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Daughters Of Zion CNPP Grantee Announces Kim Jones – Rusty Auto As The DOZ CNPP Entrepreneur Of The Week- October 23, 2022 – October 29, 2022


Kim Jones

Years In Business: 2 years

Number of Employees: 3 employees

Elevator Pitch : Rusty Auto has everything you need involving auto mechanic, transmission, body work, and paint. It’s all located under one roof.

Business phone # 901-501-2127


As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting the weekly Entrepreneur of the Week award. When asked why Kim Jones was selected as the entrepreneur of the week, Dr. Gerald Kiner, Ph.D. declared, “ Kim Jones is so amazing. She is a single mother dominating a predominately man field. She has been a major asset to DOZ from Day 1. Kim is eager to be the best – while at the same time always giving her clients the best. Kim is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and business woman. Customers should be running to her in droves. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for Kim Jones. I know it’s going to be fantastic.”


Kim Jones answered several questions for the entrepreneur of the week.


Q: Please tell us your full name and the name of your business.

A: My name is Kim Jones and the name of my business is Rusty Auto..


Q: How did you start your business?

A: When I used to live in Mississippi, I used to buy cars and my husband used to fix them up and we would resell them. My husband got sick and we ended up going our separate ways and I decided I wanted to start my own auto business. I bought a building to store cars and said you know what, why don’t I start my business from here and that’s how I came up with Rusty’s. 


Q: How did you come up with the name of your business? 

A: I like old cars. It just fits. When you look at my building it is an older building so it just fits.


Q: How did you find out about the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program?

A: On Facebook someone shared a Facebook post about business, women own business and grants. The first day I registered and entered the group. I have fallen in love ever since. It was great information from day one.


Q: How has the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program helped you?

A: It helped me to learn what documentation I need for business and applying for grants. It’s kind of like getting your house in order. You all teach it’s money out there but you have to have business in order.


Q: How did you come up with your pricing plan?

A: Tools online that are used by a lot of auto shops and we also go by what we will charge if we weren’t in a physical building. We understand and so we don’t overprice people.


Q: What is the greatest testimony someone has had from using your services?

A: We don’t over price people. We work with people we understand that everybody doesn’t have it all the time and we understand things come up so working with people in our community that don’t have all the money to get everything done but enough to get something done and come back and get the rest done. I pride myself in that. I get a lot of referrals from people that has done work with us and I have great customer service.


Q.Why should someone come to your business?

A. It’s in the community. It’s black owned, woman owned, and has good pricing. We do really good work. We are like a one stop shop for all your auto needs. We do mechanic work from transmission, to breaks, paint engines, and body work all in one place.





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