Millennial spotlight: Ryan Pierce

by WBD Media Staff

Young entrepreneur and student leader share his own personal story about

community involvement and business.

Ryan Pierce, current student at the University of Memphis, started his community work as a Boy Scout in Murfreesboro.

“I have always had a passion for community development. My mother attended

Carver High School in Memphis and during that time black businesses were

present,” said Pierce.

His upbringing inspired him to learn more about public policy and legislation

and this led him to pursue a major in political science and economics and

transition into entrepreneurship. As a student leader, he has worked in

grassroots organizations because he wants to help and give back to others in

Memphis and Murfreesboro.

Courtesy photo of Ryan Pierce

“I want to understand governmental policies that discriminate against poor

people,” said Pierce.

He recognizes the value of giving black owned businesses a platform to be highlighted in the magazine.

“It gives black businesses a space to connect, support, encourage, enhance one another because we (black businesses) have to constantly pitch and sell our value,” said Pierce.

His next journey will focus on helping entrepreneurs understand about capital and investments.

“I want to help people move along because as a founder of two start-up companies, I understand companies not having the resources to grow your businesses and trying to make a way out of no way,” said Pierce.

According to Pierce, he said working with WeFunder will give him the opportunity to help people understand crowdfunding, angel

investing and the public education system.

He offered this advice to young entrepreneurs.

“Find organizations that can provide structure and resources," stated Pierce.

LaunchTN has a virtual entrepreneurship program. He added to connect with local entrepreneurial communities and find mentors that can forge strong relationships.

Pursuing entrepreneurship can be a challenge and helping others will make a difference.

“We have a responsibility and we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and we have to use our blessings to help pay it forward to build a better community for the next generation,” said Pierce.

Malyk Burnett, social media intern, conducted the interview of Ryan Pierce.

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