Jozelle Luster Booker, President and CEO of the Mid-South Minority Business Continuum
You (yes, you!) could help create community wealth today and become a history maker of tomorrow.
Jozelle Luster Booker, President and CEO of the MMBC Continuum, says the first step is to research your industry and determine opportunities for business growth. From there, she says, clearly communicate your product or service offerings, understand the vendor and supplier requirements for your industry, and have a customer service and communications plan. Hint, hint … we create communications plans.
And after you’ve decided what and how, a recent report in Black Enterprise Magazinesuggests Memphis is the right spot to set up shop!
The Memphis Flyer recently honored Corbin Carpenter with a spot on its 20<30 list.
The Memphis Flyer recently released its coveted 20<30 list, which celebrates 20 folks under 30 years of age who are creating real change in our city.
Among those listed is Corbin Carpenter, who practices law at the firm his father founded four decades ago. Beyond building a family legacy, he’s also helping others achieve theirs.
Carpenter serves on several community boards, including chair of STS Enterprise, a leadership development organization that develops and empowers the next generation of leaders. Not impressed yet? Carpenter also created The Renaissance, a networking organization for African-American and minority business owners and professionals.
Sisters Madison and Mallory recently pitched their company on "Shark Tank" and landed a business deal. (Photo courtesy of Angels and Tomboys on Facebook)
Not only did Memphis sisters Madison Boyd, 12, and Mallory Boyd, 10, develop their own business — a body care company for tweens and teens — they also recently pitched their company and landed a business deal on reality TV show “Shark Tank.”
After realizing there weren’t any body products for girls their age, the sisters created Angels and Tomboys, which offers lotions and body sprays in signature scents like Cotton Candied Apples and Lemonade Doughnuts.
The kidpreneurs donate a portion of proceeds to nonprofits that support young girls. Their tagline? “Love being a girl … because all girls are created uniquely different.”
Bart Orr, a musician and producer from Southaven, Mississippi, has sparked a popular Instagram trend. (Photo courtesy of Bart Orr on Instagram)
A Mid-South man has sparked the latest social media viral trend. It all started when Bart Orr, a 26-year-old musician and producer from Southaven, posted his rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on his Instagram account.
He tagged the video #twinkletwinklelittlestar and other artists began recording their own renditions. Instagram is now flooded with clips of people from all over the world performing their take on the nursery rhyme. Orr has received shoutouts from celebrity comedian kevonstage and gospel singer tashacobbsleonard.
Want to get in on the challenge? Use #twinkletwinklelittlestar to share your video with the world!
The Young Collectors Contemporary, a multi-disciplinary arts fair, connects artists with art lovers. (Photo courtesy of Young Collectors Contemporary/photographer Yasmin Omari)
Curious about up-and-coming Memphis artists? Well, you’re in luck!
For four days, beginning March 25, locals will make their way to Crosstown Arts for the Young Collectors Contemporary, an art fair connecting emerging artists with collectors. Founder Whitney Hardy, an entrepreneur and art lover, hopes nurturing the art-collecting economy will produce financially independent artists.
Whether you’re an experienced art collector or just curious about purchasing art, this is the place you’ll want to be. Tickets are available with options of one-day and multi-day passes. If you’re feeling fancy, VIP passes are also available for purchase.
The Fruition Complex rents space to entrepreneurs. (Photo courtesy of R. Hameth Photography and The Fruition Complex)
When starting their own businesses, Miranda Clark and Denise Greene experienced the challenge of overhead costs. Together they developed a solution: The Fruition Complex.
The Fruition Complex is a women-centric office space, although men are also welcome. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can rent cubicles, conference rooms, offices and forward their phones to TFC’s administrator.
“Overhead can be so expensive,” Clark said. “We decided to spread the wealth and create something that provided not only the space, but also resources and development tools like networking events and speakers.”
Need an office space for your small business? Learn more here.
Southern Avenue is made up of a diverse group of young musicians. Catch their debut album, which drops in late February. (Photo courtesy of southernavenueband.com)
Memphis is known for its one-of-a-kind musical influencers. So, who’s the next big act to emerge from the Bluff City?
Local band Southern Avenue, comprised of five diverse musicians signed to the STAX label, is taking the music industry by storm with their soul, blues and gospel sounds. These energetic artists embody the city’s traditional sounds, all while intertwining a well-developed millennial feel. Band member Ori Naftaly says they aim to bring “a [new] angle and fresh vibe to what Memphis music is.”
Their self-titled debut album drops Feb. 24. Sample their music here.
RISE Foundation program participant Allison Conley practiced her business pitch for her custom-made jewelry design startup. (Photo courtesy of RISE Foundation)
Allison Conley had no idea that attending a local workshop would be the catalyst for transforming her custom jewelry making hobby into a small business.
She is one of many RISE Foundation participants who have received support starting a microenterprise. RISE’s matched-savings program, Save Up, helps low-wage earners better manage their income. Participants work toward purchasing assets, such as homes, or establishing microenterprises.
Storytelling blended with art inspires Allison’s unique designs. She often personalizes her creations with materials that have special meaning. She said she expects to reach her savings goal and launch her business in 2019.
The next Sunday Supper will be held in April. Stay tuned for details! (Photo courtesy of Volunteer Memphis)
On Sunday, Jan. 14, Volunteer Memphis held its Sunday Supper at The Junior League of Memphis as part of the four-day MLK Days of Service Weekend.
Sunday Supper is a program of Points of Light, inspired by Dr. King’s vision of creating community across race, class and faith. The event encourages people to gather and discuss issues that affect their communities and families. These conversations can also foster racial and cultural understanding, promote unity and inspire people to further action.
Volunteer Memphis will hold another Sunday Supper in April. More event details are coming soon … stay tuned for updates!
On Jan. 26, elementary, middle and high school dance students from throughout the Shelby County Schools district converged on Overton High School for Dance Day 2018. Dance Day included numerous styles of performance — everything from tap to abstract — from SCS girls and guys.
Eighth-grader Zaria Skinner of Colonial Middle School said she hopes the lessons she’s learning in dance class will stay with her for the rest of her life and benefit her in her future career.
“I one day want to have my own studio and teach my own class and have my own students,” she told C19TV.
Memphians making a difference will be honored for their leadership and community service efforts.
Join Leadership Memphis for its annual Leadership Awards Luncheon March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Hilton Memphis. Each year, three community leaders are honored for their outstanding contributions to the Bluff City.
This year’s award recipients are:
• Kate Gooch Leader of the Year Award – Carolyn Hardy
• Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Reginald Porter Jr.
• Community Champion of the Year Award – Christ Community Health Services
Eight SUCCESS High School students will also be recognized for their exceptional leadership and community service. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10. Register for the event on Eventbrite.
Business owners and professionals will come together to mentor young men at The One Brother to Another Conference.
Memphis-area students are invited to a free day of problem solving, career development and relationship building on Feb. 10 during the third annual The One Brother to Another Conference, hosted by local professional Kevin Cheatham Jr.
“For Black History Month, I wanted to start something different, so I called a few local professionals and the conference was birthed,” he said.
The conference will offer mentorship and guidance for young men ages 13 and older. It will be held at New Direction Christian Church Youth Campus, 5777 Winchester Rd. Check in begins at 11 a.m. Registration is open online.
Fidelity Bank recently launched P.O.W.E.R. (Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized), a program designed to spur revenue growth of its women-owned business clients.
According to American Express’ State of Women Owned Business Report, women business owners are starting companies five times the national average rate. There are over 11 million women-owned businesses in the country.
“Women business owners are changing the landscape and we want to support them by providing a platform that provides tools and opportunities to connect and network with other like-minded women.” said Katie Crosby, Chairman of the Board. Learn more about the program here.
“Startup Weekend removes a lot of the barriers or intimidation to actually getting started,” said Michael Iseman.
Startup Junkie will host a Techstars Startup Weekend from March 9–11 to spark business development for aspiring entrepreneurs.
“At most of the ‘normal’ startup events there is a focus on mentoring, education, networking, raising capital, etc., which are all important aspects of growing a company,” said Michael Iseman of Startup Junkie. “What’s different about Startup Weekend is that each team actually starts a company in 54 hours. There’s less talking and more doing. Sometimes founders just need the push to take the first step and then they’re off to the races.”
While plans may need to be adjusted, the vision for your company shouldn't change.
I’ve worked with entrepreneurs a long time. One was an Army Ranger in Vietnam, another was a motorcyclist with a ponytail. Despite stylistic differences, successful entrepreneurs always have a vision and a plan.
Vision is a look far down the road to what one’s company can become. A plan is a map for continuing down that road. Each is essential. Plans detail the steps that move a company forward, but as General Eisenhower said, “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” Plans change as circumstances dictate.
The entrepreneur’s vision never changes so that the strategic destination is always clear.
As Facebook changes its algorithm again, there are tips you need to know to ensure your audience still sees posts from your business pages.
Start a page, build a following and promote for free. That was the old Facebook. Change is now here.
Facebook announced that unpaid content from businesses and brands is basically being moved out of your news feed to make room for more posts from friends and family. No biggie for many, but for folks like us who promote services and the next big thing in Memphis, this tip is for you!
Keep building your following, but ask your audience to adjust their settings to prioritize your posts. And for a bigger boost, add Facebook ads to your 2018 marketing budget.
Love JT? Catch his Super Bowl performance Feb. 4 and his show in Memphis on May 30. (Photo courtesy of justintimberlake.com)
Because Memphis loves Bluff City-native Justin Timberlake, we have a whole lot to be excited about. The Grammy Award-winning pop star will return to the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4, nearly 14 years since his last performance.
Timberlake also announced he’s hitting the road with a 27-city North American tour, currently slated to wrap up May 30 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. This coincides with the release of his fifth studio album, “Man of the Woods.”
Tickets range from $90-$2,200. They go on sale Jan. 29. Get yours at ticketmaster.com
Sip cocktails and munch on top-notch diner food at Railgarten's Grammy Awards Watch Party on Sunday, Jan. 28. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Ables)
Need Sunday Funday plans? Railgarten has you covered, considering you can stay at the converted rail yard all day and never get bored. Pop in for brunch, hang around the Tiki hut for cocktails, play a little ping pong and stay for the Grammy Awards Watch Party.
The 2018 Grammys feature more diversity than ever, complete with performances from all genres. Kick back with a meat and cheese plate, duck fat Sriracha fries, a boozy milkshake and enjoy the show!
The watch party starts Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. and includes Grammy Bingo, so there will be prizes!
A Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge opened on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy of Slice of Soul Facebook)
Everyone loves pizza. How about pairing it with soulful music to make the experience even better? A Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge, owned and operated by two Memphians, provides a chill atmosphere for anyone looking for delicious pizza, a creative space to work or eclectic music.
The cafe is located at 1299 Madison in the buzzing neighborhood of Madison Heights, home to the Crosstown Concourse and the Medical District. The menu includes everything from pizzas with a local twist to wings and house spirits. The grand opening featured hip-hop duo, Camp Lo. Live music will be featured every week.
Memphis and Mardi Gras meet for a delectable cultural blend. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Rosser)
One of the best things about the Bluff City is that we embrace many different cultures, and often celebrate them as our own. Mardi Gras is a great example. Here are some festive ways to celebrate in the 901:
Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative is here to help you with all your bike maintenance needs. (Photo courtesy of Leadership Memphis)
Memphis is invited to start the year with a more active and ecofriendly approach to life. A new class series titled “I Can Fix That” began this month and is designed to demonstrate that bicycling repair can be for everyone, not just experts.
The series will focus on providing tools and knowledge to fix in-the-moment bicycle dilemmas such as flat tires, broken chains and brake problems. Join your fellow beginners and enthusiasts for a bit of roadside maintenance.
Classes are hosted monthly. Each class features a new topic on maintenance and repairs. Learn more about each class here.
Industry leaders at Cummins Inc. discuss a new program at East High. (Photo courtesy of Shelby County Schools)
Cummins Inc. has chosen Memphis’ East High as the site of its first-ever technical education program in the United States.
The Technical Education for Communities (TEC) program will teach students specialized technical skills and give them hands-on experience to prepare them for a career following graduation. Cummins has 22 educational sites operating around the globe.
The new program creates a unique opportunity for the year-old T-STEM Academy at East High School to become a model for how schools across the country can successfully work with industry and education partners. The program will launch in fall 2018.
The legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Memphis. (Photo courtesy of The Orpheum Memphis)
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is coming to The Orpheum Memphis Feb. 2–3. Starting in 1958 and spanning through the decades, the company has brought the joy of African-American modern dance to people all over the world.
If you don’t have plans to see “Revelations,” make them. Ailey’s masterpiece will stir your soul with African-American spirituals, gospel and blues. Here’s the full lineup:
Friday and Saturday evenings
“The Golden Section”
“Members Don’t Get Weary”
“Ella” and “Revelations”
“Night Creature” and “Ella”
Make the most of winter by taking a stroll to enjoy the scenery. Don't forget to bundle up! (Photo courtesy of Amelia Ables)
Long, dark, cold days got you feeling down and dreaming of spring? Here are some tips to defeat the winter doldrums:
• Exercise! Consistently release endorphins by sticking to a routine. Hot yoga and kickboxing are fun ways to warm up.
• Eat! Add servings of mood-boosting omega 3 and vitamin B12 to your meals. Salmon has both, and Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and chia seeds is a good snack.
• Breathe! Diffuse citrus essential oils. The scent of citrus may help relieve anxiety and is reminiscent of warmer days.
• Get outside! Soak up vitamin D and appreciate the winter scenery.
Beer, cheese and pretzels: the perfect party dip. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Ables)
Need something to make for a Big Game party? Here’s an easy beer cheese dip.
– 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (shred your own for optimal flavor)
– 2 packages cream cheese, softened
– 1 packet ranch seasoning, or 1 oz homemade ranch seasoning (I prefer homemade because it’s less salty, allowing you to really taste the beer)
– ¾ cup beer (I like a farmhouse ale)
Mix the first three ingredients well. Slowly add beer until desired consistency. Serve with pretzels or corn chips while cheering on your team. Or, if you’re just there for the food like me, enjoy four hours of snacking!
Danielle Green, couponing expert, has saved thousands of dollars with strategic planning and execution. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Green)
Meet Danielle Green, a local couponing pro. The mother of two has been perfecting her skills for close to three years, and her dedication has paid off tremendously. The couponer has strategically saved thousands of dollars by investing time in finding coupons.
Check out these tips for couponing newbies:
• Learn about stores’ coupon policy. It will shape your budget and shopping list.
• Take it slow. Perfect your skills at one store before attempting to coupon at another.
• Search for upcoming sales. Flipp is a great app that can help you find local deals.
• Only buy what you need.
Your vet can use your pet’s medical history from annual exams and information from recent visits to screen for health concerns as your pet ages.
While you may already take your pets to the vet regularly, here are three health tips that vets encourage all pet parents to follow:
• Start an oral hygiene regimen. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly can help prevent tartar buildup.
• Get your pets spayed or neutered at the appropriate age. This action will reduce your pets’ risk from contracting cancers and infections and increase their life expectancy.
• Stick to a monthly parasite preventive. Heartworm infection is transmitted through mosquitoes, so it’s easier to prevent rather than treat. Plus, heartworm treatments can be hard on a pet’s body and costly for owners.
Tip: utilize your room for a quick exercise routine.
The battle of the bulge gets tricky when traveling. But there’s no need to ditch your routine and compromise your exercise plan when you’re on the road.
• Pound the pavement. It’s the best way to explore while burning calories.
• Pack your goggles. Limit your poolside lounging and do some laps to burn off that pina colada.
• Restock the mini bar. Shove the $10 gummy bears aside, and pack in protein bars and yogurt for a nosh.
• Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and gun your glutes.
• Turn a commercial break into a workout with planks, pushups, lunges and jumping jacks.
Feel more refreshed and ready to take on the new year with these tips.
In the United States, it is estimated that 30% of adults and 60% of adolescents are sleep deprived. Sleep and recovery have major effects on our health and can cause serious bodily harm.
While there is no special formula for a good night’s sleep, you can change your behaviors to influence the amount of quality sleep you experience.
1. Darken your room. Light influences wake-up time.
2. Set the temperature to 68°F.
3. Reduce device screen glare.
4. Keep to a schedule; melatonin secretes two hours before sleep.
5. Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption four hours before bedtime.