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Mesquite Chop House, Spindini Uses Interactive iPad Menus

Guests at Spindini and the Mesquite Chop House locations are now being introduced to an interactive wine and beverage menu when they sit down at the table.

The River City Management Group restaurants are using Uncorkd, a digital wine list and beverage menu application for the Apple iPad. Diners are able to view product descriptions, tasting notes, and recommended food and wine pairings at their fingertips.

Known for their prime steaks and chops, Mesquite Chop House currently has two locations, in Downtown Memphis and Southaven, with a third restaurant set to open in Germantown in mid-August.

Spindini, 383 S. Main St., concentrates on traditional Italian food prepared with a modern twist.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our restaurants,” CEO of RCMG Preston Lamm said in a statement. “This was something that instantly enhanced the experience for our diners while maintaining the excellent service and warm atmosphere that our customers have come to expect.”

The Uncorkd application was developed by Chicago-based Ideavation. The goal is to make the wine-selecting-process less stressful.

Uncorkd claims restaurants that use its app see their wine sales increase by 20 percent or more.

Baptist Named Among “Best Places to Work in Healthcare”

Modern Healthcare Magazine has named Baptist Memorial Health Care one of the nation’s top 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare,” making it one of the few large systems to be named to the list.

According to Modern Healthcare, the Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes outstanding employers in the health care industry. About 400 health care organizations across the country this year competed for the national distinction.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in Union City,Tenn., made the list in 2010 and 2011. This year, however, marks the first time Baptist Memorial Health Care elected to contend for this award as an entire health care system.

Baptist employees throughout the system were selected at random to participate in the employee survey process. Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work committee assessed each organization on its organizational merits and employee survey participation and responses.

“We are honored to receive this award because it tells us our colleagues appreciate the culture we try to establish and sustain throughout our system,” Stephen Reynolds, Baptist’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Throughout our 100-year history, we have strived for excellence in everything we do. To be named among the nation’s best health care workplaces continues that tradition into our next 100 years.”

One of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care employs more than 14,000 people.

“We’re fortunate to have 14,000 remarkable colleagues who demonstrate their commitment to our patients, customers and each other every day to make Baptist an extraordinary place to work,” said John Lacy, Baptist’s assistant vice president of human resources. “Being included on this list as a health care system is a tribute to their hard work, dedication to service excellence, and our strong system integration.”

The state of women-owned business

Tennessee came in 17th on a list of the 50 states as ranked by growth in the number of women-owned businesses from 1997 to 2012, with the Volunteer State seeing 56 percent growth in the number of those firms during that period.

That’s according to a new “State of Women-Owned Businesses” report commissioned in March by American Express OPEN.

As of 2012, according to the report, there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in theUnited States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing 7.7 million people.

The report is based on published information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Other findings: The number of women-owned firms is currently growing at 1.5 times the national average. Also, while women are starting businesses at a rate higher than the national average, their firms remain smaller than average.

New Elvis app takes users on a tour

A new “King Me: The Elvis Tour Mobile App” that’s now available in the iTunes store for Apple device users and in the Google Play store for Android users will allow users to go on a journey of discovery to all the places that influenced the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

It’s a part travel guide, providing information for users to create their own Elvis pilgrimage itinerary that includes tour tips, hours, admission prices and more. There’s also other goodies like rare photos.

China Delegation Visits Memphis

More than 30 government officials and businessmen from China came to Memphis Friday (July 27), gathering at the Peabody hotel to hear presentations from state and local economic development officials.

They represented mostly mid-sized Chinese businesses, the leaders of which have expressed an interest in investing in bioscience and logistics industry projects in the U.S. And Memphis was one of only a few cities on their recent U.S. swing.

The visits reflected an important fact about the relationship between China and Tennessee. China is the state’s third largest export nation behind Canada and Mexico, and Tennessee exports to China accounted for $2 billion in 2011.

To bring the Chinese delegation here, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s International Development department worked with the Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department, the China Investment Promotion Agency, the Tennessee China Development Center and the West Tennessee Industrial Association.

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