Fri. Jun 9th, 2023

Daughters Of Zion NAACP Grantee Announces Joy Phillips – Joy Enterprises As The DOZ NAACP Entrepreneur Of The Week- August 21 – August 27, 2022

Joy Phillips

Joy Enterprises

Phone #  (901) 351-2350

Number of Employees:  

Slogan: Nice and neat, clean and cheap.

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 Joy Phillips was selected as the entrepreneur of the week, Dr. Gerald Kiner, Ph.D. declared, “ How many women do we see running their own lawn service? I see none but Joy. And she is a joy to work with. She easily saves me 50% per yard compared to the competition. She is so rare not only does she love what she does but she is addicted to what she does. And she is even more rare seeing that she recently graduated with a 4-year degree from the University of Memphis- not many people in her field can say that. Joy is a rare business owner indeed. I am so overjoyed to announce her as our entrepreneur of the week. She is long overdue for this honor.”

Joy Phillips 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 Joy Phillips and the name of my business is Joy Enterprises. 

Q: What is Joy Enterprises? 

A: Right now, it’s just a lawn care service. I’m looking forward to helping my community trying to get their grass cut at a low price.

Q. You just graduated from the University of Memphis.  What was your major?

A. Professional Studies.

Q. How long have you been doing your lawn service?

A. About 2- 3 years now.  Just this year, I’m just now getting the paperwork done and trying to be a business owner/starter for the first time. But I have been cutting yards ever since I was little.

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

A. We have a mutual friend. Travis Simmons, a tax preparer, and he actually gave me the address and time and date that you all actually meet. So I just came in one day and sat down and liked it.  

Q. How has the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program impacted you?

A. I got more customers, more motivation, business motivation because this is like my first time actually running a business.  They actually prepared me mentally with the billionaire points and knowledge we didn’t get in college.  I got to keep up with those.

Q. Do you remember any billionaire points that stood out the most?

A. All of them are the best. I write them down. I can’t remember anyone in particular, but I always follow them.

Q. What would you tell other people about coming to the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program if they needed help with their business?

A. Actually, one of my coworkers. I have been trying to get him to come to the meeting because he has pretty much everything I have but a little bit more. I think he just needs to network. I just told him to come on to the Daughters of Zion meeting on Saturday so they can help you out growing your business. He said he was going to look into it.  And I’ve been trying to get everyone else that’s been trying to start their business to come to the meeting too.

Q. What would you say to a person that’s looking for a lawn service contractor? What would you say to them if they have ten different services to pick from, why should they come to you?

A. I’m the cheapest and the cleanest.

Q. Well I know because I immediately hired you to do two of my homes and you do 2 of my properties and you are the least expensive person that I’ve ever met, matter of fact you charge less than half of what everybody else charges. Many of your customers have tried to tell you to go up on prices and you refuse. Why is that?

A. Because I’m not really just looking for more money, just because I do more work. I’m just trying to help the community out. I know they have other bills and other things to do and I know grass grows every week or every other week so I know that’s a bill by itself so I don’t want that to be a burden on anybody just to pay $120, $150 every week just to get their yard cut. I just want to help people out the best way I can so I let them pay me what they can.

Q. Is there anything you want to say to others to help uplift the community in honor of the NAACP Uplift the Community Award?

A. Just one thing, don’t think of your work as just a regular job. I think it’s just a way to get away and help other people and uplift our community.

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