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MLGW to host Power Pivot webinar on the Fund Tennessee initiative
September 19, 2023

Memphis Light, Gas and Water is hosting a Power Pivot webinar on Zoom to discuss the Fund Tennessee initiative. The webinar begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 28 at the Zoom link:

The Fund Tennessee initiative is made up of multiple programs designed to support small businesses. It started with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s approval of $116.9 million in funding for Tennessee’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Fund Tennessee includes venture capital, loan programs and technical assistance.

Subject-matter experts will join Gale Jones Carson, MLGW’s Vice President of Community and External Affairs, to discuss how small business owners can take advantage of the initiative. Power Pivot webinar guests include:

Lindsey Cox is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership empowering Tennessee’s most promising entrepreneurs with capital, connection and commercialization opportunities.

Wisty Pender is the Director of Business Enterprise Resource Officer (BERO) for Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development. She works as an advocate for disadvantaged business enterprises including those that are women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned.

Jessica Taveau is the President and CEO of Epicenter, a nonprofit organization that provides local entrepreneurs with equitable access to resources needed to launch and scale businesses in the Memphis, TN region.


Memphis Light, Gas and Water is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving the residents of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee since 1939. MLGW consistently provides customers with rates that are amongst the lowest in the nation and stewards a water supply from artesian wells that is minimally treated. Actively engaged in promoting the prosperity of Memphis and Shelby County, MLGW supports the seven local chambers in its service area and makes doing business with local, minority- and women-owned business a priority. Deeply rooted in the community, its employees generously donate time and money in support of bettering the Greater Memphis area.

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