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Memphis Small Business Quarterly says farewell with focus on National Black Business Month

With National Black Business Month setting the context, Writing by Design Media, Inc., a public benefit corporation, will celebrate the fifth anniversary and the final edition of Memphis Small Business Quarterly.

The print-plus-digital publication highlights the entrepreneurial journeys of Black entrepreneurs.

Muggin Coffeehouse, a Black-owned coffee house, was selected as the venue for the final-edition release, which is set for Thursday (Aug. 18) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Mary and Ken Olds, a husband-wife duo, are the owners of Muggin
Coffee Shop in Whitehaven. (Photo: Alexander Parmley/TSD

Mary Olds, who co-founded Muggin Coffeehouse with her husband, said, “We are committed to community and building a legacy for future generations. …

“Being a business owner, specifically in the Whitehaven area, means economic sustainability. It means we are purposed with the duty of providing for others … whether that is our employees or the customers that come in every day. It means making an impact in the community that put so much into us throughout our lives.”

The 2022 MSBQ Anniversary + Collector’s Edition will feature past entrepreneurial stories, including one spotlighting Dr. David L. Acey Sr. and Yvonne Acey, co-founders of Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc. The husband-wife team is highlighted for their work to increase awareness about African-American heritage.

“(We) are pleased to collaborate, connect, engage and share our entrepreneurial stories representing decades of success as a blueprint locally, statewide, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Dr. Acey.

The front cover of the fall 2017 edition of the Memphis Small Business Quarterly.

Associated with the release was the Lunch + Learn virtual event – designed for businesses in stage two of growth and development – held Tuesday. Lauren Brown, the founder of LRB Global Consulting Service (™), made a presentation on a profitable business mindset.

“Every day is a day to support Black-owned businesses! I am glad and thankful that we highlight Black businesses this month, but let’s be real. We need to support each other each day,” said Brown.

“Black economic empowerment, Black wealth and sustainable Black businesses are keys to the future of Black people.”

A complimentary magazine will be issued to individuals who attend the final-edition release on Thursday. Muggin Coffee House is pairing the magazine event with three products – Ceramic Mug, Muggin logo shirt; Black Label Anniversary Blend.

To RSVP for the release, visit https://bit.ly/3pwJzxa.

(Paula Anderson is a professional journalist associated with Writing by Design Media, Inc.)

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