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1. Business Leaders Speak Out Against Child Separation Policy -

DETROIT (AP) – Business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally.

The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group that includes the CEOs of Walmart Inc., General Motors Co., Boeing Co. and Mastercard Inc., released a statement Tuesday urging the immediate end to the policy.

2. Schowen Named Manager Of Baptist Ambulance -

Greg Schowen has been named general manager of Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies that currently serves 10 Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities with interfacility transport, as well as six communities with 911 response. Schowen brings 25 years of experience overseeing operations for emergency medical service providers in high-performance 911 service areas, including Los Angeles County, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

3. Last Word: The Politics of Summer, Perpetual Motion and Nigerian Email Scams -

Just about the time it is summer by the calendar next week as well as by the ongoing weather, you will start to see a set of one-on-one debates between the Democratic and Republican contenders for Shelby County Mayor – Lee Harris and David Lenoir, respectively.

4. KKR is Buying Envision Healthcare in a Nearly $10B Deal -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – KKR is buying physician services provider and surgery center operator Envision Healthcare Corp. in an approximately $9.9 billion deal.

5. Microsoft Embraces Collaboration in $7.5B Deal for GitHub -

Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for the popular coder hangout GitHub as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun.

CEO Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs Microsoft with the "world's leading software development platform," a destination where developers around the world go to share and review each other's code.

6. Demystifying the Path of B Corp Certification -

From the Conscious Capitalism 2018 Conference, the largest gathering of conscious capitalists dedicated to elevating humanity through business. Practicum: B Corp 101, led by Kim Coupounas, director, B Lab.

7. Building Permit Filed For Townhomes near U of M -

Herbert Dale Hoskins, doing business as North Star Homes, has filed a $1.5 million building permit application to construct a new multifamily development near the University of Memphis.

8. Building Permit Filed for Townhomes near U of M -

Herbert Dale Hoskins, doing business as North Star Homes, has filed a $1.5 million building permit application to construct a new multifamily development near the University of Memphis.

9. EMS Ready To Double Footprint In Bartlett -

After holding on to an adjacent parcel of land for more than a decade next to its facility in Bartlett, medical device manufacturer Engineered Medical Systems LLC is gearing up for a major expansion of its facility. The company is investing $10.5 million in a move that will create 40 new jobs.

10. Last Word: SCS Budget Travels, Carlisle on One Beale and Hickman's Comeback -

Shelby County Schools officials are Downtown Wednesday to formally present the school system’s budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission. The budget committee hearing Wednesday morning won’t see any decision just yet. But the school system’s ask of county government is a big part of the commission getting to a more complete view of county government’s budget since north of $400 million of the county’s $1.3 billion consolidated budget is funding for public education across seven school districts in the county.

11. US Raises Concerns About Illnesses Tied to Synthetic Pot -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah.

In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol, or CBD, sickened as many as 52 people from October through January.

12. Trane US Renews 23,000 SF Lease -

Trane U.S. Inc. has renewed its 23,000-square-foot lease at 1775 Pyramid Place in Nonconnah Corporate Center for an additional seven years.

13. Safe and Sound -

Entrepreneur Jim Turner is enjoying the recent growth of his MedixSafe drug security cabinet business, which sprouted from his successful security-based business, Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC). This year, MedixSafe will top $1 million in sales for the first time and will account for one-third of ESSC’s overall business.

14. Major Memphis Providers To Discuss Patient Safety -

Leaders from Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Saint Francis Health Care and Regional One Health will gather for a screening of “To Err is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary” and related discussion on Friday, May 25.

15. Events -

Southern College of Optometry, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and the Memphis Business Group on Health will host a preview screening of “To Err is Human” and panel discussion on reducing medical errors Friday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in SCO’s East/West classroom, 1245 Madison Ave. The film, set to be released in November, explores the United States’ third-leading cause of death, medical mistakes. Afterward, representatives from Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Saint Francis Health Care and Regional One Health will discuss preventable medical mistakes and how their systems can work together to reduce errors. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.

16. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts 30 Thursdays: Taste of the Garden May 24 at 6 p.m. at 750 Cherry Road. Join MBG’s Blair Combest for a tasting of treats that use ingredients from the garden. Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the demonstration. Free with garden admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/30thursdays for details.

17. Last Word: A New Council Member, Law Without Signature and Corker Down Under -

The Memphis City Council should be back up to full strength by the time Tuesday becomes Wednesday. Filling the Super District 9 seat left vacant by the resignation earlier this month of Philip Spinosa to join the leadership of the Greater Memphis Chamber is on the council’s agenda Tuesday afternoon – the last item on the agenda. But the council usually skips around.

18. Cellphone Pics Expose New Front in Public-Records Debate -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pics or it didn't happen? Good luck with that on the public records trail.

From Mountain City to Memphis and Clarksville to Chattanooga, local government agencies follow conflicting, contradictory – and completely arbitrary – rules on whether residents can take cellphone pictures of the records they helped pay to create.

19. Common Table to Discuss Opioid Crisis Tuesday -

The Common Table Health Alliance will discuss “The Opioid Crisis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” when it holds its ninth annual Board of Directors Meeting & Awards Program Tuesday, May 15.

20. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Rural Tennessee? -

Like most of America, Tennessee’s metropolitan areas have prospered during the last eight years, while the rural areas have lagged in almost every measure. The state has 19 of its 95 counties classified as “distressed.” What can and should we do to give every Tennessean a chance to succeed?

21. Tech Leaders Seek More Focus on AI at White House Summit -

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers want the Trump administration to invest more in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.

The administration said Thursday it is doing just that. President Donald Trump's technology adviser Michael Kratsios pledged to a gathering of corporate leaders that "the Trump administration will ensure our great nation remains the global leader in AI."

22. The Seam in Memphis Joins EEA Blockchain Initiative -

The Seam, a provider of agribusiness software and commodities trading solutions, has joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the world’s largest open-source blockchain initiative.

The Seam joined EEA to collaborate with industry leaders on the architecture and deployment of blockchain solutions for the enterprise. As a member, The Seam will work alongside many individuals and organizations by promoting and facilitating open standards, decentralized architectures, security and best practices for Ethereum-based technologies, including smart contracts.

23. Luttrell Proposes Adjusting Down County Property Tax Rate -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is proposing a rollback of the $4.11 county property tax rate to $4.05 in his last budget proposal to the Shelby County Commission.

Luttrell will formally present the $1.3 billion consolidated county government budget to commissioners at Wednesday, May 9, committee sessions. The proposal, known as the budget book, was delivered to individual commissioners Monday.

24. Nashville Voters Reject $5.4 Billion Mass Transit Plan -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a plan to pay for a $5.4 billion mass transit system that called for a new light rail system, expanded bus routes and the building of a downtown underground tunnel.

25. Conscious Capitalism: A Conversation With Selim Bassoul -

Editor’s note: Selim Bassoul is CEO of The Middleby Corp., an Elgin, Illinois-based manufacturer of commercial kitchen equipment, residential appliances and systems for industrial processing.

26. Tenn. Legislature Breaks TNReady Gridlock, Adjourns Session -

NASHVILLE – The House and Senate broke gridlock Wednesday night on problems stemming from the results of troubled TNReady testing by passing legislation saying no “adverse action” would be taken against teachers, students or schools for poor test scores.

27. Electronic Security Firm Buys Select Frase Accounts -

Memphis-based Electronic Security Specialists (ESSC), a licensed low-voltage contractor that installs and services electronic security equipment, has purchased required commercial fire alarm accounts from Frase Protection.

28. Electronic Security Specialists Buys Frase Fire Alarm Accounts -

Memphis-based Electronic Security Specialists & Cabling (ESSC), a licensed low-voltage contractor that installs and services electronic security equipment, has purchased required commercial fire alarm accounts from Frase Protection.

29. First Horizon Starts Off 2018 With Strong Q1 Results -

The first full quarter with Capital Bank integrated into the operations of Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. saw a pickup year-over-year in several key areas like loans, deposits and growth in net income.

30. Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course.

31. Overtime Exemption Rules Not So Simple -

In today’s world, the 40-hour workweek may seem old-fashioned. Employees work remotely, answer emails on mobile devices anytime, and fewer workers clock in at nine and clock out at five. While the business climate evolves, the overtime requirement set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) remains consistent: non-exempt employees must receive overtime pay – “time-and-a-half” – for any time worked beyond 40 hours in a workweek. This raises the important and complicated question, “Which employees are exempt?”

32. Jones Named Managing Partner of Fisher Phillips’ Memphis Office -

Fisher Phillips has appointed David S. Jones regional managing partner of its Memphis office. Jones, who has 18 years’ law experience, represents clients exclusively in immigration-related employment and compliance matters, and that will continue to be his primary focus as regional managing partner. In addition, he will oversee development of the office, attorneys and staff, and will play a greater role in the management of Fisher Phillips as a whole as a member of the operations group. Jones takes the reins from Jeff Weintraub, who served in the role for six years, as part of a routine leadership rotation.

33. Out of Flowers? Flour? Businesses Contend With Supply Crises -

NEW YORK (AP) – When heavy rain pelted Central America, Shane Pliska couldn't get shipments of taupe-colored roses he needed for clients' weddings.

"Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.

34. Perry Leading Fire Museum Forward as Executive Director -

Shannon Perry became executive director of the Fire Museum of Memphis earlier this year, a role that brings her back to the institution she helped launch in the 1990s, when she served as its first curator. As executive director, Perry is the Fire Museum’s only full-time employee, and she handles a range of functions – including its collection, exhibits and facilities, budgets, fundraising, public relations, special events, staff and volunteers – while also working directly with the museum’s board.

35. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Infrastructure Investment? -

Is investment in public infrastructure important? And should Tennessee have more dedicated revenue sources to pay for construction and maintenance of infrastructure across the state, or is the existing tax structure – primarily the state tax on fuel, and wheel taxes – sufficient to pay for what Tennessee needs to sustain and grow its economy?

36. Tenn.'s Road, Infrastructure Systems Problem Shared Across State -

Though we often complain about our government, we count on it every day, in large ways and small.

An example of a small way … potholes. Which don’t seem like a small issue after they cause your tire(s) to blow out.

37. Last Word: SCS Plans For $15, IRIS Matinees and The Hard Hit Fund -

“From a financial standpoint, we need our fans back and we need them back now.” University of Memphis president David Rudd breaking the university’s silence on the basketball coaching change that was made formal Tuesday with the announcement that Penny Hardaway is indeed the new coach. And Hardaway had a lot to say that Tigers fans and Memphians wanted to hear.

38. Walker Named President Of Black Swan Digital Forensics -

Jim Walker has been named president of Memphis-based Black Swan Digital Forensics, the only forensics lab in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on data recovery from digital devices such as cellphones, vehicle systems, computers and social media accounts. Walker comes to Black Swan after more than 30 years of military and public service at the federal, state and local level, including eight years as Alabama’s director of homeland security and more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, where he was an Airborne Ranger and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

39. Small Cell Legislation Advancing, But Rural Options More Limited -

NASHVILLE – Unable to get cell-phone service at a football game in Nashville or Knoxville? Can’t send a text from a Broadway honky tonk or Beale Street blues bar? Wondering how autonomous cars will ever work?

40. FedEx Investing $1 Billion in Memphis Hub Modernization -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. will spend $1 billion on a modernization of its Memphis hub over a six-year period, company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith announced Wednesday, March 14.

41. Events -

APICS Memphis Chapter, the premier association for supply chain management, will host its professional development meeting, Top Management Night & Yearly Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Duncan McLeod, founder and president of DBM Systems, will present “Understanding the executive S&OP story for your business: Managing the future.” Cost is $20 for members and nonmembers, and $10 for students. Invite your manager to attend for free. Register at apicsmemphis.org.

42. TVA Proposal Would Calculate ‘Grid Access’ Fee in Utility Rate -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is formally considering a change in the structure for what it charges local utilities, including its largest customer Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, for wholesale electricity. And it includes a percentage of the rate for underlying fixed costs, or what the federal agency calls a “grid access charge.”

43. The Week Ahead: March 12-18 -

Good morning, Memphis! Go green and capture the luck of the Irish as both Cooper-Young and Beale Street celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style this week. Maybe you’d prefer to explore the universe with a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist? We’ve got details on those, plus more local happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

44. Events -

The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bartlett Event Center, 5785 Stage Road. Roy Smith, executive director of the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council, and Roland Rayner, president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, will update attendees on the $20 million TCAT coming to Bartlett and discuss the medical device industry’s economic impact. Tickets are $20. Register at bartlettchamber.org.

45. Events -

The Pink Palace Museum opens “Remembering the Dream,” an MLK50 exhibition that tells the chronological story of the civil rights movement depicted by Ernest Withers’ “I Am a Man” portfolio, Saturday, March 10, at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. On display through Jan. 27, the exhibit includes 10 of Withers’ photographs, interpretive panels with each image, and other civil rights-era artifacts. Visit memphismuseums.org.

46. Events -

The Southern Women’s Show returns Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The show will feature shopping; fashion shows; cooking demonstrations; and guest appearances by TV stars Naja Rickette from WeTV’s “LA Hair,” Vern Yip from TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” and Garrett Miller from MTV’s “Siesta Key.” Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit southernwomensshow.com for daily schedule and discounted tickets.

47. University Clinical Health Launching Telemedicine Network -

Going to the doctor is going high-tech at two rural West Tennessee clinics in a few weeks, thanks to a project University Clinical Health plans to launch within the next 30 days.

UCH is a physician group and affiliated faculty practice plan of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. It encompasses about 130 physicians, covering 18 specialties, and all of its physicians are also faculty members with the College of Medicine.

48. What’s a Volanthropist? A Dolunteer? -

More and more of us live a “mobile” lifestyle, using our devices for everything from grocery shopping to bill paying. Yet there is often a disconnect between mobile life and nonprofit life.

49. Freeman: Wide Income, Poverty Gaps Persist in Shelby County -

The president of the National Civil Rights Museum says the national attention that comes with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 sanitation workers strike and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination can be a guide for the nation as well as Memphis.

50. Frase Protection Buys Assets of Stop Alarms -

Memphis-based Frase Protection has acquired the remaining assets of Stop Alarms, a locally-based home and small business security company.

Frase completed the purchase on Feb. 6 and is integrating all assets into its operations. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed.

51. This Week In Memphis History: March 2-8 -

2008: On the front page of The Daily News, a rogue commodities trader at the Memphis regional office of MF Global Ltd. rings up $141.5 million of losses in just a few hours, costing the company almost a fifth of its market value.

52. Defying the NRA, Dick's Takes a Harder Line Against Guns -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21, the company said Wednesday, as its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws after the massacre in Florida.

53. Frase Protection Buys Assets of Stop Alarms -

Memphis-based Frase Protection has acquired the remaining assets of Stop Alarms, a locally-based home and small business security company.

Frase completed the purchase on Feb. 6 and is integrating all assets into its operations.

54. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. David Althizer of SOS Systems Inc. will present “Keeping Your Computer Safe in 2018.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

55. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. David Althizer of SOS Systems Inc. will present “Keeping Your Computer Safe in 2018.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

56. Last Word: Post Parkland, May County Primary Ballot and Friedman on the Mid East -

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, local school systems here are talking about their preparations for such instances. And for those who don’t have a child in schools currently, it is something of a commentary about the times many of our children live in. The Shelby County Schools statement Thursday includes the following safety measures already in place:

57. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church’s 2018 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop is open Tuesdays to Fridays through March 27 at Calvary, 102 N. Second St. The Waffle Shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the preaching series takes place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. The evening series, Lent After Dark, is Wednesdays, with dinner from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and a speaker at 6:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org/lentenpreaching for the Waffle Shop menu and speaker schedule.

58. This Week In Memphis History: February 16-22, 2018 -

1978: A group of 50 local restaurant owners mail menus to the White House, along with letters opposing plans by President Jimmy Carter to limit business meal deductions in the federal tax code. It is part of a national “menu mail-in” protest by the National Restaurant Association. “If enough people respond, we can convince the president that business luncheons rarely exceed $5, much less the $55 mentioned during the discussion of the ‘three-martini lunch,’” says Herbert Anderton, president of the Memphis Restaurant Association. Meanwhile, Paul and Marti Savarin open Blues Alley Restaurant at 60 S. Front St. The Cotton Row nightspot becomes a home and outpost for such blues all-stars as Little Laura Dukes and Prince Gabe and the Millionaires in the years before the new Beale Street Entertainment District opens.

59. Kele Adds Rob Benson As Chief Sales Officer -

Rob Benson has been appointed chief sales officer at Kele Inc., a Memphis-based distributor of building automation products and controls solutions around the world. Benson, who will lead Kele’s sales efforts, brings with him three decades of experience with building automation products and systems at Johnson Controls.

60. Nasdaq Vice President Talks Up Blockchain in Memphis -

The guest speaker at this month’s Economic Club of Memphis luncheon discussed blockchain technology, a subject that has filtered into the mainstream conversation. Presenting the topic to a roomful of bankers and business leaders also gave it additional prominence at a time when blockchain-related news has been multiplying.

61. Digest -

Memphis Toys R Us

To Remain Open

A representative with Toys R Us has confirmed to The Daily News that the retailer’s Memphis location, at 7676 Polo Ground Blvd., won’t close after all.

62. Two-Step Authentication Adds Layer Of Security -

Cloud-based email and collaboration systems are gaining popularity because they offer so many benefits to businesses of any size, but they also can present new challenges.

One of the challenges is that shared cloud environments are targets for hackers. Thankfully there is an easy way you can protect your shared space login with a method known as two-factor authentication, also known as two-step authentication.

63. Last Word: End of the Camp Out, Megasite Views and The Glory Years -

No camp out this year for the opening of applications for optional schools because it is online at Shelby County Schools this year. Also the applications are available at the same time – Monday morning at 10 a.m. – for the open enrollment at any other SCS school that has available space. Those were some hardcore campers that in some cases had been at this for a couple of generations. Persisting through barcodes and a 99.9 percent probability that their first choice of school would happen without the tent, generator and heaters.

64. JNJ Express Enjoys Latest Growth Spurt -

Family-owned and operated JNJ Express is a bona fide Memphis success story. Last year, the asset-based transportation and logistics provider celebrated its 25th anniversary, and the company is set to grow by as many as 100 new trucks this year while also scouting sites for a new facility.

65. State Voters Have More to Fear Than Russian Meddling -

About 30 years ago, my wife and I were hanging out with another couple and decided to make a big night of it. We’d go out for Mexican food and then rent a movie.

After we had some Mexican grub, we went to Kroger to find a flick. As we perused the selections, my friend said, “What about a Russian spy movie?” To which his girlfriend (future wife, now ex-wife) whined, “John, you know I don’t speak Russian.” (His name is changed to protect the innocent.)

66. Solar Industry on Edge as Trump Weighs Tariffs on Panels -

DALLAS (AP) – Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn't bring on an eclipse.

Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump's call on whether to slap tariffs on imported panels.

67. Hospital Groups Creating Company to Make Cheap Generic Drugs -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.

68. Orpheum CEO Batterson Honored For Excellence in Performing Arts -

Brett Batterson, president and CEO of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has been named the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents’ 2017 Presenter of the Year. The award honors individuals in the performing arts field for their excellence in exemplifying mentoring; setting an example of best practices, achievement and leadership in their discipline; and cultivating diversity, practicing inclusion, and creating equity for underserved members of the community.

69. Events -

The Sozo Children’s Choir from Uganda makes a return performance Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Germantown United Methodist Church, 2331 S. Germantown Road. After the concert, attendees can meet the choir members and shop Ugandan merchandise. Cost is free; love offering accepted. Visit sozochildren.org or germantownumc.org for details.

70. County Commission Wants to Firm Up Minority Contract Rules -

Shelby County commissioners approved a $1.6 million contract Monday, Jan. 8, for mobile data terminals, tablets and wireless routers for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The contract with Tate Computer Systems Inc. is an entry into a system of body cameras for sheriff’s deputies. Capital funding for the hardware came from a line item for a delayed health clinic that will be built in the next fiscal year, according to county chief administrative officer Harvey Kennedy.

71. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 8225 Dexter Road, suite 103. Historian Jimmy Ogle will present “Fall in Love with Memphis: Things That Make Our City Great.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.

72. Week Ahead: January 8-14 -

Happy Monday, Memphis! This week brings the first meetings of 2018 for the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission, events celebrating Elvis’ birthday, a luncheon honoring the local PRSA chapter's Communicator of the Year, the Sozo Children’s Choir, business owner seminars, a full slate of sporting events to attend and more.

73. County Commission Moves Toward More Fixes in Minority Business Rules -

Shelby County commissioners meet Monday, Jan. 8, for the first time in 2018 and have a fairly simple agenda along with some longer-range issues to discuss.

Among the more immediate items on Monday’s agenda is a $1.5 million contract for mobile data terminals, tablets and vehicle wireless routers that Tate Computer Systems Inc. of Memphis would provide to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

74. Events -

The third TEDxMemphis conference, themed “The Slant” is Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Halloran Centre, 225 S. Main St. The one-day event will include 24 speakers – 12 at each of two programs (8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Single-session tickets are $30; all-day tickets are $50. Visit tedxmemphis.com.

75. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

76. Last Word: The Stay Away Plan, Kroger and the Lamar Gateway and Silo Square -

City Hall says ignore and avoid the two parks that used to have Confederate monuments and the Tennessee Welcome Center Saturday. All could be the scene of gatherings Saturday by groups opposed to the removal of the monuments including white nationalist groups. If this sounds familiar it’s because this was the city’s strategy in 1998 when a Klan group from Indiana rallied on the courthouse steps and there was a marked departure from that in 2013 when another Klan group – also from Indiana also rallied at the courthouse – different set of steps though. More on the history behind all of this when next we meet.

77. Boyd Reports Earning $42.4M With Release of 2015, 2016 Tax Returns -

Republican contender for governor Randy Boyd has released federal and state income tax returns for 2015 and 2016 that show he and his wife earned $42.4 million from business investments across both years.

78. SPM Real Estate Joins Weichert Network -

Arlington-based SPM Real Estate has joined Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., becoming the 19th Weichert affiliate in Tennessee. The agency, owned by Harry and Missy Spore, is now named Weichert Realtors – SPM.

79. Fall Creek Falls: Sound Plan or Political Payback -

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now go find a job. That’s the message the state of Tennessee is sending nearly 60 employees at Fall Creek Falls State Park this joyous holiday season.

80. SPM Real Estate Joins Weichert Network -

Arlington-based SPM Real Estate has joined Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., becoming the 19th Weichert affiliate in Tennessee. The agency, owned by Harry and Missy Spore, is now named Weichert Realtors – SPM.

81. Put Managed IT Services on Your Holiday Wish List -

Business owners of all sizes have to tackle technology systems and infrastructure at some level. This can be daunting, time consuming and expensive if you’re not an IT expert. In fact, a recent survey by Alinean Inc., an ROI consultancy, found that the average small business spends 6.9 percent of its annual revenue on IT compared with larger companies, which only spend 3.2 percent of revenue on the same services. 

82. ServiceMaster Hires Chief Transformation Officer -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. has named a new senior vice president and chief transformation officer.

83. Central BBQ to Open 4th Memphis Restaurant -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

84. Disney Buying Large Part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B Deal -

NEW YORK (AP) – Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

85. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Memphis Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, it will open its fourth Memphis-area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

86. Central BBQ to Open Fourth Store on Poplar -

Central BBQ LLC announced Thursday, Dec. 14, that it will open its fourth Memphis area restaurant along the Poplar Avenue corridor.

87. ServiceMaster Names Chief Transformation Officer -

Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. has named a new senior vice president and chief transformation officer.

88. Leaps and Bounds -

Memphis’ health care industry was packed with activity in 2017, everything from a slew of new hires and personnel changes to new facility openings, major research announcements and expansions.

89. Making the Most of Generation IoT -

A talk by Maciej Kranz, vice president of strategic innovations for Cisco Systems. This talk about connected things hails from the 2017 Back of Innovation Conference. What is most interesting is that while the connected home space is slow to adapt, the connected commercial, or B2B, space is adopting the Internet of Things at a dizzying rate. The presenter would know, as he is the vice president of strategic innovations at Cisco.

90. Memphis Professionals React to CVS-Aetna Deal -

News coverage in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that drugstore giant CVS Health plans to buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion focused on how it will change the country’s health care industry in a significant way. But much is still unclear.

91. Memphis Fusion -

With more than 40 life science companies operating in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County ranking second in the U.S. for orthopedic device manufacturing, the Mid-South can stake its claim as one of the top medical device markets in the world.

92. Clarion's Heathcott Named NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year -

Kim Heathcott, founder and CEO of Clarion Security, recently was named the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 2017 Women Business Owner of the Year. The award, one of NAWBO’s highest honors, recognizes an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances and problem solving; overcomes adversity; and gives back to her community.
Heathcott, who founded Clarion in 2010 with one customer, has grown to 600 employees and around 90 customers.

93. How to Speed Up Innovation -

A keynote presentation at the Back End of Innovation 2017 Conference by Fred Tavan, global head of innovation lab, reinsurance and insurance risk, Sun Life Financial

“My main concern is speed to market,” starts Fred, “as I have seen many innovators lose hope. The antidote to losing hope is insisting on speed. Speed is how I can impact the culture.”

94. FTC Frowns on Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims -

The FTC gets unhappy when a company says its products are “Made in USA” but don’t meet the standards for making such claims. It settled charges this year with companies in a variety of industries whose unqualified claims that their products were “Made in USA” or “Built in USA” weren’t true.

95. Early Differences Surface at Republican Governor’s Forum in Memphis Oct. 20 -

When the six declared contenders for the Republican nomination for governor met at this weekend’s Tennessee Federation of Republican Women convention in Memphis, there were some early differences certain to grow as the campaign intensifies.

96. Sewer Cut-Off Aligns With Developing Densely -

When the city decided in August to end all new connections to the sewer system by developments outside of the Memphis city limits effective immediately, it was about much more than the sewer system.

97. Memphis Hosts 15th Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference returns to Memphis this week for the 15th time, bringing together venture capitalists and industry leaders from around the country to give them a “target-rich environment” in which to network and potentially make deals.

98. Honeywell Spins Off Homes, Distribution Operations -

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) – Honeywell is spinning off businesses with annualized sales of more than $7 billion, but holding on to its lucrative aerospace division.

Becoming two separate and publicly traded companies, Honeywell said Tuesday, are its homes product portfolio and ADI global distribution business, along with its transportation systems business.

99. Retired FedEx Exec Rodriguez Becomes City of Memphis CIO -

Mike Rodriguez recently became the city of Memphis’ director of information services and chief information officer, a role he took on after retiring from a 27-year career at FedEx Corp. Rodriguez, who most recently served as FedEx’s director of information security, was nominated as city CIO by Mayor Jim Strickland and confirmed by the Memphis City Council Sept. 23.

100. Facebook Gives Russia-Linked Ads to Congress -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook announced Monday that it is planning more measures to increase transparency in advertising as the company provides Congress with more than 3,000 ads linked to a Russian ad agency.