The ability to operate and manage a business is truly a gift. I have never considered going to work as work.
This country was built on risk, its founders risked everything for its creation, and our ability and freedom to create business and opportunity exists as a result of that sacrifice and risk.
Recognizing a need and being willing to assume the necessary risk to fill it is the simplest definition of an entrepreneur.
-Daphne T. Large
Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Napa Cafe, 5101 SANDERLIN AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TN 38117
$25 Registration, includes lunch. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Nat Landau is a native Memphian, and he has lived in the city for most of his life. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with every intention of making a career in finance on Wall Street. Nat’s father passed away shortly before he graduated from college, so upon graduation he returned to Memphis to help his mother operate the family business, a retail uniform store primarily serving the healthcare community in Memphis.
Several years after joining the family business, Nat, along with his brother, Ferdinand, decided to expand into manufacturing. Those efforts began very modestly, with 5 seamstresses in the basement of their retail store.
Over the years, the manufacturing business grew rapidly, driven by several innovative product introductions that turned Landau into a well-known brand nationwide. Today, Landau markets several well-known brands of healthcare and culinary apparel, as well as shoes and accessories, and distributes across the U.S. as well as more than 20 countries internationally. Landau manufactures in its own facility in Honduras, as well as contractors in the Middle East and Asia, and employs more than 1,000 associates.
Nat Landau, in addition to his business pursuits, has been actively involved in charitable activities, serving on the Board and as President of the Memphis Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and Memphis Jewish Foundation. Nat and Leslie, his wife of more than 50 years, have 3 sons and daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)
Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122
$25 per person, reservations are required
How: get tickets here or email Pearson@soememphis.com
Leslie Lynn Smith, a nationally recognized entrepreneurial and business development leader, joined EPIcenter in Memphis, Tenn., as its first president in 2015.
EPIcenter serves as a central point of contact for the Memphis region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and coordinates resources from various organizations in the community, such as accelerators, incubators, mentors, investors, networking programs, and technical assistance programs for entrepreneurs. Together with its partners, EPIcenter is pursuing a common goal of creating a robust and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Memphis and the Mid-South region.
Smith’s new role comes after five years of successful entrepreneurial leadership as president and CEO of TechTown, Detroit’s most established business incubator and accelerator. Under Smith’s leadership, TechTown created and launched novel urban economic development programs, expanded tech-based company creation and launched robust regional entrepreneurship collaborations with great and measurable impact.
Previously, she was director of business acceleration for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, overseeing the state’s $300 million start-up investment portfolio and managing the statewide innovation economy and its network of ecosystem partners, including 15 research universities, incubators, accelerators and the philanthropic and private sectors.
Smith serves on many boards and most recently was named to the International Business Innovation Association Board of Directors in 2015.