These Are the 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Businesses

December 18. 2018 | Inc. | JF Gauthier and Dane Stangler

Whether you’re an entrepreneur plotting to launch a startup or a CEO strategizing where to put another office, knowing where the next hot city is would be a game changer. Should you expand to Raleigh? Would you attract better talent in Austin or Atlanta? With the new Surge Cities Index, Inc. and innovation policy company Startup Genome crunched the data to score and rank the top 50 metro areas in the U.S. on seven key indicators–from early-stage funding metrics to job creation. Finally, here’s the smartest way to answer the age-old question: Where should you go next?


Tech901 course helps Rhodes College employee grow in career

December 17, 2018 | The Daily Memphian | By Elle Perry

 “I’m always in earshot hearing what’s going on in (the dean’s) office so I kind of heard him talking about it and I just thought that was kind of neat, what they were doing, so I came to the info session and I found out how affordable it was and was like, ‘You know I’ve always been into technology, I could just go,'” Wamble said. 


FedEx funds Tech901 courses for second straight year

November 15, 2018 | The Daily Memphian | By Patrick Lantrip

“Tech901 is proving to FedEx that Memphis has a strong base of trainable IT talent here in the Mid- South,” Rob Carter, executive vice president, FedEx Information Services, said in a release. “FedEx is pleased to partner with Tech901 and to empower its IT job training platform as part of our Global Citizenship initiative.”

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Community Foundation commemorates MLK50 by awarding six grants to nonprofits

October 25, 2018 | The Daily Memphian | By Christian Yates

“We’ve had a lot of success in our IT foundations classes recruiting people who are either career changers or entry level,” said Jenny Carmichael, marketing director for Tech901. “The average salary when they come to our classes is $21,000, and upon exiting with a certification, it bumps to $37,000. We’re hoping with the grant money that we can continue the legacy and move forward, allowing more Memphians to increase their wages with better jobs.”

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U of M to Host First Women's Hackathon in Memphis

June 18, 2018 | MemphisFlyer | By Maya Smith

“Over the last decade, we have seen growing opportunities for females to gain exposure to technology opportunities in school,” Sarah Holland, president and founder of Memphis Women in Technology, said. “Despite this, we see real challenges as these young women make the transition into professional environment. ATHENAtechne provides women in this region an opportunity to come together and show the amazing talent that this community has to offer.”

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How a tech entrepreneur is helping develop, hire local IT talent

June 11, 2018 | Memphis Business Journal | By Michelle Corbet

“I got involved in Tech901 as a volunteer because I am passionate about training American developers and the U.S. producing its own,” Bob Fortenberry said. “I didn’t realize I would end up benefiting from the program.”

Several of Fortenberry’s Tech901 hires have been working on-site at Memphis-based IMC Cos., a national network of intermodal businesses, through an IT contract with Fortenberry Consulting.

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Tech901 helps build skilled workforce in Memphis

March 19, 2018 | WMC | By Jessica Holley

Ivan Ortiz stumbled across Tech901 by chance while searching the internet for help starting a new career.

“I was like, you know, I am going to apply and see what happens,” Ortiz said.

A year later,  Ortiz can call himself a graduate of the program that is helping to build up Memphis’ skilled labor force. “I had multiple offers,” Ortiz said. “That put me in a situation where I said OK where do I fit best.”

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Live at 9: Tech901

March 28, 2018 | WREG | By Eryn Taylor

Thousands of jobs are available right here in the state of Tennessee but not enough people are trained to do them. A new non-profit in Memphis is changing that by teaching technology to workers who are either looking for a job or want a better one.

Instructor Blair Perry and graduate Nefertiti Beckett explain what the group does and how it’s helped local job seekers.

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Briahna Chambers, Lead Instructor at Tech901: FACES of Memphis

March 18, 2018 | StyleBlueprint | By Martha Davis

Briahna Chambers is a lead instructor with Tech901 and a total technological rockstar! We were inspired by her talk “Breaking The ‘Class’ Ceiling” at TEDx Memphis, and just had to find out more about this powerhouse woman who is seeking to change the face of technology in Memphis. Learn more about what makes today’s FACE of Memphis tick.

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Lacking tech curriculum in schools, Memphis groups step up to prepare students

February 7, 2018 | HighGround News | By Kim and Jim Coleman

ServiceMaster partnered with Tech901 in the past year to develop the nonprofit’s Code 1.0 course. They wanted to offer a course that would benefit local companies. During the planning stage, conversations were held with local IT professionals to gauge their needs.

After the graduation of the first Code 1.0 cohort, ServiceMaster hired four students as interns. Kelly Miller was later hired full-time. She now works as a front-end developer with the American Home Shield E-Commerce team.

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Building a tech workforce in Memphis bit by byte

January 31, 2018 | HighGround News | By Kim and Jim Coleman

A recent graduate of Tech901’s IT foundations course is Daniel Navarro. A 30-year-old, he moved to the U.S. from Costa Rica a year ago. At home, he worked in the family business of auto parts and repair, but he has tinkered with computer as a personal hobby since he was 17. After obtaining residency and a work permit, his wife told him about Tech901, and he decided to enroll to pursue a career where his interests lie.

“I never had any type of certification. Now that I am in the states, I thought it would be a good idea to get certified and do what I like. Computers are my passion,” said Navarro.

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Tech901 graduates new technology workers for jobs in Memphis

December 27, 2017 | The DailyNews | By Andy Meek

“I’ve benefited through Tech901, because I actually received a job opportunity right after the first class, and I’m currently still there,” Ortiz said. “While I’ve been (at FedEx TechConnect), I’ve had some hands-on training that was equivalent to the class that I was taking.

“I don’t think I’d be able to be where I am now without Tech901, because they have partners in various fields. And that’s a great benefit to me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to pursue an IT career, I just knew I wasn’t well-rounded in IT. So I wanted to push myself and challenge myself.”

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Tech901 on a mission to fill 10,000 tech-related jobs

August 31, 2017 | The Commercial Appeal | By Robert Montague

The reality is that hundreds of local tech-related jobs are waiting. Our corporate partners—from FedEx and ServiceMaster to Interactive Solutions and Baptist Memorial Healthcare—are ready in line to interview and hire our graduates at Tech901’s Crosstown Concourse space.
Our graduates don’t come to us solely with a mission to advance their technology knowledge; they seek to advance their personal lifestyles and their career capabilities. Tech901 has presented a way for these individuals to find a very clear and direct path to elevating their financial status and working environment.

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