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VOL. TMN-9 | NO. 8 | Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Trailblazer

Hardy brings determination to influential post with the goal of lifting minority business participation

Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer, a success story, an advocate for the poor and middle class, and now she’s one of the most influential people in the private sector.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS EDITORIAL

Editorial: Mindset Must Change To Grow Minority Business

Carolyn Hardy does not have any local customers.

EDGE Finds Local Business Gains From PILOT Awards

In a Feb. 2 letter, Councilman Berlin Boyd called for EDGE to put a three-month delay on granting tax breaks and increase transparency about the investment that companies receiving tax breaks have made in the local minority- and women-owned business community.

City Council Punts Minority Business Issue to Panel

Memphis City Council members debated at length Tuesday, Feb. 16, whether or not to form a committee to explore the lack of minority business growth locally.

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EVENTS

The Orpheum Theatre will screen “Dorothea Lange” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which runs through April. Admission is $10. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for tickets and a schedule.

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Massey to Lead Memphis' Consolidated Minority Business Office

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is combining the two city offices overseeing minority business efforts into one agency.

SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

Picking Up Speed

Women entrepreneurs accelerating business, still hitting bumps in Memphis

Forbes recently penned 2016 as the year of the female entrepreneur, and the local landscape isn’t far behind for women business owners in Memphis.

NAWBO’s Dixon Using Experience To Help Other Women in Business

Dianne Dixon, president of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, has spent her life and career earning a seat at the table for herself, and now she’s holding the door open for a new generation of women business owners.

When Your Ship Doesn’t Come In, High Gear Says, ‘Swim to It!’

One of the most exciting – and also challenging – things about business ownership as an entrepreneur is that things are always changing, creating both opportunities as well as threats.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This week in Memphis history: February 19-25

1985: Robert Cray Band at Huey’s a year ahead of his breakthrough album “Strong Persuader.” There was only one Huey’s at the time – on Madison Avenue in Midtown.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Biden Praises Benefits of 2009 Stimulus Package at Rail Yard

For 36 years Vice President Joe Biden was an Amtrak train commuter, traveling an estimated 2 million miles in his daily trips to Washington D.C. as a U.S. senator from Delaware.

Early Voter Turnout Tops 7,600 in Presidential Primaries

Democrats are building a lead over Republicans in Shelby County’s early voter turnout.

Democratic Presidential Campaigns Battle for Memphis Voters

Former local Democratic Party chairman and Shelby County Commissioner Matt Kuhn got right to the point Saturday, Feb. 13, as the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign opened its Memphis headquarters in the Chickasaw Crossing shopping center.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Memphis Meats Startup Focused on Lab-Grown Food

The purpose of new meat-production startup Memphis Meats Inc. is in the name, but what’s perhaps more important – the “how” of the company’s operation – is not as readily apparent.

FINANCIAL

First Tennessee Adds Pinnacle to Complaint

First Tennessee Bank is expanding the scope of a legal action it filed last May in the wake of Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Group’s entry into the Memphis market.

First Tennessee Names Competing Bank in Employment Complaint

First Tennessee Bank is expanding the scope of a legal action it filed last May in the wake of Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Group’s entry into the Memphis market.

COMMUNITY

Memphians Invited to the Table for Black Restaurant Week

At Mot & Ed’s restaurant, regular customers go back a couple of generations. Owner Edna Banks-Hawkins only opened the soul food restaurant four years ago, but people come in with memories of her family’s chain of Boyd BBQ restaurants.

I-Team Veteran Takes Reins Of Innovate Memphis

Two years ago, when Justin Entzminger found a job that combined his background in entrepreneurship with his dedication to the public realm, he jumped at the chance to join the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team.

PNA Conference Covers Gamut of Issues to Improve Seniors' Lives

Most of the topics you would expect. The 2016 overview on Medicare, coordinating services for seniors, and dealing with grief in the workplace.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

MATA Chief: System ‘On Verge Of Collapse’

The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority said Tuesday, Feb. 16, that the city’s bus system will “collapse” without additional operating funds and city capital funding to buy new buses.

EDUCATION

McQueen Watching Teaching Methods, ASD Controversy Closely

At the last of three schools that Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visited last week, Lester Prep principal Brearn Wright got right to the heart of the matter.

HEALTH CARE

West Cancer Center Arms Up in Fight Against Brain Cancer

West Cancer Center has a new tool in its arsenal with which to treat brain cancer and to, in the cancer treatment center’s description, “significantly” extend the rate of patient survival.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

More Police Body Camera Details, Still No Start Date

The city plans to hire 10 part-time video analysts to start work on April 5 in the move to police body cameras as well as in-car cameras.

REAL ESTATE

Downtown Hotel Pipeline May Deter Larger Developer

The proliferation of limited-size Downtown hotels could make the area less attractive for the 500-room, full-service hotel Downtown desperately needs.

Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

AIRPORT

Memphis Still Has ‘Real Shot’ At Being a OneJet Focus City

On Feb. 11, OneJet announced Pittsburgh as its second focus city – its term for a hub or main connection point – and while Memphis didn’t make the cut this time around, it’s still in the running to be a focus city.

TECHNOLOGY

Interactive Solutions Inc. Prepares to Celebrate 20 Years

Anniversaries can be perfunctory milestones in the life of a business, mile markers along the road to longevity that represent a cause for reflection on the past and future.

SPORTS

Tigers Can Still Draw Fans Needed For Payoff, NCAA Bid Less Likely

The University of Memphis didn’t have much trouble with UCF, as evidenced by the 73-56 final score.

For Grizz the Time Is Now and Later

Trades happen. “It’s part of the league,” said point guard Mike Conley. Major injuries happen, too. “Very difficult,” coach Dave Joerger said.

Shaq Goodwin’s ‘Best’ Season Not Without Its Challenges

Nearing the end of his senior season, Tigers forward Shaq Goodwin knows the time is coming when fans will talk about him in the past tense.

THE TIPPING POINT

Lori McEwen is Building Community in the Classroom – and Beyond

We talk about building community – but what does that actually look like? Just ask Lori McEwen. She teaches writing to 10th- and 11th-graders at Power Center Academy, a Gestalt charter school in Memphis’s Hickory Hill neighborhood.

NEWSMAKERS

Thomas Rejoins Bass, Berry & Sims

Attorney Oscar L. Thomas has rejoined Bass, Berry & Sims’ Memphis office as counsel after serving as vice president of business affairs for MRI Interventions Inc., a medical device manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

Orleans at Walnut Grove Sells for $29.2 Million

317 Royal Chartres Square E., Cordova, TN 38018 -
The 276-unit Orleans at Walnut Grove apartment community has sold for $29.2 million.

TENNESSEE LEDGER

Becoming a Big Wheel Among Potters

Moe-McQueen’s work in demand from Blackberry Farm to Manhattan

A cube of clay thuds onto the potter’s wheel. Hannah Harper, artist and studio manager, prepares to transform it as the wheel’s rhythmic sound accompanies the voice of her boss, potter and entrepreneur Leanne Moe-McQueen.

Callahan Breaks Down UT’s 'Pretty Impressive' Recruiting Class

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones keeps his pulse on recruiting year-around, along with his SEC counterparts and other FBS coaches.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

The Original Pop-Up

POP-UP WAFFLES. Pop-up concepts are hot. Popping up in spaces – Broad, the Edge, the Brewery, the Fire Station – reclaimed and repurposed to show what’s possible, the original character of the space adding flavor, the here-today-gone-tomorrow aspect adding spice, the unusual nature of the things served – things not seen every day and everywhere – adding adventure. Millennial curiosity addressed, the need for gratification met, the existential question asked and answered.

Investment, Consumption and Financial Planning

Ray’s Take Investment and consumption are two sides of the same coin, but sometimes there can be a blurry line between the two. Sometimes our intense desire for something can make it difficult to see which side your expenditure falls on.

Think About Spring Break A New Way

If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Gulf Coast or Orlando, you’re not alone in that decision. College students and families alike flock to popular beach communities and Florida theme parks year after year.

Doing My Civic Duty

In October last year – just as I was preparing to teach Kafka’s “The Trial” for about the twelfth time – I received a missive from, of all places, the United States District Court. Guess what, it said (though, this is a paraphrase), you are being called to jury duty. As Yogi would’ve said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Debate Rages Over Reasons For Rising Higher-Ed Costs

When figures are presented detailing a 456 percent increase in tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville over the last 20 years, the result is usually some serious sticker shock.

You Aren’t Bothering Me

One of the number one things that stops us in our job-seeking tracks is the online application process. We submit resume after resume and never hear anything back. So, if the Internet isn’t working, then what’s the answer?

Three Phases of Effective Brainstorming

I’ve always cringed when I get a calendar request with “Brainstorm” in the subject line. Immediately, I picture an unfocused free-for-all – after which nothing happens. But it’s a marketer’s mainstay, and there’s a right way to do it.

Birth of a Product Company, Part 1

Editor’s note: Part one of a four-part series. A friend of mine is a stylist to the stars. If there is a movie or TV show shooting in the region, she’s on the set, making hair magic. She gets flown around the world at times. She’s in demand.

Making the Needle Move: The Birth of the UNCF Telethon

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. During its heyday (1980-1993), the United Negro College Fund’s “Lou Rawls Parade of Stars” was the largest African-American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African-American philanthropy and how African-Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders.

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