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Turbo-charging business ideas for the new Memphis

Creating more women- and minority-owned businesses is the hole Memphis needs to plug in the digital age. In a nutshell that’s the message entrepreneurial guru Andre Fowlkes delivered recently at a lunch meeting of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
 
NAW 600Fowlkes, who has a Wall Street background, is the creator of StartCo, a business designed to help people launch real companies, even if the business dream is just an idea so far. After his presentation, several attendees said it helped them pinpoint a major hole in the city’s economic outlook and shed light on some challenges they are facing in the development of their business plans.
  • Written by Tony Jones
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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisFRIDAY
 
* Memphis Italian Festival
4pm-11pm | Marquette Park
 
Downtown Trolley Night
5pm-10pm | Downtown Main St.
 
Tilmon M. Keaton “Change Your LIFE” Book Signing
6pm-9pm | Art Village Gallery
 

President moves forward with My Brother’s Keeper initiative

mybrother 600President Barack Obama is taking action to launch My Brother's Keeper – an initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead.

The White House announced late Wednesday that the President would unveil the initiative during an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday (Feb. 27th) afternoon. It involves a partnership with foundations, businesses and others to make sure "that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential."

Building on his Year of Action, the new initiative is pitched as another way the President will use his pen and his phone, involving both the private and public sectors, to expand opportunity for Americans.

‘Humble servant’ at ‘home’ on Africa mission

africa 600My missionary journey to Africa was my third journey as a missionary on foreign soil.

My first two journeys were to the continent of Asia to the "Underground Church," where our main objective was to go and train pastors and other leaders on the fulfillment of "The Great Commission," the command that Jesus has given to all believers – to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Our secondary objective was to smuggle in bibles that were already translated into their native language to give to the people in the provinces while trying to remain undetected because Christianity is still under serious persecution in most parts of Asia.

I thank God for blessing both of those missions and returning us back to the USA and to our families safely.

At NBCSL, President-elect Pugh is next up

prez 600Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville wraps up the first year of his two-year term as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators when the group's national convention ends Saturday in Memphis.

He will pass the gavel at next year's convention to President-Elect Sen. Catherine Pugh of Maryland. Her platform will be focused on "generating real economic equity."

"You know what I tell my counterparts? I tell them that there must be equitable distribution of funds to those who are not among the wealthiest Americans," said Sen. Pugh told The New Tri-State Defender.

From South Central LA to President Bush’s photographer

draper 600Who'd ever think that a black kid from South-Central Los Angeles could grow up to become the personal photographer of a Republican President of the United States? But that's precisely the unlikely career path enjoyed by Eric Draper, who served as head White House shutterbug from 2001-09.

How did he get the job? Well, after covering the 2000 campaign for the Associated Press, he was invited by George Bush to a Christmas party at the Texas governor's mansion. Taking a page out of the President-elect's own playbook, Eric summoned up the gumption while shaking his hand and looking him straight in the eye to paraphrase one of his popular stump-speech refrains: "I want to be your personal photographer."

Bush took the inquiry seriously, and hired Eric a week later, after closely examining his portfolio. And over the next eight years, Draper would be a constant companion and an eyewitness to history, accompanying the Chief Executive on trips to 70 countries and 49 states.

Giving thanks is healthy and it never gets old

Chef Timothy_Moore-160It's that time of the year again when we look forward to spending time with family and friends, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new one. Some may feel that the year has been a total failure and hope and pray that the new year holds more for them. Others will simply feel blessed and fortunate that they have been allowed to see another year.

Everyone should realize that there is always something or someone to be thankful for, no matter how bad life gets them down at times. At Thanksgiving in particular, we should not complain about what we don't have or should have; just be thankful for what we do have, no matter how much or how little.

Don't be concerned about what you didn't accomplish in the past year; be thankful for what you did accomplish and look forward to what you will accomplish in the coming year.