From the Experts

Meet others who have stopped "talking about it" and started "getting it done".

Southland countdown begins

In our latest guest blog post by Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock, the entrepreneurship promoter offers a look at this year’s second annual Southland Conference that will be held in Nashville from June 9-11. If you haven’t made plans to … Continue reading

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A 2014 Wish List for Tennessee Entrepreneurs

A big shout-out to entrepreneurs in the Mid-South and across the state and here’s hoping that the year ahead brings startup success to many of Tennessee’s innovators and members of the creative class. Toward that end, the president of Launch … Continue reading

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Make way for the new guard in Memphis

By Ted Evanoff Posted December 15, 2013 at midnight, updated December 15, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. For more than a quarter century, the old guard held sway, prominent leaders including Pitt Hyde, Fred Smith and Ron Terry shaping the future of Memphis. Now … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: Buying a business? Old sellers are best

By Jim Blasingame Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted October 28, 2013 at 12:03 a.m. One of the best opportunities to acquire an existing business is when you can buy one from an owner who wants to retire from a business that’s … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: Buying a business? Consider these buying principles

By Jim Blasingame jimb@jbsba.com Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted October 21, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. Buying a business? Here are a few points when considering this ownership option. Thanks to Russell Brown’s “Laws of the Business Buying and Selling Jungle” for … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: It’s possible to be a business owner without starting from scratch

By Jim Blasingame, host of The Small Business Advocate Show. Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted October 13, 2013 at 10:32 p.m. The American dream has many components, but the big three are liberty, business ownership and home ownership. The order of my … Continue reading

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Yes, there is a lesson in persistence

By Jim Blasingame, jimb@jbsba.com Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted October 7, 2013 at 3 a.m. One of the great come-back stories of all time happened recently, but not too many people know about it. Stay with me, small business owners, you’re … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: Face-to-face contact is the original social media

By Jim Blasingame Posted August 4, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. Ever since Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1844, each new communication technology has sought relevance in an increasingly noisy universe. Today there is actual management pain from an embarrassment … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: Gird for the day when the grid goes down

By Jim Blasingame Memphis Commercial Appeal Posted August 12, 2013 at 3 a.m. On Aug. 14, 2003, a single outage in the electric grid cascaded across eight northeastern states, putting 55 million people in the dark for days. The Great … Continue reading

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Small Business Advocate: Face-to-face contact is the original social media

By Jim Blasingame Posted August 4, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. Ever since Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1844, each new communication technology has sought relevance in an increasingly noisy universe. Today there is actual management pain from an embarrassment … Continue reading

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