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1. Applications Open for Start Co. Accelerator Slots -

The window is open now for entrepreneurs to apply for $25,000 in investment capital and a spot in one of the Start Co. organization’s three startup accelerators.

2. 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.

3. 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:

4. Medical Startup Trades Texas for Germantown -

David Leon’s medical device startup is the latest addition to a rapidly expanding health care, biotech and life sciences landscape in the Memphis area.

5. Dallas Medical Device Startup Moves to Germantown -

A Dallas-based medical device startup has moved its operations to Germantown, into the EPIcenter organization’s new collaborative work and business space.

Trocar Sweep LLC is focused on the development of proprietary general surgery devices with broad application. Trocar CEO David Leon said local assets like the ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator, Memphis Bioworks, EPIcenter and Innova venture capital firm makes Memphis “an obvious choice to start and grow our company.”

6. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

7. Applications Being Taken Now For Start Co. Accelerator Slots -

The window is open now for entrepreneurs to apply for $25,000 in investment capital and a spot in one of the Start Co. organization’s three startup accelerators.

8. 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.

9. Equity Crowdfunding: What’s It All About? -

Ray’s Take A new avenue for investing is garnering some media attention. It’s called equity crowdfunding, and it’s a vehicle for small entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.

10. Tennessee Startups Chasing Greater Opportunities -

When it comes to launching startup companies, Tennessee is best described as “early stage.”

The less than $200 million in venture capital invested in Tennessee businesses in 2014 is a rounding error compared to the $30 billion invested in California. And when the final tally for 2015 comes out later this month, the disparity won’t be much smaller.

11. The Grind -

For Memphis musicians like John Paul Keith, the grind is not a catchy rallying cry or slogan. It’s a philosophy, a work ethic that allows musicians like him to earn a living dedicating themselves to their craft in one of the most important music cities in the world.

12. 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.

13. From the High-Flying to the Practical: CES 2016 in Brief -

LAS VEGAS (AP) – This year's CES gadget show, like ones before it, showed off a mix of the dreamy and the practical in technology. Gadget prototypes promised us fully autonomous vehicles carrying commuters on the streets and in the sky, while gizmos went on sale that aimed to solve daily problems like restocking your fridge.

14. Innova’s Bouten Talks Growing Health Care Hub -

When Jan Bouten looks out his office window at 20 S. Dudley St., he can count no less than five medical institutions in his field of view.

15. How To Innovate Like A Startup -

Ann Thompson, The Garage Group; Kristi Zuhlke, Knowledge Hound; Tarrae Schroeder, Kellogg; Kristine Greiwe, LYFT; Luana Nichifor, Proctor & Gamble

 Ann Thompson began the talk about her big company background, at Proctor and Gamble. Then, switched to her life now at a startup. The garage group helps enables corporations to innovate and grow like startups. 

16. Sutherland Named HR Manager At CDS -

Renee’ Sutherland has joined Central Defense Staffing as the human resource manager. In her role, she is responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, training and development of employees, employee relations, conflict resolution and workers’ compensation. She has a team that consists of recruiters, coordinators and administrative support workers.

17. 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.

18. Memorable Events of 2015 will Spill Into 2016 -

When you really get down to it, history is a collection of moments, moments that, when they fall one after the other over the long arc of time, eventually form the tapestry representing who we are.

19. CFGM Grants $220K To Group of 17 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced its latest round of grants, some $220,000 in “capacity building” funds for area nonprofits.

“These grants are for mature nonprofits,” said Ashley Harper, director of grants and initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. “This is not startup funding. We feel like with our limited budget, this is a good niche for us.”

20. From Hospitals to Startups, 2015 a Big Year for Memphis Health Community -

From groundbreaking research to big-dollar grants and awards, startup launches and breakthrough innovations, Memphis’ health care, life sciences and biotech community took some significant leaps forward in 2015.

21. Bioworks Broadens Focus On Agriculture -

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation is capping off another busy year as the city’s go-to organization for seeding and promoting bioscience companies and investment by expanding its executive team and incorporating a new division into the organization.

22. Curry Named President of Evaporcool -

Chris Curry has been named president of Evaporcool Solutions LLC, a Memphis-based company whose proprietary Evaporcool System improves the energy efficiency of air conditioning and refrigeration units. In his new role, Curry will be responsible for leading all aspects of the company as it looks to aggressively expand its business.

23. 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.

24. ‘Creatives in the City’ Conference Celebrates Memphis Ventures -

Josh Horton’s Memphis-based creative company Hieroglyph is known for its hip T-shirts and for the branding work it provides to nonprofits and small businesses.

Launching and sustaining such a venture has arguably steered some cool cachet to his enterprise – not that it hasn’t been a hustle. There have been times, Horton said this week at “Creatives in the City,” a panel discussion at the Memphis College of Art, that he felt he was “making headway in a city that needed me but didn’t understand me.”

25. Emami's Care2Manage Startup Helps Families Care for Aging Loved Ones -

Ela Emami has a vision for her startup Care2Manage, an entity focused on helping families caring for a loved one, that blends technology with a human touch.

Her venture is a service platform for families with an elderly loved one that connects them to social workers, local elder care resources and organizes total health care needs. Emami also works as a geriatric care consultant, something she sees as a complementary service to her technology platform.

26. Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have to Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

That's the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Uber and Seamless. But the logistics and costs of same-day delivery — the fuel, labor, infrastructure and other costs — has been a difficult challenge to surmount.

27. Home Values Point to a Sharp Wealth Divide Within US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly isolated from each other by income and home values.

28. Start Co. Accepting Accelerators Applications -

Start Co. is gearing up for its sixth round of accelerators and is currently accepting applications from startup founders looking to jumpstart their companies.

29. Editorial: EPIcenter Adds to Memphis’ Entrepreneurial Reality -

EPIcenter’s goal of 500 new companies in a decade is ambitious, even considering the $3.75 million in capital raised since last year for 50 new companies.

The idea of bringing the city’s collective startup community together with the goal of propelling Memphis’ economy forward is valuable. But it will require all those invested in the community to play nice, so to speak.

30. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

31. Start Co. Accepting Accelerators Applications -

Start Co. is gearing up for its sixth round of accelerators and is currently accepting applications from startup founders looking to jumpstart their companies.

32. The Week Ahead: Nov. 16, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from a Stax lecture on music and the Vietnam War to Hillary Clinton’s visit…

33. Rings and Pacifiers: Health Gadgets Get Sophisticated -

HELSINKI (AP) — After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator.

"Wellness" computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of human life.

34. SEC Opens Door to Startup Investing For All -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new form of crowdfunding is coming soon that will allow startups to raise money by selling stock to Main Street investors.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday adopted rules implementing a 2012 law that opened the door to securities crowdfunding. The vote was 3-1 at a public meeting.

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36. $200M Silicon Plant Opens in North Miss. -

The first silicon metal manufacturing facility built in the U.S. in more than 40 years is now up and running in the North Mississippi town of Burnsville, a little more than 100 miles southeast of Memphis.

37. Musistic Brings Musicians Together -

Imagine being an artist who wants to collaborate with another musician who lives five states away or even on another continent.

The logistics of recording together is a nightmare at best, and impossible to get together at worst. Jimbo Lattimore and the other founders of Musistic saw the problem firsthand and realized a solution was possible.

38. SweetBio Uses Honey for Oral Healing -

Honey is more than just a sweet substance for SweetBio. It’s the main ingredient in the healing process that comes with its guided tissue regeneration membrane that will be used in oral surgeries.

39. MyCollegeSTREAM Opens Social Media Doors -

When high school students choose a college, more than financial aid availability and potential majors go into the decision.

In the university world, there is an abundance of activities, organizations and academic schools with news to share. And in today’s world, news often is shared via social media channels.

40. LendMed Wants to Track Health Care Sharing -

Through conversations with health care industry professionals, Ryan Freiden saw a need he thought he could fill.

41. Millenials College Guide Reviewed in Forbes -

A new guide to college for millenials and their parents – cowritten by Memphian Amy Howell and Anne Deeter Gallaher – gets a good review from Forbes.

42. Millenials College Guide Reviewed in Forbes -

A new guide to college for millenials and their parents – cowritten by Memphian Amy Howell and Anne Deeter Gallaher – gets a good review from Forbes.

43. GLO Will Look to Grow Routes In Memphis -

A New Orleans-based carrier new to the scene could unlock more routes for Memphis International Airport.

GLO, a startup airline founded in 2013, announced 12 weekly nonstop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis to begin in November.

44. Memphis Nabs Nonstop Flight to New Orleans -

Traveling to the Big Easy just got easier with announcement of a new carrier to Memphis International Airport.

GLO, a New Orleans-based startup founded in 2013, announced 12 weekly nonstop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis.

45. Memphis Poised to Become Regional Anchor for Entrepreneurs -

A federal agency’s attention to Memphis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem could bring stronger investment and resources for startups.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Memphis was the kick-off site of the Delta Challenge pitch competition, a six-city tour organized by federal-state partnership Delta Regional Authority to identify and support exceptional startups.

46. Vanderbilt's Wireless ECG: Real Lifesaver for Heart Attack Victims -

Susan Eagle, M.D., didn’t necessarily see herself as an inventor, but she recognized a problem in her field and she just couldn’t live with it.

47. From University Labs to the Marketplace -

The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to Middle Tennessee’s economy in 2014, according to a study released by the Nashville Health Care Council, which is a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010.

48. City of Memphis, EPIcenter Get $50,000 for Startups -

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

49. Editorial: Small Business is Big in Importance, Impact -

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

50. Preparation Enhances Chances for Small-Business Success -

The term “small business” is the ultimate misnomer.

In 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.68 million employer firms in the United States. And firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses. Businesses with fewer than 20 workers made up 89.8 percent.

51. Business Lending in Recovery Mode -

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

But since the Great Recession changed the economic landscape in 2008, how those small businesses go about gaining funding to operate or upgrade has changed. In fact, while the economic downturn hit big business, it also had a major hand in reshaping the nation’s small businesses.

52. Memphis to Soon Host 13th Annual Musculoskeletal Industry Conference -

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

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

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

54. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs to Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

55. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

56. Evolve Creates Java4Jobs To Help Finance Startups -

Evolve Bank & Trust has started a coffee company to provide financing for startups, small businesses and minority- or women-owned businesses.

57. University’s Crews Center Launches Seed Fund -

The University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship has taken what stakeholders said is a natural next step as part of acting as the university’s hub for commercializing ideas into successful startups.

58. High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit and Silicon Valley Face to Face -

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

59. Demo Day Brings Together Start Co., ZeroTo510 Entrepreneurs -

The entrepreneurial ecosystem was more abundant than ever at Demo Day 2015, where Start Co. and ZeroTo510 worked in conjunction for the first time to present graduates of their business accelerator programs to investors and community leaders.

60. Handful Of Music Festivals Set For August -

In March, one of James Sposto’s friends posted to his Facebook page a thought about being a musician in Memphis.

Daniel McKee, a bassist who’s done turns in a few different bands, lamented that he’s never had a chance to play at the Levitt Shell. Sposto, a digital media entrepreneur in Memphis, used that as a catalyst to start preparing for something he’d already had been thinking about making happen – putting on a show that celebrates and supports the local Memphis music he’s a fan of.

61. Start Co., ZeroTo510 Win $50,000 SBA Awards -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. and Memphis medical device accelerator ZeroTo510 both won $50,000 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

62. ZeroTo510 Wins Award From Small Business Administration -

Memphis’ medical device accelerator ZeroTo510 was one of the 80 winners this week in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

Each winning organization will get a cash prize of $50,000 from the SBA. In accepting the funds, the accelerators also will be committing to quarterly reporting for one year. They will be required to report metrics such as jobs created, funds raised, startups launched and corporate sponsors obtained.

63. Start Co. Wins $50,000 SBA Award -

The Memphis-based startup accelerator Start Co. has won a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund.

64. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

65. I Choose Memphis: Kenneth Burnett -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kenneth Burnett

66. Two ZeroTo510 Companies Win Pair of Honors -

Memphis’ emerging status as a hub of medical device activity is getting some major international recognition this month via honors flowing to two startups being incubated here.

Two of the four companies participating in this year’s ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator program have, in different ways, scored honors from separate international innovation and entrepreneurial programs.

67. As Amazon Turns 20, A Look at Its Biggest Bets -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

68. Gulch Approaching 50 Percent Buildout -

Nashville’s storied Gulch, originally the home of the downtown railway terminal, is approaching another milestone in its long history.

Revitalization of the area began in the early 2000s, and The Gulch Improvement District was formed in 2006. Since that time, developers have found great success in luring in upscale residential, commercial and mixed-use tenants.

69. I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

70. Mark Mosteller Joins Evolve Bank & Trust -

Mark E. Mosteller Sr. recently joined Evolve Bank & Trust as executive vice president, accounting and finance.
The new role includes a variety of responsibilities, including management of the accounting and finance department team, accounting internal controls, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, taxes and treasury management. Mosteller also works with senior and executive management and the board on accounting, finance and operational issues.

71. State Gives Environmental Award to Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

72. State Gives Environmental Award To Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

73. OneJet Lands in Memphis, Thanks in Part to FedEx -

Mid-South business travelers now have an easy, efficient way to reach several large Midwestern markets.

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, launched its inaugural Memphis to Indianapolis flight on Monday, June 22.

74. OneJet Is Memphis International Airport’s Newest Airline -

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, has launched its Memphis to Indianapolis route, providing easy access to several large markets in the Midwest.

OneJet is offering nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting Monday, June 22. Launched two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and now Memphis.

75. Memphis Startup ‘Pickle’ Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

76. Memphis Startup 'Pickle' Lands $135,000 in Funding -

A local entrepreneur has secured $135,000 in funding for her startup company, Pickle.

Morgan Steffy, an entrepreneurship fellow at the University of Memphis Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, has secured the funds for the competitive “selfie” and photo sharing application. Users can upload photos to challenge in categories such as “best dog selfie” or “most disheveled morning face” and other users vote for a winner.

77. Swimming, Snow Cones and Entrepreneurship -

A neighbor started giving swim lessons several days a week during the summer. Obviously, she is good at what she does. Her lessons bring daily traffic to a quiet side street that usually experiences mild traffic only twice a day – in the morning and evening.

78. OneJet Landing At Memphis International Airport -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

79. Number of US Job Openings Jumped to a 15-Year High in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue.

80. Collierville Commits -

Right after the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday, June 8, to raise the town’s property tax rate by 20 cents, a flash of lightning flared outside the town hall chamber’s windows.

81. OneJet Landing At Memphis International Airport -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

82. OneJet Landing In Memphis -

A startup airline catering to business travelers will begin offering service from Memphis to Indianapolis.

OneJet will offer nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting June 22. Launched about two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

83. Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars.

84. Talent Takes the Wheel -

As the economy continues to improve, employers are beginning to think of what they can do to attract and retain the best talent. In fact, I was just asked for tips on this very topic by a local employer.

85. Paragon Bank Reports Highlights, Decisive Turn at Annual Shareholders Meeting -

2014 proved a milestone year for Paragon Bank: The now 10-year-old institution saw a few decisive changes, the bank’s leadership reported at its annual shareholders meeting in recent days.

86. Cutting-Edge Creations -

Over a selection of beverages and light hors d’oeuvres at a recent gathering, a group of entrepreneurs and startup teams held court at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation for a networking session, introduced themselves to the community and got a general welcome to Memphis.

87. Memphis Financial Startup Secures Seed Funding -

Consumers are increasingly turning to technology and the convenience of smartphones to pay for goods and services or perform banking-related tasks.

That explains everything from the launch of Apple’s new ApplePay service to the formation of Memphis startup SynapsePay, a self-described early-stage financial network that has just completed a seed funding round.

88. Investors Pumping Hundreds of Millions Into Tennessee Startups -

The assignment sounded simple enough: Find out whether more money is coming into Nashville for startups.

If so, where is it coming from and what does it means to entrepreneurs, investors and the rest of us?

89. Got A Dream? Launch It With Help From Crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

90. The Power of Grit -

This NBA basketball season has been an exciting one for the Memphis Grizzlies. If nothing else, Mike Conley’s recent injury and subsequent return to the game has demonstrated that the Grizzlies, and the city of Memphis, have some serious grit.

91. Summer of Acceleration Heats Up at Start Co. -

Memphis this summer is ground zero for entrepreneurs from here and around the country working to build a fresh crop of innovative, lasting companies.

The three accelerator programs presented by the Start Co. venture organization are now underway, with eleven startup teams comprised of almost 30 entrepreneurs participating in the trio of accelerators that’s running simultaneously this summer and which got under way earlier this month. The accelerators – Seed Hatchery, Upstart and Sky High – are akin to high-intensity entrepreneurial boot camps, putting startup teams through rigorous training and hands-on experience as they develop their companies, products and ideas, all with the goal of culminating in Demo Day on Aug. 13.

92. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

93. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

94. Cowork Memphis To Host Revenue Building Class -

Cowork Memphis and startup partner The unFunnel.com will host a revenue building class May 19 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

The event, “Digital Revenue Engine 2.0: Triple Your Revenue in any Market,” is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs and will teach participants how to raise their revenue by increasing the number of customers, the average transaction value per customer and the number of transactions per customer.

95. Cowork Memphis to Host Revenue Building Class -

Cowork Memphis and startup partner The unFunnel.com will host a revenue building class May 19 at Cowork Memphis, 902 S. Cooper.

The event, “Digital Revenue Engine 2.0: Triple Your Revenue in any Market,” is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs and will teach participants how to raise their revenue by increasing the number of customers, the average transaction value per customer and the number of transactions per customer.

96. Economic Microscope -

Back in 2012, Century Wealth Management president and founder Jay Healy was telling the firm’s clients that the U.S. stock market was behaving like a coiled spring.

97. Start Co. Startups Pull in $1.8 Million -

The funding announcements keep rolling in for startup teams that participated in Start Co.’s 2014 round of accelerator programming.

98. Woods Brings Focus on Startups to Archer-Malmo Digital Arm -

Archer-malmo might seem the epitome of an old school ad firm that is steeped in history, especially given the two prominent Memphis names that comprise the firm’s title.

For evidence of how firmly the Memphis-based advertising agency has its feet planted in all things tech and in the world of startups and web-connected professionals, consider the work of Patrick Woods. He’s the director of a-m ventures, the firm’s division that focuses on investing money and creative capital into digital startups, work that involves spending time around the country as well as in Memphis looking out for hot companies with big potential.

99. Start Co. Uses Startup Insights to Fuel Community Benefits -

A few weeks ago, representatives of Start Co., the Memphis-based venture development organization that guides startups through a few fast-paced business accelerators, spent a day at the library.

100. 'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite for Edible Insects -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.