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VOL. 126 | NO. 40 | Monday, February 28, 2011

Waddell: 2011 is Time for Financial Optimism

It wouldn’t have seemed out of place if David Waddell had reminded the audience at his company’s yearly “State of the Union” presentation that the only thing they have to fear is fear itself.

Pep Talk

Holtz inspires business leaders with motivational speech

Spend an hour listening to an address on leadership from the man sometimes referred to as “Dr. Lou” – as about 400 business executives did at Friday morning’s Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club – and it’s not hard to imagine his locker room pep talks.

Commission to Consider Consolidated School Board

Republican state legislators from Shelby County and leaders of the Shelby County Commission are on opposite sides of the schools consolidation issue.

Grant & Co. to Launch Joint Advertising Initiative

As companies reduce advertising efforts to cope with the slumping economy, Grant & Co. has created a marketing program with its vendors where they are able to pool their money together for radio advertising.

Growing Biz in Region’s Biosciences Topic of Panel

Scientists, academics, business professionals, politicians and others gathered Thursday at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to listen to entrepreneurial panelists voice their perspectives on the business of bioscience.

Practical Creativity Drives Second to Nunn Design

Creativity plus practicality – this is the only template Michael Nunn follows.

Delving into the Mind of a Salesperson

There is probably no more uncertain business conditions and mental warfare than those surrounding a salesperson’s day compared to, say, technical or administrative workers. I call it mind-ninja-ing. This applies similarly to the small business owner who is a salesperson himself but of a more Jedi level.

'Hutchison Leads' Program Helps Give Back

Last week we discussed ways to help Youth Villages, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. This week let us explore a formal leadership development program, Hutchison Leads, which is empowering young women through experiences in public policy development, private sector initiatives, civic responsibility, and service learning.

Don’t Ignore Most Important Audience

Your company is rockin’ and rollin’ along - doing a great job with keeping your customers up-to-speed on new products, services and other essential details. Customers couldn’t be happier. Of course, customers are the most important audience, right? On one level, yes. But what about your employees?

GOVERNMENT AGENDA

Shelby County Commission Agenda

The Shelby County Commission will meet today at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for a full agenda.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS

'On Fire'

The day after her Feb. 16 concert in Memphis at Minglewood Hall, the frontwoman for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals let her Twitter followers know how much she enjoyed herself.

Evolving Concert Scene Far From Going Dark

Memphis was a great market for concerts once upon a time, you might hear some old timers say of the golden age of arena rock.

GSO Turns 35 by Bringing Home Cellist

The Germantown Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 35th year of providing area musicians with an artistic outlet by bringing home an old friend who struck musical gold.

Tuna Dish Embodies Sweet Grass’ Stellar Fare

One in an occasional series on the signature dishes of local chefs.

Layers 2010 Blends Myriad Aussie Flavors

Man, oh man, can you beat the weather! Is this a false spring? Will winter return, frigid, austere and overbearing, like the high school principal from hell? Oh, who cares, because I have the wine to remind you of balmy days and sunshine no matter what happens to the sweep of jet stream and the vagaries of La Nina.

REGIONAL

Miss. Governor Signs Bill With Changes to Payday Lending

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Haley Barbour has signed legislation that changes how payday lending companies operate while giving the industry at least three more years to do business in Mississippi.

REAL ESTATE

Fannie, Freddie Narrow Losses but Seek More Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government-controlled mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac narrowed their losses in the final three months of last year. But they are asking for more money from taxpayers as the real estate market braces for what could be a new wave of mortgage defaults.

HEALTH CARE

Medtronic Buys Gel Technology for Sinus Treatment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Friday it purchased a gel technology that could be used to control bleeding and speed up healing in surgical procedures that treat sinus conditions.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Google Tweaks Search to Punish 'Low-Quality' Sites

NEW YORK (AP) — Google says it has tweaked the formulas steering its Internet search engine to take the rubbish out of its results. The overhaul is designed to lower the rankings of what Google deems "low-quality" sites. That could be a veiled reference to so-called online "content farms" such as Demand Media's eHow.com.

Consumer Reports: Verizon iPhone has Antenna Issue

SEATTLE (AP) – Consumers Reports says the iPhone that works on Verizon Wireless' network has a similar problem to the original. If the phone is held in a certain way, it could cause dropped calls or problems dialing out.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 182 13,079
MORTGAGES 135 267 17,025
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 36 3,336
BUILDING PERMITS 366 366 30,930
BANKRUPTCIES 69 135 12,478
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 43 4,532
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 182 328 19,221
MARRIAGE LICENSES 32 67 3,976

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