The excitement starts with an engagement ring. This starts months of planning for the big wedding day. Invitations, dresses, flowers, tuxedos, and cakes must be chosen and purchased to make your lifelong commitment special. Why do couples spend so much time and money on this one day, yet spend very little time preparing for the next 50 years?
Jenny and Thomas returned from their honeymoon full of anticipation about their lives together. They were going to be very busy over the next couple of months merging their lives into one. In addition to moving into their new apartment, Jenny would have to update all of her identification documents to reflect her new name.
Blanca Robinson is the president of Women Business Enterprise Council South (WBENC South) and her mission is to help women succeed.
Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Please tell us about yourself and how you became interested in expanding and promoting economic opportunities for women in business?
African-American parents wish there were more culturally relevant toys to give to their children, according to a new survey commissioned by Walmart.
Walmart – America's largest seller of toys – surveyed African-American parents to ask them about their opinions on holiday toys. African-American parents agreed the most (77 percent) with the desire for more toys that are representative of their family's race, ethnicity and/or culture.
Michael Ugwueke has been selected as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Ugwueke is currently senior vice president, Methodist North and South Hospitals. He will begin transitioning to his new role in January.
As chief operation officer, Ugwueke will provide strategic and operational leadership for the system's five adult inpatient hospitals and affiliated companies.
In the local market, various diversity certifications are offered by several entities, including The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum, where Erica Powell is director of Member Registration.
Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Mrs. Powell thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and knowledge with us. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became interested in expanding and promoting economic opportunities for minorities and women in business?
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently closed nine banks in one day. The closings boosted the number of failed U.S. banks this year to 115. Given that, and the recent turmoil at CIT Group, you might be worried about the safety of your money in financial services and investment companies.
What advice do financial planners have for Americans who are worried about the money they have in banks and brokerage accounts? Here's what FPA member Sam Hull, CFP®, CPCC, a partner with Whitewater Transitions, had to say:
"Bank On Memphis" – a financial literacy program that debuted in 2011 – has been fine-tuned and given a sharper focus.
The program's relaunch is a collaboration that features Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and David Lenoir, Shelby County Trustee. Wharton and Lenoir are moving forward with the program thanks to a $10,000 contribution from Regions Bank. The funds are directed toward the costs of outreach, including a renewed marketing push.