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1. Return of Beale Street Cover Charge Adds Fuel to Debate -

There are still some details left to work out about the return of the Beale Street cover charge.

The Downtown Memphis Commission and Memphis police have to set criteria for when to use the cover charge. There is also the question of whether it is a $10 cover with coupons from merchants or the $5 cover with no rebates that was in place before the council abolished the cover altogether.

2. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Street Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

3. Council Approves Conditional Return of Beale Cover -

After much debate and consultation with attorneys, the Memphis City Council voted Tuesday, Sept. 11, to allow Memphis Police and the Downtown Memphis Commission to reinstate a cover charge for the Beale Street entertainment district.

4. Companies Weighing Options to Continue Recycling -

Recycling capabilities for many Memphis businesses and institutions were stopped or substantially reduced in recent weeks, even as global warming continues to escalate.

Republic Services confirmed that its Memphis recycling facility, ReCommunity, recently stopped accepting recycling items from commercial and institutional sources.

5. Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum Helping Local MWBEs Connect, Grow -

For local minority- and women-owned business owners like Will Graham, becoming a member of the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBCC) has been a critical piece of her company’s growth. She joined the MMBCC to help connect her medical device special processing business with local medical device manufacturers, suppliers and other medical professionals.

6. Memphis City Council Debates Reality vs. Perception on Beale -

A stabbing in the Beale Street entertainment district the Saturday night before Memphis City Council members took up safety and crowd-control recommendations from a task force added some urgency to an already emotional subject.

7. Council Approves TDZ Financing for Second Convention Center Hotel -

Memphis City Council members approved the use of Tourism Development Zone revenues Tuesday, Aug. 28, to finance the construction of a second convention center hotel as they delayed any decisions on long-term crowd control and safety measures in the Beale Street entertainment district.

8. Bredesen Seeks Rural Broadband Access Through TVA -

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is calling for congressional action enabling the Tennessee Valley Authority to deliver broadband internet access to rural parts of the state, a plan his opponent, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, says would be “anti-competitive.”

9. Last Word: Southgate Signs, Suburban Deadline and Kingsbury Allegations -

Seven months after it closed, the Kroger supermarket at the Southgate shopping center reopened Wednesday as a CashSaver grocery store in what has to be a blueprint for future efforts but is also nonetheless something that is not easily replicated. Showing the way on this has been The Works Inc. at its store at the South Memphis Farmers Market. We wrote about this earlier this year just as the Southgate solution began to take shape.

10. Memphis City Council Could Take Final Vote On Historic Districts Oversight -

After a two-and-a-half-month delay, Memphis City Council members may be ready Tuesday, Aug. 14, to take a final vote on new rules for historic districts including more oversight by the council.

A vote on third and final reading of the ordinance was delayed in June so the sponsor, council member Kemp Conrad, could meet with all sides of the issue to come up with a compromise. The ordinance follows council votes to grant historic district status, with guidelines enforced by the Landmarks Commission, for the Cooper-Young and Speedway Terrace neighborhoods.

11. Perfect Vision -

As owner of Tharp’s Optical Boutique in Midtown, Dr. Linda Tharp has run her private optometry practice from the same 1720 Madison Ave. location the past 27 years. Despite the fact that she has no street frontage, her business has grown over the years strictly through word-of-mouth and referrals.

12. Hill Bellan Rejoins Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee -

Attorney Hillary Hill Bellan, who originally joined Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee in 2012, says she always enjoyed working at the law firm and missed it when she moved to Florida in 2014. Now she is back in Memphis and has rejoined the firm, focusing her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce, custody disputes, child support modifications, parental relocation and termination of parental rights.

13. Lake District’s Newest Tenant, New Medical District Apartments -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Gould’s Salon and Spa

14. Avison Young Brokers EnSafe Sale-Leaseback -

Avison Young principals Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle have negotiated the sale-leaseback of environmental consultancy firm EnSafe Inc.’s northeast Memphis headquarters.

15. Memphis Logistics Firm To Merge With Trax -

Veraction, a Memphis-based transportation spend management and freight audit solutions provider, has announced a merger with Scottsdale, Arizona-based Trax Technologies, a global freight audit and payment provider.

16. Memphis Logistics Firm To Merge With Trax -

Veraction, a Memphis-based transportation spend management and freight audit solutions provider, has announced a merger with Scottsdale, Arizona-based Trax Technologies, a global freight audit and payment provider.

17. Triplett Returns to Ensafe as Director of Design Engineering -

After beginning his career with EnSafe in 1990 and working his way up to project manager and lead engineer over the next 17-plus years, Chris Triplett has rejoined the company as its director of design engineering. He spent the past decade working with Barge Design Solutions, and in his new role Triplett will provide leadership to EnSafe’s corporate engineering design group for design execution and delivery. He will also work closely with clients across EnSafe’s landscape to understand their needs and to provide engineering solutions.

18. Avison Young Brokers EnSafe Sale-Leaseback -

Avison Young principals Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle have negotiated the sale-leaseback of environmental consultancy firm EnSafe Inc.’s northeast Memphis headquarters.

19. Avison Young Brokers Sale-Leaseback of EnSafe HQ -

Avison Young principals Shane Soefker and Jacob Biddle have negotiated the sale-leaseback of environmental consultancy firm EnSafe Inc.’s northeast Memphis headquarters.

20. Testing a New Line -

Beale Street will be trying out new security measures this month as a task force reviewing the entertainment district continues to work on a better plan for the spring and summer weekend peak nights.

21. What Do Statewide Candidates Say About Health Care in Tennessee? -

According to Think Tennessee’s State of Our State dashboard, the state ranks near the bottom in the number of adults with heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It also ranks near the bottom of all states for the health of senior citizens, infant mortality, number of adults who smoke, and at the absolute bottom in childhood obesity. Tennesseans are, on the whole, not healthy. What can and should our next political leaders do about it?

22. Blockchain Tech ‘is the Shiny New Penny’ -

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

But tucked among the headline-grabbers was a brief bill, less than 300 words long, that attracted no controversy whatsoever.

23. Beale Street Bucks Comeback Recommended as Lawsuit Dismissed -

Almost a year after all cover charges to get in the Beale Street Entertainment District were dropped, the cover charge program known as Beale Street Bucks could be making a comeback.

The suggestion is sure to renew a vocal debate about whether charging a cover after 10 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer is an effective security measure or selective crowd control on the street that gave birth to the blues, where Saturday night crowds are a part of its history. 

24. Jernigan Capital Names Chief Investment Officer -

Jernigan Capital Inc., a Memphis-based real estate investment trust that provides debt and equity capital for self-storage facilities, has named Jonathan Perry executive vice president and chief investment officer. He is expected to join the company in early June.

25. Jernigan Capital Names Chief Investment Officer -

Jernigan Capital Inc., a Memphis-based real estate investment trust that provides debt and equity capital for self-storage facilities, has named Jonathan Perry executive vice president and chief investment officer. He is expected to join the company in early June.

26. Hub International Acquires Barnett Group’s Assets -

Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Memphis-based employee benefits consulting firm Barnett Corporate Insurers LLC, also known as The Barnett Group.

27. Hub International Acquires Barnett Group’s Assets -

Hub International Limited has acquired the assets of Memphis-based employee benefits consulting firm Barnett Corporate Insurers LLC, also known as The Barnett Group.

28. Stengel Elected President Of Construction Counsel Association -

Evans Petree PC shareholder Elizabeth B. Stengel has been elected the first female president of the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, a not-for-profit professional association of Tennessee attorneys with practices related to the construction industry.

29. 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.

30. Bartholomew Named St. Mary’s Athletic Director -

St. Mary’s Episcopal School has promoted John Bartholomew to athletic director. Bartholomew has been coaching lacrosse at St. Mary’s since 2014, and the following year, he joined the school full-time as assistant athletic director and lacrosse coordinator. He has been serving as St. Mary’s interim athletic director since last fall.

31. Pinnacle Expands Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has recruited a senior credit officer, credit adviser and two other financial services professionals to work at its main Memphis office on Shady Grove Road.

Evelin Amido, with 38 years of experience, is a senior vice president and senior credit officer. She comes from Iberiabank, where she was an executive vice president and senior credit officer.

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. Rebranded Shoemaker Insurance Expands -

Shoemaker Financial president and CEO Jim Shoemaker isn’t sure there is ever a perfect time for expansion and rebranding, but with the economy strong and his company well positioned for a transition of leadership, he could not hold off growing Shoemaker’s insurance line any longer.

34. Nashville-based Trust Company Opening Memphis Office -

Pendleton Square Trust Co., a Nashville-based independent trust and family office company, has hired an executive away from First Tennessee Bank to help launch and open an office in Memphis in the coming months.

35. Innovating Human Resources -

If you boil down the function of human relations to logical extremes, you end up with polar opposites.

On one hand you have the traditional view of HR: a place to fill out all of your essential employee paperwork, ask questions about benefits, send out messages about birthdays, and a place to be heard if you have an issue with a manager or boss.

36. MERI Rebrands With Genesis Legacy Donor Program -

Following years of significant growth for its whole-body donor program, the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) and Genesis Legacy of Life are rolling out a comprehensive rebrand of their services and spaces.

37. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

38. Events -

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development brings its apprenticeship listening tour to Memphis Monday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Bert Bornblum Library art gallery, 5983 Macon Cove. The goal of the tour is to determine the current state and future of area apprenticeship programs. Visit tn.gov/ecd/apprenticeship-tour.html for details and to RSVP.

39. Memphis Investment Firm Wins Industry Award -

Highland Capital Management in Memphis has been awarded a Top Guns designation by Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN manager database, North America’s longest-running database of investment managers.

40. Events -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts its final community engagement session to gather feedback on its Downtown relocation Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memphis fire headquarters (the site of Brooks’ future home), 65 S. Front St. Museum officials are seeking input on several topics as they begin the process of selecting an architect and creating a vision for the new space. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs requested via the Facebook event. See facebook.com/brooksmuseum for details.

41. Wiuff Looks to Boost Engagement As MAAR Board President -

Lauren Harkins Wiuff, a broker at Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, has begun her tenure as the 2018 president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Wiuff, who will serve a one-year term as board president, is also a lifetime member of MAAR’s Multi Million Dollar Club. At Marx-Bensdorf, she leads a team that includes her sister, Stephanie Sheahan.

42. Memphis Investment Firm Wins Industry Award -

Highland Capital Management in Memphis has been awarded a Top Guns designation by Informa Investment Solutions’ PSN manager database, North America’s longest-running database of investment managers.

43. Digest -

Memphis Grizzlies Suffer 15th Consecutive Loss

The Grizzlies lost their 15th straight game, 119-110 at Chicago, on Wednesday, March 7.

The team has not won since defeating the Phoenix Suns at FedExForum on Jan. 29.

44. ServiceMaster to Acquire Pest Control Company Copesan -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase and combine its Terminix national account pest control operations with Copesan Services Inc., one of the largest commercial pest management companies in the U.S.

45. Beale Crowd Control Consultant Has Early Ideas -

The head of the crowd-control consulting firm hired to study and make recommendations on crowds in the Beale Street Entertainment District already has tentative ideas.

Peter Ashwin of Event Risk Management Solutions of Boise, Idaho, met with the Beale Street Task Force last week to map out the study’s course, with a final report due May 21.

46. Risk Management Firm To Study Beale Crowd Control -

Memphis City Council members approved up to $50,000 Tuesday, Jan. 6, for Event Risk Management Solutions to study and recommend crowd control methods for the Beale Street Entertainment District.

ERMS is a Boise, Idaho-based firm that recommends risk management methods for festivals and similar events. Peter Ashwin, a former Australian Army Special Forces offices, leads ERMS and has been a consultant to six Olympic games as well as the G8 Summit in 2010. He has also provided support to the Memphis In May International Festival.

47. Customer-Focused Government Not Always a Pleaser -

Gov. Bill Haslam is fond of saying government should run more like a business, and during his eighth and final State of the State address he invoked the term “customer-focused” at least twice in a victory lap.

48. City Council Approves 2 Percent Gas and Electric Rate Hikes -

Memphis City Council members approved gas and electric rate hikes Tuesday, Feb. 6, for Memphis Light Gas and Water Division effective in July.

The two percent rate hikes for each of the sectors came after a prolonged council debate and a council vote that initially voted down the 2 percent rate hike for gas.

49. Attorney Wooten Joins Evans Petree as Shareholder -

Attorney William Allen Wooten has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, working in the firm’s Memphis office as well as its new location at the current Wooten Law Firm in Covington, Tennessee.

50. Robertson Reignites United Way’s Iconic Brand -

“All the women in my family are natural-born leaders,” Lori Spicer Robertson says as she leans forward in her desk chair. “To me, that was the norm – just what you did.”

51. Sedgwick Acquiring London-Based Claims Firm -

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has made an acquisition that expands the company’s international footprint.

52. Sedgwick Acquiring London-Based Claims Firm -

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has made an acquisition that expands the company’s international footprint.

53. Sedgwick to Acquire London-Based Claims Management Firm -

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has made an acquisition that expands the company’s international footprint.

54. Sedgwick to Acquire London-Based Claims Management Firm -

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has made an acquisition that expands the company’s international footprint.

55. 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.

56. 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.”

57. Landers Loss Factored Into Coliseum Not Being in Plan -

The probability of a repurposed Mid-South Coliseum running an operating deficit as part of a youth sports tournament complex at the Fairgrounds was what prompted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration to put a renovation of the arena on hold for now.

58. Explore Bike Share Seeking Operations Manager -

Explore Bike Share is in the hunt for an operations manager to help roll out and oversee the 600-bicycle, 60-station bike-sharing system as it prepares for its grand opening next spring.

Once hired, Explore Bike Share’s new operations manager will be in charge of guiding and implementing the daily functions of the operations team by “creating efficient processes, tracking and reporting on activities, and coordinating work schedules and tasks to ensure timely solutions.”

59. Protecting Wealth -

Gena Wolbrecht, who heads up the newly launched investment program at BankTennessee, encourages potential clients to make some of the same considerations they do when they turn to other non-financial specialists like a doctor.

60. FedEx Acquires Inventory Research Company -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. recently announced it has acquired the inventory research and management firm Northwest Research Inc.

61. Memphis Tea Business Infused With Education and Fellowship -

One of Memphis’ greatest natural resources is its water, and an Orange Mound cottage industry is infusing it with uniquely Bluff City flavors, while providing neighborhood jobs.

Bluff City Chai, Riverboat Queen Strawberry Green, Memphis After-Dark Chocolate Mint, 901 Of A Kind Chocolate Almond and Blue Suede Shoes Organic Wild Blueberry are just a few of the teas packaged and distributed by My Cup of Tea, which claims to be Memphis’ only tea-based business.

62. FedEx Acquires Inventory Research Company -

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. recently announced it has acquired the inventory research and management firm Northwest Research Inc.

63. Witnessing Real Change -

We host several Innovation Bootcamps each month. After doing this work for years, you expect a predictable pattern at each session. Surprisingly, it’s not in the transformational new thinking about the enterprise and the potential value that is created.

64. Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys -

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women.

65. Not Just for Scouts: Be Prepared in IT -

Everyone knows the scout’s motto by heart. “Always be prepared” may be more likely to invoke images of campfires and merit badges, but it applies to corporate life.

September is National Preparedness Month. With the recent devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, preparedness may already be on your mind. You probably already have plans in place for your home if a natural disaster hits – or at the very least a homeowners or renters insurance policy. But, have you thought about how secure the information technology system is at your office?

66. Are Achievement Schools a Problem or the Solution? -

Forgiveness or farewell: What should be the fate of the Achievement School District?

Among Memphis legislators, it just depends.

State Rep. Mark White calls the task to pull Shelby County’s poorest performing schools out of the state’s bottom 5 percent a “heavy lift.”

67. Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

68. Regulators Await New Tests on Unsafe Cadmium Levels at Tennessee Landfill -

CAMDEN, Tenn. (AP) – Unsafe levels of a cancer-causing metal have been found at an abandoned Tennessee landfill, and state regulators said last week they're awaiting new results to determine if there were errors in the lab or samples' quality.

69. Halvorson Assumes New Role At Cumberland Trust -

Independent corporate trust firm Cumberland Trust has promoted Rebecca M. Halvorson to senior vice president of business development and manager of regional markets. Halvorson, who joined Cumberland in 2010, is based in the company’s Memphis office.

70. Tenet Board Members Resign, Cite ‘Irreconcilable Differences’ -

Two members of Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s board of directors, who work for Tenet shareholder Glenview Capital Management, resigned their seats on the board Thursday, Aug. 17, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

71. SBA Head Sees Businesses Held Back by Lack of Loans, Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners – they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open.

72. Stronger Penalties Alone Won’t Solve State’s Opioid Crisis -

Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.

Patients have an array of tolerance to opioids, as well, from those currently addicted to those who are recovering addicts. As a result, each patient requires an “individualized” anesthetic based on their background and the procedure or surgery they’re to have, says Terry, a Murfreesboro anesthesiologist.

73. Tenn. Accounting Firms Merge, Memphis Will be HQ -

Memphis-based certified public accounting firm Brundige Payne & Co. PC is set to merge with Chattanooga-based Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, effective Aug. 1. The combined company, to be called HHM Memphis, will move to a centrally located headquarters at Memphis’ Kirby Centre, 1755 Kirby Parkway, in October.

74. Accounting Firms Merge, Will Locate HQ in Memphis -

Memphis-based certified public accounting firm Brundige Payne & Co. PC is set to merge with Chattanooga-based Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, effective Aug. 1. The combined company, to be called HHM Memphis, will move to a centrally located headquarters at Memphis’ Kirby Centre, 1755 Kirby Parkway, in October.

75. Summer in the City -

Saturday night on Beale Street is more than a catch phrase for businesses there.

It is chapters in old, out-of-print books like Lt. George W. Lee’s “Where The Blues Began” that you can only see in the Memphis-Shelby County Room of the Central Library. You can’t check the book out because of its rarity and age. But you can also find references to the lore of Saturday nights on Beale Street on plaques in the entertainment district that current patrons walk past without even noticing.

76. Last Word: Corporate Musical Chairs, Another Dollar General and Ronnie Grisanti -

The three-way deal by which Memphis-based Fred’s was to buy hundreds of Rite-Aid stores from Walgreens just keeps getting worse for Fred’s even though the deal happened last week without Fred’s. An analyst says Fred’s got cut out because of questions about the corporation’s viability to enter into what is an ambitious change of course for the company on a large scale.

77. Peer Power Hires Dennis Ring As Development Director -

Dennis Ring has joined the Peer Power Foundation as director of development. In his new role, he is responsible for spearheading and cultivating development and donor relations efforts for the 12-year-old organization, which serves more than 1,000 students using a peer-to-peer tutoring method.

78. Tenth Anniversary of Minority Business-Focused Forum on Tap -

The 10th anniversary gathering of the Economic Development Forum will bring together top decision-makers and business executives when it convenes June 27-29 at the Guest House at Graceland.

The forum is produced by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and the Memphis MBDA Business Center.

79. Financial Federal Hits $500M in Assets -

Financial Federal has hit a milestone in recent weeks – reaching $500 million in assets – that bank president William Tayloe said confirms the plan the bank is following to achieve organic growth is working.

80. Vaco Risk Solutions' Brian Prentice Talks Data Breaches, Safety -

Vaco Memphis has added Brian Prentice as managing partner of Vaco Risk Solutions, a national consulting firm that works with organizations that have IT security, risk or compliance needs; have had a recent breach; are moving data centers; require a penetration test; or have any other project-based risk management needs.

81. CEO: Wunderlich Acquisition ‘A Good Thing for Memphis’ -

In providing context for his firm’s pending acquisition by a Los Angeles-based financial services firm, Wunderlich Securities Inc. CEO Gary Wunderlich explained that “there’s been a ton of consolidation in our industry,” and that “size and scale matter.”

82. Wunderlich Securities Acquired by LA Firm in $67M Deal -

Memphis-based investment firm Wunderlich Securities Inc. will be acquired by a publicly traded Los Angeles-based financial services firm, B. Riley Financial, in a $67 million deal expected to close in June.

83. Cai to Lead Memphis Chamber’s International Business Efforts -

Jinliang (Jin) Cai has joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as vice president of international business development. In that role, Cai will be directing efforts both to grow foreign direct investment in Memphis and Shelby County and to increase the volume of local exports to foreign markets. 

84. Events -

Project Management Institute Memphis Chapter will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Guest speaker Tom Sampson, regional delivery director of Randstad Technologies’ IT Solutions engagements in the Midwest/Chicagoland area, will address the topic of Agile Transformation. Visit pmimemphis.org for details.

85. Events -

Chicago blues legend Corky Siegel will perform with musicians from IRIS Orchestra and the Memphis Blues Society Tuesday, May 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lafayette’s Music Room, 2119 Madison Ave. Enjoy dinner and drinks while taking in Siegel’s full-length “Chamber Blues” show. Cover is $5. Visit irisorchestra.org.

86. U of M Extends Ticketing, Engagement Partnership -

Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics solutions in college athletics, announced it has extended its 34-year partnership with the University of Memphis. The U of M has been working with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement since 1983.

87. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

88. U of M Extends Ticketing, Engagement Partnership -

Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the leading provider of ticketing, fundraising, marketing and analytics solutions in college athletics, announced it has extended its 34-year partnership with the University of Memphis. The U of M has been working with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement since 1983.

89. Yuletide Completes Warehouse Expansion -

Memphis-based Yuletide Office Solutions recently completed an expansion effort at its warehouse.

This additional 2,000 square feet will allow the office products company to increase the items it stocks.

90. FedEx Institute Awards Five Biologistics Research Grants -

In the second year since it established the Biologistics Research Cluster, the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has awarded five 2017 research grants, part of its commitment to funding research in the emerging field.

91. Yuletide Completes Warehouse Expansion -

Memphis-based Yuletide Office Solutions recently completed an expansion effort at its warehouse.

This additional 2,000 square feet will allow the office products company to increase the items it stocks.

92. Genetic Code -

While the anachronistic farmer trope may be a common pop-culture perception, these stewards of the land have in fact been on the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years.

And every milestone since the Neolithic period, from the first plows to today’s automated tractors, has allowed farmers to increase their yields and support a perpetually growing population.

93. Blake Solutions Finishes Rebranding -

Locally owned Blake Solutions has unveiled a new name and new look in an effort to reflect its growth in the multiunit surfaces industry, which includes hospitality, student housing, multifamily, and senior living.

94. MATA Partnership Brings Employees Mobile Clinic -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis’ public transportation provider that provides rides for almost 8 million passengers a year, has turned to a mobile solution for its employees’ health care.

95. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

96. MMDC Competition Winners Aim to Improve Medical District Efficiency -

MedHaul and Sparco Projectpedia were the winning ideas from the recent Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) Operation Opportunity business plan competition, and the entrepreneurs behind the concepts will now work with EPIcenter to cultivate them into successful ventures.

97. Sedgwick Approved For $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

98. Sedgwick Approved for $10.4 Million PILOT -

The Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County approved Sedgwick Claims Management Services’ application for a $10.4 million tax abatement during a special session Friday, Feb. 24.

99. Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home -

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

Sedgwick will apply for a 15-year Expansion PILOT that will enable the company to retain 865 jobs, create 130 new jobs, and invest $33 million into their new facility, according to papers filed with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

100. Attorney Harkavy Named To Wyatt’s Executive Committee -

Lee A. Harkavy is one of two attorneys from the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP to be named to the regional law firm’s executive committee. Harkavy is a commercial transactional attorney focused primarily on representing businesses in their external growth endeavors or exit strategies. In that capacity, he advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and capital-raising transactions.