the connected home.

54. 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.

55. Perfection vs. Petri Dish -

We live in the fastest-evolving marketplace in history, so why is it that so many companies still move so slowly bringing new products to market?

We believe it is because they are holding fast to an industrial revolution mindset where innovations are carefully devised, honed and perfected. The heft of extensive machines and expensive infrastructure mire down the collective mindset, locking in a collective fear of imperfection. There is much to learn from the nimble tech industry that focuses on speed to market over perfection.

56. Regions Partners in Inner-City Business Program -

To use a metaphor to illustrate the purpose of a new program to help inner-city businesses in Memphis grow, the program represents the difference between focusing on rowing your boat and scouting the horizon for a new port to direct your boat toward.

57. Marketing Lessons From Startups -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business eight years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

58. Have Courage to Leap -

As Innovation and Growth Strategy consultants, we have methods, processes and exercises that we apply to client problems.

While tools from this vast toolbox work for any type of organization seeking to provide a better service or product (health care, nonprofit, hospitality, consumer goods, financial services, wholesalers and B2B) to generate insights and custom solutions that set them up as a category leader, what we sell is something else ultimately. This is perhaps the rarest asset in corporate America for an unknown reason, called courage.

59. Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has bought Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees are increasingly relying upon to get their work done.

Financial terms of the acquisition announced Monday were not disclosed. The deal is part of Google's effort to widen corporate usage of smartphones and tablets running on its mobile operating system, Android.

60. 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.

61. Memphis Startups Invited To Southland Conference -

Three Memphis-based startups have been invited to participate in the Southland conference in Nashville next month.

The trio that heads to Nashville for the conference June 9-11 includes AgSmarts, Influsense and Screwpulp. They were chosen by a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and tech writers from around the country and will have exhibition space in Southland Village.

62. Memphis Startups Invited to Southland Conference -

Three Memphis-based startups have been invited to participate in the Southland conference in Nashville next month.

The trio that heads to Nashville for the conference June 9-11 includes AgSmarts, Influsense and Screwpulp. They were chosen by a panel of investors, entrepreneurs and tech writers from around the country and will have exhibition space in Southland Village.

63. Being Social Entrepreneurs -

There is a lot of talk these days about social entrepreneurs and social ventures but not a lot of clarity around what this really means.

It seems the term is just a new spin on not-for-profits, a new label for startup organizations that focus on social issues. However, there is a big difference – social ventures can be for-profit or nonprofit in their structure.

64. Economic Gardening Program to Grow -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County will announce the expansion of the Economic Gardening program next week.

65. Obama Taps Tech World for Cash Amid Privacy Debate -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – They come from different worlds – the buttoned-down political culture of Washington and the entrepreneurial, socks-optional, let's-do-this-faster ethos of Silicon Valley.

66. Economic Gardening Program to Grow -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County will announce the expansion of the Economic Gardening program next week.

67. Start Co. Launches ‘Summer of Acceleration’ -

This summer, Downtown Memphis is entrepreneur central. For the first time, Memphis’ venture development organization Start Co. will be running all of its startup accelerators at the same time.

68. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

69. A Funder’s View of Sustainability -

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

As the Mid-South’s philanthropic partner since 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is clearly here to stay. That’s why we are interested in initiatives that make our area more livable and connected right now and for future generations.

70. Venture Investments Highest Since 2001 -

Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.

71. Crews Center Finds Place in Startup Landscape -

At the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis, a feeder system for the rest of the city’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is slowly coming together.

A new director has been in place for a few months. Programming is taking shape, and interest is beginning to build as the Crews Center hosts everything from speakers to supporting one-off creative endeavors like the group Memphis Makers and Creators, which recently got funding from the center to build a giant, functional Nintendo controller.

72. MentorMe Startup, Founder Continue to Thrive -

Memphian Brittany Fitzpatrick’s startup MentorMe is on a roll, having secured a six-figure round of funding after graduating from Memphis’ Seed Hatchery accelerator as well as the NewMe accelerator program in San Francisco.

73. Archer-Malmo Adds Staff, Expands Downtown -

For Memphis-based marketing communications agency archer-malmo, the story has been consistent, with a trajectory that seems to only go in one direction.

The firm, says CEO Russ Williams, is “on another big growth surge here.”

74. Backend of Innovation -

Many of the CEOs we talk to tell us that they have more growth ideas than they know what to do with. It seems like there is a universal love affair with generating ideas but less enthusiasm when it comes to figuring out which ideas are the most commercially viable and how to actually implement.

75. Startup Conference Prepares to Return to Memphis -

Final preparations are underway for the startup-focused Everywhere Else conference, which is returning to Memphis at the end of the month after its launch here last year and will bring entrepreneurs, investors and creatives from around the country to the Bluff City.

76. Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’ -

It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers.

77. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Ayn Maddox, managing partner of coaching and consulting company CreativExpressions, Thursday, March 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “How Relationships Turn a Salesperson Into a Consultant.” Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

78. 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.

79. Start Co. Moves Back Downtown -

With a new home, new programming and expanded leadership, among other things, this summer finds the Start Co. entrepreneurship organization in the midst of one of the more consequential periods in its history.

80. Tennessee Startup Program Accepting Applications -

The Blackstone Specialist Program presented by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Launch Tennessee has started accepting applications.

The program is looking for talent from across the country to come to Tennessee to be “specialists” in the state’s network of nine regional startup accelerators.

81. Women Leading in Memphis Startup Scene -

Memphis has made all the difference for me as a female startup founder. Memphis isn’t often sought after as an entrepreneurial hub, but I found it to be just what I was looking for: supportive and empowering for woman founders like myself. Memphis startup events aren’t only balanced on gender, but also in race. A mind-set for inclusion here is really setting our community apart from others.

82. Tennessee Startup Program Accepting Applications -

The Blackstone Specialist Program presented by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Launch Tennessee has started accepting applications.

The program is looking for talent from across the country to come to Tennessee to be “specialists” in the state’s network of nine regional startup accelerators. The specialists will either work directly with an accelerator’s executive director on business planning, early-stage financing, marketing, event planning and other strategic focuses, or be paired with one or more startups in the program.

83. Lemmonds Forges New Venture on Broad -

Elizabeth Lemmonds’ idea for a combination art space and fabrication shop, which she began pursuing after striking out on her own from the Start Co. organization last year, is coming together.

84. Startup Space -

The new Cowork Memphis venture in Cooper-Young has quickly developed into a resource and educational hub for freelancers and other busy professionals, helped in part by participation from entrepreneurs like Michael Nunn.

85. Launch Tennessee Gets $100K Blackstone Grant -

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Launch Tennessee. The funds will support the creation of the Launch Tennessee Specialist Program, which will try to bring talent to Tennessee’s network of nine regional startup accelerators.

86. Negatives Aside, AOL CEO Posts Positive Results -

NEW YORK (AP) – You've got gaffes.

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn't one to mince words. Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement contributions in a lump sum at the end of the year. Armstrong had previously defended the proposal by citing the high cost care for two "distressed babies" born to employee families.

87. Commission Sets Up in Temporary Space -

Shelby County Commissioners will serve out the remaining seven months of their current four-year term of office by staying upstairs at the county administration building in their committee room.

The Monday, Feb. 10, commission meeting was the first in the expanded committee room as the ground floor chambers where the commission normally holds its twice-monthly voting meetings is renovated.

88. Launch Tennessee Gets $100,000 Blackstone Grant -

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Launch Tennessee.

The money will support the creation of the Launch Tennessee Specialist Program, which will try to bring talent from across the country to Tennessee’s network of nine regional startup accelerators.

89. New Horizons -

When The Marston Group PLC, a Memphis-based certified public accounting and financial consulting firm, held an open house in recent weeks at its new digs, the evening portion of the event lasted from 7 till later in the night, with the last person leaving around 10.

90. School Board Pay Raise Returns to Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners vote Monday, Feb. 10, on a $20,800 pay raise for Shelby County School board members.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith Administration Building.

Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

91. Cowork Memphis Opens Workspace Venture -

Freelancers and other busy professionals who work remotely, outside of a traditional office setting, probably know the feeling.

Their coffee shop is loud and sometimes a difficult place to work. Perhaps a phone call comes in that they need to step outside to take – while being stuck leaving papers spread out and a computer on the table inside. And working from home, of course, brings its own distractions.

92. ZeroTo510 Program Opens Application Period -

Applications are now starting to come in for ZeroTo510, the medical device product and services startup accelerator that’s preparing to kick off its third year.

The window to apply is now open for the program – which will see six companies tapped to go through the mentor-driven, 12-week program of instruction and hands-on activities. The companies will get $50,000 in initial seed capital and, ideally, come out the other end with a stronger, more refined vision and concept – and possibly more funding from investors.

93. UTHSC Nurse Develops 'Socrates' Board Game -

Her students were bored. She was frustrated.

That was the setup for discovery, invention and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hallie Bensinger, an advanced practice nurse at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, planned to play a “Jeopardy”-style game as part of a PowerPoint lecture in hopes of jumpstarting her students’ brains. So she went to a supply store in search of fake money to use in the game. Instead, she found her eureka moment.

94. 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.

95. Luttrell Says Timing Key to Schools Funding -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell refers to the start two years ago of the reformation of local public education as “chaos and confusion.”

96. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon next week will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis.

97. Muddy’s Founder Shares Story at Cowork Memphis -

Muddy’s Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon will tell the story of starting her business and the development of its second location in Cooper-Young as the inaugural guest for the Startup Grind series at Cowork Memphis. The event happens Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

98. 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.

99. Shooting for the Moon -

The Commerical Appeal ran a story last week about the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and its “Moon Missions.” While the details remain nebulous, the Chairman’s Circle consists of private sector leaders that contribute funding and business perspective to identify, analyze and define solutions for some of Memphis’ greatest challenges.

100. 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.