We wanted to start off this newsletter with a look at what small businesses mean to our communities and to our city. Carnell Vann grew up in Frayser and, as he puts it, has been in love with that community his entire life. He opened his barber shop, Vann Cut last year in a small shopping center near Watkins and I-40. With the help of EDGE, he says he is getting to realize his dream and, in the process hopefully inspire others to invest in Frayser.

Vann closed his shop recently due to the COVID-19 outbreak with plans to reopen as soon as things get back to normal. He is currently spending his time disinfecting his space and looking for volunteer opportunities. We sat down with him a couple of weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak and his love for his community and this city shine through.