Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Nielsen's senior vice president for Communications, can be a reference or a resource in just about any conversation that involves trends.
With more than 21 years of public relations, communications and writing experience, Pearson-McNeil's background includes advertising, television, public affairs, the non-profit sector and government. In a world where most everything can be measured by television time, time spent online and what we buy, she is an information treasure.
A few months ago, I had a discussion with a few associates over coffee. The topic of the conversation was a television show called "Shark Tank." I had watched it a few times and thought that it was intriguing. My associates found it captivating.
The premise of the show is a business owner bringing a product or service to a panel of professionals in the hopes of receiving an investment of money and expertise. It's called "Shark Tank" because the investors are just that, sharks.
Wouldn't it be disappointing to dream about a comfortable retirement and then find yourself unable to enjoy your leisure years because of limited financial resources? Unfortunately, this is a possibility for people who underestimate retirement expenses and the rising cost of living.
Recently, I was fortunate to serve as legal counsel for a movie called "N-Secure" that was filmed in Memphis. Daily on the set, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks were provided to the crew courtesy of Felecia Bean Catering. And it was wonderful!
Omelets prepared on demand, fresh seasoned fruit – the choices were incredible. As a full-service caterer, Bean can do it all.
A recent study using data from 136 countries suggests that spending money for the benefit of others promotes a feeling of happiness in the giver. This may not be surprising to the many people who donate to charity. Almost three-fourths of charitable giving in the United States comes from individuals.
Charitable contributions could also help ease your tax burden; therefore, it's important to keep appropriate records and follow IRS guidelines.
by Charlene Crowell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
As millions of college students return to campus, a recent settlement by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may become a financial blessing to students and their parents. An estimated 60,000 students are expected to share $11 million in restitution from two financial firms – Higher One Holdings, Inc. and Bancorp Bank.