VOL. 38 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 07, 2014
Michael Burcham accepted his Kiwanis Club’s 2013 Nashvillian of the Year award with a moving and resonant speech that was less about his own accomplishments than about creating opportunities for those who are marginalized by society.
In his Q and A with Nashville Ledger, serial entrepreneur and business visionary Michael Burcham takes the Tennessee’s state legislature to task for hurting the state’s business climate with closed-mindedness, bigotry and backwards thinking.
In June 2013, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center opened the doors to a spacious complex in the Trolley Barn complex of Rolling Mill Hill. It was the culmination of efforts dating back to 2007 to create a storefront where would-be entrepreneurs can develop their startup business ideas under the mentorship of experienced businessmen and women.
Can Google afford Nashville? The tech giant wants to offer its superfast fiber network – 100 times faster than average broadband speeds – in Nashville and eight other metropolitan areas across the U.S., in addition to the three it already serves.
Can’t wait to get Google Fiber for your business? You’re probably at the back of the line. Even if Google does bring its service here, its first priority is residential customers.
Hal Cato spent 10 years as CEO of the Oasis Center, a community center for at-risk teens. When he announced that he was leaving in 2011, Nashvillians knew that Oasis Center and the community were losing a great asset.
While many outsiders would likely be astonished, Nashville in recent years has emerged as a Southern pacesetter in the world of startups.
The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) celebrated the wonderment of 2013 with its Award of Excellence Gala Saturday night at the Hilton. With an announced crowd of 575 in attendance and more than 175 award winners, the event was reminiscent of 2006 when 226 won awards and over 600 poured into the Renaissance Hotel.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Phil Bredesen’s first act as governor was to issue an executive order requiring his cabinet officials, including himself, to disclose their yearly income.
When someone first mentioned to freshman state Rep. Jeremy Durham that there would be a new seat in Williamson County, he thought he was being asked to suggest someone, not run.
Bob Higgins, president and CEO of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has been named 2014 Engineer of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW
You were at work, but nothing was working. You knew there were problems with that big project, but you moved forward anyhow. Made contingency plans. Asked experts. You became obsessed.
Given the increasingly shorter attention span of today’s Web user, it’s no wonder Twitter’s looping video app – Vine – is crawling its way into brand marketing strategies across the globe.
The phrase “civil war” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. And, of course, it’s generally used to refer to open hostilities between factions that occupy a common geographical sphere.
KAY'S COOKING CORNER
Hubby and I are at a newspaper convention in San Antonio. We were looking forward to a break from the wet, cool weather at home, but so far, we’ve had one foggy, wet day after another.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The FBI has taken over the Idaho criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.
NASHVILLE (AP) - The state fire marshal's office is asking Tennessee residents to inspect their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.
DICKSON (AP) — Mohawk Industries says it will build a $180 million tile plant in Dickson County, creating 320 new jobs over the next four years.
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate on Thursday voted to require Gov. Bill Haslam to secure legislative approval for any potential deal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite the Republican governor's repeated assurances that he would first seek their OK for any arrangement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, likely renewing hopes that the economy will accelerate this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting mostly lower in midday trading as tensions build in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea is preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia.
The price of oil crept up to near $102 a barrel Friday as expectations rose for a solid increase in U.S. employment.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.
Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of increases, edging closer to historically low levels.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans' wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.
NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach highlights the increased pressure facing executives who are charged with protecting corporate computer systems from hackers whose attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated.