The ability to operate and manage a business is truly a gift. I have never considered going to work as work.

-David Andrews

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.

-Bill Courtney

Recognizing a need and being willing to assume the necessary risk to fill it is the simplest definition of an entrepreneur.

-Daphne T. Large

Upcoming Events

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Lunch and Discussion with Leslie Lynn Smith, President of EPIcenter

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122

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$25 per person, reservations are required
How: get tickets here or email

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.

The Society of Entrepreneurs and EPIcenter present 8th Annual Core Conversations on Entrepreneurship

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 12:00 noon

The Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116

$25 registration, includes lunch. Reservations are required and space is limited. For tickets, click here.

Have you ever wanted to sit down with a successful entrepreneur and ask them how they did it? Have you wondered what advice they might have for someone starting and or growing a business? Would you like to ask them about challenges they faced and how they overcame them? Then you do NOT want to miss your opportunity at the 8th Annual Core Conversations on Entrepreneurship! At Core Conversations you can have that very conversation with one entrepreneur over lunch and another while you enjoy dessert!


Supporting Memphis and the Mid-South by developing and nurturing the community’s entrepreneurial spirit.


Entrepreneurs are innovators. Meet the Entrepreneurs and read about them, their innovations and their ideas.


Meet those who have been awarded the status of Master Entrepreneur. These are the Entrepreneurs who have made a lasting impact on their industries.


The Society of Entrepreneurs sponsors the Entrepreneurial Hall of Honor so that the region’s most exceptional entrepreneurs receive the recognition that is due them.
John Malmo speaks at Society of Entrepreneurs