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VOL. 130 | NO. 56 | Monday, March 23, 2015
EMPHASIS Economic Development

Small Loans, Big Change

Forgivable loan program helps businesses in targeted neighborhoods

When Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was growing up in Lebanon, Tenn., he remembers his father not being able to receive a traditional loan for the family business, Wharton’s Grocery, and turning instead to a gasoline distributor.

EDGE Developing Guidelines for Destination Retail Incentives

When Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea announced it wanted to build one of its destination retail centers in Memphis, the company was greeted with open arms.

Memphis Officials Target High-Cost Markets for Office Jobs

On a recent trip to New York City to meet with site selection consultants, national headhunters and corporate executives, Greater Memphis Chamber officials and prominent Memphis business operators wined and dined the assembled crowd and touted the benefits of locating office operations in the Memphis area, a city and region in dire need of white-collar jobs.

St. Jude Adds Chair of Radiation Oncology

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new chair for its Department of Radiation Oncology, a key position at a time when the hospital has increasingly taken steps to bolster its radiation therapy programs.

Local Weather
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Memphis, TN
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Wind: South at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, March 23, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. Anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order” is invited to attend. Call 901-324-5184.

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Salinger Court Fight Involves Law, Literature Business

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher In The Rye.”

I Choose Memphis: Hannah Zachary

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

SMALL BUSINESS

Group Benefits Aids Employers Navigating Health Care Reform

Tim Finnell admits that the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act are convoluted, and employers trying to navigate group plans for their companies are easily overwhelmed.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Taking Off the Training Wheels

Here’s a Studio secret. We have a natural client attrition plan inherent in our business model. We not only lead innovation projects, but also give away our practices as part of the process.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Simon Property Raises Bid for Macerich to $16.8 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) – Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich by 5 percent to $16.8 billion and said it will be its best and final offer.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

States to Test Ways to Send Food Stamp Recipients to Work

WASHINGTON (AP) – New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.

HEALTH CARE

Healthcare.gov Sending Out Corrected Tax Forms

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration said Friday it's making progress trying to correct a tax-form error that affected 820,000 customers of HealthCare.gov.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 86 374 7,749
MORTGAGES 89 414 9,199
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 9 52 1,358
BUILDING PERMITS 197 1,007 16,607
BANKRUPTCIES 45 279 5,406
BUSINESS LICENSES 28 154 2,948
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 139 3,250
MARRIAGE LICENSES 30 128 1,688

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