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A conversation about independent contracting and freelancing

by Writing by Design Media, Inc. staff


Candid Conversations w/Entrepreneurs is a video conversation about the entrepreneurial journey of emerging and enterprising entrepreneurs. The concept was birthed in 2019 at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis.


Paula Anderson, professional journalist and entrepreneur, highlighted the entrepreneurial journey of student entrepreneurs through a video conversation. Since that time, the video segment has featured entrepreneurs in Memphis, Nashville and small business resources.


On April 27, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, there will be a virtual conversation. The topic will be independent contracting and freelancing. The panelists are entrepreneurs and small business resources helping entrepreneurs.


Artwork: Joshua Yarbrough

Eric Ryan Brinson, real estate investor, has been an entrepreneur since 2012. His entrepreneurial journey started while attending college. He is the founder of A & R Development and Acquisitions based in Nashville, Tenn.


Chelsea Burwell, communications manager for HBCUvc, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing the next generation of innovators, investors and entrepreneurs.





Burwell is a former writer and editor at Georgetown University.


Jada Davis, author and entrepreneur, helps individuals learn how to land their dream jobs and monetize their talents. Her latest book, Don’t Let Your Mouth Get You in Trouble, focuses on helping entrepreneurs with marketing and understanding how to use an e-commerce platform.


Jarlecia Jones, vice president of Lending at Pathway (Memphis), a community development financial institution, based in Nashville, Tenn. is a native Memphian. Her parents were entrepreneurs and she worked afterschool at the neighborhood market as a teenager. She works with entrepreneurs on lending solutions and education.


Justin Key, author and entrepreneur, a native of Rossville, Tenn. pursued an acting career and moved to Los Angeles 15 years ago. He has done commercials for major brands like Walmart ®, Ross Stores, and Burlington and voiceovers. Key is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) consultant.


Paula Anderson, professional journalist and entrepreneur, will serve as the moderator. She is the founder of Writing by Design Media, Inc. In 2017, she developed Memphis Small Business Quarterly to increase awareness about underrepresented entrepreneurs in Memphis.


Below is an introduction about Candid Conversations w/Entrepreneurs.


Logo Design: Naim Hakeem

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