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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.

Entrepreneurship Features

Dust to Dawn’s motto is “Do it right the first time.” Her goal is to simplify the lives of busy clients through dependable service.

Dust to Dawn entrepreneur uses success, lessons to empower local women

Sarah Opara-Nadi made the leap to self-employment in 2011, founding Dust to Dawn, which provides professional services to residential and commercial clients in Fayette and Shelby Counties and North Mississippi.


Sarah Baumann launched Sealed Signet on Etsy in 2015, featuring original illustrations of cities and their special places.

Signet Sealed delivers colorful city prints with a personal touch

Sarah Baumann illustrates the special pieces of a city in 8x10 or 11x14 prints, including those places that locals call their favorite part of their city.


The boarded up storefront on Vance Avenue near Danny Thomas Boulevard most recently served as a corner store.

Unbanked: The high cost of doing business in ZIP 38126

"If I drive in South Memphis, or North Memphis or Frayser, I see more pawn shops, more payday loans than anything. If I drive in Germantown, if I drive in Cordova, you have to have a magnifying glass to see one. They flash across the TV screens here. It's more in our neighborhood than other neighborhoods."

Cinthya Bolanos, a rising sophomore at Rhodes College, spent the summer break at Regional One Health Care’s Innovation Center, where she worked to create a culture of innovation in the hospital.

LITE Memphis connects budding entrepreneurs to network through internships

LITE Memphis is using its system of local businesses to connect young people to the right network through a new internship program called City of Tomorrow. The nonprofit is placing students in intern positions that will help them garner skills, knowledge and social connections.

Nurses

Germantown-based O.R. Nurses Nationwide provides flexible schedules for nurses who love to travel

O.R. Nurses Nationwide, a temporary staffing agency founded in 1988, has seen it all from the unexpected death of a founding partner and embezzlement, to sustained growth and two mergers with a multi-state presence. 
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