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1. Blood Donors Needed to Address Shortage -

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

2. Debunking Five Pinterest Myths -

There’s no denying virtual scrapbooking site Pinterest’s explosive growth, now boasting more than 40 million active users per month. The Webs 2014 Small Business Digital Usage Survey cites 20 percent of small businesses who use social media view Pinterest as a top social media channel for marketing their businesses.

3. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

4. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “Shots Fired” author C.J. Box for a discussion and signing Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

5. Memphis Chamber's Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

6. Events -

American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Champion Hills at Windyke Apartment Homes, 3788 Links Drive. All blood types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are needed. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 for donor requirements and appointments.

7. Events -

UCAN of Memphis will hold its Dare 2 Dream teen conference Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BRIDGES, 477 N. Fifth St. The anti-bullying conference will include inspirational speaker presentations, workbooks, snacks and school supplies. Cost is $50; parents are encouraged to attend for no additional cost. Visit ucanofmemphis.org.

8. Chamber Launches PILOT Education Campaign -

Memphis economic development officials wasted little time launching an information campaign about Memphis and Shelby County’s primary business incentive program.

On July 16, less than a month after the Memphis City Council adopted a budget that included deep cuts to employee and retiree benefits, the Greater Memphis Chamber posted a video exploring how the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive program works and why it is needed.

9. Biller Looks to Minority-Business Law Practice -

After 45 years practicing law in big firms, medium-sized firms and his own small practice in Memphis, Stephen Biller watched as the issue of minority business development and minority contracting surfaced again locally this spring.

10. Chamber’s Strickland Awarded Scholarship -

The American Chamber of Commerce recently awarded a scholarship to Ernest Strickland, director of economic development of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

11. Business Licenses Up 26 Percent in Second Quarter -

The last three months proved to be a healthy period for the local business climate.

Business licenses issued by the Shelby County Clerk’s Office in the second quarter of 2014 spiked 25.7 percent from the same period in 2013, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

12. Wharton Ready to Shift Talk on Benefits Debate -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is trying to turn the page on the emotional City Hall debate over cuts in health insurance benefits to city employees and retirees and also close the book on the city budget for the two-week old fiscal year.

13. Youth Movement -

It’s a good time to be a young professional in Memphis who wants to do more than punch a clock.

From the Greater Memphis Chamber to the New Memphis Institute, plus groups like the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Leadership Memphis, among others, the tent of movers, shakers and impact makers has expanded considerably in Memphis of late.

14. Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex -

As much of the national attention in the immigration reform debate was focused last week on Washington and protests in Southern California and Texas, a group of local leaders made the case for immigration reform in Memphis with much less attention.

15. Sick Calls Drop, But Benefits Debate Still Volatile -

The Memphis Police Department returned to normal operations Sunday, July 13, for the first time in more than a week with fewer than 350 officers calling in sick.

And the number of sick calls among Memphis firefighters dropped to 60 Sunday, the lowest total for the department since sick calls among firefighters spiked Wednesday, July 9.

16. Chamber: More People Working in Green Sector -

The Greater Memphis Chamber counts approximately 15,380 Memphians working in the green economy, with the largest group being 4,800 who work in clean energy.

The numbers are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in the headcounts by business, there are some corporate and brand names that might not be on the tip of your tongue when you hear the term green economy or green business.

17. 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.

18. Chamber Head: Hard Choices on City Benefits Necessary -

The president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber says efforts by municipal union leaders to boycott business members of the chamber and get those businesses to drop their chamber membership is having only a minimal effect.

19. Wharton Says City Won’t ‘Split Hairs’ on Blue Flu -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Tuesday, July 8, the city will “approach it accordingly” when it comes to the more than 550 Memphis Police officers who have called in sick in the last week.

20. Events -

Rizzo’s Diner and the Memphis Crisis Center will hold a “Less to Wine About Wednesday” fundraiser Wednesday, July 9, at the restaurant, 106 G.E. Patterson Ave. Rizzo’s will donate 25 percent of the day’s profits to the crisis center. Visit rizzosdiner.com.

21. In Rare Move, Police Confirm ‘Blue Flu’ -

In the storied history of labor relations between City Hall and the rank and file of the Memphis Police Department, there is a standing rule about work slowdowns, sometimes referred to as “blue flu.”

22. Economic Development Growth Engine Looks to Make PILOTs More Effective -

For years, the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive used to recruit or retain jobs in Memphis and Shelby County has been a lightning rod for criticism, particularly from municipal labor unions who view the incentives as corporate welfare that erodes the tax base.

23. Waller Lansden Leases in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

24. Beale Street Eastern Border Marks Changes -

For much of the renovated Beale Street Entertainment District’s 30-year history, George Miller was a figure in exile just on the other side of the district’s formal eastern border of Fourth Street.

25. Waller Lansden Leases Space in Renaissance Center -

A Nashville-based law firm is moving into permanent space at the Renaissance Center office building.

Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP, which opened a Memphis office in February, has leased 10,000 square feet in the East Memphis office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive.

26. Timing Key Element of County Tax Rate Debate -

More funding from Shelby County government for prekindergarten classrooms is a matter of timing, say those on both sides of the property tax rate question on which the $2.8 million in additional funding hinges.

27. Council Moves Toward Pension Changes -

Two weeks after approving changes in health insurance plans for city employees and retirees, the Memphis City Council meets Tuesday, July 1, to talk over a companion set of changes to the city’s pension plan for employees.

28. Events -

Church Health Center and MIFA will hold a farmers market Tuesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

29. Paragon Bank Celebrates Record 2013 -

At Paragon Bank’s annual shareholders’ meeting this month, the bank’s leadership team could be forgiven for brimming with confidence.

30. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will hold a free season nine community grand opening Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to midnight in its new Overton Square theater, 37 S. Cooper St. Events include performances, tours, concerts and more. Tickets to each event are on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit hattiloo.org/grand-opening-season-9.php for schedule.

31. Park Progress -

Shelby Farms Park has always seemed, in a way, like Memphis’ 4,500-acre backyard.

Venture to the park on any given day, and what’s liable to greet you is a cross section of Memphis that presents itself amid the park’s rolling hills, pastures, trails and lakes.

32. Benefits Debate Goes Larger Than City Hall -

When several hundred firefighters, police officers and other city employees and retirees formed a picket line around City Hall Tuesday, June 24, it signaled the beginning of an escalating political dispute bigger than the City Council’s decision a week earlier to cut health insurance benefits for employees and retirees.

33. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The guest speakers are Jessica Jackson and Amanda Yuen, administrators at Corning Elementary School, Kiwanis Club of Memphis’ Adopt-a-School. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

34. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Book of Mormon” Tuesday, June 24, through Sunday, June 29, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

35. Local Firms Benefiting from Cycling, Walking Paths -

For years Memphis was labeled as a backwater when it came to walking trails and bike lanes, showing up on list after list highlighting the worst cities for pedestrians and cyclists.

That has changed dramatically over the last several years and there are now 150 more miles of new trails and bike lanes planned over the next three years.

36. Koury Helps Local AIA Serve Community -

In 2010, the American Institute of Architects Memphis chapter launched lunITECTS, a non-professional group for people who have a keen interest in architecture and design.

During exclusive tours the lunITECTS visit neighborhoods, buildings and homes, all part of an effort to generate greater public discourse and involvement about architecture and design in the community.

37. Battle Lines -

The city’s operating and capital budgets are just about set for the new fiscal year next month. Hard decisions made about health insurance for city employees and retirees Tuesday, June 17, are unlikely to be revisited by the Memphis City Council.

38. Events -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water board will meet Thursday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW administration building 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

39. Long Council Day Comes With Change, Emotions -

It was apparent early in the long council day Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall that there wouldn’t be many amendments to the $600 million operating budget and $84 million capital budget the council would approve later that evening.

40. Council Approves Budgets, Stable Tax Rate, Health Insurance Changes -

Memphis City Council members approved a $600 million operating budget and an $84 million capital budget Tuesday, June 17, for the city government fiscal year that begins July 1.

And the council gave final approval to larger changes to employee and retiree health insurance plans designed to make long term changes necessary to right the city’s financial condition.

41. Sissy’s Log Cabin to Host Groundbreaking -

Sissy’s Log Cabin is hosting a groundbreaking event for its Laurelwood Shopping Center store, set to open this fall.

Sissy’s is hosting the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. next door to Frost Bake Shop in Laurelwood. Sissy’s founder, Sissy Jones, will be on hand, along with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and representatives from the Greater Memphis Chamber.

42. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Rusty Linkous, president of Linkous Construction Co., will present “Staying True to Yourself During Tough Times.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

43. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 17, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, will speak. Cost is $20. RSVP to taylor@memphisrotary.org.

44. 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.

45. Events -

Greater Memphis Chamber and the New Memphis Institute will hold a Celebrate What’s Right lunch Wednesday, June 11, at noon at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Chamber President and CEO Phil Trenary and members of the Chairman’s Circle will discuss the chamber’s five “moon mission” initiatives. Tickets are $30. Visit newmemphis.org.

46. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold an open house about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, June 10, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the American Way Transit Center, 3921 American Way. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

47. Events -

Methodist South Hospital will host a stroke support group meeting for survivors and caregivers Monday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the outpatient rehabilitation center, 1251 Wesley Drive, suite 141. Dr. Hafiz Elahi will present “Stroke From the Neurologist’s Perspective.” Email patricia.morgan@mlh.org or rushali.naik@mlh.org.

48. Events -

Moon River Music Festival, hosted by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, will be held Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. The event will include more than a dozen performers, food trucks, activities and more. General admission is $25. Visit moonriverfestival.com.

49. Budget Changes Include Cooper-Young Garage -

A Cooper-Young parking garage and a pool of capital funding divided equally among the seven Memphis City Council districts are the two biggest ticket items in the way of still-tentative budget amendments proposed by council members.

50. Council Begins Decisions on City Financial Changes -

Memphis City Council members took the first steps Tuesday, June 3, toward major changes in pension benefits for city employees and began delving into the details of even broader changes in health insurance coverage for city employees and retirees.

51. Bailey Continues Call for Shelby Farms Development -

Walter Bailey is the only serving Shelby County Commissioner who was part of the 1970s debate on the commission about what to do with the farmland that was the old Shelby County Penal Farm.

52. Facing the Music -

Starting over is one of those tasks that requires a fresh set of eyes if it’s to be pulled off successfully.

There has to be an acceptance that what was and what will be probably are mutually exclusive and a willingness to try new things, to be different and, above all else, to keep pressing forward.

53. Save Your Sales Team From Extinction -

Second in a two-part series. The Information Age has created a marketplace built predominantly of connected buyers who have largely determined whether or not to buy from us before they ever make contact with a sales rep. Due to readily available info about your company and competitors, sales support is unnecessary early in the buying process, forever changing the role of the sales rep.

54. Nonprofit Grant Info Sessions to be Held -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will host five pre-application sessions to explain guidelines for its upcoming Nonprofit Capacity Building grant funding round.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are allocated to strong, established nonprofit organizations that are working to become more effective by improving operations and increasing efficiency. In 2013-2014, 15 nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $188,500 in the Nonprofit Capacity Building grant round.

55. City Council Awaits Final Actuary Report -

The Memphis City Council is expected to get a final report June 10 from Segal Consulting of Atlanta, the actuary firm it hired to review pension liability and annual required contribution estimates by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and municipal unions.

56. Healthy Memphis Common Table Unveils New Name -

Healthy Memphis Common Table’s fourth annual meeting and recognition luncheon included the launch of a new name and logo and the honoring of the inaugural Health Impact Award recipients.

The new name is Common Table Health Alliance, and the selection of a new logo was an interactive process, with people at each table at the Thursday, May 22, luncheon voting for one of three possible logos. The winning logo will be made available for public distribution after it has been registered.

57. Editorial: Economic Success Hinges on PILOT Restructuring -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is once again venturing into political waters and taking stands on issues like the proposed move of city employees to a defined contributions pension plan.

Time will tell whether this is a sustained move by the business community to become part of the political dialogue in a city that has some important decisions to make.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. City Council Awaits Final Actuary Report -

The Memphis City Council is expected to get a final report June 10 from Segal Consulting of Atlanta, the actuary firm it hired to review pension liability and annual required contribution estimates by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and municipal unions.

61. Council Hesitates Over Fire Recruit Class Funding and Charter Restrictions -

Memphis City Council members discussed a new recruit class Tuesday, May 20, for the Memphis Fire Department that is not in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget proposal.

But council members voted down a plan to come up with the $1.7 million for the class of 100 fire recruits from a $3 million cut in the line item for fire department sick leave, proposed by council member Kemp Conrad.

62. Community Foundation to Hold Grant Information Sessions -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis will host five pre-application sessions to explain guidelines for its upcoming Nonprofit Capacity Building grant funding round.

Nonprofit Capacity Building grants are allocated to strong, established nonprofit organizations that are working to become more effective by improving operations and increasing efficiency. In 2013-2014, 15 nonprofit groups were awarded a total of $188,500 in the Nonprofit Capacity Building grant round.

63. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold an open house about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 20, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the North End Terminal, 444 N. Main St. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

64. Events -

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital will host a ribbon cutting for its expanded and renovated emergency room Tuesday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the hospital, 7691 Poplar Ave. Visit methodisthealth.org.

65. Crossroads Hospice Needs Summer Volunteers -

Crossroads Hospice is seeking volunteers to join its team of Ultimate Givers who strive to provide comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the greater Memphis area.

Ultimate Givers visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, and provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones.

66. Chamber Event to Focus On Hiring Veterans -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting the second installment of its Workforce Leadership Series.

Called “From the Front Lines to the Front Offices: Leveraging Veteran Hires to Grow Your Business,” the program launches in conjunction with the 2014 Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair.

67. Events -

Bikesploitation 4 will be held Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. The event will include a live bicycle sculpture, photo booth, live music, film screenings and more. A bike parade and slow ride jam will begin at 11:50 a.m. at six starting points across Memphis. Visit bikesploitation.com for a schedule.

68. Culture of Health -

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

As someone with a job that allowed her to live out a lifestyle of health and wellness at work, she was in the minority.

69. Crossroads Hospice Needs Summer Volunteers -

Crossroads Hospice is seeking volunteers to join its team of Ultimate Givers who strive to provide comfort to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the greater Memphis area.

Ultimate Givers visit with patients in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, and help with clerical duties at the Crossroads office. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands, and provide respite for those caring for terminally ill loved ones.

70. Chamber Workshop to Focus on Hiring Veterans -

The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting the second installment of its Workforce Leadership Series.

Called “From the Front Lines to the Front Offices: Leveraging Veteran Hires to Grow Your Business,” the program launches in conjunction with the 2014 Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair.

71. Parenting Pilot Project Aims To Break Cycle -

The statistics from the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study are overwhelming, even sobering.

But most important for leaders in Memphis committed to trying to break a destructive cycle, those same statistics provided the evidence for Greater Memphis to serve as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will offer pre-emptive and professional support to parents and caregivers.

72. RNC Changes Debate Rules for 2016 -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums.

73. 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.

74. Chamber Sticks With Defined Contributions Push -

The Greater Memphis Chamber remains in favor of a switch to a defined contributions benefits plan for city employees, despite the report Memphis City Council members got last week from their actuary firm suggesting there is no hurry to implement such a change.

75. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker -

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

Name: Kesha Whitaker

Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

76. Airport Authority, U of M Establish Scholarship -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and University of Memphis have established an endowed scholarship at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics as a tribute to Larry Cox, former president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

77. Trenary Named Greater Memphis Chamber President -

A veteran of the local business and economic development scene will guide the Greater Memphis Chamber as it seeks to execute an ambitious economic and community growth plan.

Phil Trenary, the former president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines, has been selected as the chamber’s new president and CEO.

78. Airport Authority, University of Memphis Establish Scholarship -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and University of Memphis have established an endowed scholarship at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics as a tribute to Larry Cox, former president and CEO of the Airport Authority.

79. Events -

Regional One Health will hold the 2014 Sports Related Brain Injury and Concussion Management Symposium Wednesday, May 7, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital’s Longnotti Auditorium, 5959 Park Ave. Topics include “Mild TBI/Concussion,” “Neuropsychology and Sports Concussion” and “Return to Play After Concussion.” Email cchambers@regionalonehealth.org or call 545-8487 to register.

80. Events -

The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability will hold a public meeting about the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan Tuesday, May 6, at Riverview Community Center, 1891 Kansas St. Drop by for 10 minutes during the open house, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or attend the presentation and Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit midsouthgreenprint.org.

81. FedEx Consolidates Office Space -

For months, commercial real estate brokers have been watching closely for any signs that might hint at what FedEx Corp. and its subsidiaries will do with the hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space the Memphis-based company leases across the area.

82. Job Ready Program Receives $25,000 Grant -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has received a $25,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program to assist with its Job Ready program.

The Job Ready program prepares Boys & Girls Clubs members and alumni ages 16 to 21 with skills to secure employment and be successful at work. Using the comprehensive program materials and assessment tools that Job Ready provides, club staff can tailor the program to meet members’ specific needs.

83. Events -

Tennessee Genealogical Society will hold its annual spring seminar, featuring certified genealogist Diane Giannini, Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; RSVP required. Visit tngs.org.

84. Events -

ArtsMemphis will host the Audiences Everywhere Workshop Tuesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sedgwick CMS training offices, 1100 Ridgeway Loop. Attendees will learn strategic ideas about how to grow their audiences, develop new donors and raise public awareness. Cost is free. Register at artsmemphis.org/events or email lboyer@artsmemphis.org.

85. Job Ready Program Receives $25,000 Grant -

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has received a $25,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program to assist with its Job Ready program.

The Job Ready program prepares Boys & Girls Clubs members and alumni ages 16 to 21 with skills to secure employment and be successful at work. Using the comprehensive program materials and assessment tools that Job Ready provides, club staff can tailor the program to meet members’ specific needs.

86. Coletta: ZIP Codes Don’t Define Destiny -

It’s not often you hear a featured speaker identify herself by ZIP code, but that’s just what Carol Coletta did Thursday morning at the ninth annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence conference at Temple Israel.

87. Are Traditional Websites Dead? -

While reports of the death of corporate websites have been exaggerated, there’s no denying that traditional sites are experiencing significant traffic declines.

WebTrends analyzed the number of unique visits to Fortune 100 websites. Sixty-eight percent of these sites experienced declines in unique visitors compared to the previous year with an average annual decline of over 20 percent. The study points to Facebook as a primary contributor. With more regularly updated content and greater opportunity for consumer engagement, the market is often electing your Facebook page over your brand website.

88. Schools Wish List Comes to $51 Million -

Shelby County Commissioners take their first budget vote next month on a $51 million capital list for Shelby County Schools in the current fiscal year.

And the recommendation from the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to the commission in committee sessions next week might not be the same wish list submitted by Shelby County Schools leaders and approved by the school board earlier this month.

89. No Annexation Declaration Directs New Path -

In seven words last week, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. got the attention of hundreds of planners who gathered in the city for the “Memphis Boot Camp,” a summit of sorts toward the idea of changing the city’s philosophy and approach to community development and economic development.

90. Crossroads -

After starting work as a butcher when he was just a teenager, Ron Manis began his career as a truck driver in 1979.

“I started when I was 16 years old, learning how to cut meat and, after being in that building 10 hours a day every day, I thought I wanted to do something outside and I’ve been driving a truck ever since,” Manis said. “Every time I saw one going down the road I thought to myself that I’d like to do that one day to see what it was like, seeing places I’ve never seen before, meeting interesting people.”

91. StyleBlueprint to Give $5,000 to Local Charity -

Digital lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint Memphis is giving $5,000 to a Memphis charity and is calling on Memphians to vote online over the next four weeks to help them decide which agency receives the funds.

92. Democratic Mayoral Hopefuls Debate April 29 -

The three candidates in the May Democratic primary for Shelby County mayor will debate community development issues Tuesday, April 29, at a forum by the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis and Livable Memphis.

93. Grizz Nation Rallies Around Entire Team -

It was a natural enough question, but if you’re a Grizzlies fan you had to love the answer.

On Wednesday, April 23, a day before Game 3 of the Grizzlies’ first-round series with Oklahoma City, a visiting reporter asked Tony Allen (who played at Oklahoma State) if he was finding extra motivation from playing the Thunder.

94. Memphis Remains Key for Back Yard Burgers Turnaround -

More than a year after coming out of bankruptcy protection, Nashville-based Back Yard Burgers is a different restaurant company – one that enjoyed a 10.6 percent increase in same-store sales in the first quarter as well as 12 straight months of increased revenue.

95. SchoolSeed Speaker Series Starts Thursday -

Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will deliver the first speech in the SchoolSeed speaker series Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. in the LeMoyne-Owen College Alma C. Hanson Student Center.

96. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “The Taming of the Shrew” Wednesday, April 23, through May 4 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

97. Iraqi Trade Delegation Visits Memphis -

An Iraqi trade delegation in Memphis this week got a look at the FedEx Memphis SuperHub and met with the local Iraqi community.

Naufel Alhassan, commercial counselor for Iraq’s U.S. embassy, also met Monday, April 21, with leaders of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

98. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

99. 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.

100. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.