Monthly Archives: September 2011

FedEx hosts small biz Tweet Chat series

Shipping giant FedEx Corp. is going small. Starting next week the Memphis-based company will
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On three consecutive Thursdays, the Boost Your Small Business Tweet Chat series will feature small business experts discussing topics such as: how to recession proof your business, making advertising pay off and branding on a shoestring budget.

The first Tweet Chat is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Melinda Emerson, author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works., will provide advice on how to recession proof your small business.

To attend the chat on Twitter follow the #fedexsmallbiz hastag.

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Job fair strategy key for job seekers

Job OpeningsJob fairs are attracting thousands of job seekers these days. Making yourself standout from the
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Having a plan before you show up at the fair is more important that ever, say the experts at the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Grey and Christmas.

“You cannot go in blind or without a plan. It is important that you know which employers will be there and the types of positions they are trying to fill. Only visit those that align with your objectives,” CEO John Challenger said in a news release.

Challenger offers a laundry list of tips for increasing your chances of scoring a job when a visiting a fair.

 

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Sony 3D policy could cost Regal Entertainment millions

Updated with comments from Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles

A new Sony Corp. policy regarding disposable 3D glasses could make some of next summer’s
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Sony’s movie studio has told Knoxville-based Regal Entertainment Group and other theater owners that it will no longer pay the millions of dollars per film it costs to provide disposable glasses for 3D movies, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.

In response to Sony’s new policy, Regal CEO Amy Miles said Wednesday that the Regal is committed to holding down costs for its customers and may devote fewer screens to show Sony 3D movies.

The battle over who pays for 3D glasses comes at a time when theater owners face sluggish revenue growth and consumers struggle with high unemployment and a weak economy.

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Knoxville airport to get new full-body scanner

 
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McGhee Tyson Airport will soon have full-body imaging equipment to screen passengers, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Tuesday.

Sometime in the next few weeks, a millimeter wave advanced imaging technology machine will be installed at the Knoxville airport, TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said.

A specific deployment schedule has not been determined, but TSA will provide advance public notice.

My wife, Cheryl, who passed through the airport this morning, said a group of what appeared to be TSA officials were making measurements at the security gate.

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Alcoa Inc. getting ready for rebound

Just back from vacation and still catching up on local company news, but a Forbes story on Alcoa Inc.’s recent reorganization of its midstream businesses caught my eye.

“Aluminum demand is on the rise, primarily driven by the increased usage in the automotive and aerospace industries globally as manufacturers push to make lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles. Aluminum is also witnessing huge demand from its usage in electronics and household items,” Forbes says.

Despite the still sluggish recovery,  Alcoa apparently sees good times coming and it wants to be ready when the economy rebounds. In any event, the announcement has me wondering what impact — if any– the reorganization will have on the company’s Blount County operation.

Forbes: Emerging Markets Pushing Alcoa Stock Price From Hamilton to Jackson

Alcoa news release: Alcoa Reorganizes Midstream Businesses Around Five Key Markets to Accelerate Growth

Schmooz next week with your business friends

The fifth version of Schmoozapalooza, the Knoxville Chambers’ networking extravaganza, will be held Sept. 29 at Turkey Creek Public Market, 11221 Outlet Drive.

Exhibitors include dozens of big and small companies from throughout the area. Previous schmooz fests have attracted hundreds of biz people looking to connect with potential vendors, customers and employers.

Click here for registration info and a full list of exhibitors.

The good side of government regulation

Government regulations are an easy target for politicians, especially those on the fringe who never let the facts get in the way of a good harangue.

Despite what some pols would have us believe, government regulations can be good for businesses and their customers, says a report from the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

The report – Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation – examines five regulations that resulted in good things for the economy despite being originally attacked by both politicians and industry.

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Miller Energy reports record oil shipments; legal troubles continue

Miller Energy Resources faces a potentially painful class action lawsuit, but the East Tennessee oil and gas company is doing the best it can to generate positive headlines.Miller_Energy02.jpg

The exploration and production company said Wednesday that it shipped 46,882 barrels of oil in August, up 44 percent from the monthly average for the quarter ended July 31.

The August shipments are a company record, said David Hall, CEO of Miller’s Alaskan subsidiary, Cook Inlet Energy.

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WIVK step closer to new ownership

UPDATE: Number of Cumulus stations in Nashville corrected.

Knoxville’s most popular radio station, WIVK, is a step closer to having a new owner. WIVK is currently part of Citadel Broadcasting Corp., a Las Vegas-based radio network which is being bought by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc.

Citadel shareholders are expected to vote Thursday to approve the merger.

On Tuesday the companies announced that the Department of Justice had completed its antitrust review and the required waiting period had been ended. Last week, Cumulus agreed to sell two stations in Pennsylvania and one in Michigan to resolve DOJ antitrust concerns.

The merger is still subject to Federal Communications Commission approval.

 

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Tropical island or political access — which is a better buy?

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. on Monday answered the question we would all like to struggle Puerto Rico Caribbean Touri.JPGwith – what to do with a billion dollars burning a hole in your pocket.

Like you, I fantasize give this serious thought all the time.

US Election(2).JPGFor the Knoxville-based lifestyle media company the answer was simple – invest some of its profits in a lobbying government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Nothing like access to powerful politicians to protect corporate interests and shield that billion dollars from the taxman.

The company isn’t ready to say what it wants to chat with lawmakers about, but the ever-changing media biz offers plenty of big issues.

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