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Quick Fit Quick Fit is a one-of-a-kind iron-on adjustable waistband, allowing for flawless alterations in less than a minute. Designed by Jacquilin Smith, Quick Fit saves you time and money by fixing the clothes that you already own. Jacquilin is currently being considered to appear on ABC's Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs are hand picked to display their innovative products and services in front of a panel of expert judges.  
Coyote Case in Red

Jonathan Page and his product, the Coyote Case, have gone viral.  Described as "powerful, portable, personal protection.  With the push of a button a piercing siren deters would-be attackers + sends an emergency sms w/map to preset contacts."  You can watch his video and get your very own Coyote Case here.

custom coin holder

Mike Botticello's Custom Coin Holders has grown as a business tremendously since we first started working with him in the fall of '11.  Starting his work out of his garage, the ribbon cutting ceremony of his new production facility is slated for November 16th.  We are so excited to see all of his hard work paying off. Learn about the company.


Ceramifix is the go-to solution for cracks and chips in any kind of flooring.  Developed by Rebecca Bartlett, this amazing product is in the works to be sold commercially across the nation.  See how it can help your floor here.


Minding Your Business Consignment Store is the only place in Memphis where you can buy (or sell) high-quality, slightly used professional and casual business clothing.  The new Madison Avenue location has just opened.  Swing by and check it out.  Details here.


Our former intern, LaVera Davis, and her husband, Chris, have started their own cupcake business, Pretti Sweet Cupcakes.  Check out their amazing creations here and order yours today!


Dickey Farms is a mushroom farm that spawned out of Ben and Nichole Dickey's love for gardening.  The whole family is involved in this interesting business that not only sells a wide selection of mushrooms at the Memphis farmers market but also services local restaurants and grows a medicinal variety for various ailments.  Check out their site!


Certified personal trainer, Jaime Jones, offers numerous training activities with Bragging Beauty Fitness.  With services ranging from corporate fitness to bridal bootcamps, Jaime will help you reach your fitness goals.  Check out her website here.


REGEN-X, led by Carlos Ortiz and his team of U of M engineering students, has developed a revolutionary heart-monitoring device that warns heart patients of any irregular patterns.  Read an article about their work here.


Craig Rich came to us with a great idea.  Everyone loves the marshmallows in Lucky Charms, so why not sell them alone?  He's doing just that with Magician's Cereal Marshmallows.  You can actually buy his product at Walgreens locations nationwide for a limited time as well as on Amazon.


Located in the heart of downtown Memphis on Beale Street, this full-service AVEDA day spa and salon offers its clients a variety of relaxing, feel-good beauty services on the most famous street in the city.  Read about Stephanie Chatman's salon on our blog!


Perhaps our youngest entrepreneur, Moziah Bridges has made quite the name for himself in the business community.  The 10 year old fashion designer owns and operates Mo's Bows (with the assistance of his mother and manager).  Check out his site here!


Located in Grenada, MS, Wild, Wild Wings sells the best hot wings we've ever tasted.  Darnell Thompson has created his own secret recipes like the "sweet and tangy" or the "honey mustard" wings, which are well worth a day trip down the highway.  Read more about it on our blog.


Bristerfest was a huge success last year.  Named for its humble beginnings on Brister St. around the U of M campus, Jack Simon is already hard at work on the annual Memphis grassroots festival for next April.  Check out the event here.

damascus road

Damascus Road Residential Center is an alternate placement center for boys aged 12 to 17 living in a non-secure environment.  Its mission is to keep non-violent youths out of the criminal justice system to avoid future consequences resulting from a juvenile record.  Led by Sharon Paige, this is one of many of our great non-profit client companies.  See the touching video here.

Barry Springfield

Barry Springfield, CEO of Amenities by Barry Bernard, shows how amenities add style, personality, and elegance to any neckwear by "amending" the look of the top knot of a tie.

ma collections

Marene Austin has created a full line of hand-made jewelry. Her attention to detail in crafting each of her pieces makes her wearable works of art unique down to the clasp. But her reach goes far beyond the fashion industry. She has also travelled all over the Southeast telling her incredible story as a motivational speaker.  Check out her amazing collection here!


Dacosa Speedway is a paved go kart racing track, hosting several racing events throughout the year.  Owned and operated by our former intern, Colt Schwerin, the Speedway offers a great racing location for the Mid-South.  See the race schedule here.

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