Memphis Hustle

Ibtisam Salih sells Sudanese fare at the Caritas on Broad pop-up shop at the 10th annual Broad Avenue Art Walk.

For 35 years, Alvin Hooper has made it his business to mend soles, one shoe at a timeRead Article

Shoes and purses – leather and rubber – fill the space at Nu-Life Shoe Repair, a fading profession, where customers have 'all sorts of good stuff' done for their shoes.
Jameelah Jordan, CEO and co-founder of Mozak standing in one of Start Co.'s work spaces in Downtown Memphis.

Family opens side-by-side Binghampton businessesRead Article

Lucas Trautman runs nonprofit Stardust Jiu-Jitsu studio. Kristin Fox-Trautman is soon to open a cafe that pays employees a living wage. Together, they're brightening a high-traffic corner of Binghampton.

"Hustle mentality" led Johnson-Williams to open her contracting and woodworking firmRead Article

“I don’t have time to wait on anybody to tell me that I’m good enough. Women can do just as much if not more. Anything that’s out there, we can do it."

$15 million loan fund focuses on growing minority and women-owned businesses in MemphisRead Article

In an effort to chip away lending disparities, Epicenter, a local nonprofit entrepreneurial engine, has partnered with Pathway Lending, a regional nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, to launch the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

Development NewsDave's Bagels Dave Scott

New bagel shop on the way to Midtown


Development NewsCourtni Johnson Jaybear Bake Shop

Sisters opening new bake shop in Bartlett


Feature StoryWinston Gipson confers with his wife and daughter, who help run Gipson Mechanical Contractors, a family-owned business in Memphis for 35 years. (Laura Faith Kebede)

Memphis leaders say diversifying school business contracts will help in the classroom, too


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Memphians are resilient. They set out to solve problems in their communities through innovation. In our Memphis Hustle series, we tell the stories of local entrepreneurs who are meeting challenges head-on and bringing forth grassroots economic development for the city.