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Renowned consultant pitches black business growth at MMBC Economic Development Forum

“Gaps in wealth, credit and trust create barriers that are like ‘kryptonite’ to minority business growth,” says Connie Evans, president and CEO, Association of Enterprise Opportunity (AEO). Evans delivered an informative keynote at the 12th Annual Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum’s “Power Breakfast” on Wednesday. The...

Minority businesses ‘level-up’ at MMBC forum, June 18-20

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Capital resources, technical assistance, networking and scalability – each of these topics is vital for minority entrepreneurs seeking growth. They’re equally important for major corporations seeking supplier diversity. The Memphis Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum will highlight these topics and more during the 2019 Economic...

Leadership Memphis turns 40; charts the course forward

By Dena S. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, approximately 700 “movers and shakers” across Memphis gathered to celebrate 40 years of Leadership Memphis, a nonprofit empowering a diverse base of civic, political and business leaders to tackle a variety of community...

Airport takes on $245M transformation, supports minority contracts

by Dena L. Owens, Special to the New Tri-State Defender Memphis International Airport (MEM) is undergoing an estimated $245 million transformation. Funded by federal and state grants, loans and a new one-way $4.50 passenger fee, the project uses no tax dollars and is expected to be...

FedEx partnership aims to grow 75 black businesses

by Dena L. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Grow or die,” says Richard Smith referring to future economic growth in Memphis. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Logistics and board chairman for the Greater Memphis Chamber, revealed plans to identify and support 75 black...

Bad data leads to inflated MWBE spending levels, city says

by Dena S. Owens -- What Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration call “a clerical error” is turning up the heat on what already was a hot mayoral race-issue: the amount that the City of Memphis spends – and should spend – in minority-and-women-owned...

EYE ON DEVELOPMENT: Memphis 3.0 – A starting point for what you should know

by Dena L. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender How can Memphis reduce blight? How will its citizens gain more access to jobs through public transportation? How will the city make neighborhoods safer? These questions are debated daily in social media, offices and homes by...

JNJ Express, Inc. targets American Way site for headquarters move

by Dena Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender JNJ Express, Inc., a family-owned transportation and logistics company based in Memphis, TN, has announced plans to move its current headquarters to the vacant retail center at 5000 American Way. The plan involves an $8.3 million investment...

FedEx powering up its downtown presence

by Dena S. Owens and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, FedEx announced a plan to locate its logistics operations headquarters next to FedExForum, using the now vacant Gibson Guitar Factory building. With renovations expected to be completed by the spring...