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Development News "The resources and tools provided through the Accelerator will assist any restaurant owner from growth and development to maturity to have the confidence to make the vital decisions to have a successful and sustainable restaurant," says Rhonda Brown.

New accelerator program to offer free business classes, coaching to Memphis food-service businesses

“Memphis Medical District Collaborative is excited about the partnership with Proof Incubator,” says Rhonda Brown, Economic Development Program Manager with the MMDC. "The resources and tools provided through the Accelerator will assist any restaurant owner from growth and development to maturity to have the confidence to make the vital decisions to have a successful and sustainable restaurant."

Feature Story See our sidebar to better understand the complex history of Tyre Nichols' Memphis neighborhood, Hickory Hill.

Taking to the streets and taking care of each other, communities turn out for Tyre Nichols

Here are some of the ways that Memphis (and beyond) turned out for Tyre Nichols, a Black man who was a father, son, and one of Memphis’ own.

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With plans to expand, eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival at Black Seeds Urban Farms

Derravia and Bobby Rich started Black Seeds Urban Farms in 2021. It has grown into a successful business, providing fresh fruits and vegetables from the earth in a location that was recently a food desert. There's much more to come.

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How Memphis Fashion Week champions the next generation of Memphis fashion designers

Time is running out for Memphis fashion designers to apply for the Emerging Memphis Designer Project. This year's Memphis Fashion Week is scheduled for May.

Development News Dr. Melissa Collins gives instructions to her class at John P. Freeman Optional School in Whitehaven in 2018.

These 7 Memphis schools were just awarded STEM Grants from the TVA

“This opportunity can make the difference for educators and students as they incorporate 21st-century skills and real-world problem-solving. It is a privilege to work with this partnership year after year and continue to serve the incredible educators of the Tennessee Valley,” says Gretchen Brown, operations director at Battelle.

Development News The LeMoyne-Owen College Gospel Choir in 2016.

Application window opens for Memphis City Council’s $1M HBCU scholarship fund

“As a graduate of an HBCU, I understand how valuable these particular institutions are for developing young people so that they are able to return to the City of Memphis and make a lasting, positive impact in their community,” says Memphis City Council Chairman Martavius Jones.

Development News “The need for accessible, affordable mental health care is more apparent than ever, and we are looking forward to serving the greater Memphis community,” says MHC CEO Pam Womack.

Nonprofit to provide mental health care to Memphians that might otherwise not have access

“The need for accessible, affordable mental health care is more apparent than ever, and we are looking forward to serving the greater Memphis community,” says MHC CEO Pam Womack.

Development News “We seek to help minority youth become the person they see in their dreams and realize their potential,” says Greg Winston, founder of the Memphis-based CLAY nonprofit organization.

It’s electric: New partnership to offer young Memphians a pathway to starting a career

“We seek to help minority youth become the person they see in their dreams and realize their potential,” says Greg Winston, founder of the Memphis-based CLAY nonprofit organization.

Development News “A high-capacity, responsive, and agile local workforce ecosystem is critical to increasing the chances of sustainable and equitable economic recovery,” says Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program.

Memphis one of eight cities selected to host Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academy

“A high-capacity, responsive, and agile local workforce ecosystem is critical to increasing the chances of sustainable and equitable economic recovery,” says Sheila Maguire, Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. “The Academy provides leaders with the rare opportunity to think and act strategically across siloes to advance outcomes for workers and businesses.”

Development News The stakeholder survey is just one of many public input strategies put in place by the MSCS Super Search team.

Take this online survey to help inform the search for the next MSCS superintendent

“Like the community meetings, the survey will provide parents, employees, and community members with a chance to share their school needs and a high-level view of the characteristics they’re seeking in the next superintendent,” says Rev. Althea Greene, MSCS Board Chair.

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How this Memphis nonprofit is finding ways to make our charitable donations more impactful

Slingshot Memphis, an innovative nonprofit fighting poverty in new and creative ways, is supplying community members with tools and resources that get more mileage out of their end-of-year-gifts this holiday season. These new resources are enhancing and taking poverty-fighting philanthropy efforts to new heights.

Development News The FireHouse Community Arts Center, home of the Memphis Black Arts Alliance.

Memphis Black Arts Alliance to launch inaugural Black Arts Legacy Honors & Ball

“Our honorees are artists of color who have set a standard of excellence throughout the world and the time has come for us to salute them for carrying the legacy of greatness,” says MBAA Executive Director Lar'Juanette Williams.

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LITE Memphis Pitch Night to present the next generation of Memphis entrepreneurs

“(We're trying to) ultimately close the racial wealth gap in our city, for students to either own their own businesses or to have the skills necessary to secure high wage jobs,” says Larissa Gregory, Executive Director of LITE Memphis. “We believe that those things combined will really help close the racial wealth gap in our city.”

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PHOTOS: Take a sneak peek at the $750K addition planned for South City’s Foote Park

Work has begun on the BlueCross Healthy Place at Foote Park, a $750,000 investment in South City and the second such project in Memphis. See what’s in store.

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Playback Memphis program creates space for local nonprofits to ‘stumble upon epiphanies’

“The heart of it is…making space for organizations who wouldn’t be able to readily afford the experience. It gives their participants space to have voice. Space to express themselves. Space to be empowered and stumble upon epiphanies…Touch humanity with other people,” says Ann Wallace, program director for Playback Memphis.

Development News Tommy Pacello in 2016.

New fellowship honors city planner’s legacy with cash prizes for Memphis placemaking projects

“He believed that city-building was a process, not an outcome,” says Casey Shannon, one of Pacello’s close associates who is helping to organize the fund’s launch. “Our hope for this fund to serve as a platform for driving more of the work that he devoted his career to – creating great places where people could gather and thrive.”

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Agape’s new Competitive Edge Youth Training program aims to address generational poverty

Agape’s partnership with Workforce Mid-South and American Job Center will provide job training, career education, and more.

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Application window opens for $25K in grants for Memphis’ Black-owned businesses

"In a majority- minority city like ours, we know that the only sustainable growth is inclusive growth,” says Beverly Robertson, president & CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

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What I’ve learned: A Memphis entrepreneur shares some wisdom after first year in business

“I was looking at my shirt one day and I said ‘I don’t play polo,’” says Jerald Sanders, founder of Midsouth Coffee and Tea Co. He chose a symbol that meant more to him, an image that reflected his efficiency and job-oriented nature, and that’s how he decided upon a single bee, wings spread in flight. This bee is now the logo of the Midsouth Coffee and Tea Company.

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After weathering pandemic hardships, Roots Barbershop is starting again from the “Root” up

“Our young men need us and I let them know that I am here for them in any way I can,” says Jermaine Jackson, owner of Roots Barbershop.