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Prominent Memphis businessman Mike Bowen has been killed in a car crash in Costa Rica. The 61-year-old Bowen died Saturday. T-Shirt Champions confirmed the death of its CEO in a tweet. Bowen was CEO and president of Champion Awards and Apparel and graduated from Memphis State University, which is now the...
Looking to turn your idea into a six-figure business? Akamai Enterprise wants to help. The coaching and consulting firm will host a seminar and expo workshop for new and aspiring business owners on Feb. 23 at Bass Pro Shops. “Starting a new business is always a bit frightening and a bit...
Memphis Light, Gas and Water President and CEO J.T. Young on Tuesday presented the Memphis City Council with a proposed budget and several rate plan proposals to gradually raise utility rates over the next few years. MLGW’s initial proposal for a 2019 budget was voted down last year and the...
United Way of the Mid-South has launched its annual Free Tax Prep Program. Individuals and families who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 are encouraged to call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at a Free Tax Prep location in their ZIP code. United Way will kick-off Free Tax Prep with...
The dispute between the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) and Stine Seed Company has been routed to mediation and that’s a huge win for the farmers, according to BFAA President Thomas Burrell. Burrell and the BFFA charge Stine with selling them fake soybean seeds because of “racial animus.” Stine...
For as long as she can remember, Debra Lockard has been about getting that green. No, not money – though she’s definitely about that, too. Actual greens. As a child, her grandfather gave her a little patch of land, right there in the front yard. In it, Lockard would cultivate...
The family of Larry Dodson, author and former lead singer for The Bar-Kays, has embarked on a venture that affixes the Dodson brand to Guidance Whiskey. The path forward was rolled out informally during a VIP whiskey tasting and holiday celebration at Dodson’s home on the evening of Dec 19. “This...
Budding small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have another option for jump-starting their vision of a thriving enterprise and successful self-employment in the soon-to-open Entrepreneur Training Institute (ETI). Founder and director Beverly H. Anderson will open ETI’s doors for the first time on January 7. She will be hosting classes...
Online resources exist for educators and consumers wanting to teach and learn about finances.  Some of the free sources include: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation This government agency insures bank deposits. It also offers online recourses including: a teacher online resource center, a parent and caregiver resource webpage, youth banking resource center...
Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman will have representatives available at seven branch locations beginning Monday, December 3 through Thursday, February 28. Representatives will accept payments and answer tax-related questions for anyone visiting in person.  Taxes for the 2018 tax year become delinquent on March 1, 2019. For faster service, taxpayers can...