– The nominations have started coming in and we have some good ones. But we want more, so we’re extending the deadline for nominations for the seventh annual Inside Memphis Business Innovation Awards to Friday, July 12. IMB has been recognizing the top thinkers and doers in the city for several years. Our seventh annual Innovation Awards issue is coming in September and we want your nominations for these people and organizations that are at the forefront of evolution — tinkerers, questioners, visionaries — who keep the machine of commerce oiled. Last year’s winners covered a range of areas, from medicine to music, education to civics. When you send us your nominations of the best and brightest candidates, please include any pertinent biographical or business information, and why the person, business, or organization should be recognized as a leader among innovators. Email your nomination to [email protected]insidememphisbusiness.com.

– Momentum Nonprofit Partners has instituted a policy change to its job board. Momentum’s membership, which includes many nonprofits in the area, use the board to post jobs available in their organizations and to look for job seekers in the nonprofit arena. Momentum now requires that posted jobs pay the equivalent of $15 an hour or $31,200 a year. Kevin Dean, CEO of Momentum, says “Some (nonprofit employees) work below a living wage; many lack benefits; and, most are not competitively compensated in comparison to our for-profit counterparts. The research is clear: better salaries for employees equals more impact for your nonprofit. Our work is urgently important, as we are saving lives, building better communities, and providing vital services and support for all Memphians. However, we should not be martyrs for our cause by compromising our ability to provide beyond the basic needs for ourselves and families. We all deserve to be compensated fairly.”


– Kroger will soon sell CBD products according to Supermarket News. The company will begin with items like CBD-infused creams, balms, and oils. Expect to see CBD products in CVS stores and The Vitamin Shoppe as well. Read Toby Sells’ story in the Memphis Flyer here.

– A $1.1 million YouthBuild grant from the U.S. Department of Labor is funding an effort to train tradesmen. Read Elle Perry’s story in the Daily Memphian here.

– An much-delayed amendment to the Graceland Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) to help it fund new facilities on the Graceland campus has been approved by the City Council. Read Meagan Nichols’ story in the Memphis Business Journal here.


– 2019 Memphis Flyer Burger Week: In 2018, there were 24 participating Memphis FlyerBurger Week restaurants serving thousands of $5.99 special Burger Week burgers. Get ready for this year’s round coming July 10-16.

– The 4th annual Bacon & Bourbon Festival hosted by the Memphis Flyer will have creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some of Memphis’ best restaurants, plus an array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. The music, merriment, and entertainment will be Saturday August 24th 2019 at Beale Street Landing downtown. A portion of proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market. Click here for more info.


Who’s getting promoted? Who’s closing big deals? Who’s getting awards? Inside Memphis Business magazine’s Hot Sheet has the latest on milestones in Memphis.

– Teri McCann (pictured), founder and clinical executive director of Fairhaven Treatment Center, was appointed to the MAPA board of directors.

– Comcast NBCUniversal awarded more than $22,000 in scholarships to nine Memphis area students for its Leaders and Achievers scholarship program. The recipients are: Alondra Gonzalez MirelesThe Collegiate School of MemphisAshley MagusiakSaint Benedict at 

AuburndaleGracie FogertySaint Agnes AcademyKynnidi CaffeyBriarcrest Christian High SchoolManuella CuetoCollegiate School of MemphisMorgan WhitedMarion High SchoolSamuel OsdobaMargolin Hebrew AcademyTempestt WilbornKirby High SchoolXinyi TanWhite Station High School.

UTHSC College of Pharmacy named Elizabeth Hall (pictured) as director of assessment.

– Obsidian Public Relations promoted Gracie Lee to account executive. The agency also hired Addison Walker as an account assistant.



Memphis Magazine

Power Player

Inside Memphis Business magazine publishes a list of local Power Players every year. These are the movers and shakers in more than 30 categories who get things done in their respective fields. IMB’s April issue has the complete list. We also publish individual categories in other issues throughout the year, and we feature individual Power Players in our weekly Tip Sheet.

This week’s Power Player is Reginald Coopwood, president and CEO, Regional One Health. Earned medical degree at Meharry Medical College. Practiced as general surgeon before roles as CMO and CEO in health systems. Serves as the Memphis Division Chair of the March of Dimes; board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee; past chair and current board member of Tennessee Hospital Association; member of American Hospital Association nomination committee. Alumni, Leadership Memphis. Recipient, 2014 CEO of the Year award, Inside Memphis Business; 2011 CEO Meritorious Service Award, 2013 Diversity Champion, 2017 President’s Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association.

For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.


“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.”

– Thomas PaineCommon Sense