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Memphians want to be known for more than Elvis and BBQ. And they aren’t the only ones. Steve Case, co-founder of America Online(AOL) and founder of Revolution and J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and managing partner of Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, made a stop in Memphis last year, hunting for the next best founders and ideas.
Billionaire Steve Case says too much venture capitalist money goes to businesses on the coasts. So he's touring the middle of the country on a bus in search of the next big idea
Tennessee economic development chief Bob Rolfe sees Memphis headed in the right direction, though the state could be doing more to help in key areas of job retention and small business growth.
Hustler. Socialite. Intermediary. What comes to mind when someone says they are in real estate? Try matchmaker. Leasing Angels, a full-service real estate firm, acts as a leasing agent for apartment communities and single-family homes.
The future of entrepreneurship in America will include many more people of color than in the past, as recent data shows. The city of Memphis is making the most of the trend.
Data on startups and venture capital financing in so-called second- and third-tier startup hubs across the midwestern and southern United States is fairly spotty.
Just about a year ago, Richard Smith declared, quite publicly, that a culture of complacency had mired Memphis, stagnating the economy.
A city official confirmed Wednesday that Memphis will not invest a portion of its pension money into a local nonprofit’s investment fund.
Through the Broad Angels Network, founder Lisa Toro is helping female-run businesses thrive in the city
The City of Memphis CFO is not going to present a plan to the city's pension investment committee to invest $10 million from its pension fund in the local startup booster Epicenter Fund after a consultant recommended against it.
Over the past four years, Memphis City Hall has diverted nearly $200 million worth of local tax revenue into the strained municipal pension fund.
A local nonprofit has raised $40 million to help the region's entrepreneurs.
With an initial challenge grant of $10 million from FedEx Corp., Memphis' Epicenter announced Wednesday, Sept. 26, that it had raised an additional $30 million from philanthropic foundations, economic development organizations and individuals.
The moon mission set up to launch a wave of Memphis entrepreneurs has raised $40 million.
Epicenter, the agency spun out of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 moon missions, announced Wednesday that local organizations and individuals had committed the money.
Epicenter Memphis has raised $40 million to support entrepreneurs here.
Epicenter is the Cooper-Young-based nonprofit that connects entrepreneurs to resources they need to start, launch, and scale a business. Its headquarters on Cooper was formerly the home of Midsouth Literacy and Cowork Memphis. The Epicenter building also has co-working space.
The Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan Williams, Inc. announces select special events for the 21st edition (November 1st - 5th, 2018).
This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship.
In 2016 and 2017, as part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship’s inaugural class, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Strickland and the city of Memphis.
A group of nonprofits and banks have created a program to increase lending to Memphis-area minority- and women-owned businesses.
Joann Massey, director for the City of Memphis Business Diversity & Compliance, Leslie Lynn Smith, president and CEO for Epicenter and Andre Fowlkes, president of Start Co., talk about some of the overarching concerns with host Eric Barnes.
In Memphis, a city where African-American entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to wealth compared to white entrepreneurs, it can be a frequent path to capital.