MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Taking that first step to start a business can be scary, but the city of Memphis says don't worry, because they have the tools to help you succeed. They are hosting the "We Mean Business” Symposium Wednesday morning, and brought in former NFL player turned businessman Eddie George to help inspire small, minority business owners in the area.
Local 24's Jeane Franseen spoke exclusively with George about what it takes to get off to a successful start.
The former Tennessee Titans tailback is no stranger to the Memphis area, playing with the team in the bluff city back in 1997.
“It was a city that was starting to grow slowly. It had its ups and downs. You brought in the Grizzlies, the baseball team is here, and it’s starting to re-emerge,” said George.
Stepping off of the football field and now in the business arena, George is back in the Mid-South for the city of Memphis' "We Mean Business" symposium, hoping to encourage small and minority business owners to follow their dreams.
"What you have to do as a young business professional is make sure your stuff is right, you are completely qualified, and go above and beyond the expectations of what people may want you to do,” said George.
He says you must first have a plan.
“Do you really want this dream? How are you going to get it? Does it keep you up at night?" asked George. “You can put any type of product out there, but if you don't have a strong reputation, if you don't have great customer service, if your pricing isn't right, if the product isn't right, then it doesn't make a world of difference. "
Traveling around the area, George says he can tell the time is now to make your business a reality.
"I think there's a great deal of opportunity looking at the empty buildings, looking at the opportunities given where we are, and our political climate,” said George. “Regardless of how you feel about who is our President, you really have to find the opportunities where they are and understand it's pro-business.”
We asked George if he planned on opening a business of his own in the bluff city. He said under the right circumstances, he wouldn't be opposed to it.