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VOL. 38 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 25, 2014

A Jumpstart toward success: Nashville business accelerator ranks among nation’s best

On the path to becoming an esteemed psychology professor, Brian Nelson decided to take a sharp turn to a destination much less glamorous than the halls of academia.

Accelerator programs help secure Tennessee’s image as tech hub

A collective of software and consumer Internet-based accelerator programs has placed Tennessee on the map – strikingly close to the technology holy ground of Silicon Valley.

STREET LEVEL

Mom, Pop go ape over American dream on Nolensville Road

“Gorilla” – as he’s been named for obvious reasons – is a roadside oddity to many who clatter and clunk along the congested traffic snake that is Nolensville Pike.

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EVENTS

Free Shred Day. Richards & Richards, in partnership with the Nashville Better Business Bureau, will host a Saturday document-shredding event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the company’s headquarters, 1741 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, open to everyone in the Nashville area.

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REALTY CHECK

Better find new way to ward off pesky termites

Termites are back. Swarming in their swat-evasive flurries, they can exact a debilitating toll on anything that stands in their way.

REAL ESTATE

Top Midstate commercial real estate transactions for March 2014

Top March 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

NEWSMAKERS

Lueken moves from Goldman to CapWealth

Franklin-based CapWealth Advisors has tapped former Goldman Sachs investment veteran John Lueken to lead its research efforts.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

‘Brief’ message, larger impact

Fast, faster, fastest. That pretty much describes your workday. You hit the floor running every morning and, physically or mentally, you don’t stop moving until bedtime.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Tips for selling to first-time buyers

Savvy salespeople adjust their approach when selling to first-time vs. seasoned buyers in their category – especially when selling complex products or business services.

GUEST COLUMNIST

Ignore stock ‘reboot,’ keep long-term focus

Frustrating. A word often used to describe computers, smartphones, tablets and, quite often, the stock market.

I SWEAR

More fun at the Masters: Watching golfers or listening to gallery?

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Overheard in the gallery:

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

How, why you should roast vegetables

I love roasted vegetables. The flavor that comes about when roasting, as opposed to steaming or boiling, is completely different.

COURTS

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tennessee official to VW: 'Circumstances have changed'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Volkswagen was still moving forward with a draft memorandum of understanding on Tennessee state incentives to expand the automaker's Chattanooga plant as recently as two weeks before a union election at the factory, according to emails obtained by WTVF-TV.

GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales

DETROIT (AP) — The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.

Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar.

Microsoft earnings beat Street expectations

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the January-March quarter. Revenue gains from its Windows operating system and cloud computing services like Azure were offset by the lack of special upgrade offer revenues from a year ago.

Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis; US gas prices up

The price of oil rose to near $102 a barrel Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine.

Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q

DALLAS (AP) — Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

Ladies Home Journal ceasing subscription service

Meredith Corp. says it is ending subscription service of "Ladies' Home Journal" due to declining advertiser interest.

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