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VOL. 129 | NO. 94 | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Brewery’s Fate Unchanged Despite Untapped’s Success

Tennessee Brewery Untapped, the festival-like celebration that’s turned the long-vacant brewery structure Downtown into a packed community space, is now roughly halfway through its six-week run.

Ready to Work

UCAN seminar teaches resume, interview skills

Could a framed photograph of the interviewer’s two children help you get the job? How about the Dallas Cowboys coffee mug on his desk? Or the diploma from the University of Memphis on her wall?

Roof Contract Sparks Minority-Hiring Debate

For weeks, a new roof at a county government building at Shelby Farms Park has been the setting for a debate among Shelby County Commissioners about minority hiring by companies that do business with the county.

Schools Funding Compromise Avoids Legal Complications

Don’t expect to see construction work begin immediately at a school near you. But the Shelby County Commission’s approval Monday, May 12, of $52.1 million in capital funding for all seven of the public school systems in the county breaks the two-year intermission on schools construction funding that began with the 2011 move to a schools merger in Shelby County.

Bioworks Foundation Wins $200,000 EPA Grant

Memphis Bioworks is one of 18 grantees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
86°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 6 mph
Humidity: 74%

EVENTS

Memphis Botanic Garden will host Farmers Market at the Garden Wednesday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and every Wednesday through Oct. 29 at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

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Volvo Group’s Byhalia Facility to Employ 250

The Volvo Group will build a massive new distribution center in Byhalia, Miss., that should employ around 250 people.

NEWSMAKERS

Miller Named Partner at Signature Advertising

Kevin Miller, creative director at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner at the Memphis-based agency. Miller joined Signature more than 10 years ago as a senior copywriter and has won numerous awards for creative excellence.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Why Most Sales Proposals Fail

You put so much time and energy into getting a prospect to agree to a meeting, preparing for that meeting, pitching your services and gaining agreement from the prospect to consider buying. So why, all too often, is so little time spent on the sales proposal itself? It’s like running the ball to the 10-yard line and then sitting down on the field.

From Earnings to the Economy

In the second month of the quarter, the focus of investors shifts from the recently completed quarterly earnings season to the more broad economic landscape.

Is Your Service Square?

Point blank, the easiest way to sell a product is to make something everyone wants.

STATEWIDE

Nashville Becomes Latest Open Data City

NASHVILLE (AP) – Nashville has become the latest city to join the open data movement, and people who live, work and play in Music City might soon be able to access a treasure trove of information about the city.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Seeks to Boost Small-Business Exports

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to boost exports, the Obama administration is launching a new initiative aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products in new markets overseas.

US Retail Sales Rise a Scant 0.1 Percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales growth slowed in April, with consumers shopping less online and cutting back on purchases of furniture and electronics.

Winter Flight Cancellations Were a Record

NEW YORK (AP) – It's official: This winter was the worst for fliers in the 20 years that the government has been collecting data.

Nearly 52,000 Seek Relief From Madoff Victims Fund

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – Officials say the number of victims seeking relief for fraud committed by Madoff Securities is much larger – and with much larger losses – than previously thought.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

IRS Paid at Least $13 Billion in Improper Tax Credits

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

Medicaid Rolls Grow in States Resisting Health Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new report says at least a half-million more people have signed up for Medicaid in states that thus far have refused a federal offer to expand eligibility for the safety-net program for the poor.

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FORECLOSURE NOTICES 30 106 2,644
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