Tony Maurice Jackson was 22 when he landed a job as a technician at Arlington Computers, LLC in Arlington, Tenn. The year was 2007. Within a few months, the owner, Michael McDonald, offered Jackson a partnership.
Jackson had been looking for a job and possibly a career, but McDonald's offer fueled his desire to become an entrepreneur. So when a friendship between Jackson and McDonald became evident, Jackson convinced McDonald that he could help grow the business.
The economy was tanking and three other computer stores in the area were forced to close their doors. But Arlington Computers was increasing its customer base and its nearest competitor, also located in Arlington, continued selling software, designing apps and developing websites.
City Councilman Wanda Halbert sat on the front row Wednesday morning as Gov. Bill Haslam, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. took the lead in welcoming Conduit Global to the Memphis area. Like most others gathered in the FedExForum lobby, she had been told little more than there would be a "big announcement."
By all accounts, a new call center, 1000 new jobs and an $8 million investment in building and infrastructure improvements to Goodlett Farms Office Park property in Shelby County adds up to a "big announcement."
Halbert was among numerous public officials who meshed with economic development proponents, business types and others on hand for the first public details about Conduit's move to Greater Memphis. She was among the few who openly placed the "exciting" news – which she immediately shared via her Facebook page – within the context of an ongoing local struggle with unemployment and underemployment.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Conduit Global officials today (Jan. 22nd) announced that the company will locate a new, 1,000-seat call center at the Goodlett Farms Office Park in Shelby County.
Conduit Global, one of the world's largest independent, fully-integrated business process outsourcing companies, will invest $8 million in building and infrastructure improvements and create more than 1,000 new jobs in Memphis.
The announcement was made at the FedExForum lobby, with numerous city and county officials on hand.
Roslyn Brock, who made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as the 14th Chairman of the NAACP, will deliver the keynote address at the Founders' Day celebration of the Beta Epsilon Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
The event takes place at 3 p.m. Feb. 9th at First Baptist Church-Broad, where the pastor is the Rev. Keith Norman, president of the Memphis Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Brock is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold the position of NAACP chairman.
Memphis residents will join together in the spirit of reflection and service for the city's first-ever "Be the Dream" MLK Weekend, a series of events to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"His message was broader than one for minorities alone," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. says. "He belonged to all of us, and for this weekend we will celebrate this universal, enduring legacy."
Be the Dream festivities will kick off Saturday (Jan. 18th), with a youth symposium at the Cook Convention Center. The event will offer resources to help guide youth ages 15-19 in their search for summer employment and post-secondary educational opportunities.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 53 on Jan. 15, 1982. It was a Friday and on that day the founders of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center (MSPJC) opened its doors.
This Saturday, a gala event at First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Younger community will mark the organization's 32nd anniversary.
"'Living the Legacy of Nonviolence' is our celebration of resistance," said Jacob Flowers, MSPJC executive director. "We stand on the shoulders of great men and women that we honor and appreciate. The broad canon of work we've accomplished is because of the lessons we learned from those who went before us: nonviolent social change is permanent change."
Southside's Lady Rams basketball team is no stranger to tough battles. After an 0-4 start, this year's season had the look of a battle royal.
At the same time, Southside Middle School as a whole was fighting for something more important than a basketball game – keeping the school from being absorbed by the Achievement School District (ASD). While many sing the praises of the ASD for its commitment to help turn around low-performing schools, that wasn't the tune resonating at Southside from its faculty, student body and community supporters.
The fight to keep Southside from being taken over by the ASD went public, airing on various local news outlets. Armed with a level-five "passing" grade from the state, Southside avoided the ASD net. That seemed to breathe fresh air into the entire school, including the Southside girls basketball team.