Latest Memphis startup news; deadlines for accelerators

1.  A UTHSC nurse created a board game for her nursing students, “What Would Socrates Think?” “Dr. Hallie Bensinger, an advanced practice nurse at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center …  developed “What Would Socrates Think?” … The game is designed to challenge students with ever-changing scenarios and, like many board games, makes use of dice, game cards and a spinner to create variables.” (Memphis Daily News) 2.  archer malmo has created a new digital lab for its employees, just the latest employer joining the global realization that companies benefit by feeding the creativity of their employees.  “It involves, for now, a … Continue reading Latest Memphis startup news; deadlines for accelerators

Good and bad news (Sharp, Wright Medical, Microport, and Start Co.)

1.  Unfortunately Sharp is ceasing its solar panel manufacturing operation in Memphis.  While it will continue to manufacture other products, this decision will adversely affect roughly 300 jobs.  This appears the product of a global reality about solar panel manufacturing — increased Chinese competition and tech advances in panels.  Another regional solar panel manufacturing facility, Stion in Hattiesburg, may experience increased demand for its panels.  One thing is clear.  For better or for worse, around March 2014, there will be 300 Memphians with experience in solar panel manufacturing that would be assets to many inquiring employers. 2.  In local expansion … Continue reading Good and bad news (Sharp, Wright Medical, Microport, and Start Co.)

Memphis companies expanding footprints

Congratulations are in order to Memphis-area economic development agencies who attracted Conduit Global to town, with 1000 jobs in tow.  In the past day or so, three area Memphis companies have announced expansion, or intents to expand, into other parts of the country: 1.  Hollywood Feed is opening the first two of its planned ten Dallas stores.  “The two Dallas locations give Hollywood Feed a total of 25 stores in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.” 2.  Belz Enterprises has announced that it plans to expand the Peabody Hotel brand through franchising, after having divested itself of company-owned Peabodys in … Continue reading Memphis companies expanding footprints