Memphis Success

Memphis Success is the Voice of Memphis Entrepreneurs, where your success is Memphis Success. Darnell Reid interviews local successful entrepreneurs throughout the mid-south to share their story, lessons learned and tips for you. Everyone knows Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Fred Smith, but Memphis hasl local entrepreneurs who have amazing stories and powerful success tips that will change your business.
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Nov 17, 2017

Have you ever thought about buying a franchise? Listen to Rick Roland explain the ins and outs of being a franchise owner of a successful cleaning service. 

Oct 10, 2017

One Step Initiative (OSI) aims to bring global education opportunities to the nation’s most underserved high school students.

Jul 28, 2017

Memphis Success (NO HYPE) Business Tip: Top 5

Jul 14, 2017

 Clarrisa is a motivational speaker, business coach, and vision strategist that Propels YOU to Excel! I share transparent experiences and tips, while posing introspective challenges that get your thinking and actions into gear.

Jun 6, 2017

Moziah Bridges of MO'S BOWS joined the show where he shares his personal journey, being on Shark Tank, his relationship with Daymond John and what the future holds for the MO'S BOWS brand. 

Apr 25, 2017

Let's Innovate through Education equips minority youth to be future entrepreneurs. Named one of the 20 ideas that could change the world by Forbes and one of the Forbes 30under30 for education.

Apr 11, 2017

Bob Chance of OneCall Telecom a one-stop solution for feature rich and cost effective telecommunications products and services.

Mar 13, 2017

Summer is the founder and executive director of The S.O. What! Foundation and the founder and president of S.O. What! LLC which encourage and teach people to live no excuses lives by embracing the Serenity Prayer—accepting what they can’t change but changing everything they can to live their best lives.

Feb 21, 2017

Technology Happens is an independent programming and consulting company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Our mission is to provide simple and innovative solutions that empower credit unions to better serve their members. 

Mike gives great insight on stepping out on faith from his job to start his company focused on serving the credit union industry.  His aspiration is to be the Google of the Credit industry. 

Jan 23, 2017

Colby Midgett is the owner of Premier Flowers a floral business in Memphis. She shares her journey of starting in her home to now in a store front.  

Plus, she explains how she became a network provider within the 1-800 flowers and FTD network of flourist providers.

Now, Premier Flowers offers fresh cut stems, green and blooming dish gardens, and gift baskets nationwide. They offer same day local flower delivery for various occasions throughout the Memphis area. In addition too, Premier Flowers offers traditional, elegant, contemporary, and modern floral design services for weddings and events.

Oct 25, 2016

Dana James Mwangi is a creative soul, who shares her amazing journey moving from corporate America to stepping out on faith to pursue her dreams.  


Dana founded Cheers Creative in 2012.


Her experience designing marketing materials for financial institutions including SunTrust and Wells Fargo, and packaging for home storage items sold in Walmart and Target has shaped her understanding of brand consistency and management.


Her company Cheers Creative helps industry/thought leaders, creative professionals, conferences & seminars, and arts/entertainment platforms get the respect they deserve through stunning brand & website design.


Sep 28, 2016

A seasoned business owner, Richard Gadomski has built a legacy with PSI a engineering, fabricating, construction management, and general contracting group that established a worldwide reputation in the processing of grains, oilseeds, and sugars into higher value added products such as corn starches, corn sweeteners, edible oils, cane and beet sugars, ethanol, and biodiesel.

The companies executed a large variety of projects for the brewing, food, chemical and package handling industries.  New product introductions included high fructose corn syrup, fuel ethanol, Michelob Classic, Splenda, White Mountain Cooler, and Zima.  In 1998, sold the company to Lurgi, the second largest General Contractor in Europe, retiring in 2001 after doing leadership transition and having company annual sales in excess of $100 Million.

Aug 31, 2016

Brandy gives great insight on how to continue to build upon a family legacy. She is a 2nd generation business owner taking over the business as her father retired. 


She explains the importance of working from the ground up in the organization to learn the ins and out of the business.


Plus, Brandy discuss the intial challenges of being a woman in the contruction industry. She explains how she overcame those hurdles and now is a respected leader of her organization.  


We discuss the importance of networking and attending industry events to stay abreast of the latest trends.

Aug 3, 2016

Kerry Thomas of Superior Custome Street Rods shares his experience in the automotive industry. 

He has been in the automotive industry for over 35 years starting with being known as the neighborhood bicycle customizer. Kerry spent 20 years employed as a certified automotive technician for a locally owned car dealership. During his tenure as an automotive technician, Kerry received multiple certifications, often grabbing some in which he was the only recipient within a 120 mile radius.

In 1996, Kerry decided to take a leap of faith and follow his dream of owning his own business, Superior Custom Street Rods, Inc. with the primary focus of Dream it, Build it, Drive it.  Making this dream a reality did not come without challenges. However, Kerry strongly believes in Romans 8: 28 to much is given, much is required. Kerry believes in hard work to produce a superior product.

Jul 5, 2016

Dee shares an amazing story of finding opportunities from starting in the credit card processing business to now starting a logistics transportation business. Plus, he gives great insight from lessons he has learned to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mar 23, 2016

Mitchell shares an inspiring story about overcoming his fear to start Party Palace Skating. 


He explains how he initially felt the idea was to big for him to accomplish therefore he procrastinated for years before moving forward with this idea.


Mitchell is a man of faith and said God kept pressing on him to start this business therefore he stepped out on faith.


As he started on this journey, he had identified a problem which was four thousand kids in the Marion area had to go to Memphis for fun activities. 


Problems generate opportunities. 

Mar 9, 2016

Meghan saw a need to be different in the roofing business, so she went for it by switching from medical sales to roofing.


During this interview, she shares how she started the business while still working and without any debt to better position the company for growth. 


In the beginning of her business, she shares the hustle of starting without a ladder and going door to door looking for opportunities to get experience.


Meghan discuss how hard it was to get started and break into the industry to compete for larger jobs.


Also, she shares a challenge of shifting from being a friend to growing into her role as the leader. She learned you cannot make everyone happy but to focus on what is best for the company. 


Meghan believes handwork, persistence, keeping at it and a never give up attitude will lead to success.


I'm confident with Meghan's tenacity and drive, Medford Roofing will become a major roofing provider in the mid-south and beyond. 


Feb 17, 2016

The construction business has always been thought of as a man only driven industry. 


Yet, we have our very own  Portia Trace Scurlock calling her own shots in this man dominated industry as the owner of Scurlock Construction Inc. for  the past 5 years. 


Portia explains how she was laid off during the recession but realized at that point she had been preparing for this moment through her skills, network and confidence to pursue her dream as an entrepreneur. 

Feb 2, 2016

Jay shares great insight as a small business owner to finding a way to express his artistic skills as a tattoo artist.


He explains how his entrepreneurial journey started after leaving the Navy then becoming a barber to meeting a tattoo artist who mentored him in the trade and to owning a business.


Jay opens up about his fear of failure, disappointing his family and lack of money that initially held him back.



Jan 21, 2016

Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years.  She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, Career Corner newspaper columnist, and author of career e-book “Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.”

Dec 2, 2015

Steve shares his ups and downs of his entrepreneurial journey from starting a consulting business , to being a franchise owner of a Chick-Fla to now starting a new venture with Wayfind Marketing. He provides great insight on discovering your "Why" to know what you truly believe as a company.

Nov 17, 2015

Chiquita shares how she needed to raise money for her daughter cheering activities that led her to start Appleheadz. In this interview, Chiquita explains her journey, faith, networking and the loving support of her family/team.

In the near future, I foresee Appleheadz continue to expand their presence nationally and open a location on Beale Street.

Nov 2, 2015

Beneva Mayweather Foods is owned and operated by Daniel Watson. Daniel Watson, the youngest grandson of Beneva Mayweather, developed the Beneva Mayweather Brand in 2007. It was important to Daniel that Beneva’s legacy, after her passing in 2000, lived on through the food products that made Mayweather Catering one of the premier food service businesses in Memphis and the Mid-South. It was, in fact, the driving force that brought Daniel directly from Morehouse College with a Cum Laude degree in 2004 back to Memphis, turning down lucrative job offers along the way to take the catering service to another level.

Oct 19, 2015

Tyrone Spencer of Spencer's Team 30 shares his amazing journey of choosing faith over fear to leave a job and to pursue his dream of opening his own gym. He shares tips that will inspire you to pursue your dream. 

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