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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.

Entrepreneurship Features

Bradford Williams started Curbside Casseroles in 2007.

Curb Side Casseroles brings Memphis convenience to dinner

Curb Side Casseroles offers convenient home-cooked meals for Memphians too busy to cook or who just want a break from the kitchen.


Tootsie Bell's silversmith work is a rarity in Memphis

Tootsie Bell has created custom jewelry and repaired a variety of silver items since opening her business Tootsie Bell silversmith/jeweler in 1995.

Frankie Walter takes customer orders.

Smoky City Bar-B-Que fires up opportunity in North Memphis

It’s been said that the Smokey City got its name from the active smokestacks of blacksmiths in the area. While industry left the North Memphis neighborhood decades ago, smoke has returned with the opening of a new restaurant, which is a rare site in the area.

Economic Justice

It's up to us: Considering economic justice in Memphis

A diverse crowd stood up for inclusion of Memphis' minority-owned businesses at "Economic Justice in the City," a panel event hosted by High Ground News and EPIcenter Memphis at the historic Clayborn Temple. The full program can be viewed below.

 Guitar bodies hang in the workshop waiting to be connected with necks.

Boutique guitars built and sold on Broad Avenue

Move over Gibson Guitar Factory. Memphis Guitar Spa has launched an in-house brand of specialty guitars. 
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