The Mid-South Fair Prepares For 2012

The Mid-South Fair is in the initial stages of planning its schedule of events for 2012. Included in that schedule is the major event the Mid-South Fair.  Belinda Anderson, president of the Mid-South Fair and the Executive Committee determined after assessing the last two years of the Fair that the organization will work on revitalizing the fair by bringing the management of the event back within the organization

“Earlier this year the Mid-South Fair hired Milton Rodgers as the Executive Director,” said Anderson. “Milton has a wealth of experience in Event and Fair management as the former General Manager for our Fair. He has wonderful ideas of how to make our Fair and other events better and we are going to give him that opportunity and support him as we work to enhance our Fair.” The organization will not sign a new management agreement with Universal Fairs.

Rodgers has been on the job since April of this year. “I want to bring some of the staple events back to our Fair that our attendees love and continue to strengthen the Fair’s ability to better support our mission within the community,” said Rodgers. “The Mid-south Fair has a solid brand. It’s a 156 year old entity and I’m excited about working with the good people in Southaven on making our Fair the best in the region.”

The Mid-South Fair has a 10-day event in Southaven, MS at the Desoto Civic Center that is in

the fall of each year and is scheduling other events sponsored and produced by the organization.

Also today, the board voted on the new slate of officers: Mike McGhee is President, Gregory Duckett is Vice President/Secretary and Michael Doyle is Vice President/Treasurer. Their terms begin immediately.

NAWBO Networking Reception and Toy Drive to Benefit Abused and Battered Women

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Memphis will host a networking reception and toy drive on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue, from 5-7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a new and unwrapped toy to donate to the children of abused and battered women through the YWCA of Memphis. The event is open to the public. To register, go online to  For more information contact NAWBO President Natasha Bowen at 901-328-8842.

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The National Association of Women Business Owners, a non-profit and one of 80 chapters across the U.S., propels women business entrepreneurs into

PBWM will Award Grants in March 2012; Grant Applications Available Now Through January 31, 2012

The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis (PBWM), an organization with a focus on supporting programs or projects geared towards economic self-sufficiency, is seeking grant applications. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 31, 2012.

The organization is accepting applications for programs focusing on, but not limited to, career development, education, entrepreneurship, scholarship and health. The application and requirement guidelines can be downloaded from the website at

“In this economy, budgets are being cut left and right,” said Mary McDaniel, chairman, PBWM. “Our organization is determined to provide assistance to a few organizations that we believe are having an impact in the community.”Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis was founded in January 2005. The organization has nine members which include McDaniel, Debra Evans, Edith Kelly-Green, Carolyn Chism Hardy, Monice Moore Hagler, Deidre Malone, Belinda Watkins and Lashell Vaughn.

Past grant recipients include the Booker T. Washington High School Girls Basketball team, New Ballet Ensemble, College Bound of Memphis, Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Memphis Cultural Arts Enrichment Center, Amateur Athletic Union and the Watoto De Afrika.