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1. Memphis is Startup USA -

Umer Adnan, founder and CEO of Cowlar, came to Memphis from Pakistan to continue to grow his startup, which is a wearable device in the form of a collar for dairy cows. This aids farmers by providing health and wellness data and recommendations to improve the overall health of cows, thereby increasing milk yields.

2. The Innovation Trajectory Leads To Collaboration -

Talk by Tamara St. Claire, CIO, Xerox Healthcare. We use three key methods at innovation in my group, started St. Claire:

1. Lean Startup model: Based on a non-conventional approach to management to act more like a startup, not assuming you know what the market wants. Build. Measure. Learn – this is the cycle of Lean Startup. Then, build MVP, minimally viable product, which is a way to test customer reactions. Develop criteria for success. Should you pivot or persevere? This process manages the chaos and uncertainty of new product development. 

3. Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Looks to Dip His Toes in Tech -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

4. On-Demand Storage Offers Seasonal Space Relief -

With popular companies like Uber and Airbnb redefining their industries, it’s no surprise that other sectors are starting to tap into the country’s growing interest in on-demand services.

5. Back End Of Innovation Is The Hard Part -

The Back End of Innovation Conference this year was in the perfect setting: New Orleans. The dynamic culture that gave the world Jazz and a North American culinary culture continues to inspire innovation and serve as a model for how to pivot and re-launch itself more powerfully than before after an epic tragedy, such as Katrina.

6. Arkansas Lawmakers Weigh Launch Delay, Taxes for Medical Pot -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are considering delaying the launch of the first medical marijuana program in the Bible Belt as well as an effort to impose taxes on the drug, as they work on legislation for next year's session spelling out how pot would be made available to patients.

7. Audit: TNInvestco Program Not Producing Much ROI -

A performance audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found the state of Tennessee has only recovered $5.3 million of its initial $200 million investment in the TNInvestco program.

The TNInvestco program, which is a few years old now, is a public-private venture capital program intended to help startup companies create jobs and for the state to eventually receive a return on its investment.

8. Audit: TNInvestco Program Not Producing Much ROI -

A performance audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has found the state of Tennessee has only recovered $5.3 million of its initial $200 million investment in the TNInvestco program.

The TNInvestco program, which is a few years old now, is a public-private venture capital program intended to help startup companies create jobs and for the state to eventually receive a return on its investment.

9. Arkansas Governor Proposes $50M Tax Cut in 2 Years -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed cutting Arkansas' income tax by $50 million in two years, setting up a fight with fellow Republicans who are pushing for a deeper reduction the day after the nation's voters injected uncertainty into the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

10. New Restaurant Concept Lands at Crosstown Concourse -

A new startup organic vegetarian restaurant concept is launching in Memphis, debuting at Crosstown Concourse in early 2017.

The concept is Mama Gaia, from restaurateurs Philipp and Cru Peri von Holtzendorff-Fehling. It’s a fast-casual dining experience offering an exclusively organic vegetarian menu. The restaurant signed a lease for its debut location at 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 137, with plans to open early next year.

11. Musculoskeletal Conference Back for 14th Year -

The annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference set to take place in Memphis next week for the 14th time is a confab that brings together surgeons, venture capitalists and other industry leaders from around the world to network and pursue a bit of deal-making.

12. Samsung Joins Digital Assistant Race With Acquisition of Viv -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Samsung Electronics is joining the race to create the smartest digital assistant by acquiring Viv, a Silicon Valley startup launched by the same entrepreneurs who sold Siri to Apple.

13. Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza -

Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.

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16. Startup Confidential: 15 Interviews Later -

“Should I be doing this? How do I know I’m on the right track? What does success look like? Um … should I be doing this?” Those were the questions I woke up with nearly every day in the months after I launched my own business in March of this year.

17. First Tennessee Steps Up Financial Literacy Efforts -

Along with making loans, offering mortgages and the other banking basics that First Tennessee Bank stays busy with from one day to the next, the Memphis-based institution is in the process of stepping up its financial literacy offerings in a major way.

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19. COGIC, First Tennessee To Offer Financial Counseling -

The Church of God in Christ’s world headquarters at Mason Temple in Memphis will soon be home to free financial literacy counseling for consumers, small business leaders and entrepreneurs, courtesy of First Tennessee Bank.

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21. COGIC, First Tennessee To Offer Financial Counseling -

The Church of God in Christ’s world headquarters at Mason Temple in Memphis will soon be home to free financial literacy counseling for consumers, small business leaders and entrepreneurs, courtesy of First Tennessee Bank.

22. Study: Memphis Among Cheapest Cities for Startup Costs -

A newly published national study focused on the cost of launching a startup in the U.S. has given props to the startup ecosystem in Memphis, ranking it one of the lowest-cost cities in which to launch a startup.

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25. Obscure Midtown Warehouse to Become Company’s HQ -

The warehouse looks like a foreign object that sprouted in the middle of a Midtown neighborhood. Surrounding the two-story warehouse at 802 Rozelle St. are two-story, single-family homes with fenced yards. The adjacent CSX and Union Pacific railyard is the only indicator that this enclave was once an industrial area. After a $2 million renovation, the dated warehouse will emerge as a highly modern neighborhood asset.

26. Last Word: Mike McLean's Campaign, Jimmy Carter and Beyond Disparity Studies -

Mike McLean is running one heckuva campaign for Clerk of the Courts. Some of you are thinking, “Why haven’t I heard of that position before?” “Who is the incumbent?”

27. Memphis Startup Ecosystem Expands With AgLaunch -

Memphis’ startup ecosystem keeps getting bigger. Four startups have been chosen to participate in the inaugural round of a new agriculture-focused accelerator called AgLaunch. And yet another accelerator is launching soon in a partnership between the Start Co. organization and the city of Memphis focused on minority-owned businesses.

28. Agriculture-Focused Startup Accelerator Prepares to Launch -

Memphis is getting another startup accelerator.

AgLaunch, a joint initiative of Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, has announced the inaugural cohort of a three-month accelerator program. Four startup companies were chosen to receive a $50,000 investment and participate in three months of intense entrepreneurial programming and business development.

29. Business Owner Faces Prison for Not Paying Taxes -

A Germantown resident and business owner has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution for failing to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

30. Airline GLO Partners With Kayak for Bookings -

New Orleans-based startup airline GLO has partnered with search engine Kayak to boost its visibility for business and leisure travelers.

The partnership is a first for GLO, which has only been booking directly through FlyGLO.com and by phone since the carrier launched last November.

31. DMC Continues to Adorn Downtown with Events, Art -

A two-block alley will be the latest site for a Downtown art gallery. The Downtown Memphis Commission plans to install up to 10 different art projects along Barboro Alley, which stretches from Second Street to Front Street.

32. Airline GLO Partners With Kayak for Bookings -

New Orleans-based startup airline GLO has partnered with search engine Kayak to boost its visibility for business and leisure travelers.

The partnership is a first for GLO, which has only been booking directly through FlyGLO.com and by phone since the carrier launched last November.

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34. Business Owner Faces Prison For Failure to Pay Taxes -

A Germantown resident and business owner has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution for failing to pay employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

35. Self-Driving Car Race Sees Flurry of Partnerships -

Uber announced Thursday that it will partner with Volvo to make autonomous vehicles. The tie-up is the latest between automakers and tech companies hoping to speed driverless cars to market. Here's a rundown of who's working with whom:

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37. Memphis College of Art and EPIcenter Lay Groundwork for More Collaboration -

Piece by piece, organizations in Memphis keep building up and adding fresh elements to the city’s startup, creative and entrepreneurship culture here.

One of the latest examples is a “Creatives-in-Residence” partnership between Memphis College of Art and the EPIcenter organization, an effort this summer that culminated last week but is being planned to live on in a new form.

38. You’ve Raised the Money, Now How Do You Keep It? -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part interview with Leland FaustFinancial management and investing is critical to the sustainability of nonprofits. As a board member or trustee you have a fiduciary responsibility. But how do you fulfill that responsibility? What do you need to know as it relates to financial management and investment?

39. Last Word: Candlelight Protest, International Paper Rumors and Ruby Wilson -

Graceland and Black Lives Matter meet again Monday evening, according to the announcement as the weekend began of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens.

The coalition, which includes leaders of the July 10 bridge protest as well as the July 12 protest that briefly blocked traffic on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, isn’t too happy with how its meeting with Mayor Jim Strickland went last Thursday.

40. Collaboration Among Accelerators Hailed as Ultimate Startup Move -

Last year’s Demo Day marked the first time that the city’s primary entrepreneurship partners, Start Co. and Memphis Bioworks, combined their separate efforts into one event. This year soared past previous collaborative efforts, with seven different accelerators and three partners participating in Demo Day, the culminating pitch event for Memphis-based companies seeking the next stage of investment.

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42. New Agricenter President Talks About Ag Literacy, Organic Food Research -

When John Butler looks beyond Agricenter International’s 1,000 acres as they exist today, he sees a research and development campus.

43. Last Word: School Is In, It's Rallings and Looking At Our Reflection -

The school year begins Monday across Shelby County – for students.

Teachers have been back for the last two weeks in one way or another preparing for the year. School administrators longer than that including some new principals at several schools.

44. Former Start Co. Company Expands to Help Taxis Take on Uber and Lyft -

Helping legacy taxi cab companies compete against entrenched ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft was always going to be an uphill battle for Cabsolutely, a startup that went through one of the Start Co. accelerators in Memphis in 2014.

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46. In a Sign of Broader Ambitions, Facebook Opens Hardware Lab -

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) – Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

47. A Summer of Ingestion, Part 1 -

It’s been a summer of ingestion: Taking things in. Reading books. Watching movies.

Last week I wrote about “The Lobster.” Which has enjoyed positive review ratings, though it’s not making much money. As of July 10, it had grossed just over $8 million in a couple of months – around twice its budget.

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50. Market with a Startup Mindset -

Having spent the lion’s share of my career marketing national corporations, I would certainly say there is a science to marketing at that level and the better brands market like well-oiled machines. Opening my own business ten years ago, however, and partnering with countless startups through those years, I’ve also learned there’s a thing or two startups can teach the big boys about marketing.

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52. Last Word: A Robust 2nd Quarter, Marshall and Union and the Code Crew -

Last Word is more like First Word because of a blink of the computer overnight at around 11 p.m. that left us able to create and report but not to post. But not to worry, we will resume our night owl habits Sunday into Monday after this brief reminder of the way things used to be when the deadline was when the presses stopped.

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54. Egwuekwe: ‘Expand Your Networks’ -

As a kid growing up in Memphis, Meka Egwuekwe remembers his first computer clearly: It was from Texas Instruments, the kind Bill Cosby was selling on TV. He played games for six months, then, bored, he pulled out the instruction book and began learning to program in a language called BASIC. 

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56. Sharkey: Know Where You Want to Go -

It’s probably not surprising that it took a while to catch up with Neko Sharkey for an in-person interview. Sharkey is a classic multitasker: An engineer by training, he’s the founder and owner of Environmental Advantage Group, which provides risk management for banks, environmental compliance for construction companies, and support for other engineering firms. Sharkey is also a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, a husband and the father of three daughters.

57. Feds Ban Theranos CEO From Running Lab for 2 Years -

Federal regulators dealt a major blow to troubled blood-testing startup Theranos, banning its founder and CEO from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years.

The sanctions, announced late Thursday by the company, follow months of investigation by government testing regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Theranos, which was reportedly worth $9 billion two years ago, is the latest much-hyped Silicon Valley firm to stumble while trying to enter the health care field.

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61. Changing of the Guard -

Michael Ugwueke’s office at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is a long way from his childhood years in war-torn Nigeria.

His earliest days in a country ravaged by civil war and the loss of a younger brother are part of the reason he eventually decided to pursue a career in medicine.

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63. Bellhops Looks to Add Memphis Workers -

One of the tech-driven trends reshaping much of modern life is the Uber-ization of the mundane and the commonplace – bringing the mobile payment features and quick-tap instant gratification of hailing an Uber to almost anything an entrepreneur can think of.

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65. Medical, Edge Districts Eye Bike Share Connectivity -

Efforts to install a new bike share program in Memphis by next year are gaining traction, and organizers are envisioning a much more connected Memphis in the years to come.

Nonprofit upstart Explore Bike Share expects to launch its bike share system in Memphis in 2017, with approximately 600 bikes at 60 stations planned within the Interstate 240 loop.

66. Evolution of Memphis’ Startup Ecosystem -

In 2014, Start Co. partnered with Jumpstart America, a venture development organization from Cleveland, Ohio, that has created a decades-long legacy of entrepreneurship in communities like ours.

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69. ServiceMaster Lands EDGE Incentive Package -

The final piece of ServiceMaster’s local incentive package fell into place Wednesday, June 15, at a Memphis-Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine board meeting.

The residential- and commercial-services company, which plans to move its headquarters into the former Peabody Place mall in Downtown Memphis, received a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to offset its $9.3 million personal property investment for items such as furniture, fixtures, computers and equipment.

70. Show Time -

For the first time in years, the Peabody Place mall was packed. On June 3, hundreds of ServiceMaster employees and a handful of business and government leaders ushered in One ServiceMaster Center, a multimillion-dollar headquarters for Memphis’ fourth-largest public company.

71. Blended Reality: Riding the Waves Of Innovation -

A talk given by Shane Wall, CTO, HP. “Innovation is culture,” says Wall to start his keynote in high gear. 

 The way you get insight is to understand culture, he suggests, and to look at societal change. Not technology. 

72. Forbes: Former Richest Self-Made US Woman Now Worth Nothing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Forbes has revised the net worth of the woman it crowned America's richest self-made woman last year from $4.5 billion to nothing.

Forbes says its estimate of Elizabeth Holmes' wealth is based entirely on her 50 percent stake in troubled blood-testing startup Theranos. The company acknowledged in April that it's under investigation by several regulators and agencies following a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal in which former employees said the company's tests were unreliable. The tests use only a few drops of blood.

73. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

74. Innovating Health -

Dr. Guy Reed’s Memphis-based medical startup hit a big milestone toward the end of 2015, when Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo reached a deal to license the company’s technology.

75. $21.6 Million in Construction Headed to Graceland -

1064 Craft Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Permit Amount: $18.1 million

Project Cost: $21.6 million

76. Last Word: The Hot Seat, The Cohen-Rubio Letter and a New Historical Marker -

The hottest seat in a room of hot seats in city government can be being director of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

You wouldn’t think that from the job description, which seems pretty basic. Round up stray animals and put them up for adoption. But that’s being overly simplistic because it begs a lot of questions about how many animals and what happens if you run out of space.

77. Medical Device Startup Founders Flock To Memphis for ZeroTo510 Cohort -

It was during a hospital stay for severe abdominal pain while Srinath Vaddepally was studying for his master’s degree that he got an idea for the product and company that would eventually bring him to Memphis.

78. Ag-Focused Startup Accelerator Launching Cohort -

The community of startup founders launching companies in Memphis keeps getting bigger.

AgLaunch Accelerator, which will incubate six agriculture and food innovation startups in the city, is launching a new cohort in August. The program is a collaboration among the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s Ag Innovation Development Group, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, EPIcenter, Start Co. and a variety of other partner organizations.

79. Samsung Gear Expands Virtual-Reality Arsenal -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Smartphone maker Samsung and virtual reality specialist Oculus are trying to dazzle consumers by adding more entertainment and educational options to their Gear headset in hopes of transforming the technological curiosity into a cultural phenomenon.

80. Last Word: Council Return on Overton, No Frayser Truck Stop and Historian-apolooza -

June 30 is fast approaching. It’s coming up so fast that the City Council is moving to seal in any agreement that might come from the Overton Park Greensward mediation process before the ink dries.

81. Density is Destiny for Memphis’ Creative Economy -

The lack of density in creative workers has worked against the cultivation of a creative economy in Memphis. Density turns out to play an outsized role in the cultivation of collective knowledge and access to the resources necessary to build creative solutions to power the modern-day economy.

82. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’ -

Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.

83. Before Successes, Loeb Started from Zero – Twice -

Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.

84. Last Word: The Bible Veto Override Vote, Grizz Nostalgia and Kroger Goes Online -

The Tennessee Legislature hoped to end its 2016 session Wednesday at the end of an eventful day that included a failed attempt to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of the bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.
But into Wednesday evening, the state House was still debating the Hall tax on dividends – specifically further roll backs of it. And the Senate had gone home for the night.
So Thursday looks like a good bet for the adjournment for the year and the formal start of the election season for incumbents.

85. Memphis' Startup Accelerators Teaming Up This Summer -

For several years now, Memphis hasn’t been home to a unified hub of startup companies and activities so much as a collection of startup archipelagos, the disparate factions of activity sometimes duplicating the work of other groups.

86. Memphis Startup Economy Felt Nationally -

A couple of years ago you wouldn’t find many Memphians in the startup world crisscrossing the United States over the course of a year, let alone on a single day.

On Thursday, March 10, our community crossed a new milestone as startup ecosystem participants made their way to showcase their work and build new global relationships that would power their businesses into the future. They pitched their businesses. Exchanged best practices. Spoke on panels. Closed deals.

87. Why Businesses Should Know the SCORE -

Steven Spielberg said, "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves." And that describes the underlying philosophy of SCORE.

88. Downtown Gets Creative With Office Users -

The Downtown Memphis Commission is rebranding Memphis’ urban core to attract millennials and fill in office space vacancies with the next creative firm or startup.

Announced in November, “My HQ is Downtown” is a comprehensive marketing strategy that sells Downtown as a creative hotspot.

89. Local Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud -

A Germantown resident and business owner has pleaded guilty to one count of failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and faces sentencing July 22.

Larry Thornton, 66, the owner and chief executive of Software Earnings Inc. and First Touch Payment Solutions LLC, entered a plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Tennessee.

90. Germantown Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud -

A Germantown resident and business owner has pleaded guilty to one count of failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and faces sentencing July 22.

Larry Thornton, 66, the owner and chief executive of Software Earnings Inc. and First Touch Payment Solutions LLC, entered a plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Tennessee.

91. Dodging a Disaster With Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

92. Five to Watch -

“You can’t live in Memphis without some kind of side hustle, right?” That’s the way former WMC-TV reporter Lauren Squires Ready sees it. Her side hustle, the passion project she’s been pursuing in her free time separate from all the writing, reporting and live shots as an on-air news personality?

93. A ‘Blue Streak’ Of Kindness -

There is a place where the struggles of Memphis in overcoming crime, blight, poverty, hunger and a myriad of societal ills meets those who are driven by a purpose in life that goes beyond oneself, a need to do the right thing, and who use their talents, skills and wisdom to change Memphis for the better.

94. ZeroTo510 Nearing Application Deadline -

Applications for the fifth cohort of ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator, are being accepted for two more weeks.

The deadline is March 15. According to the program, now in its fifth year, ZeroTo510, has accelerated the creation of 20 new companies, $9.2 million in investments, and more than 40 jobs. In addition, 60 percent of graduates have received post-accelerator follow-on funding, at an average of $675,000 per company.

95. ZeroTo510 Nearing Application Deadline -

Applications for the fifth cohort of ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator, are being accepted for two more weeks.

The deadline is March 15. According to the program, now in its fifth year, ZeroTo510, has accelerated the creation of 20 new companies, $9.2 million in investments, and more than 40 jobs. In addition, 60 percent of graduates have received post-accelerator follow-on funding, at an average of $675,000 per company.

96. Farm and Gin Show Features Startup-Ag Combo -

The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital.

97. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

98. Picking Up Speed -

Forbes recently penned 2016 as the year of the female entrepreneur, and the local landscape isn’t far behind for women business owners in Memphis.

In her article, “Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs in 2016,” contributor Geri Stengel outlines that the media is celebrating stories of women leaders while the sheer numbers of women-owned firms is growing.

99. Agricenter President John Charles Wilson Retiring -

John Charles Wilson, president of Agricenter International, will be stepping down on July 1, 2016, after 15 years with the organization, but will continue on as a consultant on an as-needed basis.

The Agricenter board of directors has been actively looking at a field of candidates for his replacement.

100. Memphis Meats Startup Focused on Lab-Grown Food -

The purpose of new meat-production startup Memphis Meats Inc. is in the name, but what’s perhaps more important – the “how” of the company’s operation – is not as readily apparent.