Author Archives: James Dowd

From yoga studios to spas, startups look to niche businesses for the next big market

Great stuff on the increasingly specific markets explored by entrepreneurs, as reported by Cale Guthrie Weissman over at PandoDaily, which of course is the media site founded by former Memphian, entrepreneur, journalist and tech guru Sarah Lacy. Here’s the intro: An entrepreneur’s … Continue reading

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Sweetie Pie’s coming to east end of Beale district

By Wayne Risher Posted April 10, 2014 at 11:53 a.m., updated April 10, 2014 at 1:41 p.m. A St. Louis soul food restaurant with a hit program on the Oprah Winfrey Network has signed a lease on Beale Street. Owners … Continue reading

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Fred’s reports slight bump in monthly sales, flat year-to-date

By James Dowd, Ted Evanoff Posted April 10, 2014 at 11:12 a.m., updated April 11, 2014 at 12:16 a.m. Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc. reported March sales rose only slightly, a sluggish performance that mirrored rival Family Dollar, which Thursday said it … Continue reading

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Time to say goodbye

Wow. What a ride it’s been. And an extraordinarily meaningful one at that. But, just like the moments ticking away from start to finish on the moving attractions at theme parks and carnivals, eventually the ride ends and it’s time to … Continue reading

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Builder of illegal parking lot in Midtown seeks ‘compromise”

By Thomas Bailey Jr. Posted April 10, 2014 at 11:48 a.m. A Midtown business is delaying for 30 days its pursuit of the city’s approval to open the illegal parking lot the business just built at 2250 Central. The extra … Continue reading

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Memphis professor advocates choosing wisely to cut health care waste

By Kevin McKenzie Posted April 9, 2014 at 5:59 p.m. At age 91, James Whitaker doesn’t question Dr. Jeffery Warren about the medical advice he gets at Primary Care Specialists or concern himself about the cost. “I don’t ask about … Continue reading

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Approval sought for potter’s field along Raleigh-Millington Road

By Thomas Bailey Jr. Posted April 9, 2014 at 7 a.m. The first of several approvals needed to establish a second Shelby County Cemetery, where the poor are buried in a pine box for no fee and with no services, … Continue reading

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FedEx EarthSmart volunteers roll up sleeves at Shelby Farms

By Wayne Risher Posted April 8, 2014 at 5:38 p.m. FedEx volunteers descended on Shelby Farms Tuesday for an annual day of environmentally conscious community service. They planted trees around Beaver Lake, installed trellises for muscadine vines at Greenline Gardens … Continue reading

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Teaching Children How to Be Entrepreneurs

What’s an appropriate age to begin teaching young people about entrepreneurship? A new Wall Street Journal piece by Charlie Wells may surprise you. Here’s a look: Jensen Bergman spent weeks preparing to pitch his team’s business idea to investors. Minutes … Continue reading

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Small Business Loans: Should The SBA Make Room For Alternative Lenders?

In a new post at Forbes, contributor Brock Blake explores funding options for small businesses and he wonders if the SBA should allow room for nontraditional lenders to provide loans backed by the federal agency. Here’s Blake’s intro: I wonder … Continue reading

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