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Entrepreneurship

Local photographer, Jamie Harmon at his Amurica studio

Memphis is known for its grit and grind – it's an ethic of determination. We welcome a challenge. This is the spirit that makes Memphis a hot spot for entrepreneurs ready to try something new. We applaud the work of our big industry innovators (looking at you, Fred Smith), but we also know that every large company was once a small outfit taking a big chance. With affordability, infrastructure and supportive government, Memphis is the place to take that chance. From real estate developers to microbrewers, from restauranteurs to biotech geniuses, Memphis is fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.

Features

A home-based bagel bakery has taken off in Memphis.

Dave's Bagels finds early success

David Scott relocated to Memphis from Portland in October, and within weeks began offering his homemade Dave’s Bagels. The business is quickly growing with new distribution opportunities in the works.

Harry Hill (L) and George Utkov, founder of app "intown".

Three startups to watch founded by Memphians under 25

Memphis’ college-aged entrepreneurs are inventing apps and products that respond to the needs of a young, tech-savvy generation.

Economic Justice

Join High Ground News for "Economic Justice in the City"

Join High Ground News on Feb. 28 at Clayborn Temple for “Economic Justice in the City,” a conversation with five Memphis business leaders on the strength of entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow the middle class and what barriers remain in the effort to spread Memphis’ wealth. 

Jupiter

Jupiter Comics brings superheroes to the suburbs

Brothers Josh and Zack Bicknell opened Jupiter Comics in Collierville in 2014 to fill a need for fans to find comics closer to their suburban homes.

Handy Shop

Community flourishes at 62-year-old Klondike barber shop

The Klondyke Handy Spot-Barber and Beauty Salon thrives in a community  whose landscape has changed dramatically with blight and neglect. But owner Eric Steward is unfazed and understands what the business in the neighborhood represents.
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