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First Tennessee Bank is investing $5 million to help launch the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund, a $17.5 million lending program aimed at improving access to capital for minority- and women-owned businesses. The fund is a collaboration between nonprofit entrepreneurship hub Epicenter, Pathway Lending – a regional nonprofit community...
By Andy Meek, High Ground News Before launching the startup she brought to Memphis as part of 2018’s “Summer of Acceleration” startup accelerator programming, Stephanie Cummings was working in health care information technology. She was constantly busy, traveling across the country. She’d come home and see clothes piled up, laundry needing...
Whether it’s shoes, groceries or razors, subscription box services are on the rise. People are snubbing the in-store experience and turning to goods and services that they can receive in their mailbox or pick up from their doorstep after work. In February 2018, Kapriskie Mack, owner of The 901 Box,...
The historic Universal Life Building at 480 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in ZIP Code 38126 is envisioned as a fitting place to nurture and develop African-American-owned businesses. On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Strickland and an array of business leaders rolled out “The 800 Initiative” for African-American-owned businesses with Universal...
A Memphis-born vegan chef is working to become a beacon of health in the community with her new store Green Goddess Popcorn and Tea Lounge. Omi Iyalaje, a wife, mother of six, birth worker, herbalist, motivational speaker and lifestyle coach, owns the lounge located in Binghampton at 3078 Summer Ave. Open...
Tywanna Smith is a brand builder, an entrepreneur and best-selling author of “Surviving the Lights: A Professional Athlete’s Playbook to Avoiding the Curse.” Her experience as a professional basketball player, business owner and financial advisor puts her in a unique position to provide comprehensive advice and perspective to other professional...
By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, mocked three years ago for suggesting employees discuss racial issues with customers, asked workers to talk about race with each other. It was part of the coffee chain's anti-bias training Tuesday, created after the arrest of two black men in a...
The smell of success is sweet with strong undertones of watermelon, cotton candy and cherry for sibling entrepreneurs Mallory Iyana and Madison Star, the co-owners of Angels and Tomboys. Founded in 2016, the Angels and Tomboys brand is focused on providing products for teen and tween girls that are gentle...
In two years Cristina McCarter has taken City Tasting Tours from a part-time gig to a full-time career, chewing and walking her way through the delicious streets of Memphis one restaurant at a time. Launched May 4, 2016, City Tasting Tours is a walking food tour company owned by McCarter,...
Hundreds of women are expected to convene at the Hilton East Hotel for Saturday’s Business Breakfast Industry Meeting, with a red-carpet Mix-and-Mingle for regional celebrity personality, Pam Chatman. “Women from all over the southeast are expected at Saturday’s empowering event,” said Anner Echols of Dreamland Productions. “Some will be with...
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