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1. Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike -

Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

2. Bosse’s Commitment, Expertise Aid CPA Firm -

Helping individuals and businesses manage and keep track of assets and investments is an important task for a CPA firm like Cannon Wright Blount, a Memphis-based company that’s always looking to break away from the pack and distinguish itself in terms of products and service offerings.

3. Five Tax Deductions, Credits to Consider -

If you ask Benjamin Franklin, two things in life are certain: death and taxes.

April 15 comes every year, but you don’t have to dread it. The tax code is full of credits and deductions to help reduce your tax burden. There are so many that you should consider engaging a professional to help you file, especially as your taxes become more complicated.

4. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold its Volunteer Expo Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will be on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

5. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host a heart-healthy cooking demonstration Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. RSVP at 765-1849.

6. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will hold two QuickBooks introduction sessions Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the firm’s office, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 1000. The sessions are geared to new business owners and business owners who are new to QuickBooks. Cost is free. Visit cannonwrightblount.com/resources to register.

7. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will host a debate between Shea Flinn and Kenneth Whalum Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The topic is “Memphis Sales Tax Increase: Yea or Nay?” Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

8. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s Office will host a “Home Sweet Home” workshop for seniors Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Senior Center, 163 W. Raines Road. Trustee staff will provide information on senior property taxes and how to effectively pass property to heirs. Cost is free. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

9. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

10. Events -

The Urban Child Institute will open “The Early Advantage,” its early childhood brain development awareness exhibit, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2014. Visit urbanchildinstitute.org.

11. Events -

The Memphis chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Cost is $22. RSCP to sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

12. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will hold a QuickBooks seminar Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its office, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. The session will cover setting up payroll items and employees, time tracking, and paying employees and tax liabilities. Cost is $75. Visit cannonwrightblount.com/resources to register.

13. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a lunch and learn titled “Breast cancer awareness: prevention, symptoms and treatment options” Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B of the hospital, 1300 Wesley Drive. Cost is free. RSVP to 888-777-5959.

14. Cannon Wright Blount Acquires Wormser Firm -

Memphis-based accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount has acquired The Wormser Firm, effective Aug. 1.

All Wormser Firm employees have moved to Cannon Wright Blount’s office at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. and will maintain their roles within the firm.

15. Cannon Wright Blount Acquires Wormser Firm -

Memphis-based accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount has acquired The Wormser Firm, effective Aug. 1.

All Wormser Firm employees have moved to Cannon Wright Blount’s office at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. and will maintain their roles within the firm.

16. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

17. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

18. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 30, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

19. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host The 19th Hole Wine Tasting at the Garden, part of the Tuesdays on the Terrace wine-tasting series, Tuesday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers; reservations are required. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

20. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and book-signing with “Cookin’ With Corky’s” authors Jimmy Stovall, Andy Woodman and Barry Pelts Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

21. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, July 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm’s office, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com or call 685-7500.

22. Events -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present an emerging companies boot camp Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the firm’s office, 165 Madison Ave., suite 2000. Entrepreneurs, investors, and legal and accounting professionals will share insights on issues facing emerging companies. Registration and breakfast start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is free. Visit bakerdonelson.com.

23. Events -

The Metal Museum will host a reception for “Metal Museum Apprentices: Then and Now” Friday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 8. Visit metalmuseum.org.

24. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will hold a stroke survivor group meeting Tuesday, June 4, at 5 p.m. in suite 250 of Medical Office Building A, 7655 Poplar Ave. Stroke survivors will discuss caregiving issues; partners and family will discuss time and stress management. Call 516-6929.

25. Events -

The Daily News will host its Money and Markets: State of the Economy seminar and panel discussion Thursday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. Craig Dismuke, senior vice president and chief economic strategist at Vining Sparks IBG, will present the keynote. Cost is $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

26. Events -

West Tennessee Historical Society will meet Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Wunderlich Auditorium at Memphis University School, 6191 Park Ave. Joe V. Lowry will present “Memphis: Going Through Changes, 1890-1929.” Visit wths-tn.org.

27. Events -

Families of Incarcerated Individuals Inc. will host a rebranding event Wednesday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The organization will unveil its revamped programs and services. Call 726-6191.

28. Events -

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis chapter will meet Tuesday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. Lori Turner-Wilson, co-founder of RedRover Sales & Marketing, will speak. Cost is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for nonmembers and $35 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

29. Financial Industry Plans for Fiscal Cliff Fallout -

The media and political leaders may be in full-on freakout, the world-is-ending mode over the apparent inevitability of the country to avoid careening over the fiscal cliff.

But financial professionals like Robert Smithwick III, managing principal of Diversified Trust, still have a job to do.

30. Consequences of the Medicare Contribution Tax -

Be prepared to pay an extra tax starting in 2013 on your net investment income if you are in the higher income tax brackets. You should be working with your tax and investment advisers over the next few months if this tax applies to you. Many taxpayers are waiting until closer to the end of the year to begin tax planning. With the Affordable Care Act already in place, the likelihood of this legislation being overturned by year end is small. So, you should start planning now.

31. Events -

Cargo Business News and Memphis World Trade Club will host the third Southeast Freight Conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. The 61st annual New Orleans Port Night will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. For registration and a schedule, visit memphisworldtradeclub.com.

32. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host a food truck garden party featuring Memphis Food Truckers Alliance members Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

33. Palmer Joins Cannon Wright Blount As Director of Assurance -

David Palmer has joined Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm as director of assurance and accounting services. Palmer’s specialties include audit and profit-sharing plans in the nonprofit, health care, government and construction industries.

34. Red Door Hosting Economic Seminar -

Red Door Wealth Management, a sister company to Cannon Wright Blount, is hosting a free economic seminar next week.

Titled, “What in the world is going on? Income opportunities in today’s low interest rate environment,” it will be held Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Red Door’s chief investment officer John Phillips will provide attendees with historical trends of the market as well as background into the current debt crisis the U.S. and other nations face.

35. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its office 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. Cost is $75. Visit cannonwrightblount.com or email quickbooks@cannonwrightblount.com.

36. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. in the Crump Building. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

37. Events -

The Memphis Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Chris Hawk of The ServiceMaster Co. will speak about social media networking for jobseekers. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to Sharon Gardner at sharon.gardner@asentinel.com or 752-6213.

38. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Ave. Anthony Bradley of The Bradley Law Firm PLLC will present “The Truth About the VA Aid & Attendance Pension Benefit.” Cost is free. Contact Jo Garner at 482-0354.

39. Events -

The Church Health Center/MIFA Farmers Market will be open Tuesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Visit churchhealthcenter.org or call Esther Wills at 250-4673, ext. 1604.

40. Churchill Mortgage Growth Highlights Industry News -

Here’s a roundup of what some of the city’s banks and bankers, investment professionals, accountants and other financial services shops have been up to in recent weeks.

* Brentwood, Tenn.-based Churchill Mortgage, which has a retail office at 5384 Poplar Ave. that opened a little more than two years ago, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

41. Events -

The Better Business Bureau breakfast series will continue with a seminar on fraud risks facing small businesses Tuesday, May 15, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Cost is free for BBB members and $10 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@bbbmidsouth.org or 757-8603.

42. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Duane McCrory of Top Quality Service will present “Energy Savings on Heating & Air: How to Save on Upcoming Government Changes.” Call Jo Garner at 482-0354 for details.

43. Events -

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. at the board’s office, 114 N. Main St. Call Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540 for details.

44. Fed Survey: No Movement in Area Lending -

The local economy is inching toward improvement. A newly released report from the Federal Reserve shows the central bank’s regional district that includes Memphis saw modest improvement in residential real estate as well as the commercial real estate market since the Fed’s last survey.

45. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

46. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

47. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

48. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

49. Events -

The Better Business Bureau Breakfast Series will continue Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Lori Turner-Wilson of RedRover Sales & Marketing will discuss reaching and keeping customers through generational marketing. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $10 for guests. To register, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

50. Events -

The Better Business Bureau Breakfast Series will continue Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Lori Turner-Wilson of RedRover Sales & Marketing will discuss reaching and keeping customers through generational marketing. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $10 for guests. To register, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

51. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “10 Tips to Hiring the Right Person” Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

52. Events -

Rhodes College will present a lecture by Harvard Law professor Robert Mnookin titled “Bargaining with the Devil” Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on the Rhodes campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

53. Events -

The second annual Farm to Table Conference for Mid-South Producers will be held Monday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation conference enter, 20 Dudley St. The conference is a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other interested groups to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South. For more information, visit www.growmemphis.org.

54. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about Quickbooks accounting software Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

55. Events -

The University of Memphis will kick off the health lifestyle initiative “Memphis Health U” Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11:30 a.m. with a pledge signing and health fair in the University Center. The event is open to the public.

56. Events -

The Ladies of Armor Society will launch the networking program Jumpstart Your Business Monday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at Stop Alarms Inc., 6095 Apple Tree Drive. Open membership is available at an introductory rate for eight weeks of $175. For more information, visit www.ladiesofarmor.com or www.jumpstartyourbusinessmemphis.com.

57. Events -

The 2012 Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. For more information, visit www.memphis-autoshow.com.

58. Protect Your Company From Fraud -

Bernie Madoff. Enron. WorldCom. These highly publicized instances of fraud might lead some people to believe that fraud happens only in large organizations. However, it’s clear that any organization should be concerned with combating fraud. A 2010 study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found that small organizations are actually disproportionately victimized by occupational fraud, citing the lower likelihood of anti-fraud controls when compared to their larger counterparts.

59. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount accounting firm will continue its series of seminars on how to use QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. The two-hour class costs $75, and seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources. For more information about the QuickBooks seminar series, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

60. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The discussion will focus on topics of the audience’s choice. For more information or to register, call Nita Black at 413-1315.

61. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for “Time, Talent and Tempera: ArtsMemphis’ Volunteer Art Show” Monday, Jan. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the organization’s East Memphis office, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. The show will run through March 31. For more information, visit www.artsmemphis.org.

62. Cannon Wright Blount Offers QuickBooks Classes -

Cannon Wright Blount has announced the continuation of classes throughout 2012 to teach business professionals skills for using the popular accounting software QuickBooks.

The training courses will include getting started with QuickBooks, inventory, payroll, using sales tax, online banking, QuickBooks in the cloud, job costing and job profitability reporting, getting the most out of QuickBooks reports and using QuickBooks statement writer.

63. Jeter Joins Accounting Firm Cannon Wright Blount -

Andrew Jeter has joined Cannon Wright Blount as director of assurance and accounting services.

64. Turley Joins Red Door As Director of Client Relations -

Gretchen Gassner Turley has joined Red Door Wealth Management as director of client relations, a newly created position.

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Rhodes College

65. Balton Uses Biz Venture Exp. to Aid Small Biz -

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years and studying accounting at the University of Hawaii between Air Force duties, Steve Balton decided he wanted to use his skills as a consultant for a full-time job.

66. Office Art -

When Stacy McCall, president of ServiceMaster by Stratos, walked into the Memphis College of Art’s South Main Street graduate school on its opening day, she didn’t realize she’d be making a business deal.

67. Red Door Hits First Year by Exceeding Goals -

Red Door Wealth Management, a financial advisory business that has an alliance with local accounting firm Cannon Wright Blount PLLC, just wrapped up its first year in existence this month.

68. Memphis World Trade Club Installs New Officers -

The Memphis World Trade Club, one of the largest and oldest international trade clubs in the United States, has installed its 2011 board and officers.

The officers are: Roquita Coleman of Canadian National Railway Co., president; Katie Hooser of Intermodal Cartage Co., first vice president; Robert Hill, a logistics and services consultant, second vice president; Jud Cannon of Cannon, Wright, Blount, treasurer; and Tesha Saulsberry of Smith & Nephew, secretary.

69. Events -

The Center City Commission and 5R Processors Ltd. will celebrate America Recycles Day with a downtown e-recycle drive Monday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Central Station, 545 S. Main St. Downtown employees and residents can bring personal consumer electronics for recycling.

70. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. will hold a policy review committee meeting Friday at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-0552.

71. Despite Poor Economy, Business Startups on Rise -

A down economy doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a bad time to start a business.

In fact, according to business counselor G.E. “Russ” Russell, many Fortune 500 companies got their start during the Great Depression.

72. Youth Isn’t a Hurdle for Red Door Founder Phillips -

The scant number of years John Phillips V has under his belt relative to others in his chosen industry is not lost on him.

73. Granger Finds Niche Behind a Lens -

Gardner Mounce chuckled when asked if Donny Granger, owner of Creation Studios in Bartlett, was more artistic than the average photographer.

“Oh yeah,” said Mounce, a senior at the University of Memphis who assists Granger on many of his shoots. “He straddles the line between the business side and the artistic side. Usually people can’t do both. … You can look at somebody’s work and see if they have that. That’s why Donny has the edge he has. He’s a great artist.”

74. Rules Released on Small-Biz Tax Credits for Health Care -

One of the first set of regulations issued for the new health care reform law deals with tax credits that small businesses can take advantage of this year.

Tracy DeBacco, a CPA with Cannon Wright Blount, said the rules require close attention because blanket statements may have caused misconceptions among business owners. The tax credit can be as high as 35 percent of the cost of insuring employees, but DeBacco cautions that there is a diminishing scale.

75. Credentials Often Mean Little in Today’s Job Search -

Most job candidates emerge from universities and graduate schools with a sense of insulation from unemployment, but the current recession has affected blue and white collars alike.

Now degreed professionals with decades of job experience have found themselves firing off resumes into the vacuum of cyberspace with few ideas of how to make themselves stand out.

76. Saint Francis Weight Loss Center Appoints Weaver Medical Director -

Virginia Weaver has been appointed medical director of the Saint Francis Center for Surgical Weight Loss.

77. Kiesewetter Wise’s Thompson Named Among Top 100 Labor Attorneys -

Tanja L. Thompson has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Labor Attorneys by the Labor Relations Institute for the second consecutive year.

Thompson is a member of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC and is the only labor attorney in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to receive this professional honor, which puts her in the top 1 percent of labor attorneys throughout the U.S.

78. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Recognizes Marx & Bensdorf’s Cherny -

Eileen Cherny, relocation director for Marx & Bensdorf, has received the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President’s Service Recognition Award. The award acknowledges committee and board involvement, presentations at network conferences and service in various capacities.

79. Peeples Promoted to Administrator At Methodist Alliance Health Services -

Trip Peeples has been promoted to administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Infusion division.

Peeples has been with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for seven years, most recently serving as corporate director of finance and reimbursement and interim chief financial officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital.

80. Obsidian Public Relations 'Makes Today a Great Day' for Clients -

Every morning when Courtney Liebenrood drops her 7-year-old daughter Savannah off at school, she tells her to "Make today a great day."

That farewell statement, opposed to the usual "Have a good day," has an important meaning. Liebenrood said she tells her daughter that because she wants to instill in her the belief that she has to make it a good day, rather than letting the day, or even herself, be defined by circumstances.

81. An Accounting Deal That Really Adds Up -

It's only been a few months since the Memphis accounting firm of Cannon Wright Blount acquired a smaller firm and became one of the largest independent CPA groups in the city.

However, it probably should not come as a surprise that at Cannon Wright Blount (CWB) - whose nontraditional approach to the world of accounting extends all the way to the chic décor in the firm's office - the company's third merger in three years becomes final as of tomorrow.

82. Accounting Firm Takes Fresh Approach to Pencil-Pushing -

Their office is housed in ultra-hip digs, bathed in warm colors and awash in the casual atmosphere you might find in an advertising or design studio.

Members of the Cannon Wright Blount firm in Memphis use words like "progressive" and "forward-thinking" to describe the work they do in their carefully constructed "fun atmosphere." Casually identifying himself as the company's CEO, Jud Cannon then chuckles and adds, "That's what they tell me, at least."