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VOL. 130 | NO. 150 | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Start Co. to Host Delta Pitch Competition

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is seeking its second round of fellows to join the inaugural class of DEN fellows through six Delta Challenge pitch competitions across the region this fall.

Delta Regional Authority Federal co-chairman Chris Masingill announced the six Delta Challenge pitch competitions today to be held throughout the eight-state Delta region, with the first kicking off in Memphis Sept. 18, hosted by Start Co.

Over the course of the six competitions, up to 20 entrepreneurs and 16 entrepreneurship support organizations will be identified. Those entrepreneurs and organizations will get a fellowship for technical assistance and training to enhance capacity and opportunities in the Delta region.

The fellows will also participate in a special segment of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, an entrepreneurship festival produced by The Idea Village that leverages workshops and mentorship from panelists and other industry experts.

That festival is scheduled for March 11-18, 2016.

The regional pitch competitions will identify two types of entrepreneurs – those that are in their idea or pre-revenue phase, and those entrepreneurs that have highly scalable, investable ventures throughout the region or are in the “post revenue” phase. Entrepreneurs interested in competing can register for each competition at dra.gov/entrepreneur, where they must submit a business summary at least a week before the competition they plan to attend.

Entrepreneurship support organizations that serve communities and entrepreneurs in the 252 counties and parishes within the Delta Regional Authority’s footprint must submit an application online at dra.gov/entrepreneur outlining the services they provide and their expectations for using DEN technical assistance and programming. The application window for support organizations will close Oct. 23.

– Andy Meek

TCAP School-Level Scores Released

State education officials released achievement test scores Monday, Aug. 3, for individual public schools across the state.

With the announcement of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – or TCAP – scores, 35 Shelby County Schools achieved “Reward” status.

The status is for the top 5 percent of schools in the state for progress or performance.

Meanwhile, City University Boys Preparatory School and Springdale Elementary each earned their way off the state’s “Priority” schools list, which includes the bottom 5 percent statewide in terms of student achievement and growth.

Tennessee education officials also recognized Holmes Road Elementary and Treadwell Elementary for improved scores, but those schools remained just short of the necessary growth to come off the Priority list.

– Bill Dries

Regions Adds to Wealth Management Team

Regions Bank has added a few new professionals to Regions Private Wealth Management in Memphis.

Amy O’Bannon and Holly Clark have joined as wealth advisers.

O’Bannon returns to Regions Private Wealth Management from SunTrust Bank, where she served as a wealth adviser for two years. Clark joins Regions with more than 20 years of experience in the wealth management sector. Her most recent position was with SunTrust Bank, where she served as a high net worth client adviser for nine years.

– Andy Meek

AMA Lunch to Highlight Marketing Technology

Digital technology has radically transformed the way media messages are produced and absorbed. For marketers, the lines between marketing and IT have also blurred dramatically.

The Memphis Chapter of the American Marketing Association will present “Success with Marketing Technology: Executing in a Digitally Transformed World” at its August luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. at The University Club, 1346 Central Ave.

Lou Powell, principal and co-founder of Vanick-Digital, will lead a presentation exploring what marketers need to do to successfully engage digital customers at every touchpoint in the customer experience lifecycle.

AMA luncheons are $15 for members and $25 for preregistered nonmembers. For preregistration and more information about AMA, visit www.memphisama.org.

– Don Wade

New Magazine to ‘Focus’ On LGBT Issues

Cooper-Young-based design agency Ray Rico Freelance is preparing to roll out Focus Magazine, a centralized place, online and in print, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news and information, and product and service advertising.

The inaugural edition, named “The Coming Out Issue,” will hit stands Sept. 1.

“The LGBT population in Memphis and regionally is being overlooked when it comes to news that is just for LGBT persons. There are many organizations that serve the needs of this audience, but nothing that is published regularly with aggregated content that is completely LGBT-centric,” said Ray Rico, owner of Ray Rico Freelance. “We want to fill that void.”

Ray Rico Freelance will collaborate with individuals and LGBT-focused groups, such as Friends For Life, the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Tennessee Equality Project and Mid-South Pride, who will have active roles as contributors.The 32-page print publication will be published every other month, while the online version will be uploaded frequently, Rico said.

Free print copies will be available at area businesses, or readers can subscribe for mailed copies for $1.00 per issue.

Those interested in contributing content or placing ads can contact the agency at rayricofreelance.com.

– Daily News staff

Pink Palace Museum Store Reopens

Memphis Pink Palace Museum patrons now have two places to shop – including the newly renovated Museum Store, which reopened Friday, July 31.

Pink Palace, located at 3050 Central Ave., decided to keep the Little Museum Store it opened while the larger store was undergoing renovations. The museum’s stores sell a wide range of items, including T-shirts, dinosaur figurines, science experiments, jewelry, space gadgets and more.

Besides permanent and traveling exhibits, the Pink Palace houses the CTI 3D Giant Theater and Sharpe Planetarium.

The theater reopened in March 2014 following an extensive renovation, while the planetarium is currently closed for its own multimillion-dollar overhaul.

The planetarium was expected to reopen in June, but that date was delayed following a March 18 fire that broke out as welding crews worked inside. The fire forced the evacuation of 60 employees and 300 to 400 visitors. No one was injured.

– Daily News staff

AOVS Golf Classic Set for Sept. 25

The 10th annual AOVS Golf Classic will be held Sept. 25 at Memphis National Golf Club, with proceeds going to benefit Alpha Omega Veterans Services.

Cost for the scramble is $125 per player or $450 for a foursome. To register, and for more details on the event, go to aovsgolfclassic.org.

Established in 1987, Alpha Omega Veterans Services was one of the first nonprofits in the U.S. to focus on homeless veterans. The organization serves more than 300 vets each year and has helped more than 9,000 since its inception.

– Don Wade

Haslam: Guns-in-Parks Bill Worth Reviewing for Clarity

Gov. Bill Haslam says he believes a recent state attorney general’s opinion is at least one reason lawmakers should consider reviewing the law that allows handgun carry permit holders to bring firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery opined last week that private organizations can’t prevent licensed permit holders from taking weapons into events the groups operate at public parks.

Even though he signed the bill earlier this year, Haslam said in a letter to the speakers of the House and Senate at the time that he remained concerned about potential unintended consequences for local leaders.

The governor acknowledged to reporters on Monday that the AG’s opinion has raised questions that may justify lawmakers reviewing the guns-in-parks measure for possible clarity.

– The Associated Press

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