Easily Start Your Business in Memphis and Shelby County
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Welcome to Memphis Smart Start
We are excited to be part of your Memphis experience...
Coworking Space - Located at 6645 Poplar, Suite 200, in Carrefour at Kirby Woods – just up the stairs from Swanky’s Taco Shop – EPIcenter Germantown offers collaborative co-working opportunities to entrepreneurs. The facility is intended to provide a cost-effective wo... Read more
CO.STARTERS - CO.STARTERS is a 9-week program that helps entrepreneurs with concept and early stage businesses to examine assumptions and turn business ideas into action. ... Read more
So You Wanna Be an Entrepreneur - So You Wanna Be an Entrepreneur is a 2-hour class designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs to answer the question “Should I become an Entrepreneur?”. ... Read more
Tennessee Small Business Development Center - TSBDC provides high quality business solutions to potential as well as existing small businesses though a process of consultation, education, referral and support services.... Read more
Sky High - Sky High focuses on the unique needs of Social Impact Tech startups, bringing IT solutions to social and civic issues. Areas of emphasis include education, poverty, crime, health care and urban innovation.... Read more
Seed Hatchery - Seed Hatchery focuses on the unique needs of B2B tech startups, including customer development, direct and online sales, product and market validation, and fundraising strategies specifically designed to fit sales and product development life cycles.... Read more
Upstart - Upstart is among the nation’s first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups. By developing a curriculum that directly reflects the way women work, learn, and lead, Upstart is discovering true untapped talent and equipping female founders wi... Read more
Logistics Innovation Accelerator - The entrepreneurship accelerator program was created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market and is sponsored by FedEx.... Read more
ZeroTo510 - ZeroTo510 is a first-of-its-kind Medical Device Accelerator whose goal is to help entrepreneurs bring new technologies to the marketplace – fast.... Read more
20 South Dudley St, Suite 900
Memphis, TN, 38103
Message from the Mayors of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee
Welcome to the Memphis Smart Start web portal, your single source for starting a business in Memphis and Shelby County.
We know how vital small businesses are to our economy, and we believe an entrepreneur’s time is best spent creating jobs and developing innovative products and services – not navigating red tape. While fair zoning rules, licenses, and permits are important to ensuring public safety and fair competition, our goal is to shorten the time it takes for you to identify and apply for the licenses and permits you need in order to responsibly launch a business.
With assistance from the Small Business Administration’s “Startup in a Day Challenge,” we’ve taken the first step in a larger effort to streamline, simplify, and bring online those regulatory requirements that have traditionally been managed across multiple agencies and through a paper-based process. Our ultimate goal is for small business owners to be able to complete most of their regulatory obligations within a single easy-to-use online system – making it easier for our citizens to start a business.
Finally, your feedback is critical to making this effort a success. If you have comments or suggestions, please submit them here
Thank you again, and we look forward to supporting your new business.