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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 37 | Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Food for Thought

'Chef Jenn' McCullough serves up her story of small-business success

If you’re shopping at Kroger or Wal-Mart, you might see Chef Jenn. She won’t be hard to miss in her white chef’s jacket, and a blue scarf around her neck, smiling out at you from inside the freezer case on a package of her buffalo-style shrimp dip or on a shelf housing a box of her new cheese grits or “hushpuppies with a bark.”

EMPHASIS Small Business

Business Lending in Recovery Mode

The U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that small businesses provide more than half of all American jobs.

Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success

The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.

Family Force

Pugh brothers grow flower shop into four-branch business

Pugh’s Flowers came first. Landscaping as Pugh’s Earthworks and then Lickety Split Couriers followed. And now the latest venture – Rosie’s Pest Control – has become its own entity.

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Editorial: Small Business is Big in Importance, Impact

No one considers the business they create to be a small business. Listen to the stories of their struggles, triumphs and ambition and you will quickly realize success is a big commitment – one that requires more than a bit of fair-weather persistence.


This Week in Memphis History: September 4-10

2014: A mob of teenagers attacks and injures three people in the parking lot outside the Kroger supermarket in Poplar Plaza. Eleven juveniles are arrested by police in the next week and charged with aggravated riot and other felonies. Most are released to their parents. The incident becomes a reference point for the community’s ongoing debate about crime, safety and the criminal justice system.

'Graceland West' to Cover 46 Acres, Include Museums and Restaurants

With construction underway on its $90 million resort hotel north of Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. has filed paperwork for its plan for the plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion itself.

Firehouse's Red-Hot Potential on Display During Beer Garden

When the pop-up beer garden event Station 3: The Memphis Fire Haus makes its debut at the corner of Third Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in October, it will be a showcase for a property that has sat vacant since its arena neighbor opened in 2004.

Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

Single-Family Home Rentals Strong in Memphis

When New York-based Cerberus Capital Management closed Aug. 31 on its $440 million acquisition of 4,200 rental homes in five states – including 1,032 in Shelby County – it demonstrated a trend in local real estate.

Tennessee Brewery, One Beale Plans Win Approval

Billy Orgel joked this week that his Tennessee Brewery redevelopment is “kind of like a convenience store compared to One Beale.”

What’s Next for Memphis College of Art's Downtown Space?

If the Memphis College of Art proceeds with consolidating its graduate school operations on its Overton Park campus, the South Main Historic Arts District would be left with a 48,000-square-foot opportunity in ready-to-lease space.

Retirees Could Shore Up Memphis Police Ranks

Memphis City Council members are exploring the idea of encouraging retired police officers to get back in uniform on a regular basis as reserve officers to keep the force from slipping to less than 2,000 officers.

Memphis to Soon Host 13th Annual Musculoskeletal Industry Conference

Memphis is gearing up to host what will be the 13th annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, an annual confab where surgeons, venture capitalists, angel investors, industry leaders and others gather to talk shop, and more.

Memphis Mayoral Debate Participants Announced

The field is set for an upcoming televised Memphis mayoral debate scheduled for the eve of early voting.

Music & Heritage Festival Brings Region’s Culture to Life

Spend any amount of time with Judy Peiser at the Center for Southern Folklore and it’s easy to see she loves talking to people.

Shelby County Schools Files Suit Over State Education Funding

Shelby County Schools leaders announced Monday, Aug. 31, that the system has filed its own lawsuit against Tennessee state government over public education funding.

City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startup Efforts

When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joins other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony will be more than a perfunctory civic affair.

Eating Well

After Overton Square exit, Raw Girls business is booming

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

Photographers Create Broad Avenue Studio Partnership

Creative individuals often do their best work in isolation.

Effectiveness Of ‘No More’ Campaign Debated

Surveys and focus groups that are a key part of the “No More” campaign to build awareness and change attitudes on rape, sexual assault and domestic violence are and will be a baseline to gauge how well the campaign does its job.

Apple Building 'Next Generation' Store in Memphis Area

Apple is preparing to move its Germantown store, with a “next generation” design planned for the new location.

‘Bigger Than Ballet’

New Ballet’s recent grads earned $700K in college scholarships

As a child growing up in Frayser with an unstable home life, Briana Brown latched on to dance classes at the New Ballet Ensemble & School as a source of stability.

Mallory Marks 90 Years With China Expansion

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is preparing to expand and operate directly in China later this year with a highly coveted freight license from the Chinese government and the opening of the Mallory Asia Pacific division in Shanghai.

Memphis’ Town Center Trio Concept Takes Double Hit

Two of the three town centers envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are going in different directions with a recent court ruling and an auction.

Cooper-Young City Market Opens, More On the Way

A new grocery store and deli has now opened its doors in Cooper-Young. City Market’s second location, outside of its original Downtown spot, is now up and running, a result that stems from owners Sunny and Hamida Mandani developing their initial interest in the neighborhood toward the end of 2014.

Chisca Rising

Historic Chisca property ready for first residents

Sitting vacant for more than 20 years didn’t do any favors for the Chisca Hotel property along South Main Street. But this week marks a major milestone in the historic structure’s story as residents begin moving into the Plaza, the newer of The Chisca on Main’s two buildings.

Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

City Defends 2010 Police Response to First Lipscomb Allegation

The Memphis Police Department took seriously a 2010 complaint of sexual abuse against the city’s director of Housing and Community Development, city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons said Wednesday, Sept. 2, after reviewing five-year-old emails.

More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

More Details on Lipscomb’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. confirmed Monday, Aug. 31, that allegations of sexual misconduct were made in a Seattle criminal complaint against city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb.


Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution?

OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.

Tony Allen: Memphis Pitchman in More Ways Than One

He can turn up just about anywhere, do just about anything.

College Football Notebook: No More Dress Rehearsals for Memphis Tigers

Last week, the University of Memphis football team finished training camp with simulated end-of-week preparation, culminating with a video test Friday night and a mock game Saturday, Aug. 29, at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Memphis Redbirds Paint AutoZone Park in Beale Street Blue

Wearing his signature No. 9, Tony Allen threw out the first pitch at the Memphis Redbirds’ Grit & Grind Night at AutoZone Park. Allen also signed autographs for fans.

Redbirds Players Try For One Last Impression on Cardinals

In a Triple-A baseball clubhouse, Aug. 31 doesn’t just fade into Sept. 1 and a meaningless flip of the calendar. The first of September marks the expansion of big-league rosters, so if you’re a Memphis Redbird on the parent St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster, you’re hopeful of getting called up.

Sports Shorts: September 4-10

901 Concert Series Returns to Tiger Lane... Live music will return to Tiger Lane this fall as the University of Memphis has announced the 901 Concert Series lineup for the 2015 season.


Baker Donelson Adds Carletos-Drayton

Carmalita “CC” Carletos-Drayton has joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. Carletos-Drayton’s legal practice primarily focuses on environmental law, economic development, and government contracts.


Hotel Developer Moves On Scimitar Building Conversion

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The developer of a boutique hotel in the 103-year-old Scimitar Building is preparing for the Downtown property’s conversion.


Memphis IT Firm NexTek Keeps An Eye Toward Next Big Thing

NexTek does all the work of a traditional information technology department through virtual networks. Instead of having expensive, in-house servers, small- to mid-sized businesses can turn to NexTek for data management, email hosting and computer and network support – all accomplished remotely with cloud-computing services.


Rocky Top In Nashville: Good For City, Bad For Vols

I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Big Nashville Homecoming for Middle Tennessee Vols

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett won’t be in a strange place Saturday when he walks into Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the 2015 season opener against Bowling Green.

Is State’s Role to Provide a Service or Turn a Profit?

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appears to be on the brink of privatizing state government. But he won’t be able to do it without a battle, especially from university unions and Democratic lawmakers.


Always Coming Home

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. When I first shared these observations a few years ago, I was doing pretty much what I’m doing right now – keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. Like that activity, I think the observations are worth repeating.

The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees

It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to recognizing the achievements of American workers. With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”

Making the Money Last

Ray’s Take: Are you ready to live to age 95 or beyond? According to the Society of Actuaries, for an upper-middle-class couple, there is a 43 percent chance that one or both will reach at least age 95.

Transit Passes Benefit Employers, Workers

Commuting on public transit just got easier for a few thousand Memphians, thanks to a new bus route between Nonconnah Corporate Center and Airways Transit Center.

Punny Puzzler’s Passing the End of an Era

Reflecting at the end of an era: Park City, Utah. January 20, 2006. Susan and I clamber onto the bus that stops at the edge of the snow-filled parking lot. We remain standing, as the bus is full. We’re trying to explain to the driver that we’ve no idea where we are and only a faint idea of where we’re going.

Death of A Sales Team

Is the next generation of salespeople heading toward extinction?

Loss of Confidence or Loss Of Overconfidence?

As you already know, markets have gyrated wildly over the last eight trading days. While suspicions of crisis have developed, the market has behaved as if crisis were already upon us.

Consider This Before Starting A Nonprofit

The nonprofit sector is diverse and innovative. Memphians are always creating solutions to the many challenges that arise. We see a problem and seek to fix it. We experience something wonderful and we want others to share in our joy.

When Did We Stop New Thinking?

Human evolution is a complex topic. Personal growth may be more perplexing even to the best psychologists. The theme that really defies reason is when a whole organization or market segment falls into the trap of formal rigidity, as in “it’s just the way it is.”

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