Grocer at SMFM, Elvis Presley Enterprises to build recording studio?

1.  Bizjournals reported that a long-awaited grocery store is getting closer to reality:  “The Grocer at SMFM will open in late March or early April in the old fish market at 1400 Mississippi Blvd. near South Parkway East, the Memphis Flyer recently reported.” 2.  Daily News and other outlets reported that Elvis Presley Enterprises may build a studio near the Graceland mansion:  “Elvis Presley Enterprises has filed a $670,000 permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new studio building on land north of Graceland.”  The obvious inference is that it would be a recording studio, although it is not specified. … Continue reading Grocer at SMFM, Elvis Presley Enterprises to build recording studio?

Innovation News — EPICenter, Start Co relocation and CBU Collab

1.  Consortium of startup and innovation organizations announce the creation of the EPICenter:  “The chamber, along with multiple organizations including the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis & Shelby County, Innova, Start Co., EmergeMemphis and the Crews Venture Lab, are launching the Memphis Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center, an organization that has the goal of creating 1,000 new entrepreneurs and 500 new companies in the next 10 years. The organization will be led by Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. The EPIcenter, as it will be known, will assist any entrepreneur starting a business, but will … Continue reading Innovation News — EPICenter, Start Co relocation and CBU Collab

US Biologic, International Paper, Service Master

1.  US Biologic is a promising Memphis-based biomed startup.  Bizjournals profiled its first product recently, a vaccination for Lyme disease.  Included in the profile are interesting relationships between the company and the logistics experience of its CEO, and the relationship between its vaccine and a vaccine for rabies that served as an inspiration. 2.  International Paper was recognized as “one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute” for the eighth consecutive year. 3.  Service Master is scheduling an IPO after seven years of operating private: “ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities … Continue reading US Biologic, International Paper, Service Master

Recent Downtown News

First, the South Regionals of the NCAA basketball tournament is here.  So a big welcome to fans of Florida, UCLA, Stanford, Dayton.  Enjoy our restaurants and nightlife. 1.  The Tennessee Brewery has been making news lately.  A movement is in the works to reopen and showcase its potential for various purposes, with an eye towards preservation and redevelopment, instead of demolition.  The showcase is scheduled for late April, and last about six weeks.  From the bizjournals: “Beginning April 24, the group will bring in a café serving locally-sourced beverages, food trucks, mobile retail, live music, movie screenings, workshops, and other kinds of “do-it-yourself, … Continue reading Recent Downtown News