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

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

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

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

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

3. Start Co. Leaders Heading to Coasts -

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

4. Collins Taps Frustration in Possible Mayoral Challenge -

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins took his exploratory campaign for Memphis Mayor to the Evergreen Historic District just days after launching the effort on social media.

5. Ugwueke Makes Impact on Lives at Methodist -

Michael Ugwueke’s present life, as president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, is full of red tape.

It is a life of regulations wrapped around regulations, encased in codes and jargon and nourished by so much legalese.

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

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

7. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

8. 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.

9. Court Raises Bar for Securities Class Action Cases -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for investors to join together to sue corporations for securities fraud, a decision that could curb the number of multimillion dollar legal settlements companies pay out each year.

10. First State Bank Given SBA Lending Honor -

First State Bank has been named the 2013 Small Business Administration Community Bank of the Year for Tennessee.

11. First State Bank Given SBA Lending Honor -

First State Bank has been named the 2013 Small Business Administration Community Bank of the Year for Tennessee.

12. Harper Stays Focused on Constituents -

When her children were small, Thelma Harper spent long hours at their school.

As a room mother, she found plenty of ways to utilize her time and talents. As her children grew up, however, they didn’t want Mom around quite as much.

13. ‘Bigger and Better’ -

At a benefit concert earlier this month at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one audience member was noticeably moved during a performance of “Capriccio Espagnol,” a piece based on Spanish folk melodies from the late 1800s by Nikolai Rismky-Korsakov.

14. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

15. Northgate’s Shift -

When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.

When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.

16. 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.

17. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

18. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

19. Obama Nominates California Businesswoman to Lead SBA -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says his pick to head the Small Business Administration understands what small businesses need and how they can lift up the nation's economy.

Obama is nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the agency. Contreras-Sweet has a history of working with small businesses as the founder of a Latino-owned community bank and a former California cabinet secretary. She's also been an advocate for Hispanics.

20. Retirement Unlikely for Some Blue-Collar Americans -

Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid – it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.

21. Community Main Focus of Conrad’s Goals -

Since Kemp Conrad, principal with Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, took the position as president of Commercial Advisors’ asset services – a leading third-party provider of leasing, property management and project management services – revenues have increased by 215 percent.

22. Community Improvement at Heart of Conrad’s Goals -

Since Kemp Conrad, principal with Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, took the position as president of Commercial Advisors’ asset services – a leading third-party provider of leasing, property management and project management services – revenues have increased by 215 percent.

23. McCullough Blends Right Ingredients With ‘Chef Jenn’ -

Jennifer McCullough, the white chef’s coat behind the brand Chef Jenn, began cooking up a dream in her home kitchen.

24. Bigger Joins TriMetis as Business Development Specialist -

Lauren Bigger has joined preclinical services company TriMetis, a subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, as a business development specialist. In her new role, Bigger will work with the operations and scientific teams to drive new projects for the TriMetis specialized laboratory and manage the sales and protocol review processes.

25. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters Mortgage Unit -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

26. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters' Mortgage Division -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

27. FDA Defining What "Gluten Free" Means on Packages -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A label that reads "gluten free" will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy.

After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

28. Henneberger Joins First State Bank Small-Business Lending Division -

Sean Henneberger has joined First State Bank’s small-business lending division as vice president/business development officer in the Memphis market. In his new role, Henneberger will help small businesses pursue loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.

29. House GOP Presses Delay in Health Care Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.

30. Green Shoots -

The busiest time of the year along the Shelby Farms Greenline is also the busiest time of the year for Cheffie’s, an example of a business that is a direct beneficiary of being near the Tillman Street end of the greenline that extends east to Shelby Farms Park.

31. Magna Bank Honored for Small Business Administration Lending -

Magna Bank has been named Community Bank of the Year by dollar value for its Small Business Administration lending.

32. Magna Bank Honored as Top Bank for SBA Lending -

Magna Bank has been named Community Bank of the Year by dollar value for its Small Business Administration lending.

33. Bank of America Executive: Small Business is on the Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Robb Hilson's job as head of small business banking at Bank of America is to convince small business owners that the bank wants to do business with them.

That's not easy when small businesses have consistently said in surveys that they find it hard to get loans from banks, and when banks have become more cautious about lending to small companies following the recession. But in the 18 months Hilson has been on the job at the nation's second-largest bank it has had some success with its 3.2 million small business customers. Last year, Bank of America made $8.7 billion in new loans to small businesses, up 28 percent from 2011.

34. Under the Microscope -

A little-known federal program widely used in Memphis to provide hospitals and health centers that treat the nation’s most vulnerable patients with hefty discounts on outpatient drugs is under scrutiny from Congress, regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.

35. FedEx Plans Distribution Center in Southwest Illinois -

SAUGET, Ill. (AP) – FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in southwestern Illinois that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational.

36. FAA to Staff 72 Airport Control Towers at Night -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

37. Magna Intent on Raising Profile, Enhancing Services -

This year is turning out to be a big one for Magna Bank as it rolls out new products and services, adds key personnel and boosts its profile across the Mid-South.

38. Cestaro: Lab Will be First of its Kind -

TriMetis president Phil Cestaro took a year off after he resigned from Nashville-based SCRI Global Services at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2011, where he was president.

“I didn’t know how much time I was going to take off, I just knew I was going to enjoy life and my family,” he said. “It was the best decision I ever made.”

39. Northward Expansion -

Thirteen years after Visible Music College founder Ken Steorts launched a school with a focus on music ministry and production that relocated into Memphis after outgrowing its original Lakeland campus, the school is preparing to launch a satellite campus.

40. Keller Named President of Nonprofit Meritan -

Melanie A. Keller has been named president of Meritan Inc. Keller, who joined the nonprofit social services agency in 2006, previously served as its executive vice president. In her new role, she is responsible for oversight of more than 500 employees and contractors as well as the agency’s $21 million annual budget. Keller also manages its quality improvement and strategic planning efforts.

41. Hagerty Outlines Changes Made in Past Two Years -

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says 2013 will see the administration of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam advance basic changes the administration made in the previous two years.

42. Small Business Administration Head Mills to Depart -

NEW YORK (AP) – Karen Mills, the head of the Small Business Administration as it focused on helping small companies recover from the Great Recession, is stepping down.

43. Interior Chief Salazar Stepping Down in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.

44. Commission to Vote on Industrial Land Sale -

Shelby County Commissioners take up the proposed sale Monday, Dec. 3, of 33.6 acres of land in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

Carolyn Hardy, owner of the Hardy Bottling Co. and consultant to the Blues City Brewery operation that later bought the plant, wants to buy the last available roadside acreage in the industrial park for a business to store and stage modular containers.

45. Elvis Presley Boulevard Work Big Moment for Neighborhood -

As early afternoon truck traffic on Brooks Road mixed with after-school traffic Friday, Nov. 16, on Elvis Presley Boulevard, a few tourists from the Graceland area mixed with several dozen local government and business leaders at the visitors center at the intersection.

46. Magna Bank on Track for Record 2012 -

Several banking industry leaders who have spoken with The Daily News in recent days have said banking in Memphis is seeing a lot of institutions simply taking market share from each other, as opposed to organic growth in the marketplace.

47. Anti-Blight Efforts Kick Into High Gear -

As mid-day traffic made an s-curve in South Parkway, a block of Bullington Avenue behind the trees in the curve was getting a makeover from work crews from several city departments.

And the fourth house on the block to be demolished in a week’s time started to come down Monday, Oct. 15.

48. LeMoyne-Owen College Turns Corner at 150 Years -

On a beautiful late summer day this month, students and faculty at LeMoyne-Owen College broke ground on a new residence hall that just five years ago would have held much of the school’s total enrollment.

49. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem -

Maybe you’re a startup founder who wants to rub shoulders with your peers, pitch investors in the hope of landing venture capital and talk to a lawyer about drawing up paperwork.

Maybe you’re a veteran researcher who’s got a side project that looks like it could turn into something big. Or maybe you’ve got little more than an idea on the back of a napkin.

50. Magna Bank Hits Five-Year Mark -

This month, Magna Bank is marking its fifth year in existence as a full-service community bank, one born in 2007 amid the calm just before the calamitous storm of 2008 that brought sweeping changes to banking and finance.

51. Haslam Awards Trans Grants, Visits Frayser School -

During a day in West Tennessee Thursday, July 26, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talked about higher education on the campus of the University of Memphis-Lambuth campus in Jackson and dropped in on preparations for the first day of classes next month at Corning Achievement Elementary School.

52. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Ave. Caroline Blatti of Hutchison will present “How Business Can Impact Youth.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

53. Events -

The Memphis Farmers Market will be open Saturday, July 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Station Pavilion, 545 G.E. Patterson Ave. at South Front Street. Visit www.memphisfarmersmarket.org.

54. Events -

The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission will hold Memphis Music Monday networking Monday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale St. The biweekly events include music community networking and business exchange, guest speakers and music business presentations. Cost is free. Visit memphismusic.org.

55. Company Working to Tackle Dermatological Problems -

In 2010, Dr. Lee Roberts and his son Josh Roberts co-founded Memphaceuticals LLC, a small, virtual company committed to rapidly moving to market therapeutic candidates for dermatological problems.

56. New Efforts Target Youth Gun Violence -

When someone is shot and wounded in South Memphis, a team of Memphis Police officers will go to the shooting victim in the hospital and his or her friends and family as another team of officers investigates the crimes itself.

57. Obama to Require Regular Reviews of Federal Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is changing or eliminating a handful of regulations – from uniform street sign requirements to outdated hospital reporting rules – that it says could have cost the economy $6 billion over five years, part of a regulatory overhaul that will require agencies to periodically scrub their rule books in search of unnecessary mandates.

58. Townsend Links Businesses With Economic Resources -

When it comes to economic development, the administration of Tennesee Gov. Bill Haslam is working hard to convince new businesses to set up shop in the state.

But an important guiding principle in that work is the state can’t do it in a vacuum.

59. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

60. MED Forms Committee to Examine Minority-Owned Biz Dealings -

The board governing The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has formed an ad hoc committee to review and make recommendations regarding the amount of business the hospital conducts with minority-owned companies.

61. For Long-Unemployed, Hiring Bias Rears its Head -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Few job seekers who fail to get an interview know the reason, but Michelle Chesney-Offutt said a recruiter told her why she lost the chance to pitch for an information technology position.

62. Wunderlich Securities Inc. Expands Private Client Group in Houston -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has expanded its private client group in Houston.

A financial group comprised of three people in Houston with $65 million in assets under administration has joined the firm.

63. Participants Sought For e200 Biz Program -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and the Small Business Administration are urging local small-business owners and executives to enroll in The Emerging 200.

64. Popular Small Business Bill Hits Senate Obstacles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It might seem a recipe for success: Legislation to help small businesses raise capital passed the House last week with 95 percent of lawmakers voting for it and President Barack Obama's support. But in today's Congress, nothing comes easy.

65. House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Help Startups -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Showing that they can on occasion work together, House lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a package of bills making it easier for small businesses and startups to raise the capital they need to grow and hire new workers.

66. Pruitt Keeps Centre Group Running Smoothly -

Holly Pruitt is office manager of The Centre Group, a human resources consulting firm. Pruitt handles accounting and administrative duties and works closely with the company’s marketing firm.

67. Revealing Character -

Not long after the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was awarded to “Undefeated” during the 84th annual Academy Awards, the film’s big-name executive producer excitedly sent out a flurry of tweets.

68. Ramsey: No Grant Secrecy Without Disclosing Owners -

NASHVILLE (AP) – A full Senate vote was delayed Thursday on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to close records used to make economic development grant decisions, as some lawmakers questioned why ownership details should be sealed.

69. Miss. Drug Kingpin Talks of Life on Run in Mexico With Petties -

When Dave Warner learned police and federal agents were searching his house in Mississippi in 2004, he ran. And while he was on the run, he got a phone call from Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties who said Warner could come live in Mexico where Petties had fled two years earlier.

70. AAPI Leaders Meet White House Officials -

Memphis community and business leaders of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani heritage gathered with White House officials Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss economic, educational, health and civil rights issues.

71. 100 Days of Improvement -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. promised in his state of the city address Monday, Jan. 23, to push the traditional parameters of city government and address long-term problems like the number of Memphians living in poverty.

72. SBA Honors Graduates of e200 Program -

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently honored new graduates of its Emerging 200 Initiative, or e200, at a ceremony at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

SBA identified 14 inner-city businesses from Memphis that demonstrated a high potential for growth. The agency then provided the small businesses with a free, six-month course of in-depth business education focused on organization management, growth strategies and management, market development and strategic planning.

73. Biz Community Still Seeking Stable Ground -

Small business in 2011 was a mixed bag of serious market hurdles and fresh opportunities for innovation, depending on who you ask.

Many small businesses struggled to navigate a lackluster economy in which millions remained jobless and the outlook for consumer confidence and companies’ confidence in hiring and investing remained generally bleak.

74. Marty Regan Blends Civic, Community Duties -

When Marty Regan looks out from his penthouse view at One Commerce Square, he sees an array of public and private partnerships that wouldn’t have been possible without real estate attorneys.

75. Magna Bank Leads County’s SBA Lenders -

Memphis-based Magna Bank was the top Small Business Administration lender in Shelby County and among the top SBA lenders statewide for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to the SBA’s Tennessee District Office.

76. Back to Black -

The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.

The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”

77. $600K in Grants Allocated for Struggling Businesses -

Memphis Area Association of Governments has secured a $600,000 grant from the city of Memphis to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs in need of immediate financial support.

The grant, approved by the Memphis City Council, will leverage a $2.4 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant. Together, the funds will inject up to $3 million into the local economy through MAAG’s Revolving Loan Fund program, dedicated to helping local small businesses.

78. Obama Takes More Steps on Own to Help Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing a campaign to act without Congress, President Barack Obama moved unilaterally Friday to boost private business.

He signed executive orders aimed at spurring economic growth, capping a week in which Obama sought to employ the power of his office as he struggles to make headway on his jobs bill on Capitol Hill.

79. Obama: Jobs Bill is 'Moment of Truth' for Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate faced a critical "moment of truth," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday as lawmakers neared a vote on his $447 billion jobs bill. Despite his exhortations, defeat was likely at the hands of Republican senators opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires.

80. Staub Brings Small-Business Message Home -

Small-business coach Robert Staub couldn’t have chosen a more ideal day and setting than Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Shelby Farms Park to complete his month-long, statewide “Grow Your Business Tour,” bringing strategy, support and camaraderie to Tennessee’s small-business owners.

81. Obama Says He Can't Fix Immigration on His Own -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing weakening support among Hispanics, President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Wednesday over what he called an inaccurate and damaging perception that he can fix the nation's flawed immigration system on his own.

82. Plotting a Course -

State and federal officials are developing new programs and legislation to bolster small businesses.Many companies are facing a variety of hurdles in a lackluster economy in which millions remain jobless and the outlook for consumer confidence and companies’ confidence in hiring and investing remain bleak. But what shape those hurdles have taken depends on who you ask.

83. Delta Authority, SBA Announcing New Partnership -

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – The Delta Regional Authority and the Small Business Administration are announcing a new partnership aimed at recruiting financial institutions to the Delta to help businesses in the region.

84. Administration Moves Plan to Ax Hundreds of Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration disclosed plans Tuesday to cut or roll back hundreds of federal regulations, including some that will streamline tax forms at the Internal Revenue Service, let railroad companies pass on installing expensive new technology, and speed up the visa process for low-risk visitors to the U.S.

85. In Midwest, Obama Seeks Ideas for Jolting Economy -

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – Seeking some help from rural America, President Barack Obama on Tuesday implored Iowans to share ideas with him about how leaders can give an economic jolt to the nation's heartland. He promised better days in a time of relentless joblessness, saying, "We'll get through this moment of challenge."

86. HopeWorks, Businesses Give Hope Through Internships -

A number of local businesses are offering hope to the city’s chronically unemployed in the form of internships that provide real-world, on-the-job training.

The program is coordinated by HopeWorks, a 22-year-old nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping poor and chronically unemployed Memphians find steady work.

87. Open Door -

By 2050, it’s projected all minorities combined will represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, and as the United States moves closer to becoming a minority-majority nation, the growing Hispanic population is increasingly becoming a major power player in the new economy.

88. FDA Reaches Out to Small Businesses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration pledged Friday, July 15, to work more closely with small medical technology companies, which have spent the last year alleging that the agency is needlessly slowing approvals of new drugs and devices.

89. Madison Bike Lane Talks Move On -

With the completion of public meetings this week, a group of business owners along Madison Avenue who remain opposed to designated bicycle lanes are prepared to take their opposition directly to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

90. Local Companies Working to Navigate Economic Straits -

The financial services business seems like a tough one to be in these days.

Investors have for the last few weeks treated bank stocks like the piñata of Wall Street. Bankers, attorneys and investment professionals have boiled a massive government overhaul of the country’s financial regulations down to clipped phrases like “finreg” and “Dodd-Frank” that they speak of often with a grumble or a shaking of the head.

91. Obama Selects Businessman Bryson for Commerce Post -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has tapped energy executive John Bryson to lead the Commerce Department, putting a businessman at the helm of an agency tasked with boosting U.S. exports and promoting American business around the world.

92. Burkett Leaving First Tennessee -

Charles Burkett, president of banking at First Tennessee, is ending a four-decade career with the bank with his retirement at the end of this year, First Tennessee announced Wednesday.

93. Burkett Leaving First Tennessee -

Charles Burkett, president of banking at First Tennessee, is ending a four-decade career with the bank with his retirement at the end of this year, First Tennessee announced Wednesday.

94. New CFO Latest Sign Of Growth At Evolve -

Memphis-based Evolve Financial Group has brought a new chief financial officer on board.

Howard Lasley, who has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and has worked in the banking, thrift, investment and mortgage banking spheres, has joined a company with three primary business divisions, 220 employees at year-end, 22 mortgage offices and five full-service bank branches in Arkansas and Tennessee.

95. First South CEO Esrael Assumes BACC Chairmanship -

Craig Esrael has been the president and CEO of First South Financial Credit Union for 28 years.

When he arrived there in 1983, fresh out of graduate school, he was faced with a financially distressed corporation with six quarters of losses and $32 million in assets. It was his passion for helping others – which remains his driving force today – that made it possible to turn the company around.

96. SBA Emerging 200 Program Begins New Round -

For a fourth year, Memphis city and Shelby County governments and the federal Small Business Administration are seeking small businesses likely to expand.

The Emerging 200 initiative offers classes to assist the businesses in growing and expanding.

97. ‘Big 3’ Reflect Local Banking Scene -

One of the most famous aphorisms about politics is that all of it is local. Bankers and other inhabitants of the finance world know the same often goes for them too.

In the run-up to the recession, financial services firms like Citigroup and Bank of America raced to gobble each other up and built sprawling financial supermarkets.

98. Business Sense -

Mark Luttrell has a little more than eight weeks under his belt as Shelby County mayor, and he’s spent much of that time on things that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

99. Business License Filings Down 15 Percent in Q3 -

Entrepreneurship in Shelby County dipped in the third quarter from the same period a year ago with the number of business privilege licenses decreasing by 15 percent.

There were 1,173 licenses that were either issued by new startups or renewed by existing businesses, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. That compares to 1,386 during the same period a year ago.

100. 12 Lenders Tap Into TARP Program -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi businesses and consumers who struggle to gain credit can turn to nearly a dozen lenders in the state that have received more than $250 million in low-cost capital from the Treasury Department under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.