I love Memphis. More specifically, I love the people I have met in Memphis. Lots of heart and lots of hustle.
The video below is from an introduction lecture we gave as part of an effort to cultivate a cohort of Emerging Developers working in a number of Memphis neighborhoods. Following the lecture Incremental Development Alliance (IncDev) held two One Day Workshops and a Two Day Boot Camp. The folks who attended continue to get together and support each other.
I think it is vital for small developers to "find their people". The work is challenging enough and doing alone with out friends and colleagues makes it even harder. What we have seen in the Memphis cohort of Emerging Developers is a willingness to help each other that is inspiring. Nobody wants to see someone else repeat the learning curve they went through. The Emerging Developer effort has been supported by a number of local sponsors and is worth exploring if your community is thinking about how to cultivate local entrepreneurs doing small scale real estate projects.