VOL. 125 | NO. 168 | Monday, August 30, 2010
Regions Bank chief economist Bob Allsbrook brought a somber yet pragmatic message to a few recent meetings in Memphis with audiences that included Morgan Keegan executives and a private group of assorted business leaders.
Realtors muddle through sales slump
Despite July 2010’s rank as the lowest home sales month since February – and despite recent news that existing home sales plummeted to a 15-year low nationally – Shelby County real estate professionals continue to emphasize the local market.
Now is the time for employers to decide whether to grandfather their existing benefit plans under the new health care reform law.
Small businesses are especially vulnerable when disaster strikes, whether it’s a flood, earthquake, tornado, fire or even terrorist activity.
Stephanie Singley is an entrepreneur to be reckoned with. A retail prodigy. A one-woman force.
Memphis buying 90 police cars from a dealer in Louisville, Ky., with Memphians’ tax dollars makes this local business owner‘s temperature rise enough to melt icebergs in Greenland. I know I have company.
For candidates running for Tennessee governor, their frequent trips to Memphis this summer have resembled pilgrimages at times.
Consider the city budget approved by the Memphis City Council in June now officially reopened for discussion.
Landing a new job is usually a cause for celebration, and an employee’s enthusiasm will seldom be greater than on that first day of work. Begin building momentum rather than letting their excitement drain away.
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A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.
The metro government charter, to be voted on Nov. 2, would combine the Memphis and Shelby County governments into one new local government.
They say in theater that there are no small parts, just small actors. But Theatre Memphis’s season opener shows strength and professionalism in large and small roles alike.
Sushi, the Japanese preparation of raw fish and rice, was unheard of in the United States until after World War II, and then even until the 1970s was largely an exotic phenomenon of the West Coast.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that pinot grigio and pinot gris are the same grape. “Grigio” is the Italian manifestation, grown mainly in the country’s cooler northeastern region; “gris” is French and basically limited to Alsace.
One symbol of the retail pharmacy wars in Midtown can be found along Union Avenue in the oversized replica prescription bottle at the old Super D, the now-closed drugstore that was trying to distinguish itself from the competition.
Shelby County Commissioners are the latest group to debate what should become of county party primary elections. The body, which has been divided into Democrats and Republicans since 1994, in August narrowly turned down a resolution to urge both local parties to drop their requests to continue the primaries.
NASHVILLE (AP) – A prominent Democratic lawyer is asking federal prosecutors to investigate whether Republican congressional candidate Stephen Fincher omitted debts and assets in financial disclosures maintained by the U.S. House.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the Fed will consider making another large-scale purchase of securities if the slowing economy were to deteriorate significantly and signs of deflation were to flare.
The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century.