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Entrepreneurs Prove Memphis is the Best City for Startup Success: Ivy Mediation

To hear the stories of startups is to know that Memphis is an incubator for innovation, for entrepreneurs willing to take a risk on themselves, their products and their city. It was in Memphis that the first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opened in 1916. It was in Memphis that Dr. J.E. Walker and his son, A. Maceo Walker, founded Tri-State Bank in 1946, and today it’s still the largest African-American run bank in Tennessee. It was in Memphis that Kemmons Wilson opened the first Holiday Inn in 1952 with a vision to reinvent the lodging industry. It was in Memphis that Fred Smith located the FedEx Headquarters in 1971, growing a business that would revolutionize logistics with overnight package delivery.

Today, Memphis is recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the edgiest startup scenes in the U.S., and both CNNMoney and WalletHub named Memphis as one of the 10 best cities to launch a business. The Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center (EPIcenter) impacts hundreds of startups each year with the goal to create 1,000 entrepreneurs in the next six years. The entrepreneurs featured below put a stake in Memphis to cultivate their dreams. It’s here they offer services in a city they feel welcomes entrepreneurs with open arms.

LaMeka Ivy, Ivy Mediation

The beginning of a business came at the end of a job for LaMeka Ivy.

Ivy set out for new opportunities to help people. She was confident about her skills and passionate about her profession. She’d spent years in human resources and conflict resolution, 19 of them at the U.S. Postal Service, where she had been a labor relations specialist at one time.

“That’s where I grew to love mediation,” said Ivy, who was at Nike immediately before becoming an entrepreneur. “But I had no idea about starting a business, so of course I had to do a lot of research.”
She founded Ivy Mediation early this year. She works with civil, labor and domestic cases to help resolve conflict. As a “Rule 31 Mediator,” she participates in court-ordered conflict resolution for parties in divorces, for example, and she does volunteer work in mediation. In workplaces, she likes bridging the gap between managers and employees. Ivy Mediation’s services include conflict resolution training, harassment prevention and customer service training.
Ivy was always interested in the business world but enrolled in a nursing program for a while. “I always wanted to help people,” she said, but she was squeamish about blood.
She returned to her first love, human resources, and hasn’t looked back. A native Memphian, Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bethel College and a master’s of business administration with a concentration in human resources management from Strayer University.
As she set out to open her own business, Ivy worked to be connected to others in her profession and to other business owners. “Of all the organizations I’m a part of, the Chamber has been the most helpful,” she said. “The Chamber connects you to other people.”

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