Local & National News | May 16, 2024
Join Commissioner Erika Sugarmon for a virtual event on May 21st at 6 PM CST, focusing on fostering small business inclusivity and community prosperity. Featuring expert panelists Jozelle Booker, Glenda Pearson, and Trudy Morrison. Register now!

Commissioner Erika Sugarmon of District 12 is excited to announce her upcoming Social Justice monthly virtual series titled "Fostering Small Business Inclusivity & Community Prosperity." This event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st, at 6:00 PM CST and will be streamed live on Facebook. The series aims to address the critical need for inclusivity and equitable opportunities for small businesses within the community. Event Details

Date: Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST

Where: Facebook Live (Shelby County Board of Commissioner’s Facebook page and Commissioner Erika Sugarmon’s Facebook page)

Registration: Register via Zoom

Event Overview

The event will feature a panel of distinguished speakers, including:

Commissioner Erika Sugarmon, a dedicated advocate for social justice and economic empowerment, will moderate the event. Attendees will gain valuable insights and resources to support the growth and success of small businesses, particularly those owned by marginalized and underrepresented individuals.

About the Speakers

Erika Sugarmon: Elected to the Shelby County Board of Commission in 2022, Erika Sugarmon has a 25-year career as an educator and is actively engaged in various community organizations. Her extensive civic involvement includes roles on the Youth Village Council, Foster Care Review Board, and TN COVID-19 Health Care Task Force.

Jozelle Booker: As the President and CEO of The MMBC Continuum and MMC-TADP, Jozelle Booker supports minority and women-owned businesses through advocacy, business consulting, and access to capital. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Jackson State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Memphis.

Glenda Pearson: With a background in criminal justice and human services, Glenda Pearson is the Chief Supplier Diversity Officer at Shelby County Government. She is a doctoral candidate in Christian Counseling and holds a certification as a Certified Compliance Administrator.

Trudy Morrison: Serving as a Small Business Financial Wellbeing Coach at Operation Hope, Trudy Morrison empowers small business owners with financial literacy and tools for success. She is dedicated to promoting economic empowerment and financial stability within underserved communities.

For more information, please contact Rashad Cobbs at 901-222-1000 or via email at

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