Memphis small business featured on state SBA site

Congratulations to Dr. Ivory and Dr. Joyce Taylor, Memphis entrepreneurs and owners of the Taylor Apothecary pharmacy, who are featured in a new story on Tennessee’s S.B.A. website.

I’ve written about the Taylors before and about how their small business benefited from the e200 program that launched five years ago in several cities, including Memphis. The Taylors have used the experience of participating in that program to grow and expand their business and now the two are receiving statewide recognition for their efforts.

Here’s an intro to the profile on Taylor Apothecary:

Memphis, Tenn.—Dr. Ivory Taylor and Dr. Joyce Taylor are both successful small business owners of Taylor Apothecary, a Memphis-based pharmacy firm. Dr. Ivory Taylor is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant whose last tour of duty in the 1990s was running the Mississippi ROTC program. Dr. Joyce Taylor was a pharmacist for over fifteen years with Walgreens before joining her husband and formulating plans for the first and second Taylor Apothecary locations.

In 2008, Taylor Apothecary participated in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s e200 program. “The goal of the SBA Emerging 200 initiative is to identify 200 inner-city businesses across the country that show a high potential for growth—and to provide them the network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale. SBA is increasing outreach to areas historically challenged by high levels of unemployment and poverty,” according to Tennessee SBA District Director Walter Perry.  The e200 program has also been compared to a “Mini-MBA” by many of its graduates. Ivory and Joyce Taylor have attended subsequent e200 graduation ceremonies and have been featured speakers in support of the nationally successful e200 program.

To read more, visit: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3147/success-stories

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