Business News for Nov. 26, 2015


BACC board nominations are now open

Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce logoThe Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is accepting board nominations from members through Nov. 30.

BACC chairman Mark Askew said the nominations are for members to serve for three years on the BACC Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 term. Nominees should be current dues-paying members that have shown an active interest in the chamber’s mission and success, and they must have agreed to accept the responsibility.

Nominations can be emailed to Debra Malone at The five-member Election Committee will meet on Nov. 30 to review all nominations and approve a slate of nominees to be submitted to the general membership for approval.

Bylaws state that nominations must be approved at the last board meeting before the new year; see the chamber’s bylaws for additional information.

DentalSense opens new Bartlett location

dental-sense-logo-smallDr. Teresa Macaraeg recently opened a Bartlett location of DentalSense, the dental practice solutions company based out of Charlotte, S.C. Located on Summer Oaks Drive in Bartlett, the office was formerly known as Smiles Are Us. It has reopened this fall under new management and a new name. DentalSense of Bartlett employs five clerical and clinical staff members and is dedicated to providing exceptional quality care and dental treatments to each of its patients.

Dr. Macaraeg, better known as Dr. “Mac” to her patients, has 24 years of experience in general dentistry and 18 years experience in Mobile Dental Care and patient care. She earned her pre-dental degree from the University of Memphis and received her DDS at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Mac join the DentalSense family,” says DentalSense founder, RJ Adolfi. “Her passion for dentistry along with her vast experience and patient-centered focus are exactly what we look for as we introduce DentalSense to new markets.”

Some of the factors that make DentalSense different than traditional dentists include the ability to visit without an appointment, the availability of in-house payment plans and the acceptance of all dental insurance. In addition, DentalSense posts the pricing for all procedures and adheres to a strict company-wide “No Added Costs” policy to prohibit any hidden charges. The facility offers complete exams, X-rays and basic cleaning services for $49. The facility’s Platinum Card can be purchased to receive unlimited in-house dental services for a year, including dentures, crowns, root canals, fillings and more.

For details, visit or visit the office’s Facebook page by searching for “DentalSense of Bartlett.”

2 local Saint Francis hospitals earn ‘A’ score for patient safety

Saint-Francis-Mem-Bart-logo-mediumSaint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis have been honored with “A” Hospital Safety Scores by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog.

These were the only two hospitals in the Memphis area to receive “A” grades.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis was recognized as a “Straight A” hospital for being one of just 133 hospitals nationwide to have achieved an “A” grade in every grading period since the Hospital Safety Score first launched in June 2012. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett received its fourth consecutive “A” grade.

“Our physicians and employees are dedicated to providing our patients with high quality care in a safe environment,” said David Archer, Saint Francis Healthcare CEO. “We are proud to receive ‘A’ grades in safety from The Leapfrog Group, as this affirms our belief that Saint Francis Healthcare has created a culture that emphasizes patient safety.”

The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel calculates the Hospital Safety Score. The panel uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score that represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 hospitals have been assigned scores, with less than one-third receiving an “A” grade.

To see how the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis scores compare nationally and locally, visit

MLGW named 2015 APEX Corp. of the Year

mlgw-small-logoThe Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum has awarded MLGW the title of 2015 APEX Corporation of the Year. The announcement was made during the annual Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards luncheon on Nov. 6.

The award recognizes a company that shows leadership in supporting companies and small businesses owned by minorities, women and local residents. In 2015, MLGW’s spending among these categories has been over $22 million — 38 percent of the company’s overall spending with outside suppliers.

This is the fifth year MLGW has earned the title, underscoring the company’s increased focus on supplier diversity. Procurement and Contracts Manager Jozelle Booker was excited for the recognition of her company and co-workers’ diligent efforts.

“We are proud of our contributions to growing local businesses. It is great to see the Division’s results recognized,” she said.

Previous wins for MLGW were in 2011, 2007, 2004 and 2001. Other finalists this year were International Paper and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

“The responsibility of supporting business diversity in our community is something we take seriously,” said Jerry Collins Jr., president and CEO of MLGW. “It’s an honor for MLGW to be named as a leader in this important effort.”

MLGW participates in many MMBC Continuum programs annually as well as providing financial and in-kind support. The company also hosts a number of internal programs to support minority- and women-owned businesses, including the annual Procurement Opportunity Fair, which provides a venue for business owners to meet one-on-one with MLGW project managers, end users and procurement professionals to discuss opportunities.

To learn more about MLGW’s Supplier Diversity Program, visit

Agencies partner for economic development

MAAG-logo-largeMEMPHIS — Multiple agencies have entered a partnership to promote economic growth and prosperity in West Tennessee. The agencies include the Memphis Area Association of Governments (MAAG) and the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) Industrial Development Board of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby, Tenn.

“We are excited to partner with MAAG to better our region,” said Reid Dulberger, president and CEO of EDGE. “Both our organizations strive to create a stronger Memphis and Shelby County and working together strengthens the West Tennessee region as a whole.”

MAAG, the designated Development District, covers a six-county region that includes Memphis and Shelby County represented by EDGE. Of those six counties, four are in Tennessee (Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale and Fayette), one is in Arkansas (Crittenden), and one is in in Mississippi (DeSoto). MAAG and EDGE agreed to collaborate on various economic development initiatives in the four Tennessee counties to enhance the Memphis region.

Ralph Moore, MAAG executive director, said, “Our organizations collaborating will create more opportunities for economic growth throughout the region. Working together we are able to explore and identify more opportunities to create a Memphis Regional Megasite.”

The two organizations identified potential opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, including federal and state grant applications, workforce development, bond and loan programs, Tax Increment Financing, foreign-trade zone, export promotion, and more.