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901.Black! – a move to support Black businesses

Plans are underway to help both thriving and struggling black businesses increase sustainability through a new, collective effort called 901.Black. 901.Black is the brainchild of Mark Yates, chief executive officer, Black Business Association of Memphis (BBA), and partners. The Rev. Dr. J. Lawrence Turner, senior pastor...

New COVID business guidelines call for some temporary closures

Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) officials have announced new guidelines for businesses following a recent rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Phase II of Shelby County’s Back-to-Business reopening produced a rise in citizens testing positive for the...

TVA proposal draws skepticism as fight for power contract continues

Four climate and community activist groups rallied with 25-plus citizens outside Memphis City Hall on Tuesday (July 7) to respond to a community development plan proposed by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city’s electricity supplier. The activists are advocating for Memphis Light, Gas and Water...

Binghampton loses its only grocery store – Save-A-Lot

Save-A-Lot grocery store, 516 Tillman St., closed its doors permanently on Tuesday, June 30, after just two years of serving the Binghampton community. With closures both locally and nationwide, Save-A-Lot is restructuring to save the company. Save-A-Lot filled a critical need in Binghampton since its residents...

TVA: Savings projections don’t match reality about MLGW finding a new power partner

Jeff Lyash, president/CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), says the costs for Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) Division to switch to a new electric supplier is underestimated by $261 million in extra annual costs. Electric bills could rise more than 20 percent under this...

Flight co-owner ousted amid claims of racism, sexism

Russ Graham, co-owner of Flight Restaurant & Wine Barat at 39 S. Main St. and Monroe, has been forced out of the business in response to allegations of racism and sexism at Flight and some of its sister restaurants. Flight came under fire in recent...

SCS plans new software to mark black business spend

Businesses owned by minorities and women have contracting and purchasing opportunities with corporate and governmental agencies throughout the Mid-South, including Shelby County Schools (SCS). Recently, the school district has come under scrutiny about a lack of data distinguishing African-American business spend from other minority business...

MLGW reviews options for lower energy costs

Now that a draft report has outlined potential savings if Memphis Light Gas and Water Division (MLGW) ends its 80-plus-year partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city-owned utility company still has serious discussions ahead before making a final decision. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last Friday (May 29),...

Phase II: Black businesses reopen in ‘new normal’ reality

Memphis and Shelby County allowed more non-essential businesses to reopen on Monday (May 18) after weeks of closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Phase 2 Back-to-Business directives classify business types permitted to reopen. The plan also allows social gatherings of up to 50 people, up from...

COVID-19 fears prompt MWBEs to adjust

“Bills will continue to roll and this has definitely taken a toll on my business,” says Keith Turks, owner, Hair Kingdom Beauty & Barber Salon at 1492 Madison Ave. Turks’ remarks reflect dwindling clients, not only at his salon, but throughout the beauty industry and...
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