Event calendar service inks national deal

Eviesays.com, the event listing Web site run by former Scene editor Bruce Dobie, has hooked up with Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a Birmingham-based publisher with a presence in more than 150 communities from the Northeast to Florida and Oklahoma.
“When we presented this opportunity to our sales staff, the overwhelming response was, ‘Why wouldn’t we want to be doing this,’ ” Muldrow said. “We view our relationship with Dobie Media and eviesays as an opportunity to expand services to our readers and communities.”
Feb 16, 2009 5:39 PM

Local tech firm named to trade pub list

iNet Strategy checks in at No. 27 on MSPmentor's list of the top managed service providers.
Instead of ranking MSPs merely by total revenue, we calculate an index measurement using such metrics as overall managed services revenue, overall managed services revenue growth, percentage managed services revenue growth, managed services revenue per employee, number of devices managed, and other data points comparing fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2007. This index approach ensures small, midsize and large MSPs from around the world are recognized on the MSPmentor 100.
Check the press release here.
Feb 15, 2009 10:38 PM

Mo' foreigners, mo' patents

Greg Siskind reports that Harvard Business School has released a report showing a correlation between rises and decreases in the H-1B visa cap and the amount of innovation.
Feb 13, 2009 5:42 PM

Cable company to file for bankruptcy

Two weeks after reports of debt troubles first surfaced, Charter Communications says it will file a reorganization plan by April 1.
“The restructuring was coming one way or another,” Matt Dundon, managing director of distressed analysis at Miller Tabak Roberts Securities, said in a phone interview. “Even with the $8 billion debt reduction figure, the company is still heavily indebted and vulnerable to further restructuring if EBTDA takes a turn for the worse.”
Feb 12, 2009 2:39 PM

Former Senator to advise stem cell venture

Jim Sasser has been named to the advisory board of Maryland-based Neuralstem, which is developing brain and spinal cord stem cells to treat various diseases. Sasser, a former U.S. ambassador to China, will focus on that country.
Feb 12, 2009 9:16 AM

iPayment GC named to Silicon Valley board

Afshin Yazdian and two others have been elected to the board of SinoHub, which manages electronics components supply chains in China. Yazdian, a veteran of Waller Lansden and eConception, has been general counsel of payment processor iPayment since 2001.
Feb 12, 2009 8:10 AM

Emma's got jobs

Jobs aren't plentiful these days but there are folks hiring, some right here in Nashville:
Emma is an e-mail and web-based marketing agency on Eighth Avenue South. Right now, it's ready to hire at least 20 creative minds. While some positions require IT experience, others do not. Suzanne Norman of Emma said that working at the agency entails "being on the phone, writing great e-mails, solving problems (and) taking care of customers."
Feb 11, 2009 6:00 PM

Fifth Third Processing nabs contracts with two area businesses

From a press release:
Fifth Third Processing Solutions is pleased to announce that O'Charley's Inc. and Old Time Pottery have signed contracts for merchant processing services: -- O'Charley's Inc., headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, is a multi-concept restaurant company that operates or franchises a total of 371 restaurants in 28 states under three brands: O'Charley's, Ninety Nine Restaurant, and Stoney River Legendary Steaks. The Organization has signed with Fifth Third for credit card processing. -- Old Time Pottery opened its first low-cost warehouse style home decor store in 1986 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Company now has 38 stores throughout the Southeast and Midwest and has signed with Fifth Third for debit, credit and gift card processing. "We are pleased to welcome these two new national clients," said Donald Boeding, president of Merchant Services for Fifth Third Processing Solutions. "These new partnerships underline Fifth Third's commitment to investing in the people, technology and systems necessary to effectively support the payment processing needs for a wide variety of businesses including traditional retailers and restaurants such as these."
Feb 11, 2009 11:23 AM

Incubator teams with UT foundation

Downtown's Cumberland Emerging Technologies and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation will further explore a "promising" arthritis treatment.
"Licensing this technology is an important milestone for CET," said A.J. Kazimi, Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals and CET. "Not only are we adding a promising new product candidate to our development pipeline, we are also providing researchers with the resources necessary to advance this important work. This is precisely what we envisioned when we created CET to bridge the gap between the research laboratory and the commercial marketplace."
Feb 10, 2009 11:07 PM

The next big ECD target?

Texas-based battery maker Valence Technology is said to be eyeing sites in the South for a $500 million plant. One reason: The European car makers are here.
Kanode likes the EU’s “deliberate” approach to developing a market for electric vehicles, and he expects companies based there to lead the electrification of the automobile. “This isn’t just a Big Three situation,” Kanode said. “European OEMs are larger than the Big Three, larger than the OEMs of Asia.”
Feb 10, 2009 10:44 PM