MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation ServiceMaster wanted to open an innovation center partly for “self-serving” reasons, the company’s chief information officer said during a panel discussion Thursday, June 15, that marked the inaugural event in ServiceMaster’s new innovation space the “Ground Floor.” The company, CIO Jamie Smith said, had actually looked at launching such a space even before the company knew it would be bringing its corporate headquarters Downtown. Ground Floor will serve as a startup accelerator, co-working space and small events center. “We know we need to innovate, as ServiceMaster, to really stay relevant – we don’t … Continue reading MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown

MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown Wunderlich Securities Inc. is preparing to move its corporate headquarters from East Memphis, where the investment firm employs 110 people, to Downtown’s One Commerce Square. … The firm, he added, is in the late stages of negotiating a lease for at least 12 years at One Commerce, where the firm is looking at occupying the 16th and 18th floors. Wunderlich, which was founded in 1996, has been headquartered at 6000 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis for more than a decade, and about 100 employees appear set to make the move Downtown in time to start … Continue reading MDN: Wunderlich Securities Moving Downtown

LocalMemphis: Teenager With Down Syndrome Starts Her Own Business

LocalMemphis: Teenager With Down Syndrome Starts Her Own Business A DeSoto County teenager’s bath bomb business is booming with success. Lewisburg High School student Morgan Tibbens has Down syndrome, but she’s determined to be successful. She started making bath bombs last year and selling them to friends and family. Today, “Da Bombs by Morgan Tibbens” are being sold in stores all across the country. Morgan Tibbens is a teen entrepreneur. “Make bath bombs. It’s fabulous.” 18-year-old Morgan Tibbens shows us how it’s done. “Baking soda. Epson salt. Lemon grass,” she said. Her business “Da Bombs by Morgan Tibbens” has exploded … Continue reading LocalMemphis: Teenager With Down Syndrome Starts Her Own Business

MBJ: Bartlett company ‘alights’ to South Korea to help MERS epidemic

MBJ: Bartlett company ‘alights’ to South Korea to help MERS epidemic In 2015, Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, was hit with a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) epidemic. Meanwhile, Dylan Daniels, senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s Memphis office, was in Memphis meeting with service disabled veteran business owner Clayton Poff in an attempt to get more veteran-owned business owners exporting. Poff owns Energy Cost Reducers LLC, which handles federal contracting for Lumalier, an airborne mold, bacteria and virus killing system patented and made by Bartlett-based EvergreenUV. … UVC is a … Continue reading MBJ: Bartlett company ‘alights’ to South Korea to help MERS epidemic

Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic]

Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic] … If you need to evaluate your startup accelerator needs, the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP) has released their fifth annual rankings of startup accelerators around the country. In hopes of encouraging discourse about accelerators as a whole, the project ranks the top 30 startup accelerators into five categories: Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. While the exact metrics used for the study remained relatively under wraps for privacy sake, the authors did specify that things like fundraising and valuations played a big role in ranking the accelerators. The aim of … Continue reading Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic]

MIC: These 10 top-rated “made in America” products are high-quality — and let you buy local

MIC: These 10 top-rated “made in America” products are high-quality — and let you buy local Want to help keep the United States economy humming by buying products made here? Almost 80% of people responding to a Consumer Reports survey said they’d rather buy goods made on American soil. Buying U.S.-produced goods supports local jobs and innovation, may reduce your carbon footprint (thanks to lower shipping costs) and gives you the confidence of knowing that the products you purchased were produced in a country with decent worker-protection laws. Unfortunately, finding locally produced products can be a challenge — but we can help. Check out this list of the 10 top products made in the … Continue reading MIC: These 10 top-rated “made in America” products are high-quality — and let you buy local

SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties

SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges has always thought, “If you look good, you feel good.” Now this native of Memphis, Tennessee, has hit it big with his international bow tie company, Mo’s Bows, which just signed an NBA licensing deal. Moziah always wanted to dress to impress, but he could not find anything to fit his style. So, when he was nine, he and his grandmother started making bow ties for him to wear. Soon they stared selling them in their hometown, hoping others liked the style. Having … Continue reading SI Kids: Fifteen-year-old Moziah Bridges Now Has His Own Line of NBA Bow Ties

CA: Portable hospital in Memphis will respond to disasters around the world

CA: Portable hospital in Memphis will respond to disasters around the world A 50-ton portable emergency response field hospital, packed in containers and strapped to three flatbed trucks and two trailers, arrived at a FedEx warehouse in Memphis on Thursday. The components of the hospital  can be pieced together with fabric covering, air conditioning and heating units. Within 72 hours of a global disaster, the mobile hospital can be moved anywhere in the world, said David Lusk, senior manager of Global Operations Control at FedEx Express. “When the hospital needs to be sent some place, we can put the containers on a … Continue reading CA: Portable hospital in Memphis will respond to disasters around the world

CA: Water-bottling plant set to open in Miss. amid aquifer debate

CA: Water-bottling plant set to open in Miss. amid aquifer debate As officials ponder new policies to protect the Memphis area’s groundwater resources, a California-based firm operating just across the Mississippi line is gearing up to produce hundreds of thousands of gallons of bottled water daily. Niagara Bottling will begin production later this spring in a $78 million, 554,000-square-foot building it purchased in Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park, located in Marshall County less than three miles southeast of Collierville. The state of Mississippi, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the county all may provide aid and incentives for the company, which is hiring 38 workers. … Continue reading CA: Water-bottling plant set to open in Miss. amid aquifer debate

MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis

MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis Memphis has enjoyed a bumper crop of barbecue restaurant news in recent weeks, from tweaks to some business’ existing locations and plans by others to expand. And that trend isn’t letting up anytime soon. King Jerry Lawler’s Memphis BBQ Company, one of the newer such brands in the city, opened its Cordova-area location earlier this year. Its menu includes items like briskets and barbecue nachos, as well as a handful of championship rubs, all served up in a setting that’s decked out with vintage Lawler photos and Memphis wrestling playbills. And the … Continue reading MDN: Barbecue Restaurant Scene Heats Up in Memphis