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Do you have a business idea? Are you trying to turn that idea into a reality? If so, Memphis is the perfect destination to set up shop. With healthy tax breaks, a growing talent pool to pull from and a physical location that puts you in the middle of transit lanes and the ability to ship goods throughout the country, there’s a reason why businesses of all kinds are booming in Memphis. So if you’re looking at starting a business in Memphis, here are a few tips and steps you need to follow.

Market Research

So you have an idea. Great. Now you just need to decide who will buy your product or service. If you’re setting up shop in Memphis, you’ll want to know the demographics you want to target and where these people are living in the city. This will help with your advertising. It will also help you determine who may or may not be interested in buying your product or visiting your restaurant.

Remember, the more research you perform early on, the easier it will be to market and reach an audience. There’s no such thing as too much data here. So really dig deep into demographics, competition and locating potential customers.

Create Your Business Plan

What is the goal of your business plan? What do you want to accomplish? You need to decide this, and then put it in writing. That way, everyone in the company knows what the business plan is.

Start Funding

This doesn’t need to be the third step in your business plan. In fact, you should start saving money as soon as you have the idea. Then, when it looks like you’re going to follow through with creating a business, look for ways to raise money. You can use Kickstarter and online money-raising methods, or you can borrow money from a bank. Ideally, avoid asking friends and family for money if you can because money between friends can ultimately cause friendships to collapse if things go south.

Location, Location, Location

Yes, one particular location may be more expensive than others. However, you need to be where your customers are. A favorable location may cost more, but it could mean that your business will grow faster.

Register Your Business

Register your business with the city, the state and the federal government. Trademark your name if you have to, and begin creating social media profiles before others can take the name from you.

Make Your Business Your Own

These are a few of the important steps you need to follow when starting a business in Memphis. It is hard work to run your own company, and it will take long hours and plenty of determination. However, you can do it. You have the willpower and the great idea. Plus, with a city like Memphis as your backdrop, you have access to a top-tier talent pool. By following these steps for starting a business in Memphis, you’ll be on the right track to achieving your dreams.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

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Art and culture are two of the important pillars that make up the city of Memphis, and the city is always looking for ways to share its heritage with the community. So, if you’re looking for ways to get out and explore Memphis culture, these are just a handful of examples of the incredible arts and culture that make up what the city of Memphis is today.

Africa in April

While February is African American heritage month around the country, Africa in April is unique to Memphis as the city looks to shine a light on the important influence African Americans have played in the overall cultural history of Memphis. You will find celebrations of African history, art and culture taking place throughout the city, with many vendors offering special products. There is also a Blues music showcase during the month.

Memphis in May

Throughout the entire month of May, there is an entire series dedicated to showing off the incredible heritage of the city. During the month, some of the most important cultural events take place including the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Great American River Run, International Week and, of course, the Beale Street Music Festival.

Memphis Italian Festival

Whether you’re Italian or simply craving Italian food, the Memphis Italian Festival takes place every year sometime during late May or early June (this also depends on the Memphis in May celebration, as the Memphis Italian Festival will adjust accordingly, typically taking place the weekend after the Memphis in May celebration has finished). The Memphis Italian Festival occurs at Marquette Park and brings in Italian cooking competitions, musical activities, and local artists. There is also a 5K run, pizza tossing demonstrations, Galtelli Cup Recreational Bocce Tournament, and so much more going on with this festival.

Music

Outside of major festivals and events, music is as much a part of the city as anything else. Some of the biggest names in gospel, blues, rock and roll, country and others stem from Memphis. While you may already know Elvis and B.B. King are important musicians from Memphis, performers such as Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, Isaac Hayes, and others all either were born in Memphis or spent a part of their career in the city. Beale Street and Stax Records are two important destinations for anyone looking to discover Memphis music.

Get Out and Experience Memphis Culture

These are just a few examples of Memphis culture. From art around the city to culturally significant events, it doesn’t matter if you’ve called Memphis home your entire life or if you are a recent transplant, now is the perfect time to get out and take in the incredible Memphis culture available to you.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

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Memphis is growing—and one of the most exciting upcoming projects will be coming to the Memphis International Airport. A $1 billion renovation of the FedEx Super Hub has just begun, starting in March 2019 and finishing in 2025. This is only one of the major renovations going on around Memphis International.

Image source: Fedex.com

The largest employer in Memphis is getting even bigger

FedEx is the largest private employer in Memphis, as well as the largest tenant of the Memphis International Airport. Its current Super Hub is undergoing modernization and expansion, with the goal of increasing capacity and preparing for upcoming growth.

Memphis International Airport is already home to the second-largest air cargo facility in the world—and this will further secure its positioning as a major hub. To keep up with demands across the globe, FedEx will be investing in new technology, which it can leverage to reduce the costs of its operations.

The new Super Hub project has already begun

FedEx’s Super Hub development broke ground in March 2019 and is expected to continue through 2025. This is despite the fact that FedEx has been cutting its costs in other areas of the globe. The Super Hub will be a technologically advanced facility, providing upgrades and expansion that will be necessary for the business to continue to expand. While it’s a gamble, FedEx is confident in its transportation capabilities in the area.

Just a small part of upcoming Memphis growth and development

While this project is large, it only represents a very small amount of the upcoming growth in Memphis. There are dozens of new projects slated for development in Memphis, a city that is growing dramatically within the next few years.

Memphis is currently seen as an area that is packed with potential. One of the top cities for millennials, yet an area that has not experienced significant growth in the past, the city is poised for rapid expansion.

Further reading

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One of the things that makes Memphis such an incredible city is that there is always something to see and do. Whether it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter, there is an event or activity for you to get out of the house and take in. No matter what your passions are, what you enjoy or what you’ve already seen, you will find plenty to do and have fun with. So if you’re looking for a bit of fun this August, here are a handful of activities and events you need to plan for.

2019 Memphis Chicken and Beer Festival

Is there really anything else you need to know about this? It takes place at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on August 3 (which is a Saturday) from 6 to 10 p.m. Basically, if you’re hungry, looking for some quality Memphis chicken and want to water it down with a locally crafted beer, this is the perfect event for you.

Elvis Week Festival

The week-long celebration of Elvis starts on August 9 and lasts all the way until August 17. It’s a great time to visit Graceland, or you can stop by one of the numerous other locations around Memphis that are putting on a special activity for Elvis fans. Make sure to check out the website Elvis.com for additional information.

Memphis Water Lantern Festival 2019

During the festival, you can create your own water lantern and bring it to the waterfront at W. Mallory Avenue. There is something magical about this event as you watch the water lanterns sway and bob on the water. If you haven’t yet taken in this particular event, it’s a great opportunity to get out with the kids.

Delta Fair and Music Festival

This is one of the biggest festivals in all of Tennessee. It begins on August 30 and lasts until September 8. There are different events, activities and live music events going on during the fair and festival. You do need to purchase tickets for each individual day, but you can buy tickets at the door or at your local Kroger store.

There’s Plenty to Do in Memphis This August

These are just a handful of the events and activities going on in Memphis this August. More events are to come and will be announced as the weeks approach, so make sure to keep it here for the latest updates on events, shows, concerts and activities going on.

Additional Reading

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

Tmora – Elvis Week 

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Memphis is one of the great food cities not just in the country, but anywhere in the world. With its location bridging both the American South and the Northern states, it has become a melting pot of flavors. Whether you live in Memphis or are just visiting, here are the top things you need to eat before you die.

Garibaldi’s

This destination is located right alongside University of Memphis, so you’ll be battling college kids for seating. However, you’ll feel a retro vibe going on here as some of the best pizza in the state is served. It’s also a great destination if you love ’80s music.

Cozy Corner BBQ

When it comes to Memphis, you knew I had to include several BBQ joints. This includes Cozy Corner BBQ. Near downtown, this joint offers a delicious selection of BBQ pork butts, Cornish hen, chicken wings, beef summer sausage and ribs.

Arcade Restaurant

Arcade bills itself as the oldest restaurant in Memphis. When you’re the oldest of anything anywhere it means you’re doing something right. Especially in a cutthroat food city like Memphis where only the best survive. Upon walking in, it’s obvious the restaurant has received a facelift, but the food remains as incredible as ever. From the classic Elvis (peanut butter and banana sandwich), sweet potato pancakes, milkshakes, deep-fried French toast and other favorites, this is a delicious spot I highly recommend.

Central BBQ

This is one of the top BBQ spots in the city. Ask anyone around, and most will tell you this is in their favorite category. With a top-tier dry rub to amazing sides (which any great BBQ spot needs), you need to try out this BBQ destination.

Gibson’s Donuts

This donut hot spot has been slinging freshly fried dough since 1968. Even though the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, it somehow always has a line. It’s a small joint, so you may not be able to eat inside, but these donuts will pick up your taste buds wherever you go.

Gus’s Fried Chicken

This restaurant has a long and interesting history. It’s also gone by several names, but the food has almost always remained the same. Whatever its name is, it has some of the best fried chicken in the city.

Dyer’s

In the mood for a burger? Dyer’s has been serving greasy deliciousness since 1912. In its time, it has become a food institution within the city. If you think you’ve had every kind of cheeseburger, think again. The unique but amazing taste of this burger is out of this world.

Get Out and Discover Memphis Food

These are just some of the amazing destinations for food you simply must put on your Memphis food bucket list. Of course, there’s no shortage of food options out there. There will always be new tastes and fusion options to explore. Whatever your taste buds though, make sure to get on out and enjoy the amazing food scene that is Memphis.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis 

Choose901

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The summer concert series “Soulin’ on the River” continues at The Grove on Mud Island River Park here in Memphis with the Lucky 7 Brass Brand. It’s a chance to get out of the house, enjoy the fantastic summertime weather and kick back while you take in the unique collaboration of seven brass musicians. Combined with food and your own lawn chair, this event featuring Lucky 7 Brass Band is worth getting out to see on August 9.

More About Lucky 7 Brass Band

As the band’s website proclaims, the Lucky 7 Brass Band is made up of some of the “baddest of the bad musicians in Memphis.” It is a group that plays everything from soul to rap and everything else in between. The band is made up of seven talented musicians. This includes Randy Ballard on the trumpet as well as Jawaun Crawford on the trumpet. Both Nathan Duvall and Victor Sawyer play the trombone, and Jim Spake plays the alto sax. Neal Bowen brings the beat as he plays the bass, and Ryan Peel brings it all together on drums.

More About the Event

When heading out to the Lucky 7 Brass Band show, gates will open at 6 p.m. It’s best to show up early in order to get the best seat. It is a family-friendly event, and you can bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. The show does begin at 7 p.m., so the earlier you arrive, the more time you’ll have to set up.

You can park downtown and then ride a bicycle down to the river. You can also rent a bike or scooter if you’d like. If you have gear, you can also walk down without a problem. Plus, there is Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible parking available right on Mud Island.

Upcoming Acts

There is a performance every Friday night beginning on June 21 and ending with the Lucky 7 Brass Band on August 9. While you owe it to yourself to take in the final act of the summer, there are plenty of other acts to enjoy.

On June 21, Nick Black takes center stage for “Soulin’ on the River.” Then, on July 12 (there is a weekend off to celebrate the Fourth of July) Black Cream will perform. There is another weekend off before Katrina Anderson plays on July 26, and then the Lucky 7 Brass Band will perform on August 9 to close out the event.

“Soulin’ on the River” is an extended concert series taking place at The Grove on Mud Island River Park. Kicking off on June 21 and ending on August 9, it is a great opportunity to get out of the house and take in some of the best Memphis sounds. So whether you check out Tonya Dyson or the Lucky 7 Brass Band, make sure to schedule plans to head out to the park by 6 p.m. That way, you will have the best seats for some world-class performances.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

Lucky 7 Brass Band Facebook

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The city of Memphis is steeped in history. It might amaze you just how many important moments in American history took place in the city. There are plenty of tours and exhibits available throughout the city, all of which are fantastic to take in. However, the best way to truly dive in and learn about the history of Memphis (and with it, the history of the United States), is to educate yourself ahead of time. This way, you’ll have an understanding and a foundation of knowledge prior to visiting, which will make the tours and displays that much more meaningful. So, before you come, here are a few bits of history you should learn about.

Civil War

Whenever you visit this area of the country, it is always a good idea to have some understanding of the Civil War. Tennessee did secede from the United States in June 1861. At that time, the city of Memphis became a major defensive position for the Confederate States Army. However, within a year the Union Army took control of the city and held it for the remainder of the war.

Civil Rights Movement

Throughout the 1960s, Memphis became the center of the civil rights movement. Because of a number of segregation practices, the city swelled with a large population of African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr. spent much of his time here and was later assassinated at his hotel in April 1968.

Music History

Some of the most renown musicians in American history either grew up and moved out of Memphis or remained and helped to grow the music culture. Some musicians did end up moving north, partly because of the segregation taking place in the city, and they ended up planting roots in other locations such as Chicago, Detroit and New York City. However, Memphis played a strong role in the development of these musicians. Some of the top musicians to come out of the city includes Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Muddy Waters, Justin Timberlake, and Three 6 Mafia.

These are just a few of the important dates and events in the history of Memphis you should learn about prior to visiting the city. Now, there’s nothing wrong with reading further and diving into other bits of Memphis history. If there are aspects of history you find more interesting, by all means, read up on them prior to your visit. It will make the time you spend in the city that much more enjoyable. By educating yourself beforehand, you’ll be able to live through many of these important historical events when you arrive.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

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Tucked just 17 minutes east of downtown Memphis, Bartlett, TN is a suburban community that has lots to offer to visitors. It is also located in Shelby County and as of the 2010 U.S. Census, had more than 54,600 residents. It is steeped in history, having served initially as a stagecoach route for travelers heading westward from Nashville, called Union Depot and Green Bottom. It became Bartlett in 1866 and from there quickly evolved into the growing population center it is today.

Making Money Magazine’s Top 100 list in 2007, it has become the ninth largest city in the State of Tennessee. There is plenty to see and do in Bartlett, TN, which offers a slower pace than the larger City of Memphis. Visitors and others to the area should make time to travel the 13 miles east to see what the area has in store.

What Bartlett, TN has to offer

Bartlett began as an agricultural area, containing many of the region’s major plantations. After the Civil War and incorporation as a city (along with the change in name), it remained a small farming community until the late 1960s. The city grew from a population of just over 500 in 1960 to double that in 1970, with rapid growth occurring from 1990 on.

The City of Bartlett provides a quiet respite for those who enjoy living and working in Memphis and Shelby County. It is close enough to the action but tucked away just far enough to offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its growth was spurred by a desire to get away from the rapid urbanization taking place in Memphis while maintaining enough of a connection to the Bluff City.

Things to Do in Bartlett, TN

There is plenty to see and do in Bartlett, TN. Among the city-sponsored events are:

  • Fireworks Extravaganza – held at the city’s Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (located on Highway 70 and Appling Road), the event takes place on July 3rd as part of the city’s Fourth of July celebration. The event features presentation of the flag by the Bartlett Police Department, music, and of course, fireworks.
  • Children’s Fishing Rodeo – Before the fireworks go off in July, the city holds its annual fishing rodeo for children 12 and under. It is held at the Municipal Center in June and is a great way for families and children to start the summer.
  • Bartlett Festival, BBQ Contest & Car Show – September’s reserved for the city’s large family-friendly festival. It is held at the end of the month at W.J. Freeman Park (2629 Bartlett Blvd.), featuring a 5K run, food, music, and plenty of activities.
  • Bartlett Christmas Parade – December 7 is the start of the Christmas season for Bartlett residents. The annual parade, kicking off at 4 pm, has two reviewing stages, at Elmore Park and Bartlett Boulevard and Bartlett Boulevard and Shelby Street.

You can link to the past and get a glimpse of what Memphis was like. Bartlett, TN is more than a unique suburban community; it is a growing place of interest for residents and visitors alike. Spending time in Bartlett gives you a different perspective of the greater Memphis area and a chance at seeing a good change of pace.

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You’re never without activities and things to do in Memphis. Whether you want to check out a new restaurant, a new club or a new art exhibit, you’ll find something that fits your outgoing desire. But what happens when you want to find something a bit out of the ordinary? Thankfully, there is plenty of that in Memphis as well. So, if you’ve been looking for cool, hidden and unusual things to do in Memphis, you’ve come to the right place.

Ducks in a Hotel

Would you ever guess a high-end hotel would actually let ducks march in through the lobby? Well, at the Peabody Hotel, which is one of the most historic hotels in the state, that’s exactly what happens. Every day a team of ducks march through the lobby at 11 a.m. and eventually into the fountain. The hotel even rolls out a literal red carpet for the ducks.

This is one of those activities you may only need to see once, but it is a grand time, especially if you have kids. There’s just something whimsical about ducks walking through the hotel lobby that makes it worth seeing.

Beer-Drinking Goats

If you’re going to have ducks walking the red carpet, why not have beer-drinking goats? If this sounds like your cup of tea (or pint of beer), visit Silky O’Sullivan’s, located on Beal Street. This is an Irish joint (while there, order the “Driver” mystery cocktail), and it is home to a number of goats. So if you ever grow tired of the piano music from inside the bar, you can come out and spend your time with the goats on the outside.

The Shrunken Head

Here’s an odd one for you: The Pink Palace was originally built by the founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery chain. There’s a large museum inside, with all kinds of odd items. This includes a shrunken head, which was given to the owner after he visited with tribes in South America. Maybe it’s real. Maybe it’s not. But it’s strange and unusual, that’s for sure.

Drive-In Movie Night

The Malco Summer Drive-In theater is a great chance to travel back in time. Sure, the drive-in movie isn’t the same draw as it once was, but there’s just something exciting and oddly romantic that makes taking in this attraction such a fun experience. Plus, most of the movies put on display are classics from a time period gone by.

Discover the Unusual Side of Memphis

These are just a handful of cool, hidden and unusual things to do in Memphis. In fact, some of them are downright strange. However, it gives you a sampling of what you really have in store for you in the city if you’re interested. Whatever you decide to do, just know there’s always a new adventure for you in Memphis, often right around the corner.

Additional Reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

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Memphis International Airport is about to see major renovations, aimed at modernizing the airport. From larger boarding areas to brand new direct destinations, Memphis residents can look forward to some significant improvements.

What’s coming to the Memphis International Airport?

Improvements to the airport include: moving walkways, wider corridors, larger boarding areas, higher ceilings and natural lighting. All of these new improvements should make the Memphis International Airport feel bright, open and spacious, while also increasing its overall capacity.

In addition to this, the airport will be adding 25 destinations served by direct flights—becoming both busier and larger.

A $214 million price tag guarantees results

A combination of bonds, federal grants, and self-funding are going to be used for the new developments at Memphis International Airport, with no money coming from the city itself. With the airport being the first impression millions of visitors experience for the city, new developments in the airport’s technology will be good for residents and good for commerce.

Modernization isn’t the only thing that’s going on at Memphis International Airport. The FedEx Super Hub located at the Memphis International Airport is also due for some significant expansion and modifications—and it’s already the second largest hub in the world. There’s going to be a lot to see in the coming years for Memphis International Airport, and for Memphis Growth as a whole.

Further reading

Memphis International Airport begins modernization project

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