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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 9 | Saturday, February 21, 2015
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SPECIAL EDITION Women & Business

High Flyer

UAM owner Keri Wright trusts her instincts in business and in life

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

Memphis Women in Business Face Low Receipts

With a new political and civic push to improve minority business growth in Memphis’ public and private sectors, businesses owned by women are a specific part of the minority business community challenged in unique ways.

Fair Play

Title IX legislated it but women still working to take full advantage of it

Ann Carr played basketball at Mississippi State in the late 1980s. She was a 6-foot-1 center.

MORE Helps Small Businesses Avoid Maze

For a small business owned by a women or a minority already encountering formidable barriers because of that, the bureaucratic hoops any small business has to deal with can be lethal.

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Carson Resigns As Local Democratic Chairman Amidst Financial Questions

Bryan Carson resigned Saturday, Feb. 21, as chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, about a month before his term of office was to end.

Crosstown Project Named Crosstown Concourse

Developers of the old Sears Crosstown building formally broke ground Saturday, Feb. 21, on the project that was five years in the planning and gave it a new name – Crosstown Concourse.

Editorial: City Hall and the Bubble

About five years ago at City Hall, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had a “plain vanilla” plan for the city’s finances that would get the city past a tough period.


This Week in Memphis History: February 20-26

1985: On the front page of The Daily News, Memphis industrialist Ned Cook at the Agribusiness Policy Symposium at the Airport Hilton said the city’s promotion of tourism was a mistake.

Coca-Cola Awarded Incentives to Stay, Expand in Memphis

Coca-Cola appears poised to grow its Memphis presence.

Haslam Wary of Gas Tax Hike

Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.

Comfy Camping

RVC Outdoor Destinations helps people camp out on their terms

The way Andy Cates explains it, camping out hasn’t changed a lot in about half a century.

Sprouts Opening Lakeland Store May 13

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has set an opening date for its first Memphis-area store.

Tennessee Medical Association Unveils Legislative Agenda

Ahead of its annual Day on the Hill next month and fresh off the legislative defeat of a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, the state’s largest professional association for doctors has unveiled its wish list for the 2015 legislative session.

City Debt Restructure Meets Council Resistance

First reviews from Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Feb. 17, to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan to restructure the city’s debt payments were harsh and skeptical.

St. Jude Opens $198 Million Kay Research and Care Center

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its new $198 million Kay Research and Care Center Thursday, a facility the hospital says will usher in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for the hospital.

New Entrepreneurship Group Taps First President

The Memphis Bioworks-led entrepreneurship initiative EPIcenter has tapped a nationally recognized entrepreneurship and business development leader to serve as its first president.

Memphis Book Startup Rebrands With New Name

Memphis-based e-book publishing startup Screwpulp is, like the book lovers it serves, turning a page.

St. Jude Receives $9.7 Million Check From Best Buy

Best Buy customers over the holiday season had the opportunity at the cash registers to add $1 or $5 to their totals, with that extra amount going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wednesday morning, Best Buy presented St. Jude with a check for $9.7 million.

Raleigh Springs Mall Tests Town Center Concept

The idea that a declining shopping mall can be redeveloped and reinvigorated as a “town center” with local government offices as a catalyst for private developers appears to be on its way to a meeting with reality.

Start Co. Expands Its Downtown Space

The organization helping startup founders launch new ventures in Memphis will soon have more elbow room for the space where it holds events, teaches and provides a co-working environment for startup teams.

Back Home

James Lee House displays work from Memphis College of Art again

Things have come full circle at the James Lee House, the historic Victorian Village landmark once home to a riverboat tycoon that reopened as a bed and breakfast almost a year ago.

Wharton: Tourism Is Serious Business

Sometimes in tourism, it is the little things that count. But “little” is relative. Consider the digital LED display screen on the west wall of the Memphis Cook Convention Center – big enough to be seen by eastbound traffic on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge – which local leaders debuted this month after three years of planning.

Luttrell Scolds State Legislators

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says the political forces that defeated the Insure Tennessee proposal of Gov. Bill Haslam this month in Nashville weren’t in a fight with Washington and President Barack Obama

Alternative Ending

Critics of Foote Homes demolition plan unveil a different idea

The city of Memphis secured $6.7 million in federal funding last week to improve and rehab public housing.

Hopson Parses Charter School Strategy and Agenda

There is the strategy of charter schools and there is the agenda of charter schools. And Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson talked about the difference last week as he spoke to a group of about 100 in a part of the city where charter schools and schools run directly by the state compete heavily with conventional Shelby County Schools.

Three Questions Grizzlies Must Answer to Keep Momentum

They have banked 39 wins and earned their current standing – emphasis on the word current – as the team with the second-best record in the Western Conference behind Golden State.

Martinez Pitching for Himself, and for Taveras

Carlos Martinez’s English isn’t very good. But you don’t need a translator to communicate the raw facts.

All-Star Game Special Night For Brothers Gasol

Pau Gasol won the historic tip-off from younger brother Marc, making official the Brothers Gasol as the first brothers in league history to start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Relevant Again? 10 Keys to Success for UT Baseball

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.


Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys

Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.


Maines Paper & Food Service Continues Work in Arlington

11420 Gulf Stream Road, Memphis, TN 38002, Permit Amount: $2.5 million -
More new construction is planned at the Maines Paper & Food Service cold-storage facility in Arlington.


Photographer Opens Midtown Creative Co-Working Space

This year has seen a dream come true for Lisa Mac, who in 2012 opened her Midtown photography business at 688 S. Cox St.


A Word About Reality

“REALITY JUST IS.” I stood in the bathroom in boxer shorts and shaving cream and cheered words coming from my radio – words good enough to overcome that image I just put in your head – words like these:

Personal Brand Building

When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?

Retirement for the 'Sandwiched'

Ray's Take: If you’re in the “accumulation years” – meaning before retirement – you may find yourself in a tough situation.

Revisiting 'Different To,' 'Different From'

“We use the term ‘people of color’ in America,” said David Oyelowo, a British actor who plays Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.” “Is that immensely different to what he said? I don’t think so.”

Retain Business Continuity During a Disaster

Each year, Memphis invariably gets hit with a few inclement weather situations, from a snowfall that shuts down the roadways to tornado watches to power outages.

Building Trust In Sales

A key to sales success is identifying the prospect’s needs. But that knowledge doesn’t mean much if the potential relationship lacks a foundation of trust.

Social Media Now Integral to Protest

It may not seem intuitive to connect intellectual property rights with a human tragedy, but the two intersect more often than we realize.

Professional Development Pays Dividends

We were reviewing a proposal for a client this week and noticed in the funder’s guidelines a request for information about the organization’s ongoing training and professional development activities, and the budget for these. Needless to say there was silence in the room.

Memphis Leading Cities In Women-Led Startup Programs

As a female serial entrepreneur, I experienced firsthand both the challenges and the opportunities of building a technology startup as a woman.

The Poetics Of Information Architecture

Note: I wrote this piece 15 years ago and just rediscovered it. Sadly, the points bear repeating, and reprinting in the era of social media, client portals, and HTML5, as it seems truer than ever.

Discernment: The Hallmark of Great Leaders

A good leader must be good at decision-making. A great leader must be good at discerning prior to making that decision.

Nashville Edition

Ready to Spend

With recession over, Middle Tennessee consumers are opening their wallets

Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.

Best Time to Buy Big-Ticket Items

You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.

What Recession? Middle Tennessee Largely Spared

After handling clients at SunTrust as a senior portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients, many with $10 million or more in assets, Dana Moore, CFA, and two colleagues (George Stadler, Angela Helbig), founded HMS Investment Advisors in 2009.

Realtors Running Out of Inventory in Some Areas

Richard Exton, the dean of real estate appraisers, well at least a tenured gentleman, spoke to a group pf Realtors recently and provided the data reflecting the current state of the real estate market.

Knoxville Edition

Building From a New Blueprint

UT, Oak Ridge, businesses partner to mold East Tennessee into a high-tech hub

When recruiting new businesses, East Tennessee economic development officials have long touted the benefits of partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.

Car Built With 3-D Printer Stirs Industry

At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, innovative carmaker Local Motors offered an up close look at the future of automobile manufacturing.

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