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Bill Seely – Varsity Spirit

What makes Varsity Spirit so successful is that it views itself as more than just a company in its field. Rather, as the leading business in the cheer industry, Varsity Spirit takes it upon itself to be an ambassador for the sport and help partner organizations.

TriCore Builders

When Jack Yates and Chris Lee started their own company, they made an immediate splash by beating out larger, more established firms to land Amazon as one of their first clients.


Meritan, a health services nonprofit operating in the city for over 50 years, is moving to a new home in Downtown Memphis.

Julie Romine

Innovation: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis’ Aging in Place program has served more than 350 families by making improvements to housing so seniors can stay longer in their homes.

Dr. Brian Sorrentino

Innovation: Pioneering gene therapy treatment has succeeded where bone marrow transplants have failed to correct immune function of young cancer patients. The upshot is that now hope exists for patients with “bubble boy disease.”​

Budget Consequences

There’s been no end of discussion about significant changes in federal spending lately, but the whirlwind of words and figures have not yielded a clear sense of the consequences the 2018 budget proposed by the Trump Administration would have at the local level. How would Shelby County fare if and when funding is cut for widely used public programs?

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