Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Bootstrappers unite! We need to pave the way for more entrepreneurs and homegrown businesses to succeed in Memphis. Of course, big developers and outside companies create lots of jobs and build strong communities, so we should continue to use incentives to help them when otherwise the project wouldn’t happen. But if we turn our focus […]

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  • Saving for college is a big deal. We can make it easy for every public school family by adopting a program piloted in San Francisco. The program would automatically fund a savings account with $50 when a child enters kindergarten. This modest investment (approximately 5000 accounts each year would total $250,000) could come from PILOT […]

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  • There will be food trucks in city parks this spring. They will bring a new vitality to some neglected parks. They can improve safety in neighborhoods by adding eyes to the streets and getting folks out of their homes. In some neighborhoods the restaurants have closed, and with them an important community building tool. Food […]

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  • This is not a puff piece. Deep down I believe Memphis is on the verge of returning to prominence as a great American city. We are a city of innovation. We started the supermarket, drive-in restaurant, overnight shipping and oh yeah, rock, blues and soul music. Then something happened. Maybe it was King’s assassination on […]

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  • http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/mar/14/group-plans-to-show-endangered-brewery-can-in/ Group hopes to show endangered Tennessee Brewery can be viable By Thomas Bailey Jr. Originally published 05:52 p.m., March 14, 2014 Updated 10:01 a.m., March 15, 2014 A group of business people and city planning experts will try to save historic Tennessee Brewery by demonstrating to prospective buyers the Downtown landmark can host a […]

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  • If you’re long of talent in the kitchen but short on cash, a food truck might be your game. Here’s a primer on how to get started in Memphis. Concept Development: Do something unique and do it well Take a look around at other food trucks in Memphis and other cities. See what’s working well […]

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  • Opening a small business is challenging, and one of the most difficult parts of the start-up process is getting all of your permits in place before opening. Below is a list of necessary permits for opening a restaurant, but several apply to any brick and mortar business. I recently wrote a related post on small […]

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  • Understanding tax liability is an important part of any small business start-up plan. I could not find a good summary of all the various taxes because they include federal, state, county and municipal jurisdictions. This discussion is meant to give owners some guidance on what to expect and how to stay compliant in Shelby County Tennessee, […]

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  • http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2014/mar/8/making-a-difference//print Making a Difference Taylor Berger’s latest venture aims to ‘Make Memphis’ a better place By Andy Meek It’s a strange thing, acknowledges Memphis businessman Taylor Berger, to form an organization that you don’t necessarily want to be that organized. But that’s just what he and a fellow band of civic-minded, pro-Memphis folks did a […]

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  • We have to stop chasing other cities like Nashville, and focus on who we are as a city, the assets we have in place, and what we do well. More rumblings about building a new convention center have skewed this focus. If we don’t save and build on what we already have we risk losing […]

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