The Carter Malone Group Hosts Free New & Upcoming Entrepreneur Symposium: Women and Minorities Invited to Come, Learn and Possibly Win $1,500 Grant

The Carter Malone Group Hosts Free New & Upcoming Entrepreneur Symposium: Women and Minorities Invited to Come, Learn and Possibly Win $1,500 Grant

The Carter Malone Group LLC, one of the city’s largest female-owned public relations firms, owned by Deidre Malone will be hosting three free symposiums entitled Controlling How the Cookie Crumbles: Educating and Empowering Entrepreneurs starting Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church at 9:00 a.m.

This symposium is designed to target women and minorities who are interested in starting a business or are new business owners. Information will be shared about the staples any business needs to get off the ground including a strong business plan, industry benchmarking, utilizing resources within the community, marketing and so much more.

Seasoned industry leaders will serve as speakers for this symposium including Gina Neely with Down Home with the Neely’s, Nita Black – MAP Momentum, Alandas Dobbins – Memphis Office of Resource Enterprise, Natasha Donerson – Success Unlimited, Carolyn Hardy with Chism Hardy Enterprises and Pamela Brooks-Martin with Cushion Employer Services. They will share their business success stories. Dates and locations include: Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ Bethlehem MB Church, Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ Bloomfield Baptist Church and Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ Breath of Life Church. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at all events. Program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon.

“We have to not only promote economic growth within the Memphis community but also show new and upcoming business owners what it takes to be sustainable,” said Deidre Malone, President and CEO of The Carter Malone Group. “This series of symposiums are designed to help individuals learn from industry leaders and have an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs in the area.”

A $1,500 grant and other benefits will be awarded in March to the best business plan presented by the participants to help get their business started or to help them grow their business. All three events will benefit the Memphis Chapter YWCA Abused Women Services or F.F.U.N – Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives. Participants are asked to bring an item to donate or financial contribution to one of the above organizations and receive free entry.

“We decided to donate to the Memphis Chapter YWCA Abused Women Services and F.F.U.N. because these organizations are important to our community,” said Malone. “The donated items and contributions will go to the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program and F.F.U.N.’s Stop the Killing initiative. These are both very worthy organizations we want to support through these symposiums.”

There is limited seating for these symposiums so registration is required.

For more info contact, The Carter Malone Group (901) 278-0881 or visit our website at www.cmgpr.com.

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For more information on the event click here for the flyer:  Controlling How The Cookie Crumbles Symposium Flyer

 

City of Memphis Launches New Website on the Memphis Aerotropolis Master Plan

A new website with updates on the Memphis Aerotropolis Master Plan is up and running. The Aerotropolis Master Plan focuses on a 50-square mile study area surrounding the Memphis International Airport called Airport City. The Airport City area encompasses some of the city’s struggling businesses, neighborhoods, and commercial and retail centers. The web address for the new site is www.memphisaeroplan.com.

 

The website details the steps taken by project consultants to create the Master Plan, which is being developed with input from community leaders and business owners in the study area. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Memphis Division of Planning and Development have partnered through the FY 2010 HUD Community Challenge Grants Program to fund the Master Plan.

“Launching the website will give us a great opportunity to publicize what is going on with the project, because it is imperative that we redevelop Airport City not only to simulate the Memphis economy, but also to create new economic opportunities for the region,” said Chad Bowman, Aerotropolis Project Manager.

The goal is to develop a coordinated Master Plan of action that can provide a comprehensive guide for future development of the Memphis Airport City with recommendations relating to market strategy, land use and urban design. The Master Plan will also identify opportunities to create new housing opportunities, a sustainable number of new businesses and jobs for an improved quality of life for Memphians as well as Mid-Southerners.

The website is complete with data, graphics, photographs, surveys and aerial views of neighborhoods and communities in the study area. For easy navigation, information can be obtained by clicking one of several tabs: Home, Overview, Library, News, Events and Contact. Under Home, for example, you’ll find a video presentation and a question: “What is the Memphis Aerotropolis?” Also you’ll find a series of photographs from six listening tour sites under the Events tab.

“We are still gathering public input,” said Bowman. “So if anyone is interested in learning more about the project or providing input through their group or organization, please feel free to contact me, and I will make myself available.”

Bowman can be reached at 901.636.7160 or by email at chad.bowman@memphistn.gov.

The Aerotropolis Master Plan, once fully implemented, will transform Memphis into a competitive, logistics and distribution and bio life sciences capital of commerce that will benefit the entire Mid-South Region. Please visit the website and buckle your seat belts as we prepare for take-off,Memphis.

SIX MEMPHIS SCHOOLS TO JOIN THE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Thousands of students, parents to benefit from opportunity

 6 more Memphis area priority schools are joining Tennessee’s statewide Achievement School District (ASD), leaders announced on Friday morning at a press conference at Frayser Achievement Elementary School in the Frayser neighborhood of North Memphis.

 “We’re thrilled to welcome these schools to the ASD,” said ASD superintendent Chris Barbic.  “We’ve seen great things happening in our schools this year, and can’t wait to begin working with our new parents, students, teachers and community members to prove the possible.”

The ASD currently has six schools, and—with Friday’s announcement—will double in number next year.  The ASD is both an operator and an authorizer of schools.  As an operator, it runs schools directly. As an authorizer, it recruits and selects high performing charter schools to join its network.  Friday’s announcement had implications for the ASD on both fronts.

“Find me in Frayser”: The ASD as school operator

The ASD has set deep roots in the Frayser area, running three schools this year: Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary and Westside Middle School.  With Friday’s announcement, they will operate two additional campuses in the Frayser area:  Georgian Hills and Whitney elementary schools.

DeAndre Brown, Executive Director of Lifeline to Success, has seen a change in Frayser this school year. “The ASD has truly become part of the community, and our kids are learning in ways they never have before.”

 

Frayser Elementary joined the ASD this fall, beginning its climb to the top 25% of schools in the state.  Like other schools that have joined the ASD, Frayser performed in the bottom 5% of schools in the state.  This group of schools, known as “Priority” schools, is receiving statewide attention.    On average, only 1 out of 10 students in Priority schools read and do math on grade level.  And in Frayser, 11 out of the 14 schools in the Frayser are priority schools—the highest concentration of bottom 5% schools in the state.

“In just a semester here at Frayser, we have seen significant academic gains with our students, and we know they can reach further heights this spring,” said James Dennis, Principal of Frayser Elementary.

New charter operators make their match: The ASD as authorizer

The ASD is positioning other top performing school operators to do the same in other parts of the city.  Orange Mound will now have a new educational partner in Aspire Public Schools, a newcomer to Memphis.  Aspire currently operates some of the best public schools in California.  Beginning in the fall, Aspire will be working to transform Hanley Elementary School.

We are excited about working with families and students in the Orange Mound school community,” said Allison Leslie, Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools – Memphis Region. “Aspire Public Schools provides students with a proven rigorous education, helping to prepare students for success in their future endeavors-in higher education, work, and citizenship. We believe that through personalized learning experiences, students will master basic skills, develop productive life skills, and acquire the thinking skills needed for success in the real world.  With our College for Certain mission in mind, our goal is to prepare students at Hanley Elementary to earn a college degree.”

Along with Aspire, the ASD announced that Gestalt Community Schools, who currently operates the best public middle school in the state at Power Center Academy, will phase in operations at Klondike Elementary, beginning next year with kindergarten and first grade, and adding a grade each year. Gestalt already operates one ASD School.  Gordon Science and Arts Academy serves students zoned to Humes Middle School.  Another local top-performing school operator, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools will begin transforming Corry Middle and Shannon Elementary next fall.  At Shannon, KIPP will operate grades PreK and kindergarten, adding a grade each year; at Corry, KIPP will operate the 5th grade, adding a grade each year.

 

PRIORITY SCHOOL

SCHOOL OPERATOR

STUDENTS SERVED IN 13/14

Whitney Elementary

Achievement School District

Whole school

Georgian Hills Elementary

Achievement School District

Whole school

Hanley Elementary

Aspire Public Schools

Whole school

Klondike Elementary

Gestalt Community Schools

Kindergarten and first grade

Shannon Elementary

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

Pre-K & Kinder

Corry Middle

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools

5th grade

 

Schools were chosen and matched with operators based on a range of factors, including need (school and feeder pattern performance), potential for impact (school and feeder pattern serve a high number of students), and community input.  There was an extensive community engagement process led by the volunteer Achievement Advisory Council, the ASD, and the ASD’s charter operators.

 

ABOUT THE OPERATORS

Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving 12,000 students in underserved communities across California. Aspire is one of the highest- performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous “College for Certain” education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities in 2010 and 2011. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto and East Palo Alto. For more information about Aspire, please contact Christine Schneider: Christine@larsonpr.org

 

Capstone Education Group (Cornerstone Prep): Cornerstone Prep provides a quality, college preparatory education to families throughout Memphis. Cornerstone Prep’s approach to education is based on successful strategies modeled by the nation’s best urban schools, including intense focus on the core subjects of math and reading; extra learning time created by an extended academic day and year; standards-based lesson plans, curriculum, and assessments; intentional character and leadership development; and a fast-paced, challenging learning environment. Cornerstone Prep’s mission is to equip all students with the Wisdom and Knowledge necessary to succeed in college and to become leaders in their community. For more information on Capstone, contact Executive Director, Drew Sippel at dsippel@cornerstoneprepmemphis.org

 

Gestalt Community Schools (GCS) is a system of K-12 college-preparatory charter schools in targeted Tennessee communities. GCS schools provide strong academic outcomes for their scholars through various initiatives, including meaningful community involvement. GCS catalyzes community leadership to help revitalize the neighborhoods in which its schools operate. Instead of debating whether education impacts the community or vice versa, GCS believes that the most effective method to support student achievement is an integration of education and community (a true “gestalt”). GCS currently operates Power Center Academy middle, the highest-performing middle school in the state.  For more information about Gestalt Community Schools, contact Exec. Dir. Derwin Sisnett: dsisnett@gestaltcs.org.

 

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools: KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open- enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 33,000 students. KIPP came to Memphis in 2002 with the opening of KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle, which last year was ranked the highest performing charter middle school in the state for student growth. As of July 2012, KMCS will operate four schools- one elementary, two middle, and one high school- serving 800 students. It is the goal of KMCS to operate ten schools by 2016, with the ultimate capacity to serve over 4,500 students across Memphis. For more information about KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools, please contact Executive Director, Jamal
McCall: jmccall@kippmemphis.org.

ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS NEW OPERATOR FOR HANLEY ELEMENTARY

Achievement School District taps Aspire to transform failing school in 2013

Aspire Public Schools (Aspire) is proud to announce its appointment as the new operator for Hanley Elementary School as assigned through the Achievement School District (ASD) matching process.  This ends an 8-month planning period where Aspire met with community leaders, parents and educators throughout Memphis to understand school needs and priorities.

 

We are excited about working with families and students in the Orange Mound school community,” said Allison Leslie, Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools – Memphis Region. “Aspire Public Schools provides students with a proven rigorous education, helping to prepare students for success in their future endeavors—in higher education, work, and citizenship. We believe that through personalized learning experiences, students will master basic skills, develop productive life skills, and acquire the thinking skills needed for success in the real world.  With our College for Certain mission in mind, our goal is to prepare students at Hanley to earn a college degree.”

Aspire was selected by ASD to join its efforts to transform the lowest performing public schools in Memphis.  In May 2012, Aspire began its Memphis community planning in preparation for the fall of 2013 school year.  During this time, Aspire leadership has been meeting with community leaders, parents and teachers regarding its presence in Memphis and its plans on how to transform the failing schools that it is assigned.

“With this announcement, our focus is on continuing to meet with parents and the community leaders and hiring the best teachers and school staff for our students,” said Leslie.

During the transformation process, Aspire will fill 50 new faculty and staff positions.  All current school employees are encouraged to apply on the Aspire website (www.aspirepublicschools.org) and will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for their current position. Aspire has also been conducting recruiting events in and around the Memphis area for the past 3 months.

“We encourage local educators to contact us about opportunities, including our Teacher Residency Program, open to educators and college seniors to apply.  Aspire is pleased to be working with local colleges such as  Lemoyne-Owen College, University of Memphis, Fisk, Victory University, University of Arkansas – Little Rock, Christian Brothers, Rhodes, and University of Mississippi – Oxford  to promote opportunities.” said Leslie.

About Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment free public charter schools serving 12,500 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous ‘College for Certain’ education to students in grades K-12.  Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org or call (901) 205-9443.

 

 

ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS NEW OPERATOR FOR HANLEY ELEMENTARY

Achievement School District taps Aspire to transform failing school in 2013

Aspire Public Schools (Aspire) is proud to announce its appointment as the new operator for Hanley Elementary School as assigned through the Achievement School District (ASD) matching process. This ends an 8-month planning period where Aspire met with community leaders, parents and educators throughout Memphis to understand school needs and priorities.

We are excited about working with families and students in the Orange Mound school community,” said Allison Leslie, Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools – Memphis Region. “Aspire Public Schools provides students with a proven rigorous education, helping to prepare students for success in their future endeavors—in higher education, work, and citizenship. We believe that through personalized learning experiences, students will master basic skills, develop productive life skills, and acquire the thinking skills needed for success in the real world. With our College for Certain mission in mind, our goal is to prepare students at Hanley to earn a college degree.”
Aspire was selected by ASD to join its efforts to transform the lowest performing public schools in Memphis. In May 2012, Aspire began its Memphis community planning in preparation for the fall of 2013 school year. During this time, Aspire leadership has been meeting with community leaders, parents and teachers regarding its presence in Memphis and its plans on how to transform the failing schools that it is assigned.

“With this announcement, our focus is on continuing to meet with parents and the community leaders and hiring the best teachers and school staff for our students,” said Leslie.
During the transformation process, Aspire will fill 50 new faculty and staff positions. All current school employees are encouraged to apply on the Aspire website (www.aspirepublicschools.org) and will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for their current position. Aspire has also been conducting recruiting events in and around the Memphis area for the past 3 months.

“We encourage local educators to contact us about opportunities, including our Teacher Residency Program, open to educators and college seniors to apply. Aspire is pleased to be working with local colleges such as Lemoyne-Owen College, University of Memphis, Fisk, Victory University, University of Arkansas – Little Rock, Christian Brothers, Rhodes, and University of Mississippi – Oxford to promote opportunities.” said Leslie.

About Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment free public charter schools serving 12,500 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous ‘College for Certain’ education to students in grades K-12. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org or call (901) 205-9443.