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This week we’re highlighting the EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market. Now in its second year, the program is sponsored by FedEx and leverages the region’s extraordinary logistics infrastructure and expertise, making it the ideal place to launch new logistics- and transportation-based innovations.
So what does Pokémon GO fever mean for small businesses? Well, a lot actually. It presents a major driver for business, as well as an opportunity to target a new demographic. Here are three ways that local businesses can capitalize on this movement:
Jason Hood learned as a Boy Scout to always leave a campsite better than he found it. He still applies that principle to his life. He uses it as a corporate attorney, in leadership at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and as a Boy Scouts of America volunteer. “One of the things I really think about is potential,” said Hood in his third-floor East Memphis office at Sedgwick, Inc., one of the city’s largest private employers. “I want to strive to improve, to realize potential. I would like to leave my workplace better than I found it. I would like to leave my community better than I found it.”
This week we’re highlighting Upstart, one of the first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups and according to Forbes one of the top ten technology startup accelerators for women-led businesses in the world. With renowned partners including The JumpFund, Springboard Enterprises, and The Academy for Women's Empowerment (AWE), Upstart is specifically designed to equip female founders with the skills and confidence to level the entrepreneurial playing field.  At Upstart they know that success isn’t gender-specific and as a result opportunity shouldn't be either.  
Caleb Park loves Memphis, and he’ll gladly tell you why: In a recent interview he talked about his love for the spirit of Memphis and the city’s ongoing rejuvenation, his love of learning and problem solving, and his love for singular Memphis institutions like the Levitt Shell, the Crawfish Festival and Spindini. 
Last month we added Haley Simmons to the Greater Memphis Chamber team as the Director of Public Policy. Haley will serve as a voice for our local businesses in the public realm as he advocates for policies and programs that benefit members and contribute to business growth and success. Haley brings with him experience from the City of Memphis administration as well as a passion for finding solutions to the issues you face every day. Below he shares a little more about himself and his new role.
On the evening of Sunday, July 10th thousands of men, women and children gathered in support of the #BLackLivesMatter Protest in Memphis, TN. While the protest began in the tourism district of Downtown Memphis, it quickly mobilized as participants began to march north towards the Hernando DeSoto Bridge where Interstate 40 connects Arkansas to Tennessee over the Mississippi River. Lasting for over four hours, the traffic on the bridge came to a standstill in both directions. Still, the protest remained peaceful, with police and protestors dialoguing and respecting the other's rights. The protest concluded with Interim Memphis Police Director, Mike Rallings, walking off the bridge arm-in-arm with leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement. They marched back to where the protest originated, where they prayed. The two sides agreed to meet on Monday, July 11th to continue the dialogue. It is important to note the evening ended with no injuries and no arrests.

Overall, so many came away from this event with a sense of pride for our city - for how our leadership, police officers and citizens worked together for peace. This is the Memphis Model.  
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC began in 1963 in Memphis. Since then, Spicer Rudstrom has developed into a regional firm with five other offices, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock and Texarkana. In 1994, when we opened our other Tennessee offices, we were the first law firm to go statewide. Our Memphis office has been part of downtown Memphis for more than 50 years. Last year, we moved to the historic Pembroke Square building, showing, again, our deep roots in the city.
This week we’re highlighting Seed Hatchery, Memphis’ first accelerator, and the three innovative teams that comprise this year’s cohort. A member of the Global Accelerator Network, Seed Hatchery focuses exclusively on B2B software and hardware for enterprise customers. Since its founding in 2011, the accelerator has helped fund, mentor and launch 26 emerging technology companies. 
For the first time since 2004, the Department of Labor updated its regulations defining the white collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). By way of background, certain groups of “white collar” employees are exempt from both the FLSA’s overtime and minimum wage requirements. These “white collar” exemptions can be categorized by the executive exemption, the administrative exemption, the professional exemption, and the outside sales employee exemption.

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