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Memphis, TN: Turning an Economy Around—One Entrepreneur at a Time

Turning an economy around is tricky. But a new focus on entrepreneurship and small business is helping Memphis, Tennessee, do just that.

Memphis, TN: Turning an Economy Around—One Entrepreneur at a Time

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Memphis, TN: The Music and Food Capital Turned Entrepreneurial Hub

This month we’re traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, which is the last stop on this year’s #SiliconCitiesUSA tour. After Chattanooga, Memphis is the second city in Tennessee that we’ve visited for #SiliconCitiesUSA. Though it shares a state with Chattanooga, Memphis is uniquely its own city, one that is rooted in a strong sense of history that permeates its downtown and extends outward. Thanks to FedEx, which calls the city home, Memphis has long been a hub for transportation and logistics. Yet Memphis also serves as the headquarters for AutoZone and dozens of other important businesses, both domestic and foreign. The city is a regional hub of banking, and it is also a center of academia. There are nearly a dozen four-year academic institutions in the city, including the University of Memphis and Rhodes College. Recognized around the world for its food and music culture, Memphis is quickly becoming known as a […]

Memphis, TN: The Music and Food Capital Turned Entrepreneurial Hub

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Precious Cargo: How FedEx Helps Victims of Natural Disasters Begin Again

FedEx airlifts millions of dollars’ worth of relief supplies to thousands of people in need in the wake of devastating natural disasters around the world.

Precious Cargo: How FedEx Helps Victims of Natural Disasters Begin Again

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IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

That intellectual property protections are garnering bipartisan support in Congress is a good sign for American businesses. Here’s a quick primer for those outside the IP world.

IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

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These 10 Innovative Partnerships Are Cultivating Healthier Communities and Workforces

Cross-sector collaborations and innovative businesses are working to create healthier communities across the nation.

These 10 Innovative Partnerships Are Cultivating Healthier Communities and Workforces

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These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses that go above and beyond to make the world a better place. These standout companies serve as powerful forces for good in communities throughout the country and across the world. This year’s awards ceremony, held on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., recognized and celebrated eight corporate businesses leaders for their outstanding contributions to addressing some of our society’s greatest needs through expertise, innovation, capital, and collaboration. Related: 4 COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING GOOD BY GIVING BACK “Businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and these winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector,” Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, said in a statement. “It is an honor to showcase the contribution of these eight companies, who are […]

These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

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Becoming the Boss: Meet the mini-mogul making bow ties fashionable again

Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our series celebrating small business owners who have made the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer. Check back periodically for new installments. While most teenagers spend their summers hanging out with friends or working part-time jobs, 14-year-old Moziah ‘Mo’ Bridges fills his time with business meetings in an effort to grow his bow-tie centric fashion startup, Mo’s Bows. Since the Memphis, Tenn.-based company’s 2012 launch, Bridges (with help from his mother, Tramica Morris) has been featured in Oprah’s O magazine and Esquire, and snagged “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John as a mentor. The precocious kidpreneur, who has sold about $200,000 worth of his bow ties so far, says he hopes to serve as an example to other young entrepreneurs and eventually turn his enterprise into a multi-million dollar company. He has also hired seven employees – including his mom, several seamstresses and a social media manager […]

Becoming the Boss: Meet the mini-mogul making bow ties fashionable again

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Entrepreneurs are Smoking in this BBQ Capital

What lies ahead for entrepreneurs in Memphis, TN? We talked to the people who know best.

Entrepreneurs are Smoking in this BBQ Capital

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IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

As the world celebrates World Intellectual Property Day on April 26—an annual event established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000—intellectual property defenders have a victory to celebrate. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate approved a trade secrets bill known as the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill would afford companies better protection for their commercial secrets—which along with copyright, patents and trademarks are often collectively known as intellectual property. The DTSA now awaits approval by the House of Representatives, where it has strong bipartisan support. The White House has also voiced support for the bill, saying that protecting trade secrets is key to promoting the “innovation that is the engine of the nation’s economy.” Intellectual property theft is a major issue for American businesses. This type of crime costs the United States about $300 billion a year, according to a report by the Commission […]

IP 101: What you need to know about intellectual property

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