3 Fears Every Entrepreneur Must Overcome

Owners of Bradley’s and Knoxville Chocolate Company, Brad and Joy Hamlett, found themselves in a scary situation after purchasing a 100-year-old candy factory: Sales were flat but expenses doubled. “I just remember times when we felt like how are we going to make it? Something has to give,” said Joy. While the candy business might

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Client Profile: D&C Freight

Neal Clack’s retirement was in full swing when his son, Joe Dischner, pitched him a business idea – launching a freight trucking business. The idea made sense. Trucking ran in the family after all, and Neal hauled explosives for a time on one of his early assignments in the Marines. “I may be stating the

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Client Profile: Bristol Skateway

The opening of Bristol Skateway in September 2018 was the realization of a long-held dream for the Bristol community and neighboring cities as much as for its owner-operators Gary Easmunt and partner Debbie Williams. Easmunt and Williams first learned of the property in 2016, a neglected rink that operated for four decades before it closed

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Client Profile: Alliance Mechanical Solutions

It was a sink-or-swim moment for Alliance Mechanical Solutions (AMS) – a massive contract to construct new ships ended abruptly in early 2017 and with it jobs for most of AMS’ 200 employees. “We had concentrated our business heavily with one client and quadrupled our staff for the project. While we survived, it became clear

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Client Profile: Olympus Rentals

When it comes to real estate, Devan McClish has done it all since starting in the industry nine years ago – flipping, new construction, property management, general contractor, apartments and small retail.   Recently, he’s added affordable housing to the mix. The creativity and challenge involved in making affordable housing projects work – and the

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Success Story: Big Momma’s & Granny’s Catering

Pathway Lending & Epicenter deliver tailored solutions to entrepreneurs in Memphis Authentic community partnerships expand our ability to create social impacts in the areas we serve. They help move our work from transactional to collaborative – to hear the community, understand its needs, and develop products and services that deliver the right benefit at the

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Success Story: TLC Foundation Station

Day care owner plans to expand child care centers in Maryville, Tennessee Daycare owner, Kristy Pittman, has worked in child care services since 2015, controlling and operating the initial TLC Foundation Station facility out of her personal residence in Maryville, Tennessee. With dreams of being an elementary school teacher and even dedicating her studies toward

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Success Story: Ha.Le’ Mind and Body

Entrepreneur changes clients’ lives one movement at a time at integrative healthcare practice Janice Cathey immigrated to America from Vietnam at young age. Growing up, her mom was always offering soups and broths and tinctures and all sorts of salves to cure coughs and ward off illness. “I didn’t see it as medicine at the

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Success Story: Quinn Appliance

Mother and son duo cook up small business success at East Tennessee appliance store John Burcham spent five years as a sales rep for a high end kitchen appliance brand. But he dreamed of going into business for himself. “I’ve always been a free-spirit entrepreneur,” says John. “All the time I’d be driving around town

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