NEED Grant Stories

Read about how the NEED Grant is helping local businesses.


Simply Fabulous, Inc. 

In 20 years, Fabiola Francis, owner of the catering company Simply Fabulous, has never had a layoff. But since the COVID-19 lockdown, she is down to just two part-time employees.


Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli

Eggxactly Breakfast & Deli opened its doors to a bit of fanfare in October of last year. The restaurant had just hit its stride and was experiencing growth. But with COVID-19, that all came to a halt. 


Uptown Cuts

Deemed non-essential businesses during the Safer at Home order, barbershops/salons were forced to close, leaving them with no revenue for two months. As they now reopen, or plan to reopen, they are facing a tough road ahead.


Dortch Construction, LLC

Steven Dortch, the owner of Dortch Construction LLC is ready to get back into the swing of things. But ready or not, fear is still making doing business the way he used to almost impossible.  


Memphis Magnetic Recording Company

Memphis is a creative city with a music scene known all over the world. But over the last two months, musicians and related businesses here have been hit hard by the COVID-19 shutdown.


Creative Home Academy and Preschool LLC 

When COVID-19 began to change the world as we know it, Creative Home Academy & Preschool remained open to serve children of parents who had no choice but to work during the pandemic.  


API Photographers

For three quarters of a century, API Photographers, Inc. has been a staple of the local photography and film industry. Now the company is struggling to pay the bills as its normally busy schedule sits almost empty.  


Trap Fusion LLC

Opened in May of last year, Trap Fusion had become a popular restaurant in Whitehaven, serving healthy southern cuisine to people from the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses in the area. 


The Four Way LLC

The Four Way is one of the most iconic restaurants in Memphis. The food has a place in Memphians’ hearts and the restaurant itself has an important place in this city’s history.


Sekisui Incorporated

Sekisui has been a staple of the Memphis restaurant scene for three decades. But when COVID-19 hit, the popular spot was not immune to the effects of the pandemic. 


Summitt Management Corporation

Every September, the Southern Heritage Classic is one of the country’s most anticipated college football games. The rivalry between HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Jackson State and Tennessee State has become a cultural celebration that has a strong economic impact on this city, driving more than $14 million in direct spending each year.


Ambishun Fitness, LLC

One question that is repeatedly asked these days – how safe is it to go to the gym? And as COVID-19 continues to spread, gym owners are finding it hard to stay afloat.


Global Café, LLC

It was started in 2018 to help immigrant and refugee food entrepreneurs set up a food business with no upfront costs. Today, Global Café has become a popular spot for Memphis foodies.


EDGE NEED Grant Supports Neighborhoods Throughout Memphis Amid Pandemic

If there is one thing Ice Cream Shops can depend on, it’s that the summer months will bring a steady stream of business. But in the age of COVID-19, nothing is for sure anymore.       


Mbabazi House of Style

Retail and specialty boutiques, once supported wholeheartedly by a loyal customer base are now struggling just to keep their doors open. 


First Choice Salon Experience

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, salons across the city have had to deal with a decrease in customers, increased cleaning costs and simply trying to do their job in the age of social distancing. 


30% of NEED Grant Recipients Have Been Salons

In its December meeting, the EDGE Economic Development Finance Committee awarded three NEED Grants to local salons struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a Time Without Many Weddings or Events, EDGE Provides Lifeline to Bridal and Formal Wear Shop

In any normal year, spring and summer bring countless weddings and events leading to big business for retail shops like Gloria’s Bridal & Formal. But 2020 was not a normal year.


EDGE Awards $40,000 in NEED Grants to Eight Local Businesses and an Additional $80,000 in Second-Round Grants

Eight local businesses struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic received some relief in the form NEED Grants. The businesses - six restaurants and two salons - each received $5,000.

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