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1. Innovation Risk Brings Rewards -

Suppose I told you that you could spend $185,000 and turn it into $25 million or more in a few years. You would accuse me of phishing, an investment scam, or dismiss the proposition as foolhardy. Yet, these are the types of returns we see from clients and those in the world who invest in breakthrough innovation at their companies.

2. Continental Approved for Tax Freeze -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, will open a tire retreading, service and sales center in Memphis after receiving approval for a tax break.

3. Continental Approved for Tax Freeze -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, will open a tire retreading, service and sales center in Memphis after receiving approval for a tax break.

4. Commercial Real Estate Sales Up 6.1 Percent In March -

Shelby County recorded 208 commercial real estate sales in the first quarter, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

5. First Horizon Grows Net Income in First Quarter -

The first earnings announcement of the 150th anniversary year for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company was one of those seemingly uncommon things in banking these days – a surprise to the upside.

6. A Calling Card That Speaks Volumes -

For those in marketing, there is never, ever enough time in the day to get it all done. That’s why savvy marketers seek passive marketing strategies to compliment their more active techniques. It’s like having a secret squad at work for you 24/7.

7. Is Hot Market for IPOs Cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) – A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

8. Continental Eyeing Memphis for Tire Facility -

The tire division of Continental AG, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers, is eyeing a location on Winchester Road in Memphis for a retreading, service and sales center.

Continental Tire the Americas LLC is seeking a tax break from the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County for a tire facility that will employ 25 people at 3474 Winchester Road.

9. Savers Beware: Fees May be Shrinking Your 401(k) -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees – adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year – would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.

10. Enovate Medical Expanding in Murfreesboro -

NASHVILLE (AP) – State officials say medical device company Enovate Medical plans to expand its operations at its U.S. headquarters in Murfreesboro, adding 410 jobs in the next five years.

11. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

12. Stephens Joins Maintenance Team at Commercial Advisors -

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

13. Trendcasting and Innovation -

Did you wake up this morning to realize that the world has changed and your business has not changed with it? If you are a regular reader of this column you know we discuss growth strategy and innovation and all of the challenges that accompany those pursuits. We see many companies of all sizes that are dying a slow death in a saturated market with outdated business models. They fail to get out ahead of what’s next.

14. Diversified Trust Makes Promotions in Memphis -

Memphis-based Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $5 billion in assets, has promoted seven professionals in its Memphis office.

Robin Smithwick, managing principal of Diversified’s Memphis office, attributed the move to the company’s next generation of leaders becoming more visible and taking on greater responsibility around the firm, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

15. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

16. Market Mystery -

Over the last several years, investors ranging from mom-and-pop shops to large hedge funds have been acquiring single-family homes in Memphis at a historic pace.

But determining the long-term impact that investor purchases have made on neighborhoods remains elusive.

17. Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing Up Rents -

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.

18. The Right ROI of Innovation for Your Firm -

Innovation as investment is a simple three-step process. First, figure out the risk tolerance level at a firm. Then you can get real with your expectations, roles, resources, and metrics. Second, come up with a mix based on the risk-tolerance level of your culture. Third, formalize the assignment – and kick off all projects with visible executive leadership support. The executive support is critically important.

19. Tripp Logistics Renews Nonconnah Corporate Center Lease -

Shawn Glemser, founder and owner of Tripp Logistics, a locally owned and operated logistics and transportation company, has renewed his lease at Nonconnah Corporate Center. Elliot Embry and Hank Martin of NAI Saig Co. represented the landlord, Nonconnah Holdings LLC.

20. New Retail Center Proposed for Downtown Memphis -

A new mixed-use retail center could be headed to the area south of FedExForum Downtown after the developer received approval Wednesday, March 26 for two drive-thru windows and several other code variances.

21. Midtown Office Max Sells for $3.9 Million -

An affiliate of Atlanta-based real estate investment firm Core Property Capital has paid $3.9 million for the retail building at 1460 Union Ave. that houses Office Max and Cricket stores.

22. Marketing Is About Strategy -

The word marketing has lost its true meaning in common business vernacular. Instead of a strategic activity that contemplates price, product, promotion and place, marketing has largely come to mean tactical execution of advertising or sales materials.

23. 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.

24. Furniture Company Expanding in Pontotoc -

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) – Delta Furniture Company plans to expand its operations in Pontotoc, creating 50 jobs in a $520,000 investment.

Officials tell WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/1oFBLke) the company, which opened in 2009, now has more than 200 employees.

25. Campaign Packaging -

Part one of a two-part series. Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer “yes,” you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate.

26. Coca-Cola Exploring Expansion in Chattanooga -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – Officials with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United are looking at expanding in Chattanooga.

27. Eddleman Joins Family Safety Center -

Vernetta Eddleman has joined the Family Safety Center, Memphis and Shelby County’s center for victims of domestic violence, as director of client services.

In her new role, Eddleman will be responsible for the planning, design, development and management of client services, and will also supervise and train staff and partner agency providers in delivering quality care to victims and their families.

28. Buffett Says Economy Continues to Grow Steadily -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic despite Russia's advance into Ukraine.

29. Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases, Reassures Shareholders -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

30. Hopes Up for Sunnier US Economy Once Winter Fades -

WASHINGTON (AP) – When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy.

That, at least, is the prevailing view of economists, who shrugged off a government report Friday that the economy was weaker last quarter than first thought.

31. No Sign of Expansion at Plant Where UAW Dealt Loss -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

32. Exlines’ Best Pizza Marks 40 Years -

It was about 40 years ago that Walt and Violet Exline were looking for a home in Raleigh and stopped with their Realtor to eat lunch at a pizza parlor at the corner of Austin Peay Highway and Stage Road.

33. Paragon Wants Switch to State Charter -

Paragon National Bank has taken the initial steps toward switching from being a nationally chartered bank to one with a state charter.

34. Miss. Lawmakers Eye Plan to Give Viking Range $12 Million -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The state of Mississippi is proposing to give $12 million to Middleby Corp., the owner of Greenwood's Viking Range, to help pay for an expansion.

35. Paula Deen to Open Eatery in Pigeon Forge -

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Paula Deen's comeback trail is leading her to the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee.

36. Paragon Wants to Switch to State Charter -

Paragon National Bank has taken the initial steps toward switching from being a nationally chartered bank to one with a state charter.

37. Economic Club Names Tucker Executive Director -

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

38. Southeastern Asset Management Posts Strong 2013 -

The annual year-end commentary from Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management always provides an instructive look at the economic landscape and a peek at the playbook of an investment firm led by a pair of prominent Memphis businessmen.

39. Watson Sets Record Straight About Labor Union Views -

Tennessee Sen. Bo Watson, a Republican from Hixon, has been showing up in the national media lately, thanks to his public statements against unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

40. Wind Energy Project Receives Tax Freeze -

The Economic Development and Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has granted an 11-year tax incentive to a wind energy firm considering a $259.8 million investment in energy transfer infrastructure in Shelby County.

41. Wind Energy Project Receives Tax Freeze -

The Economic Development and Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has granted an 11-year tax incentive to a wind energy firm considering a $259.8 million investment in energy transfer infrastructure in Shelby County.

42. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

43. Tennessee Official: UAW no Deal Breaker for Memphis Site -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.

44. Deadline Nears for Pinnacle Awards -

The deadline for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony is fast approaching.

The deadline for Commercial Council members to enter the Pinnacle Awards, an event that brings commercial real estate industry professionals together and honors them for their accomplishments in the previous year, is Friday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. Winners will be honored at an April 3 ceremony at Memphis Botanic Garden.

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

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

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

46. After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs? -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

47. Orpheum Files Permit For Performing Arts Center -

225 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $10.2 million

Project Cost: $14.5 million

48. Energy Company to Invest $260 Million in Shelby County -

A Houston-based wind energy firm is considering a $259.8 million investment in energy transfer infrastructure in Shelby County.

Clean Line Energy plans on building a 700-mile-long transmission system to deliver around 3,500 megawatts of wind power – enough energy to power around 1 million homes – generated in the Oklahoma panhandle to the Mid-South and the Southeast. The wind power generated in Oklahoma would be sent to the Tennessee Valley Authority system, which supplies Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and dozens of other utilities.

49. Reedy Thriving As Housing Investments Skyrocket -

Jim Reedy began selling real estate in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Memphis, and within three years, he moved into selling investment properties.

50. TD Ameritrade CEO Says Economy Improving -

TD Ameritrade’s CEO says the economy has improved considerably and investors are more confident, but conditions could still revert.

Fred Tomczyk told shareholders Wednesday that TD Ameritrade is in good shape to handle whatever the economy does, and the company’s profits should continue to improve along with the stock market and interest rates.

51. 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.

52. TD Ameritrade CEO Says Economy Improving -

TD Ameritrade's CEO says the economy has improved considerably and investors are more confident, but conditions could still revert.

Fred Tomczyk told shareholders Wednesday that TD Ameritrade is in good shape to handle whatever the economy does, and the company's profits should continue to improve along with the stock market and interest rates.

53. 13th Annual Pinnacle Awards On the Horizon -

Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.

54. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in January -

Shelby County’s mortgage market entered 2014 in less of a turbo-charged fashion than it did at the same point last year.

New figures show total mortgage volume in the county was down 5 percent in January compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Data for this report did not include refinances.

55. PILOT Reform -

Nike is in the midst of a $301 million expansion of its Northridge plant in Frayser, a project that means the Beaverton, Ore.-based company will create 250 new jobs and retain 1,600 existing local jobs.

56. Burleigh Consulting Group Changes With Times -

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

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

57. FedExForum Area Targeted for Apartments -

Nashville-based Elmington Capital Partners apparently likes the apartment market in Downtown Memphis.

An Elmington-affiliated company plans on building a 64-unit apartment complex at 362 S. Second St., south of FedExForum.

58. Destination: Memphis -

On a slow Sunday afternoon Downtown with the Broncos and Chargers NFL playoff game on a bar TV screen, a trio of 20-somethings – two men and one woman – watched the game, speculated about whether the Grizzlies were playing a few blocks away and quizzed one another about their plans for the future.

59. Miller Creek Apartment Complex Sells for $44 Million -

The 330-unit Miller Creek at Germantown apartment complex in Southeast Shelby County has sold for $43.8 million.

TS Miller Creek LLC, an affiliate of Aventura, Fla.-based real estate investment trust Trade Street Residential, bought the relatively new apartment complex in a Jan. 21 special warranty deed from the developer, Miller Creek Residences LLC.

60. Former Motel 6 Sells for $1.4 Million -

1321 Sycamore View Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.4 million

Sale Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Buyer: P & S Hospitality LLC
Seller: G6 Hospitality Property LLC
Loan Amount: $1.1 million
Loan Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Argent Bank
Details: The former Motel 6 at 1321 Sycamore View Road in Northeast Memphis has traded hands for $1.4 million.

61. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

62. Sharp’s Exit From Solar Part of Industry Trend -

Sharp Corp.’s announcement last week that it would end solar panel production at its Memphis plant is the latest indication of how volatile the solar energy industry has become.

63. Sharp to End Solar Panel Production in Memphis -

Sharp Corp. will stop making solar panels at its Memphis manufacturing plant by the end of March, leaving more than 300 employees out of a job.

The company's notice to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says 311 workers will lose their jobs as of March 22.

64. Full Steam Ahead -

A burgeoning distribution and logistics market for the Mid-South is taking root in the rich Delta soil in Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn.

Industrial developers and their tenants, lured by the availability of large tracts of land, major infrastructure enhancements, a new intermodal facility and friendly, focused public policy, are increasingly targeting the area.

65. Monticello Apartments Owner Files $9.3 Million Loan -

The owner of the 202-unit Monticello apartments at 3250 Kirby Parkway in Hickory Hill has filed a $9.3 million loan on the property.

66. Your Calling Card -

These days, the way in which you present yourself has become more complicated. It’s no longer just about being well groomed with a firm handshake. Your Facebook page, LinkedIn account, email address, business cards and phone number all say something about you. They are all pieces of your personal brand.

67. Jobs Explosion -

Conduit Global will hire 1,000 people over the next three to five years to staff a large call center in Shelby County, the company announced Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Conduit Global president Bryce Hayes said the New York-based company will start hiring 300 immediately for the $8 million call center serving Verizon.

68. Telecom Company to Open Call Center in Shelby County -

A telecommunications-related company will locate a major call center in Shelby County, a project that will create hundreds of new jobs.

The company, which has been operating under the code name Project Moscow, will announce the deal that will employ over 500 people on Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to sources with knowledge of the project. The unidentified company would operate the call center for one of the nation’s largest telecommunications providers, Verizon.

69. New Life -

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

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

70. First Horizon Reports Profitable Quarter -

The first earnings presentation by the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank in 2014 – its 150th anniversary – offered a recap of the fourth quarter, in which the company reported lower revenue but higher profit than during the year-ago period.

71. First Horizon Reports Profitable Quarter -

The first earnings presentation by the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank in 2014 – its 150th anniversary – offered a recap of the fourth quarter, in which the company reported lower revenue but higher profit than during the year-ago period.

72. First Horizon Reports Profitable Quarter -

The first earnings presentation by the Memphis-based parent company of First Tennessee Bank in 2014 – its 150th anniversary – offered a recap of the fourth quarter, in which the company reported lower revenue but higher profit than during the year-ago period.

73. New Life -

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

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

74. KBM Group Growing at Clark Tower -

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

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

75. Smucker Given Amended PILOT to Expand -

The incentives Memphis and Shelby County offered J.M. Smucker Co. LLC were sweet enough for the peanut butter and jelly maker to expand its operations in the city.

76. Business Coaching Provides ROI for Companies -

It’s a new year and, like many people, business leaders are also resolving to make some personal and professional improvements.

A global look at company management trends reveals that an increasing number of executives are going the extra mile to up their A games, particularly in a shaky economy. Memphis is no exception. Locally as well as internationally, the executive coaching industry is thriving.

77. Malco Acquires Kentucky Theater -

Memphis-based Malco Theatres has acquired a nine-screen movie theater in Winchester, Ky., from Bluegrass Theatres.

The cinema has been reopened as the Malco Winchester Cinema and will undergo major renovations over the next few months. Jimmy Tashie, Malco executive vice president of theater operations, said the company is making “a significant financial investment” in the new facility.

78. Smucker to Upgrade Peanut Butter Production -

The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to increase investment at its Southeast Memphis facility but will hire fewer new employees than the company promised last year.

79. Midtown Medical Office Building Sells for $2.6 Million -

A partnership of two Utah-based companies has acquired a medical office building on Union Avenue near Overton Square.

Trivalis LLC and Novalis LLC, both based in Utah, acquired the medical office building built in 1967 at 2076 Union Ave., next door to the IHOP restaurant, for $2.6 million. The property, at the corner of Union Avenue and Florence Street, was appraised at $1.3 million in 2013, according to the Shelby County Assessor of Property’s office. The sellers, Missouri-based Roundabout Real Estate LLC and Visual Projects LLC, acquired the property in 2008 for $2 million.

80. Electrolux Cooks -

Executives at Electrolux Major Appliances North America formally opened their Memphis plant Thursday, Jan. 9, at Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

But as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and local elected leaders toured the facility, there were plenty of indications the $266 million plant has been turning out ovens and stoves for a couple of months.

81. How to Get Ahead in Business With a Short Resume -

NEW YORK (AP) – Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There's no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help.

82. Madoff-Related Fraud to Cost JPMorgan $2.5 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – For more than 15 years, there were signs something was amiss with what federal prosecutors in Manhattan call the "703 account" at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

83. Council Approves Ballpark Deal -

Memphis City Council members approved the city’s $19.5 million purchase of AutoZone Park Tuesday, Jan. 7, and another $4.5 million in improvements to the baseball park.

The deal includes the St. Louis Cardinals buying the Memphis Redbirds franchise and entering into a 17-year lease with the city of Memphis at $300,000 a year.

84. Malco Acquires Kentucky Theater -

Memphis-based Malco Theatres has acquired a nine-screen movie theater in Winchester, Ky., from Bluegrass Theatres.

The cinema has been reopened as the Malco Winchester Cinema and will undergo major renovations over the next few months. Jimmy Tashie, Malco executive vice president of theater operations, said the company is making “a significant financial investment” in the new facility.

85. Grocery Growth -

By the end of this year, Kroger will have spent between $150 million and $200 million on upgrades, fixes and renovations at its Memphis-area stores.

That investment is one example among many in the Memphis area of how the stiff competition among grocers and similar retailers is playing out as they make grabs for bigger slices of the customer pie.

86. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

87. Memphian Finds Success With Matchmaking Agency -

Memphian Kim Hill has always loved planning events as a hobby. She also has a knack for introducing single people who subsequently hit it off.

“For the longest time I would be doing these events and mingling around and introducing people, and then suddenly I thought, ‘Wait a minute. I could be getting paid for this.’”

88. Corinth Silicon Plant Adds to 2013 Mississippi Jobs Total -

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant capped a busy 2013 on the economic development front with a New Year’s Eve announcement of a $200 million silicon metal plant near Corinth.

The Mississippi Silicon plant will employ 200 when completed in the town of Burnsville, 100 miles southeast of Memphis. The metal made there will be used in chemical, aluminum and automotive plants.

89. Orangetheory Fitness Signs New Lease In Stonecreek -

Orangetheory Fitness has signed a lease at Stonecreek Centre at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

Orangetheory Fitness will occupy 3,167 square feet at the location. Orangetheory Fitness is a workout method that is broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training while using heart rate monitors to keep heart rates in a targeted zone to stimulate metabolism and increases energy.

90. Cordova Creek Apartments Sell for $12.5 Million -

1175 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38016
Sale Amount: $12.5 million

91. Wunderlich Caps 2013 With Big Investment -

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

92. Lakeland Seeks Outlet Mall Revival -

Officials in Lakeland are hopeful that a long-planned redevelopment of the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site could finally become a reality.

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners recently passed a resolution expressing support for the project, including asking city staff to explore possible incentives that could get the project off the drawing board and into development.

93. Simon Property Plans Strip Mall Business Spinoff -

Mall operator Simon Property Group Inc. plans to spin off to its shareholders a business that operates strip malls and smaller enclosed malls so it can focus on bigger malls and premium outlets.

94. 4 Tennessee Sites Selected for Company Investment -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has announced four new locations ready for company investment.

The Select Tennessee Certified Sites program was launched last year with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making location decisions. There are 26 greenfield sites available in 19 counties across the state.

95. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Miss. Real Estate Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.

96. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

97. AutoZone Board Authorizes Additional Share Buybacks -

The board of directors of AutoZone Inc. has authorized the repurchase of an additional $750 million worth of the company’s common stock, part of AutoZone’s ongoing share buyback program.

98. Malco Opens 12-Screen Olive Branch Cinema -

Memphis-based Malco Theatres is raising the curtains on a new 12-screen cinema in Olive Branch, as the company continues to push deeper into new markets while at the same time investing in its existing properties.

99. Crosstown Construction Bidding Process Underway -

Construction documents for the ambitious Sears Crosstown redevelopment project have hit the street.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the $180 million project, and bids for subcontracting work on everything from electrical systems to plumbing went out this week.

100. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Mississippi Real Estate Investment Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.