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

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: Brewery announces opening date in Cordova

MBJ: Brewery announces opening date in Cordova The Memphis-area’s latest brewery will open in the coming weeks. Meddlesome Brewing Co., located at 7750B Trinity Road near Shelby Farms Park, will officially open at 4 p.m. on June 30. The 5,000-square-foot building includes a 1,500-square-foot tap room that can hold 80 people, as well as chairs, tables and a kid’s area complete with chalkboard wall. “We wanted it to be a family-friendly place to go and hang out,” said co-owner Ben Pugh. Beer will be available for purchase via pint, flight, growler or keg. There will also be a food truck … Continue reading MBJ: Brewery announces opening date in Cordova

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

NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing America’s public gardens are embracing the arts in relaxed, natural settings. Whether it is a large botanic garden or a small green space, these respites from the hustle and bustle of modern life are filled with opportunities to engage with the arts from now through September. You can explore the gardens in your community or while traveling. Use the American Horticultural Society’s online directory to locate a garden. Review the garden’s website to find concerts, performances, movies, author readings, chef demonstrations, floral design instruction, plays, photography lessons, art classes and more. … … Continue reading NextAvenue(MN): 10 Gardens Where the Arts Are Growing

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has 100 new works of art in its permanent collection to mark its centennial. But the 100 items, grouped together through Aug. 27 in “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” point to a rethinking of the Brooks that began with a major renovation that debuted last year. The exhibition marks an end of centennial observances. “Some of the objects are out in some of the other galleries now,” said Stanton Thomas, curator at the Brooks. “One of our problems is we … Continue reading MDN: Brooks’ 100 New Acquisitions Mark End of Centennial, Start of Other Changes

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

MDN: Winds of Change

MDN: Winds of Change Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind since the first Egyptians began to use sails to move their boats along the Nile. More than 7,000 years later, wind power capacity in the U.S. alone has surpassed 82 gigawatts, or enough energy to power 20 million homes, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country. … Closer to home, a planned project currently in the land rights acquisition phase known as the Plains & Eastern Clean Line is looking to further expedite this process. If everything goes as planned, the $2.5 billion project … Continue reading MDN: Winds of Change

MBJ: Memphians start crowdfunding site for African-Americans

MBJ: Memphians start crowdfunding site for African-Americans Almost three years ago, two Memphians founded a crowd-funding platform geared towards African-Americans and the underserved in urban communities. Since then, Urban Fundr has raised about $34,000 for indie films, softball equipment and middle school trips to Washington, D.C., according to its founders. Todd Harris and John Hamilton initially met in 1998 when they were both students at the University of Memphis. Harris, who graduated with a degree in economics, works in the banking industry. Hamilton graduated with a degree in graphic design and went on to get his MBA from Strayer University. … Continue reading MBJ: Memphians start crowdfunding site for African-Americans