Dr. Dena Granger, Dana James Mwangi, Carlee McCullough, Nubian Simmons and Kayla Graff take questions after a recording of Grindset, an entrepreneur-focused podcast hosted by finance expert Williams Brack and event promoter Cynthia Daniels. The Nov. 19 event was held at Epicenter Memphis and produced by Memphis-based media company Kudzukian. (Photo: Lee Eric Smith)

So you’ve dreamed of escaping cubicle hell and you think you’re finally ready to take the bold leap and start your own business. You want to be an entrepreneur.

But where to start? You know nothing about things like branding or finding startup capital. And how do you hold it all together?

Those topics and more were addressed Nov. 19 when five women of color – all business owners – took the stage for a special live taping of “Grindset,” a Memphis-based podcast that focuses on entrepreneurship.

The event was hosted by Epicenter Memphis and Kudzukian, the Memphis-based media company that records, produces and markets “Grindset.” Late last year, Epicenter enlisted Kudzukian to help tell stories of entrepreneurs in Memphis via podcast.

To celebrate the anniversary, “Grindset” brought together a powerhouse panel of women to talk about their adventures in business in front of about 50 people at Epicenter’s offices in Midtown. Some highlights:

1. Nubian Simmons, The Pink Bakery:

Nubian Simmons, The Pink Bakery (Photo: Lee Eric Smith)

2. Dr. Dena Granger, The Chiro Place:

Dr. Dena Granger, The Chiro Place. (Photo: Lee Eric Smith)

3. Dana James Mwangi, Cheers Creative:

Dana James Mwangi, Cheers Creative

4. Carlee McCullough, McCullough Law:

Carlee McCullough, McCullough Law (Photo: Lee Eric Smith)

5. Kayla Graff, Sweetbio:

Kayla Graff, Sweetbio (Photo: Lee Eric Smith)

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