VOL. 128 | NO. 210 | Monday, October 28, 2013
EMPHASIS Public Companies
Memphis’ Fortune 500 companies chart paths forward
The pressure to show investors growth and a return is one of the most basic realities of operating as a public company.
Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.
Here’s a snapshot of the recent performance of some of Memphis’ publicly traded companies – businesses that cast a shadow far beyond the Memphis city limits in industries including finance, package delivery and bioscience.
When the economy took a swan dive five years ago, many companies found themselves on the bargain basement rack.
When John W. Moore took the reins of the Greater Memphis Chamber in 2005, the organization was at the end of its latest economic development campaign and financial resources were strained.
Shelby County Schools board members could vote as early as Monday, Oct. 28, on the first elements of what amounts to a coexistence plan with the almost-formed suburban school districts.
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz wants to hold up county approval of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s nominees to the board of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).
Early voting in three of Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities opens Monday, Oct. 28, at locations in Germantown, Bartlett and Millington for newly created suburban school boards.
The Shelby County Commission will meet Monday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Click on the meeting icon for an agenda.
Paperless office. It’s a phrase to strike fear in the heart of any office supply provider. “I used to sell ‘While You Were Out’ pads in the two-part books every day,” said Chris Miller, president of Yuletide Office Solutions. “I might sell a dozen ‘While You Were Out’ pads once every three months now.”
A.G. Lafley, CEO of Procter & Gamble, the keynote speaker at the FedEx Institute of Technology’s Innovation Expo, shared a wealth of insights on leadership and strategy from his experience and his collaboration with Peter Drucker. However, his most impactful message was so simple, many in the audience may have missed it – strategy is about making choices. That’s all there is to it. Make decisions about what business you are in, how you win in this business and then stick to them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On this, GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid can agree: There won't be a "grand bargain" on the budget.
Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself — and his employer — thousands of dollars on his surgery.
Patients are being pushed to shop more for health care by insurance plans that require them to pay higher out-of-pocket costs. But finding the right deal is often no easy task. Here are five things to consider if you decide to shop around:
WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on 13 planes for more than three hours on the tarmac last year in Chicago.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A white whiskey named for a famed Appalachian moonshiner started out being sold in Mason jars, to honor its roguish roots, but switched to square-shaped bottling.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The hospitality industry in Nashville is facing an unexpected problem as it grows — finding enough qualified applicants to fill the number of open positions.
NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) — Furniture maker England Inc. is marking its 50th anniversary in Tennessee by announcing an expansion that will include 300 new jobs.