Program in Orange Mound helps single mothers turn business dreams into reality

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A program is Orange Mound is helping single mothers achieve their goals of becoming business owners.

The area is one of the oldest African-American communities in the nation.

Before graduating from the program, nine women participated in a competition to pitch their business ideas to investors.

April Crump recently graduated from the Single Mom Entrepreneur Pilot Program and won the pitch competition, gaining support for her home health care business, True Care.’

The program offers entrepreneurs training and resources, including mentorship and microloans.

“It really helped me establish the steps I needed to take to get there,” Crump said. “There’s a lot of things that go into it. A lot of small things.”

Britney Thornton, founder of JUICE Orange Mound, said the program strategically targeted single mothers for the first installment of the program.

According to U.S. census data, in the 38114 zip code, which includes Orange Mound,72% of households with children are female-led, single-parent homes.