Editorial Results (free)
1. Efforts To Grow Black Business Face Wealth Gap
- Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The story of a business founded by maxing out personal credit cards or using home equity or both is usually told when that big financial risk works. You don’t hear a lot about when it doesn’t work.
2. Last Word: Opening Day at the Polls, Court Square Sighting and Different Moonlight
- Friday, July 13, 2018
For some candidates summer heat is a campaign tradition that they thrive on. Governor Ned McWherter was one of those candidates. But for most of those running for political office in an election year, it amps up the grueling pace immeasurably, especially the pace of a statewide campaign in a state whose northeastern most point is closer to Canada than it is to Memphis. That is the atmospheric setting for Friday’s first day of the early voting period. And a look at the past turnout for this election cycle shows the statewide primaries on the ballot will likely tell a good part of the story.
3. Building Diversity
- Friday, June 29, 2018
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been looking for a good deal on cars. “City Hall, as you can imagine, buys a lot of vehicles,” he told a group of 300 gathered Wednesday, June 27, at the city’s third annual symposium promoting a larger share of city contracts for local, minority- and women-owned businesses.
4. City Minority Business Effort Goes For One-on-One Talks
- Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The business of awarding city government contracts is a very formal process with information given out about a contract up for bid at a specific time with so many days to respond in writing.
City Hall’s move to award more of those contracts to local, minority- and women-owned businesses will place business owners new to the government contracting process across the table from city division directors on Wednesday, June 27.
5. Minority Business Growth Aim of 'The 800 Initiative'
- Thursday, May 31, 2018
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is proposing $500,000 in city funding each of the next three fiscal years to help fund a new initiative to bolster the city’s 800 minority-owned businesses that have paid employees.
6. Universal Life Insurance Building Reopens With New Hope for Black Economic Growth
- Thursday, April 5, 2018
There is still some build-out to be done on the Universal Life Insurance building at Danny Thomas Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. But Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other dignitaries cut the ribbon Tuesday, April 3, on the formal reopening on the 1920s Egyptian-themed landmark in black business enterprise.
7. Universal Life Building To Reopen Tuesday
- Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Memphis government and business leaders are preparing to reopen the Universal Life Insurance Co. building, 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., following its renovation through a public-private partnership with the city of Memphis.
8. Touting a Win-Win Partnership
- Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Joann Massey, director of business diversity & compliance and Title VI coordinator for the city of Memphis, speaks to media and supporters at the groundbreaking celebrating the partnership of PeroxyChem and the Maynard C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant. In partnership with the city, PeroxyChem’s new production plant will save the city money in sewer treatment costs, while also creating local jobs with a particular focus on hiring minority-owned subcontractors. ...
9. Groundswell of Support
- Saturday, December 16, 2017
(From left to right) Alberto Garibi, Joann Massey, Bruce Lerner, Robert Knecht, Patrice Robinson and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland celebrate the groundbreaking for the partnership between PeroxyChem and the Maynard C. Stiles Wastewater Treatment Plant. In partnership with the city of Memphis, PeroxyChem’s production will result in reliability of supply and save the city the cost of shipment, while also creating local jobs with a particular focus on hiring minority-owned subcontractors....
10. ICCC Program Attracts Local Business Owners
- Thursday, August 31, 2017
More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses. The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014.
11. Inner City Capital Connections Program Attracts Local Business Owners
- Wednesday, August 30, 2017
More than 100 local entrepreneurs received mentoring and coaching on Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help them grow their small businesses.
The Inner City Capital Connections program at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus returned after first coming to Memphis in August 2014. The ICCC program was developed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research and strategy organization.
12. Regions, FedEx Backing Business Seminar
- Monday, August 28, 2017
Regions Bank is joining FedEx Corp. to provide financial backing for a seminar for business owners this week that will include 20 Regions bankers providing customized business coaching for entrepreneurs.
13. Charting a Course
- Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Daphne Large, founder, CEO and president of Data Facts Inc., didn’t have her company certified as a woman-owned business for 25 years. “I don’t want to be chosen because I’m a woman, but because I’m the best,” Large said, voicing a sentiment that many women business owners agree with.
14. Women-Owned Businesses Chart Progress of Diversity Contracting Efforts
- Saturday, August 12, 2017
Daphne Large, founder, CEO and president of Data Facts Inc., didn’t get her company certified as a woman-owned business for 25 years.
15. Hardy: EDGE’s MWBE Program Not Working
- Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber board said first indications are that minority business requirements in tax breaks awarded by the Economic Development Growth Engine – or EDGE – aren’t working.
16. Last Word: Carousel Preview, New Crime Stats and EDGE Does Multi-Family
- Friday, May 19, 2017
The group Friends of the Fairgrounds got together Thursday evening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and got the first group tour of the Grand Carousel center under construction at CMOM. This is as the museum focuses more on fundraising for the $6 million project that has already raised the money for the restoration of the carousel itself and now sets about the task of paying for the building around it including a banquet hall. Here’s a look from our Facebook page with more to come on CMOM and the Fairgrounds for the Monday edition that will probably go up on line Friday.
17. The Week Ahead: February 28-March 6
- Monday, February 27, 2017
It's Monday, Memphis – time to peek at this week's (very busy) dance card, from the opening of Graceland's $45 million entertainment complex to a showcase of the latest high-tech ag innovations to a celebration of some local "hidden figures." Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...
18. City Graduates First Companies Through New Business Accelerator
- Monday, January 30, 2017
The city of Memphis’ inaugural minority business accelerator has graduated its first participants – seven companies whose businesses touch everything from event planning to construction – but in some respects the work is only now just beginning.
19. Last Word: MAA and TraVure, JT Votes Early and Minority Biz Momentum
- Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Big news overnight for one of several corporate headquarters moves we’ve been watching in the last year. Mid-America Apartments LP is poised to become the anchor of the TraVure mixed-use development on the western side of Germantown.
20. Increasing Firms Eligible for Contracts Could Propel More Minority Businesses
- Tuesday, October 25, 2016
City Hall’s effort to improve the level of business Memphis does with minority-owned firms has to meet up with the broader local effort to improve the growth of minority businesses in private, business-to-business contracts, says one of the leaders of the 2-year-old renewed push on both fronts.
21. Last Word: Big River Weekend, Buying Local and The Rehabilitation of Lane Kiffin
- Friday, October 21, 2016
The city’s riverfront will be a very busy place Saturday with several events – the one getting the most attention is the opening of the Big River Crossing – the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River on the north side of the Harahan Bridge.
22. Strickland Has 4 Plans to Spike Minority Business
- Friday, September 30, 2016
Black-owned businesses take in less than 1 percent of all revenue flowing through Memphis, which is unacceptable, according to Mayor Jim Strickland. On Sept. 28, Strickland introduced four new programs that will boost the wealth of minority and women-owned businesses.
23. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel
- Monday, July 25, 2016
Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.
24. Memphis Symposium Aims to Connect MWBEs With Opportunities
- Monday, July 25, 2016
In an effort to increase transparency in public spending, The city of Memphis will put department heads in conversation with minority- and women-owned businesses as part of the inaugural We Mean Business symposium.
25. Council Members Express Impatience with Minority Contracting Complexity
- Monday, April 25, 2016
Some Memphis City Council members want to challenge City Hall’s existing minority business system as its minority business effort is being streamlined.
The possible challenge includes questioning the idea of percentage goals in contracting based on a complex formula that includes multipliers.
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer, a success story, an advocate for the poor and middle class, and now she’s one of the most influential people in the private sector.
27. Last Word: Presidents Day In An Election Year, Minority Business and Spring Training
- Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Presidents Day in a presidential election year.
Consider the political kaleidoscope of a foggy office-bound or home-bound Monday in Memphis with former President George W. Bush on the tube in the late afternoon defending his brother’s presidential campaign without once uttering the word Trump.
No further word of a Trump appearance promised for Memphis and some of Donald Trump’s own statements Monday suggested that by the time Memphis is on his schedule, he might be running as an independent.
Then there is the obsession in one corner of social media with Supreme Court history in rich detail.
And heads were turned Monday evening by the excerpt on the Grammys from the Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton – a founding father born in the West Indies who established the nation’s financial system and the Federalist party. He never became a president, in part, because the vice president killed him. Hamilton wasn’t the only one who had been talking bad about Aaron Burr. The top of the ticket, President Thomas Jefferson, had decided to dump Burr from the ticket in the next election and Burr was trying to transition to become governor of New York.
28. Massey to Lead Memphis' Consolidated Minority Business Office
- Monday, February 15, 2016
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is combining the two city offices overseeing minority business efforts into one agency.
29. New Identity
- Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Every great person, every great organization and every great city is trying to be better today than they were yesterday.
That’s how Nancy Coffee puts it in describing the motivation behind the new name that’s been chosen for the nonprofit group she’s the president and CEO of – the New Memphis Institute, which used to be known as the Leadership Academy.
30. Palmer Joins Cannon Wright Blount As Director of Assurance
- Wednesday, October 24, 2012
David Palmer has joined Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm as director of assurance and accounting services. Palmer’s specialties include audit and profit-sharing plans in the nonprofit, health care, government and construction industries.
31. Massey Keeps Tabs on Industrial Incentives
- Friday, June 19, 2009
Joann Massey started her new job just six months ago, but within that short time frame she has been a key player on a team that has made Memphis a better competitor for new jobs.