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25
Jan

LAUNCH Program Spotlight – Mobile Mommy

Through our LAUNCH program, Advance Memphis is committed to helping equip and empower our neighbors to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

A launch graduate from our November 2015  class, we are very proud of Ashley Gladney and the work that her business, Mobile Mommy, has been doing. We caught up with her to talk about what got her interested in this business, how she wants to grow, and more…

 

Advance Memphis: What made you want to start Mobile Mommy?

Ashley Gladney: It’s been a dream for years.  When I was a teenager working as a babysitter, I began to see that there was an actual babysitting industry, and I knew I wanted to start a babysitting service when I got older.

Advance Memphis: What has surprised you most about being a small business owner?

Ashley Gladney: The feedback I’ve been getting about the idea.  I didn’t think people would think this was such a big deal, but the positive feedback has been overwhelming and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Advance Memphis: What is the best part of running your own business?

Ashley Gladney: Having the freedom to work for myself—it’s rewarding to work for myself, build a brand, and build my own company.  It’s a good feeling.  I love the thought that one day I will be working for myself, through something I built from the ground up.

Advance Memphis: What is the hardest part of running your own business?

Ashley Gladney: Having to be and do everything.  I have good employees, but trying to catch up with them and see if they can do a job, along with managing everything myself, can be difficult.

Advance Memphis: Where would you like to see Mobile Mommy go in the future?

Ashley Gladney: One day, I would like to see Mobile Mommy in as many cities and states as possible.  I would like for Mobile Mommy to be well known and mentioned among the best child care companies.  I would like for many mothers, as well as student parents, to benefit from Mobile Mommy.  It’s really good when my clients tell me how much Mobile Mommy is a benefit to them.  One client said to me how much Mobile Mommy benefitted their marriage.  Another has told me, “I don’t know what I would do without Mobile Mommy.”

Advance Memphis: What makes Mobile Mommy different from other childcare options?

Ashley Gladney: Mobile Mommy is up close and personal.  Mobile Mommy is also very convenient, and high quality.  Most of my sitters are retired mothers and grandmothers, and a few are retired teachers and nurses.  The quality of my sitters is different and stands out—they are experienced and educated.

Advance Memphis: Is there anything else you would want people to know about Mobile Mommy?

Ashley Gladney: Stay tuned because I plan to grow my business services to help specifically with college student parents soon.

 


Ashley has also recently been featured on Channel 13 News to talk about her business. You can watch her interviews here and here.

With consistent 5 star reviews on her business, Ashley has taken her heart for Children and transformed it into a thriving business.  You can read testimonials about her company here 

We are excited to watch Ashley and Mobile Mommy continue to grow! If you are in need of personalized, high-quality child care, please contact Ashley by emailing ashley@yourmobilemommy.com, calling 901-265-0631, or learn more on her website yourmobilemommy.com

10
Sep

Top 10 Things to Know about Art for Jobs

10. 192+ pieces of art from 55+ artists!

Playful Bout | Jamin Carter

Playful Bout | Jamin Carter

…and we’re still working. Prices range from $20 to $4000, so there’s something for everyone. 7 artists have created 8×8 free-standing artist’s walls: some are murals, some feature as many as 12 pieces of art. We’ve cataloged some of the art here, much more is available!

9. Great food from local farmers.

collage-2016-09-10-1The chef team at A Moveable Feast is working closely with Bring It Food Hub to source produce from local farmers. Fresh veggies, fruits and dips will cure those after-work munchies while you browse.

8. The party’s in the warehouse.

29582716925_67df5a0f58_zA year ago, we bought a warehouse just blocks from our offices & classrooms. This year, Art for Jobs is happening there: 575 Suzette, 38126. Learn more about what we’re doing in this 24,000 square feet here.

7. Plenty of parking – including valet!

Want to park yourself? A parking lot is just across the street from the warehouse at 853 Crump Blvd, with police escorts to help you cross safely. Want to valet? Thanks to Art for Jobs sponsors Triumph Bank, we’ll also have the services of Southern Valet available, with fees & tip covered by Triumph!

6. Learn more about social enterprise.

ssamThere are a lot of crazy smart Memphians structuring their businesses in ways that turn a profit AND create opportunities for struggling neighborhoods and underemployed neighbors. See some of this in action at Art for Jobs. Sponsored by SouthernSun Asset Management, a local business that supports a stronger Memphis.

5. It’s a sale, not an auction!

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Tijuana | Lacey Craig

Art for Jobs is a show and sale, not an auction. This means you don’t have to awkwardly try to outbid your friends (or that serious shopper who keeps blocking you out) AND it means an artist’s work won’t be undervalued. It also means first come, first serve – so see you at 5!

4. 30 Days of Opera Will Be There!

opera-giantIf you haven’t heard about Opera Memphis’s 30 days of totally awesome – totally FREE – performances, get ready to be impressed by these beautiful, creative folks. They’ll “pop up” at Art for Jobs. Be there!

3. Explore Memphis Tilth!

memphis-tilth-logo-1What’s a tilth? Take a few of Memphis’s great food and garden non-profits, add great people, and new offices in the Advance Memphis warehouse, and you’ll start to see the future of healthy food, people, and places in Memphis. Explore it all at Art for Jobs.

2. Proceeds benefit Memphians in 38126.

27426571472_5b9056252b_mAll of this benefits the people of 38126 who are seeking empowerment and hope through job readiness, financial literacy, job placement, counseling, and training. As these individuals become financially secure, so do their families – and the Memphis workforce becomes stronger, too. Join us!

1. It’s THIS Thursday!

afj-logo-2016Make plans now to be at Art for Jobs! We’ll be going strong from 5-8pm at 575 Suzette. You can see details on the website or the Facebook event page, where you can let us know you’ll be there. Get a sitter or bring the family – we look forward to seeing you!

 

11
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 In-Kind Sponsors: Holliday Flowers & Events

15333307145_62d2d47420_zFor three years, Holliday Flowers & Events has provided priceless event assistance for Art for Jobs. We are grateful for their support of Advance Memphis. As you enjoy Art for Jobs on September 15, notice the flowers and event details that have been handled with excellence by Holliday!

Holliday LogoHolliday Flowers & Events provides custom floral and décor creation to the Mid-South region. Whether the occasion calls for a small bouquet, a number of beautiful centerpieces or custom-designed and created event decorations and furniture for large-scale events, Holliday Flowers & Events has the resources and experience to expertly take care of customers’ needs. With four locations throughout the Memphis area, as well as a design studio and large processing facility, Holliday Flowers & Events is convenient to customers throughout the region while still being devoted to remaining local.

 

8
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: RACHEL RIEVES

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This is Rachel Rieves’ third year participating in Art for Jobs. Rachel has also served as a volunteer at Advance Memphis; she and her husband Richard serve at Downtown Church and host our Thanksgiving Feast each year. This year, we’ve invited Rachel to create an Artist’s Wall. Read more about those here, and read an artist’s statement from Rachel, below. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

“I see color when I close my eyes and creating with those colors on a blank canvas is my passion. I have always enjoyed being creative from my childhood to present. I love color, pattern and texture as you will see in each of my paintings. I am inspired by the places I remember in my rr3childhood to each place my husband and I have lived since. From the deep south in Memphis, Tennessee to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I love painting from memories or old pictures that has always brought me joy and stability.”

3
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: LACEY CRAIG

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photo credit | julialouisestyle.com

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Lacey Craig | photo credit julialouisestyle.com

Lacey Craig is featured this year at Art for Jobs with an Artist’s Wall (read more about Artist’s Walls here).

Lacey works for the A Way Out program in Memphis and is passionate about seeing the lives of women who have been exploited and abused in prostitution restored through Jesus Christ. Lacey is an appreciator of art in many forms, and in her spare time loves to paint bright, cheerful, whimsical floral arrangements and landscapes.

28671675651_669ed0e971_b“I use bright colors, deep texture, and glossy finish to create playful, cheery acrylic paintings that add a little bit of energy and enthusiasm to your home. I am inspired by anything from the beauty of nature to a well-decorated home. I believe that flowers are some of the most spectacular things in the world, so you will find plenty in my work.”

See more of Lacey’s work on her Pinterest page or in Bingham & Broad, where her work is often sold. Learn more about Art for Jobs here.

3
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Artist: MEREDITH OLINGER

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Meredith is pictured here with one of her award winning pieces from Memphis Fashion Week. Photo Credit Sophorn Kuoy | Memphis Flyer

Meredith Olinger | Billboard Meredith Olinger has contributed to Art for Jobs for several years and serves on the event advisory committee. She is an artist living and working in Memphis. Meredith works in many mediums including painting, drawing, and textiles (fashion is her first love). Her work emphasizes the beauty of the handmade and relies heavily on recycled materials.

All of this is seen in the pieces Meredith has produced for Memphis Fashion Week through the Emerging Memphis Designers Project. As part of this project, Meredith has submitted pieces for the Singles Collection category, and in 2015 was honored along with designer Kathryn Heard as one of the top designers at Memphis Fashion Week.

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The artist shared a sneak peek of work-in-progress on her Art for Jobs 2016 Artist Wall.

Olinger has been included in many juried shows, including Gallery 56’s first juried exhibition in 2014. Pictured at left is the artist’s piece, Billboard, from that exhibition.

For Art for Jobs 2016, Meredith is a featured artist through our Artist’s Walls project. The sneak peek (at right) of the unfinished 8′ x 8′ wall that she is creating demonstrates her love for pattern.

The team at Advance Memphis is grateful for the way Meredith has volunteered her time and talents as a mentor and artist at Advance. Learn more about Artist’s Walls here and join us Art for Jobs on September 15, 2016, to see Meredith’s wall.

2
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Commercial Advisors

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From one-to-one mentoring to office work days (see below), the staff of Commercial Advisors have been committed to serving at Advance.

Commercial Advisors logoCommercial Advisors, a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides services in office, industrial, land, and retail real estate. Founded with a core mission to provide best-of-class business real estate advisory services to the Memphis region, Commercial Advisors offers client-driven real estate solutions and assists its clients with acquisition of leased space, lease negotiations, business incentives and sales transactions.

In addition to supporting Art for Jobs, Commercial Advisors has been very involved on the ground at Advance Memphis through our mentoring programs, and we are grateful for the
many ways they support Advance Memphis and the 38126 community!

10188274775_45287c5ff1_zTo learn more about Commercial Advisors, please visit their website here.

Thanks to businesses like Commercial Advisors, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

2
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI)

logo_dciDiversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), a Platinum sponsor of Art for Jobs, provides complete turnkey material handling services and a host of other services, including installation, project management, and design to its customers. DCI seeks to serve its material handling customers with excellence while contributing to its community and operating through Christian principles. Since its founding in 2000, DCI has completed projects in a wide range of commercial and industrial markets while maintaining a solid base of repeat business from some of the world’s most well-known companies. DCI was formed with a vision to use its resources to support ministry initiatives in the Memphis area and beyond. We are grateful for DCI’s generous support of Advance Memphis.

To learn more about Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI), please visit their website here. Read here about how DCI gives a huge percentage of their profits to local ministries. While the article is not new, the generosity remains the same!

Thanks to businesses like Diversified Conveyors, Inc., we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

 

2
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: Hope Christian Community Foundation

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Hope Christian Community Foundation, a Platinum Sponsor of Art for Jobs, exists to facilitate the building of God’s Kingdom in the Memphis community and throughout the world by helping Christians share their resources in efficient and strategic ways. Founded in 1998 by Larry Lloyd, Hope Christian Community Foundation has granted nearly $350 million to thousands of churches and ministries worldwide that combine Christian faith with Christian action. Hope’s partnership with Advance Memphis is an enormous blessing, and we are thankful for their support.

To find out more about Hope Christian Community Foundation, please visit their website here.

Thanks to organizations like Hope Christian Community Foundation, we are able to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.

 

 

 

2
Aug

Art for Jobs 2016 Sponsor: NGP

ngp-logoNational Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), a Platinum level sponsor of Art for Jobs, is a leading manufacturer of weather-stripping, threshold products, lite kits, louvers, and glass for commercial wood and steel doors. Founded in 1935, NGP has become an ever advancing industry innovator, manufacturing a complete line of door seals, door thresholds, gasketing, intumescent fire seals, smoke seals, sound seals, door sweeps, door shoes, automatic door bottoms, lite kits, louvers, metal edges, astragals and finger guard products.

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Here is Kelvin celebrating his promotion to permanent employment at National Guard Products.

In addition to supporting Advance Memphis through Art for Jobs, NGP has helped empower the 38126 area through hiring many grads from our programs. We are grateful for NGP’s continued support of Advance Memphis.

To find out more about National Guard Products, Inc. (NGP), visit their website here.

We are grateful for companies like National Guard Products, Inc., who enable us to continue our work in the 38126 community!

To learn more about Art for Jobs, please click here.