Business Services
Looking to start a business in or relocate a business to Memphis? Wanting to conduct business with the City or just learn how the process works? The goal of this section is to provide helpful answers to people who seek just such things. Please Contact Us with comments regarding how we can further enhance your experience here.

SMW Disparity update and Public Forum

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Sheltered Market Program Explained
Current SBE Opportunities & Upcoming Pre-Bid Meetings

Starting a Business

Starting a new business is a major task and knowing the correct steps to take gives your business a much better chance of success. Many things need to be taken into consideration when starting a business such as:

  • Identifying the reasons for wanting to go into business
  • Selecting the business that is right for you
  • Choosing the legal structure for your business
  • Choosing the location of your business
  • Listing the resources (equipment, supplies, and people) needed to operate this business
  • Finding out what business insurance will be needed
  • Developing a business plan
  • Analyzing the financial resources you have and what you will need
  • Finding out your tax obligations
  • Selecting how to promote your business


Joann Massey

Business Services Team
Leslie Smith

LaKesha Williams

125 North Main
Room 546
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 636-6210

Upcoming Events
August 23: SMWBE: OBDC Update & Disparity Study Public Forum

August 24: You Won the Bid, Now What?


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