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1. Many See Cause for Optimism Despite Slower US Job Growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

2. Cognac, Cars & Cigars To Benefit Make-A-Wish -

Attendees to an upcoming Make-A-Wish fundraiser will have the chance to enjoy cognac and premium cigars while perusing luxury cars from Gossett Audi and Gossett Porsche and personal cars from NBA players.

3. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

4. Pinnacle Financial Partners Announces Another Merger -

Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners, which recently entered the Memphis market through its acquisition of Magna Bank, is continuing its march to dominance across the state’s major urban markets.

5. Equality of Partners a Problem for Titan Owners -

It’s the question that won’t go away – will the Tennessee Titans be sold. On the day the Titans formally introduced Jon Robinson as general manager and Mike Mularkey as head coach, team president Steve Underwood admitted that the NFL is not happy with the team’s ownership structure, which is split evenly among Bud Adams’ heirs.

6. Helping Hand -

Cindy MacAulay started collecting a flurry of news articles last year about restaurants opening in Memphis, new businesses setting up shop here and on ways the city is improving and growing.

It was research about the city she’s in the process of making her new home.

7. Bill Seeks Private Transportation Partnerships in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bipartisan legislative proposal would clear the way for public-private partnerships on transportation projects in Tennessee.

Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the bill would allow state and local governments to enter into agreements with private vendors to build and operate light rail and roads to help alleviate traffic congestion.

8. Councilman Boyd Calls For PILOT Moratorium -

Memphis City Council member Berlin Boyd is calling for a three-month moratorium on any new tax breaks through the Economic Development Growth Engine to come up with a local business participation program.

9. Lifeblood Grows Fleet With 7th Bloodmobile -

Lifeblood has added a seventh bloodmobile to its fleet, thanks to a Plough Foundation grant.

The 40-foot-long mobile blood drive bus boasts the latest generator technology, including two turbo-charged generators with low emissions, as well as custom interior design for maximum comfort.

10. Cognac, Cars & Cigars To Benefit Make-A-Wish -

Attendees to an upcoming Make-A-Wish fundraiser will have the chance to enjoy cognac and premium cigars while perusing luxury cars from Gossett Audi and Gossett Porsche and personal cars from NBA players.

11. Events -

Rotary Club of Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 2, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Boyd, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will speak. Visit memphisrotary.org.

12. Pinnacle Financial Partners Announces Another Merger -

Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners, which recently entered the Memphis market through its acquisition of Magna Bank, is continuing its march to dominance across the state’s major urban markets.

13. Events -

Greater Memphis IT Council will host a Tech Tuesday event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Ave. Mark Stephens of First Horizon Corp. will present “Dashboards & Data Analytics.” Register at memphisitcouncil.com.

14. Ultrasound Studio to Open in East Memphis -

Hearing a baby’s heartbeat and seeing the child’s form for the first time can be one of the most anticipated and emotional moments for would-be parents during the course of a pregnancy.

15. Wheel Distributor WSD Comes to Memphis -

Wheel and tire distributor WSD Inc. has signed a 25,386-square-foot lease in the Outland Business Park. The lease at 4995 Outland Center Drive, suite 107, commenced on Jan. 1.

16. Events -

Ballet Memphis and The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host An Evening with Ballet Memphis: “Places” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Enjoy a night of drinks, discussion and dance with the minds behind Ballet Memphis’ latest show. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

17. MATA ‘Thinking Outside the Bus’ to Overcome Funding Shortfall -

To accommodate for a chronic budget shortfall, the Memphis Area Transit Authority said that it has to start “thinking outside the bus.”

In January, Memphis was announced as one of the pilot partners of a new app that coordinates public transit with private Uber cars.

18. Fenced Out -

There’s a major problem in Memphis when it comes to minorities: African-Americans make up 63 percent of the population but garner less than 1 percent of total business receipts within Memphis, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

19. Events -

Staxtacular 2016, the Soulsville Foundation’s largest fundraiser, will be held Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Stax Museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Hosted by Vince Carter and the Memphis Grizzlies, “The Baller’s Ball” brings together the world of sports, music and philanthropy to benefit the Soulsville Foundation’s youth programs. Tickets are $175. Visit staxtacular.com.

20. Last Word: Out of Time, Brian Collins and Fear of Heights & A Different No Gang Zone -

I have a confession. Hillary Clinton is not happy with me.
I’ve seen the signs in recent weeks but didn’t want to accept the truth.
Then Wednesday evening, as I was about to put this column together, I got an email from the former First Lady and Secretary of State and Democratic presidential contender.
The subject line cut to the chase: “We’re running out of time, Bill.”
The message itself, on a backdrop of Blue State blue read:

21. Bendy Brewski: Yoga Offered to Memphians in Unconventional Spaces -

The unusual venture former Memphian Beth Cosi launched in Charleston back in 2011 – pairing yoga and beer, with classes held in local breweries – might at first sound like a cheap trick to convince people who’ve never hit the mat before to give it a try.

22. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4 Million -

256 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 6, 2015

23. Logistics Startup Exec: Amazon Gunning for FedEx -

The number of voices in the technology world convinced that Amazon has stuck a target on the back of FedEx – as well as its larger competitor, UPS – continues to grow.

The latest is Matthew Hertz, director of operations at package shipment startup Shyp. He took to social networking service LinkedIn in recent days to pen a commentary about why Amazon’s emergence as a significant logistics alternative appears to be a matter of when, not if.

24. The Week Ahead: Jan. 25, 2016 -

We hope everyone survived Snow Terror ‘16 and is looking forward to a fun, productive week ahead that’s free of milk and bread runs. (Saturday’s high temp is 60 degrees – woohoo!) Here’s your weekly rundown of events and happenings worth paying attention to…

25. Wheel Distributor WSD Comes to Memphis -

Wheel and tire distributor WSD Inc. has signed a 25,386-square-foot lease in the Outland Business Park. The lease at 4995 Outland Center Drive, suite 107, commenced on Jan. 1.

26. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4M -

An entity affiliated with Belz Enterprises has sold the Linden Camilla Towers in Midtown for $14.4 million.

The 11-story senior living apartments, located 256 S. Camilla St., are still under local ownership.

27. Memphian Appointed To THDA board -

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as a member of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors.

28. DHL Triples Space in New Memphis Service Center -

International shipping provider DHL is undergoing a Memphis growth spurt and has expanded a service center to meet growing need.

This week, operations got fully underway at the new 30,000-square-foot facility at 3560 Air Center Cove, near the Memphis International Airport. Previously, DHL was housed at an 11,000-square-foot space at 4140 Getwell Road.

29. Father Don’s Legacy: Planting Seeds of Hope -

It is said that the future belongs to those who give the next generation reason to hope. This saying rings true in the life of Rev. Donald Mowery, and is lived out through his decades of commitment to youth in Memphis and across the country.

30. Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team -

Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.

31. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4M -

An entity affiliated with Belz Enterprises has sold the Linden Camilla Towers in Midtown for $14.4 million.

The 11-story senior living apartments, located 256 S. Camilla St., are still under local ownership.

32. Thousands Expected For MLK Day Memphis Cleanup -

Three local organizations are observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a citywide cleanup expected to draw thousands of Memphians.

33. Pinnacle Financial Partners Expands Memphis Team -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is continuing to expand its ranks in Memphis.

The latest addition is a team from Cadence Bank that will accelerate Pinnacle’s commercial and industrial lending in the city and is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

34. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

35. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

36. Memphian Appointed To THDA board -

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as a member of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency board of directors.

37. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

38. Church Health Center Begins Crosstown Construction -

The Church Health Center is the first Crosstown Concourse founding partner to begin its build-out.

On behalf of the Church Health Center, contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder has applied for a $15.6 million building permit for new construction in the mixed-used development at 495 N. Watkins St.

39. Pinnacle Financial Partners Expands Memphis Team -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is continuing to expand its ranks in Memphis.

The latest addition is a team from Cadence Bank that will accelerate Pinnacle’s commercial and industrial lending in the city and is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

40. Practices For Today’s Consumer Reality -

Sandra Kang, Director, Brand Insights, Digital Insights & Consumer Affairs, Clorox

Not so long ago, we could take out a TV ad, take out a newspaper ad – and win with consumers. Now, it’s all different for the CPG industry. The, retailers led.

41. Last Word: SOTU React, OPEB Comeback and NFL Nostalgia -

The day after the last State of the Union address by President Barack Obama here's a breakdown of the reaction from our delegation to Washington.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen emphasized Obama's references to criminal justice reform.
"I know he is also committed to criminal justice reform and I hope my colleagues will work together to put meaningful reform on his desk," Cohen said.
Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher tweeted, "We need a plan to keep America safe and make America strong. I did not hear that from the President tonight."
Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander: "If Pres. Obama focuses on what he agrees on with Congress instead of what we disagree on, there's quite a bit we could get done in 2016."
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker urged the "swift release" of U.S sailors being held overnight by Iran in a border dispute just before the speech.

42. Thousands Expected For MLK Day Memphis Cleanup -

Three local organizations are observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a citywide cleanup expected to draw thousands of Memphians.

43. CCRFC Approves $1.7M For Convention Center Work -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved up to $1.7 million in revenue bonds Tuesday, Jan. 12, for Memphis Cook Convention Center improvements.

44. Church Health Center Begins Crosstown Construction -

The Church Health Center is the first Crosstown Concourse founding partner to begin its build-out.

On behalf of the Church Health Center, contractor Grinder, Taber & Grinder has applied for a $15.6 million building permit for new construction in the mixed-used development at 495 N. Watkins St.

45. Shelby County Mortgage Activity Solid in 2015 -

The Shelby County mortgage market had a strong 2015, and lenders expect the momentum to continue for the foreseeable future.

Among loans made at the time of purchase, banks and mortgage lenders made 9,368 mortgages in Shelby County during 2015, up 11 percent from the 8,470 mortgages during 2014, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

46. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Acquires Local Real Estate Firm -

Real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and its parent company BGC Partners Inc. have acquired local company Steffner Commercial Real Estate.

47. Helping Memphis Make the Shift to Startups -

It’s been quite a year! We saw Memphis’ first joint Demo Day with Start Co. and Zeroto510, graduated 18 startups from accelerator programming and hosted several investors and startup enthusiasts from all over the country here for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. However, on a national scale, our startup community still has plenty of work to do.

48. Are You Really Committed? -

This is the third in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success.

Commitment is critical to successful fundraising. Without commitment, ideas and plans remain just that. Our experience has shown that the full commitment of the board of directors, CEO, staff and volunteer leadership is key to fundraising success.

49. Collierville Assisted Living Facility Sells for $17 Million -

601 Wolf River Blvd.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $17 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015

50. University of Memphis Institutes Team Up for Biologistics Partnership -

Two research institutes at the University of Memphis – the FedEx Institute of Technology and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute – have teamed up to launch a biologistics partnership.

The FedEx institute is referring to partnerships like the new one around biologistics as “clusters,” research areas around which the institute wants to collect projects, research efforts and programming. It’s part of a push by the institute to try and put itself at the center of innovation in the city, according to Cody Behles, the institute’s manager of innovation and research support.

51. After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game -

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

The announcement comes out of The Urban Child Institute’s Thursday, Jan. 7, board meeting, at which Jill Crocker, a Bank of America executive, was elected chairwoman.

52. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Ranks in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is growing again at its Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

Matt Buyer and Ashley Preskenis are the latest additions, from SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank, respectively.

53. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

54. From City to Rural County, Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Delivers -

Poverty and hunger are easy enough to find in Memphis. You don’t have to go far from the Mid-South Food Bank’s offices, at 239 South Dudley St., before you start wandering into pockets of isolation – food deserts.

55. Hudson Bay's Online Push, Snaps Up Luxury Deal Site Gilt -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hudson Bay has purchased the luxury deal site Gilt Group Holdings Inc. for $250 million as traditional retailers follow shoppers, and their money, online.

56. Pinnacle Financial Partners Adds to Ranks in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is growing again at its Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

Matt Buyer and Ashley Preskenis are the latest additions, from SunTrust and First Tennessee Bank, respectively.

57. Pilot Distribution Center Sells for $11.9 Million -

The 605,000-square-foot Pilot Distribution Center in Southeast Memphis has sold for $11.9 million.

Sealy Strategic Equity Partners LP, working as Sealy Pilot LLC, purchased the industrial warehouse at 4221 Pilot Drive from Pilot Distribution Center Inc. on Dec. 22, according to a warranty deed.

58. Incarcerated Youth Offer Solutions, Hope -

There is a growing concern about the increase of youth violence in the United States, and an equally growing commitment to advance the work of violence prevention and early intervention to prevent youth violence before it occurs. Memphis is no exception, on either issue.

59. Mall of Memphis Property Bought by Trucking Company -

113-Acre Former
Mall of Memphis Site
Sale Amount: $3.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Buyer: TAG Real Estate Holdings LLC
Seller: Memphis Industrial Properties LLC (Johnson Development Associates Inc.)
Loan Amount: $23 million
Loan Date: Dec. 29, 2015
Lender: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Details: The 113-acre former Mall of Memphis property has a new owner. TAG Real Estate Holdings, an affiliate of Memphis-based TAG Truck Enterprises LLC, paid $3.9 million, or $34,513 an acre, to buy the property from Johnson Development Associates Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties LLC.

60. Tennessee Looks for Returns From Investment Program -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After six years, an investment program in Tennessee has become a sparkplug for startups and spurred job creation. It has put private investors on track to make millions and yielded millions in tax savings for insurance companies.

61. Pinnacle Financial Among Top Workplaces for Camaraderie -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been named as one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Camaraderie, according to Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

The recognition is based on employees’ assessments of the sense of team, fun and collegiality in their workplace. Pinnacle entered the Memphis market a few months ago via its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank, branches of which have since been converted to the Pinnacle brand.

62. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

63. Mall of Memphis Land Sold to Trucking Company -

The development company that wanted to build a speculative industrial park on the former Mall of Memphis site has sold the property instead.

Johnson Development Associates, Inc., acting as Memphis Industrial Properties, LLC, has unloaded the Mall of Memphis land in a Dec. 29 warranty deed.

64. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

65. Highland Row Set to Land Steakhouse -

The restaurateurs behind long-standing Italian restaurant Amerigo are bringing a new concept to a high-profile project.

Char, a steakhouse restaurant, is headed for a July opening in Highland Row.

66. University of Memphis to Focus on Drone Research in 2016 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology in 2016 will roll out heavy programming, research and community engagement in drones and other unmanned vehicles as these emerging technologies continue to mature.

67. Crestview Collection Makes New HQ in Oakhaven -

4300 Concorde Road
Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $6.9 million

Sale Date: Dec. 15

Buyer: CLI Inc.

Seller: Lester McMahan Partnership

Loan Amount: $6 million

68. Memphis Banking Officials Brace for Changes In New Year -

As he chatted about the Memphis banking market with a few guests in a conference room at his bank’s headquarters on Quail Hollow Road back in 2010, Magna Bank chairman, president and CEO Kirk Bailey looked into the future and imagined how local mergers must surely be on the way.

69. Speak Creative to Break Ground on New HQ -

Speak Creative will break ground Jan. 5 on its new East Memphis headquarters at 1648 W. Massey Road.

70. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands has acquired Allgoods LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, an apparel school fundraising company.

71. Midway Point -

A quality, affordable neighborhood for low- to moderate-income Memphians. That’s developer Henry Turley’s ongoing vision for Uptown, a North Memphis neighborhood benefiting from $150 million in redevelopment efforts.

72. Varsity Brands Acquires Texas-Based Company -

Memphis-based Varsity Brands has acquired Allgoods LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, an apparel school fundraising company.

73. EPIcenter Launches Work, Business Space In Germantown -

The EPIcenter entrepreneurship organization has teamed up with the city of Germantown to open a collaborative work and business space in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a shopping center at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby Road.

74. Resurrection Health to Open New Clinics in 2016 -

As Resurrection Health, a faith-based, evangelical health service organization, prepares to celebrate its first birthday, the enterprise is already planning to roll out two more clinic sites in 2016.

75. University of Memphis Promotes Health Through Architecture -

Five departments of the University of Memphis are now members of the American Institute of Architects’ Design & Health Research Consortium.

The partnership works to improve public health by drawing out its connections to lived environment and architecture.

76. Altour Buys Controlling Interest in A & I Travel -

Travel management company Altour International Ltd. has purchased a controlling interest in Memphis-based A & I Travel Management Inc.

77. Taylor Berger: Loflin Corner ‘One of the Most Exciting Projects’ -

The “entertainment destination” planned for the corner of Carolina and Florida streets garnered $65,425 in funds from the Center City Development Corp., and the partners behind the Loflin LLC were revealed.

78. Altour Buys Controlling Interest in A & I Travel -

Travel management company Altour International Ltd. has purchased a controlling interest in Memphis-based A & I Travel Management Inc.

79. Memphis Lessons That Follow You Home -

Every now and then events occur that seem small, routine, just part of the job until they collide with such force that they explode with meaning, renewing your work with a sense of purpose and change a job into a mission.

80. Council Approves $4M Loan for Belz’s Midtown Market -

The mixed-use project at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard got a $4 million federal boost with a proposal from developers Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners clearing the Memphis City Council Tuesday, Dec. 15.

81. Current City Council Marks End of Term -

Memphis City Council members mark the end of an eight-year era Tuesday, Dec. 15, when the body holds its last meeting of 2015.

It is also the last session of the current council’s four-year term of office. With the end of the term, six of the 13 members will be leaving office.

82. The Week Ahead: Dec. 14, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from the annual AutoZone shareholder convergence Downtown to the new Star Wars movie...

83. University of Memphis Promotes Health Through Architecture -

Five departments of the University of Memphis are now members of the American Institute of Architects’ Design & Health Research Consortium.

The partnership works to improve public health by drawing out its connections to lived environment and architecture.

84. Memphis Tigers Football Hitches Hopes To Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

85. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

86. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

87. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

88. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

89. Memphis Football Hitches Hopes to Young Mike Norvell -

He was Mr. Joe College, the star wide receiver on the football team at Central Arkansas. She was the roommate of a girl on the basketball team that was a friend of his.

Mike Norvell was supposed to take the ballroom dancing class with the basketball player. Didn’t exactly work out that way.

90. ZeroTo510 startup SweetBio raises another $900,000 -

One of the most recent companies to participate in the Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program has raised another $900,000 in venture capital funding.

That new equity financing raised by SweetBio, a medical device startup specializing in wound-healing biomaterials with a dental focus, brings the venture’s total raise to more than $1 million in the past six months.

91. Pinnacle Adds To Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new local talent to its Memphis ranks.

The Nashville-based bank, which in recent days wrapped its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank, has brought on three veterans of First Tennessee Bank as well as a senior portfolio manager from Metropolitan Bank.

92. Gates Foundation to Fund U of M Teacher Prep Program -

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to provide $34.7 million over three years to a set of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, including one at the University of Memphis.

93. Memphis-Based V2 Media Acquires Media Source -

Two Memphis video production companies have come together via an acquisition.

V2 Media, which has been in the video production business since 1989, has acquired Media Source, a firm that has offered corporate/broadcast video production and media monitoring services since 1994.

94. Versant Inks Office Lease at Germantown Park -

Memphis-based Versant Supply Chain is going corporate with a newly signed anchor tenant lease in the Germantown Park office development near Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove.

The seven-year commitment is a big move for Versant, which has been operating out of built-in office space at its 4105 Mendenhall Road warehouse.

95. Accelerate Growth By Integrating Research -

Stephanie Cunningham, Associate Director, Global Insights Business Lead – Specialty Division, The Clorox Co.; Jody McInerney, Senior Vice President, Burke Inc.

96. Gates Foundation to Fund U of M Teacher Prep Program -

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to provide $34.7 million over three years to a set of five Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers, including one at the University of Memphis.

97. How to Keep Workplace Lions at Bay -

A lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them.

98. Memphis Creatives Walk Through Recent Branding Projects -

Ben Fant and Andrew Holliday are principals at two Memphis creative firms that each undertook similar projects recently – crafting brand messaging for clients in the restaurant industry.

99. Pinnacle Adds To Team in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has added some new local talent to its Memphis ranks.

The Nashville-based bank, which in recent days wrapped its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank, has brought on three veterans of First Tennessee Bank as well as a senior portfolio manager from Metropolitan Bank.

100. Memphis-Based V2 Media Acquires Media Source -

Two Memphis video production companies have come together via an acquisition.

V2 Media, which has been in the video production business since 1989, has acquired Media Source, a firm that has offered corporate/broadcast video production and media monitoring services since 1994.