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


Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122

Cost: $25 per person, reservations are required

How: get tickets here or email



Dotty formed SUMMERFIELD ASSOCIATES, INC. in July of 1989, after more than ten successful years in the business. She was licensed as a Manager by the State of Tennessee Personnel Recruiting Services Board in 1985 and attained Certified Personnel Consultant designation in 1993.

Dotty began her career in the contingency search recruiting industry in early 1979. She specializes in the areas of Human Resources, Corporate Attorneys, and Information Technology and Telecommunications. The Tennessee Association of Personnel Services has recognized her many times as a Top Producer in her field and in June of 1991, she was named as a Charter Member of the TAPS “Million Dollar Circle.” In July of 1996, she was awarded one of the first “Five Million Dollar Circle” designations. In October 1999, she received the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award from the National Association of Personnel Services, honoring her as an outstanding leader who has led the industry to a higher ground through innovation, vision and positive enhancements. In July 2005, Dotty was recognized as one of the “50 Women Who Make a Difference” by Memphis Woman Magazine.

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Lunch and Discussion with Dr. William West, Founder, West Cancer Center

Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

West Cancer Center, 7945 Wolf River, Germantown, TN 38138

$25 Registration, includes lunch. Reservations are required and space is limited.




It began with a small, two-room clinic in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

William H. West, MD, was a nationally respected oncologist and lead investigator for the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. Following the loss of his mother to breast cancer, his mission became clear: to provide world-class cancer treatment and research capabilities in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. In 1979, this goal became reality, and the doors of what would become West Clinic officially opened.

A chance meeting shortly following the opening further cemented the foundation of West Clinic. Kurt W. Tauer, MD, FACP, was a resident at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, assigned to a colon cancer patient of Dr. West’s. They quickly established a partnership – and friendship – that would bring Dr. Tauer back to Memphis following his fellowship in Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloane-Kettering in New York City. In almost predictable happenstance, Dr. Tauer’s across-the-hall neighbor in New York City and fellow resident at Memorial Sloane-Kettering – Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, FACP – would eventually join Dr. Tauer and Dr. West at West Clinic to form a powerful partnership of physicians dedicated to improving cancer care and overall health in the Memphis community.

Throughout many years of growth and several major relocations – one to Mt. Moriah Boulevard in 1988 and another to Humphreys Boulevard in 2000 – West Clinic solidified itself as the local leader in adult cancer care. Led by the vision of its three co-founders, West Clinic built a reputation for both clinical excellence and cutting-edge research – a vision that forged the foundation for an innovative partnership with Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Today, West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. This focus on groundbreaking research and clinical trials provides West Cancer Center patients with the most effective, individualized care possible. It is what sets West apart – and it is why patients from throughout the region and across the country choose West Cancer Center as their trusted partner in their cancer journey.
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