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March 23rd, 2016

March 23rd, 2016


Co-Work Space Gives G’Town Niche for Entrepreneurs
The Commercial Appeal
David Leon searches through scads of photos on his phone for the image he’s come to cherish, his young daughter’s Sharpie drawings all over the wall of his home office. “I’d let her in and give her the pens so I could work,” Leon said Friday at EPIcenter Germantown, the city-subsidized co-work space open since January at CarreFour at Kirby Woods. Nearly three months later, managers are looking to take out the cubicles to accommodate more people.

Innovators Invited to Spin Solutions at CO.LAB Competition
Times Free Press
That’s some of the logic behind The Company Lab’s new “Reverse Pitch” competition, wherein innovators are invited to design ways to tackle projects that several big organizations are trying to get going. “Experiences like Reverse Pitch give entrepreneurs an opportunity to get a deeper view of problems that industries are working to solve,” said Tia Capps, spokeswoman for the nonprofit organization.

John R. Butler Will Assume Role as President of Agricenter International
Memphis Business Journal
Agricenter International has named a new leader. John R. Butler will assume the role of president of Agricenter International effective July 1, 2016. Butler is a fifth-generation farmer who has owned and operated Jones Creek Farms in West Tennessee for the past 20 years. “I am humbled to have been chosen to lead Agricenter International,” Butler said, in a release.

#MyStartupStory: From ER Doctor to Startup Founder
Startup Southerner
About five years ago, Dr. Brian Fengler found himself in a scary situation. He was working as an ER doctor in a busy Nashville, Tennessee, hospital, when a 36-week pregnant woman with a massive pulmonary embolism came in. He knew how to treat the mother, but was less sure about the impact the treatment would have on her unborn child. So he did what a whopping 86 percent of providers in similar situations do—he turned to the Internet. “I spent precious time trying to find data to allow me to make the right decision,” says Dr. Fengler.

PART 2: Oldham, Soni Focused on Environment That Spawns Creativity
During our recent discussion with two top administrators at Tennessee Tech University (TTU), President Phil Oldham asked one of those provocative questions related to innate skills individuals are born with versus those they acquire through education. “Can you teach creativity,” he asked, then answered, “I don’t know if you can teach it, but you can encourage it and create an environment where it can flourish.”

Tennessee Unemployment Rate at an All Time Low
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in Tennessee is currently at its lowest since August 2007. In fact, all 95 counties experienced a decline in their unemployment rate from January 2015 to January 2016. The report also shows a 3.66% growth in Tennessee’s private sector jobs from February 2015 to February 2016, an increase of 89,200 net new private sector jobs across the state.

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