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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...

Memphis businesses get help staying on top of COVID-19

The fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) is prompting large and small employers to enforce guidelines that prevent the spread of the disease. Businesses are ramping-up efforts to keep work stations sanitized and are continuously reminding employees to practice disease prevention guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control...

Memphis in May plans for ‘the show to go on’

Memphis in May International Festival officials have said ‘the show will go on’ for 2020, despite nationwide coronavirus concerns. MIM events, including the famous Beale Street Music Festival, May 1-3 in Tom Lee Park, are planned as scheduled. Meanwhile, MIM officials will monitor changes in...

THE VIEW FROM 38126: A job, new skills and a car – ways one group fights poverty in Memphis’ poorest ZIP code

Without a job, you can’t pay bills or keep your dignity. Without skills, you can’t get a job. Without transportation, you can’t get to work. Advance Memphis, a nonprofit fighting local poverty, identifies barriers to employment and works to overcome obstacles – one person at a time...

ANALYSIS: Can Memphis’ Downtown development boom put a dent in record poverty?

A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an expected $5 billion is spent...

Methodist to purchase St. Francis Hospitals of Memphis

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) has entered into an agreement with Tenet Healthcare to purchase Saint Francis Hospitals, both the Bartlett and Memphis locations, along with physician practices associated with the hospitals and six MedPost urgent care centers. “Consistent with our mission, the addition of...

Downtown Memphis – What to expect in 2020

Downtown Memphis is undergoing $5 billion in redevelopment projects – a transformation that can make the city more competitive and spur widespread economic benefits. Local and non-local investors are lured by downtown’s land value (appraised at $1.1 million per acre), Fortune 500 companies, Mississippi River...

Hooks Policy Papers add detail ‘to why people can’t get ahead’

“Incredible and startling,” is how Daphne McFerren labels gaps in income, housing and healthcare faced by minorities through systemic exclusion. McFerren, executive director of the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis, opened an event on Monday revealing the 2019 Hooks...

As poverty rises in Shelby County, so does the need to do more

Amid a picture of more than $13 billion in ongoing development comes news of a 15 percent rise in poverty across Memphis and Shelby County for 2018 – including a 20 percent increase among African Americans. “We’re still attracting employers that don’t give us potential...

Economic summit projects ‘new start’ in Orange Mound

After earlier serving notice that property values in the Orange Mound Community had declined by up to 30 percent over the last 10 years, Shelby County Tax Assessor Melvin Burgess held his first Economic Empowerment Summit at the Teaching & Learning Center on Tuesday. Hundreds...