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Beyond the Bio

A Closer Look at MBQ's Power Players
Doug Carpenter on “Means, Courage and Commitment join Vision and Enthusiasm”

10/23/13

Doug Carpenter on “Means, Courage and Commitment join Vision and Enthusiasm”

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry.    A friend of mine was visiting my office on South Main after a Grizzlies playoff win last season; “Something is happening in this town. Memphis is really changing,” she observed, “Do you think it’s because the Grizzlies are winning so much?”   My friend was noticing the renovations underway at the National Civil Rights Museum. Looking down the street, she could see where a warehouse behind the Arcade will become new live/work studios for artists. Up the street, redevelopment has already begun on the historic Hotel Chisca.   She was partially right – Memphis is...

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The President of Financial Federal Bank on "Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing"

09/23/13

The President of Financial Federal Bank on "Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry.  Our nation's economy is gradually improving, and while far from perfect, it is certainly better than it has been. As a result, the demand for commercial and residential lending is also ticking in the right direction, which is encouraging news for everyone in the financial services industry.   Like all banks, Financial Federal is emerging from under some dark clouds onto a dramatically different business landscape. The specific needs of our customers, the markets in which we operate, and the entire regulatory environment of our industry have changed profoundly in the last five years.   To me, these changes...

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Founder and CEO of Start Co., Eric Mathews on "Sacrifice Isn't A One-Time Payment"

08/28/13

Founder and CEO of Start Co., Eric Mathews on "Sacrifice Isn't A One-Time Payment"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the fourth post from the August/September issue in the category of Entrepreneurship. Last week's post was from Kevin Boggs on how to listen with all you heart. Previously, Patrick Woods on good v. great communication and, Matthew Heiter discussed being evangelists for growing Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each week, three to five new startup teams come through our doors at Start Co. They come in a state of uncertainty: uncertain if they should be entrepreneurs and uncertain if they have good ideas. Coming to Start Co. they seek mentoring, tools, investments, and the next steps for transforming their...

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Assistant VP, Technology Transfer, & Interim Executive Director, FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis on How To "Listen With All Your Heart"

08/21/13

Assistant VP, Technology Transfer, & Interim Executive Director, FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis on How To "Listen With All Your Heart"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the third post from the August/September issue in the category of Entrepreneurship. Last week's post was from Patrick Woods on good v. great communication. Previously, Matthew Heiter discussed being evangelists for growing Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem. One recent evening, I joined an informal gathering of people at an East Memphis restaurant and bar. Most people there, who were celebrating the start of a business program, were locals. But, there was one out-of-town visitor that everyone wanted to talk to. Even though I tend to be somewhat unassertive at events like this, I made my way to the small group that then included...

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a>m ventures’ Patrick Woods on Good vs. Great Communication

08/15/13

a>m ventures’ Patrick Woods on Good vs. Great Communication

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the second post from the August/September issue in the category of Entrepreneurship. Last week's post was from Matthew Heiter on being evangelists for growing Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem. “When Aeschines spoke, they said, 'How well he speaks.' But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, 'Let us march against Philip.'”   Good communication transfers information. Great communication alters belief.   This distinction became clear for Winston Churchill in the spring of 1940. Less than a year into total war in Europe, Churchill took over as British Prime Minister. Faced with the...

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We Must All Be Evangelists for the Growing Memphis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

08/07/13

We Must All Be Evangelists for the Growing Memphis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the first post from the August/September issue in the category of Entrepreneurship.  Startco, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, EmergeMemphis, University of Tennessee Research Foundation Business Incubator, University of Memphis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, FedEx Institute of Technology, Seed Hatchery I, II and III, ZeroTo510 Accelerator I and II, the FedEx Logistics Accelerator, the Upstart Women’s Accelerator, UM's Crews Venture Lab, the Commercial Appeal's Startup Memphis, Memphis SCORE, Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum, Society of Entrepreneurs, Wolf River Angels, Innova, Memphis Biomed...

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Office Managing Partner of Dixon Hughes Goodman on The Importance of Person-to-Person Relationships

07/17/13

Office Managing Partner of Dixon Hughes Goodman on The Importance of Person-to-Person Relationships

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry.  At Dixon Hughes Goodman, we take pride in our strong local relationships and being supported by a national network of professionals that can help our clients in any number of tax and advisory capacities. Collaboration is in our DNA as a firm, dating back to 1954 when S. Herbert Rhea and Jack Ivy founded our predecessor firm, Rhea & Ivy. Mr. Rhea was adamant that we view our clients as collaborators. Every engagement was a project on which we were working together toward a shared accomplishment. This mindset was evident when I joined as an associate in the early 1980s and continues to be our mindset today.   Our...

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President of 1 Source on "Parallels – Running and Running a Business"

07/10/13

President of 1 Source on "Parallels – Running and Running a Business"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the fifth post from our June/July issue which features the category of Office Design. Previously, Carol Johnson of Spaces Group posted on the new ergonomic reality. Prior to that, Deborah Vaughn talked about changing times in the office supply world. The week before, Chris Miller of Yuletide discussed his start in the business. Prior to that, Henrik Schmidt talked about celebrating a quarter of a century in the U.S. Exhilarating yet demanding, rewarding yet exhausting, fascinating yet humbling. These words accurately describe running a business and the sport of running. As President of 1 Source, a growing distributor of...

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Carol Johnson of Spaces Group on "The New Ergonomic Reality"

06/26/13

Carol Johnson of Spaces Group on "The New Ergonomic Reality"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the forth post from our June/July issue which features the category of Office Design. Last week, Deborah Vaughn talked about changing times in the office supply world. The week before, Chris Miller of Yuletide discussed his start in the business. Prior to that, Henrik Schmidt talked about celebrating a quarter of a century in the U.S. A friend who works for a large Memphis corporation recited a story about her recent travel overseas. She toured a factory while there, and met a woman who weaves textiles. This woman works on a small stool 12” off the floor in a squatting position with her arms extended upwards to meet the...

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Deborah Vaughn of Lonesource on "Changing Times in the Office Supply World"

06/19/13

Deborah Vaughn of Lonesource on "Changing Times in the Office Supply World"

In our weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This is the third post from our June/July issue which features the category of Office Design. Last week, Chris Miller of Yuletide discussed his start in the business. The week before, Henrik Schmidt talked about celebrating a quarter of a century in the U.S. In my more than 30 years in the office products industry, I have seen technology and labor efficiency change the products we use on a daily basis. From carbon paper to scanning, correction fluid to Spell Check, floppy computer disks to USB flash drives, productivity has increased due to technology. Look at the writing instruments! You can get one every size, color, type and price....

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