VOL. 117 | NO. 118 | Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Far East economic director
Far East economic director
makes visit to Bluff City
International Trade Centers-Tennessee Small Business
Development Centers, Memphis Regional Chamber and the University of Memphis
present Sarah P.C. Wu, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office director, at 11:30
a.m. Tuesday at the Park Vista Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.
She will address Hong Kongs current business and investment
climate, as well as the SARS crisis.
Cost is $25. For registration information, visit www.itc-tsbdc.org.
Madison Hotel garners
high honors in first year
In its first year of operation, the Madison Hotel, 79
Madison Ave., received honors from the American Automobile Association, the
Connoisseurs Guide to the Worlds Best Resorts and Great Hotels, and Small
Luxury Hotels of the World.
AAA recently awarded The Madison its Four Diamond Award.
Only 4 percent of the 44,000 AAA-rated lodgings and restaurants attain this
Likewise, the 2003 edition of the annual Connoisseurs Guide
to the Worlds Best Resorts and Great Hotels publication designated The Madison
as a Connoisseurs Choice.
The Madison was designated a Small Luxury Hotel of the World
by that organization, which includes 290 hotels, rural retreats and city
in Fla. headquarters
ResortQuest International Inc., a marketer and manager of
vacation properties, opened its new corporate headquarters Tuesday in Destin,
The new headquarters on U.S. Highway 98 West is near
Northwest Floridas Emerald Coast adjacent to the ResortQuest-managed Topsl
Beach and Racquet Resort.
ResortQuest offices in Memphis will remain in operation
through months end.
Job prospects improve,
Memphis companies say
Memphis area employers expect to hire at a moderate pace
during the third quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
From July to September, 20 percent of
companies interviewed said they plan to hire more employees, while 7 percent intend to reduce their work force, Manpower
spokesperson Jack Quinlan said. Another 56
percent expect to maintain current staff levels and 17
percent are not certain of hiring plans.
In Jackson, Tenn., 27 percent of companies plan to hire more
workers, while 7 percent plan to reduce their work force. Another 66 percent
said they plan to maintain current staff levels. The state average has 20
percent of companies hiring, 7 percent reducing and 69 percent maintaining
The national employment outlook reveals that of 16,000
employers surveyed, 20 percent plan to increase hiring activity for the
quarter, while 9 percent expect a decrease in job prospects. A solid 65 percent
of companies surveyed expect no change in hiring, and 6 percent are uncertain
of their employment plans.
Memphis agencies nab
peak performer honors
Collier Insurance and Lipscomb & Pitts earned the peak
performer designation from MetLife Auto and Home.
Peak performers are independent insurance agencies that
deliver top yearly performance and meet stringent standards set by MetLife.
County conservation board
to meet at Shelby Farms
The Shelby County Conservation Board meets at 8 a.m. today
at the Shelby Farms Visitor Center.
Among agenda items is discussion of a Bartlett Park stream