Business

The sun dominated a nearly cloudless morning sky and the temperature was steadily rising as a mild breeze comforted a team of 10 Kroger employees mobilized in signature blue shirts and on a mission – successfully manage opening day of the 42nd Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking...
(AP) — A Tennessee cemetery where hundreds of burials were mishandled is re-opening on a limited basis five years after it was shut down. Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance said Wednesday that Galilee Memorial Gardens in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett will now be open on holidays and weekends,...
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 completed by 2021. Construction began in...
The Binghampton neighborhood has long been counted among Memphis’ food deserts. But it is now emerging as an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship, and its unique flavors and innovative ideas are expanding beyond the diverse neighborhood’s boundaries. In 2017, Binghampton Development Corporation established Kaleidoscope Kitchen, whose mission is to prepare minority...
Dedrick “Teddy” Withers’ vision – making Memphis an International World Trade Center – was glorious in its magnitude. A great pyramid was to be the headquarters of African nations trading and purchasing goods with American businesses. In 1974, Withers became the youngest person (22) elected to the Tennessee House of...
“Some dreams grab us by the heart when we are young, and they never let go,” said Evelyn Thorpe Hibbler, owner of the successful private school, 1st Class Montessori Preschool. “That’s kind of what happened to me. After 40 years of teaching and developing three- and four-year-olds who speak several...
Three years ago, Megan Mottley was on a mission to raise money for her teenage daughter to attend a mission trip to Japan. Her made-from-scratch cookies quickly went viral on social media and shortly after the success of three fundraisers, Goodness Gracious Luxe Cookies, was created. What started as a fundraiser...
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 entrepreneurs wanting to grow their...
Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), the Black-owned media enterprise that had once been a vanguard of African American culture and is responsible for launching EBONY and JET magazines, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The end of the company marks the demise of...
For small business owner Charles Hill, Trudy Morrison – Operation Hope financial counselor with First Tennessee Bank – is a point of reference for understanding where he is today. “I met Ms. Morrison when I was enrolled in a training program for entrepreneurs at Advance Memphis,” said Hill, owner of...