14 local entrepreneurs complete national SBA program


14 local entrepreneurs complete national SBA program

Staff writer-Memphis Business Journal
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The Small Business Administrationannounced the graduation of 14 Memphis-area entrepreneurs from its Emerging 200 Program, an initiative designed for small business owners in under-served communities across the country.

Program participants receive more than 100 hours of training and peer counseling over seven months to learn the finer points of development and expansion strategies, accessing capital and landing government contracts.

Memphis is one of just 27 communities in the country to participate in the SBA’s Emerging Leaders e200 program focusing on established, but promising, businesses.

“Our graduating class this year recognizes the fifth consecutive e200 class in Memphis, bringing the total number of graduates to 74,” Walter Perry, SBA Tennessee District director, said in a release.

Graduates of the most recent program spanned the gamut of industry segments and included construction, distribution and security staffing firms. See the full list below.

Wanita Allen of Sweetness Sweets; Donna Burlon, AHA Mechanical Contractors; Charles Barnes, Action Chemical Co.; Chris Brunner, Brunner Printing Inc.; Alyce CampbellEdible ArrangementsJames Hoffa, West Tennessee Ornamental Door; Michael Jenkins, MJ Contracting LLC; Joel Lyons, Lyons Cleaners; Chris McClemore, Standard Electric Co.;Devin Murry, Construction & Home Renovation Services; Lorenzo Myrik, Amnesty Professional Services; Kenneth Pinkney, Ivory Enterprise LLC; Dexter Smith, Black Lion Security; and Timothy Walls, AVPOL International Logistics.


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