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Daughters Of Zion SBA CNPP Grantee Announces Yolonda Ford – Dash Entertainment – As The 50th DOZ CNPP Entrepreneur Of The Week- June 11, 2023 – June 17, 2023


Yolonda Ford

Dash Entertainment 

Phone number:  901-493-9312



As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion SBA CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting the weekly Entrepreneur of the Week Award. Yolonda Ford was chosen as the entrepreneur of the week, and when asked why, Dr. Gerald Kiner, Ph.D. declared, “ Yolanda Ford is an amazing entrepreneur. Her greatness stems from her desire to pull everyone up as she pulled herself up, from nothing. Our 50th entrepreneur of the week represents what the number 50 represents, new beginnings – perfection. At this stage in her career, she is embarking on a new beginning that is going to perfect so many other entrepreneurs and impact our city in such a way that it will leave a lasting legacy. Everyone will know Yolonda Ford because she is worth knowing. I admire her drive. I admire her empathy for others. I admire her dedication to herself. Many entrepreneurs lack the crucial attribute of dedicating themselves to themselves. The work-life balance that she exhibits is exemplary. I am so proud and honored to announce Yolonda Ford as our 50th Entrepreneur of the week. 50 is a big number and she is a big-time woman.”


Q: Please state your name, the name of your company and the nature of your business?

A: My name is Yolanda Ford and I am the proud owner of Dash Entertainment. I am a licensed insurance agent. The core of our business is to educate and entertain people in the inner city to have fun. Back on May 26 we hosted a Senior event in South Memphis at Senior Home. At this event we offered paint and sip, line dancing, manicures and all this was free for the inner city of Memphis. Dash Entertainment focuses on communities by spreading awareness of 501(c)8 entities. They are not-for-profit insurance companies focusing on giving back to the community. Some of the benefits are giving out community grants up to $2000 every quarter and $10,000 scholarships for students doing a 4-year period, grants for fun events with your family, online enrichment programs and more!


Q: How did you come up with that beautiful name?

A: The Dash in the name represents the dash between when you were born and when you expire. I came up with that because what are we really doing with our dash? I live a life that is filled with making use of my dash by serving God’s people while I am living to be able to do so.


Q: What made you want to start your business?

A: I’ve always wanted to do something on my own but nothing worked out. I never seemed to have the money to do any of the functions I was trying to do but it always works out and I knew then this was what God was calling me to do.


Q: What makes you stand out from the competition? 

A: One significant thing that makes me stand out from the competition is I am not trying to charge – I just want to see people having a good time in their life.


Q: How did you find out about Daughters of Zion SBA CNPP?

A: I found out from one of my great supporters, Evelyn Young.


Q: What would you say to other business owners about why they should become a part of the Daughters of Zion SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program?

A: I would have to say to join because the information and education is mindblowing. Dr. Kiner’s format for teaching is different because it’s relatable to everyday life. I mean his teaching shows he has really taken the time out to do this, therefore, I try to be here because the learning is new everyday and it’s the least I can do to give back if Dr Kiner is giving so much to us.


Q: What is the greatest testimony you have witnessed from your business?

A: I always receive such good feedback, especially from the seniors. Just the joy from seeing that they were able to spend a few hours enjoying themselves makes me proud and love what I do.


Q: What’s something vital you want all the potential clients out there to know about you?

A: I am a product of the inner city. I grew up in South Memphis. I graduated from South Side High School. I am a member of Christ Missionary Baptist Church. My pastor is Rev. Dr. Gina M. Stewart. I have been working for the federal government for 23 years. I am dependable and passionate about working in the inner city because of my 20 years of volunteering. I love helping people and giving back. I want the inner city to have the same opportunities as others and for free. 

If you are a non-profit, school teacher, or just love helping others; start using others’ money to help others. Below is my calendar link to schedule an appointment:


Q: Let me ask you some fun facts about yourself. What is your favorite food? What is the most interesting thing people wouldn’t know about you? What is the name of the last dog you named? What is something you can’t stand to go without?

A: Potatoes and bread are my favorite foods. Most people do not know that I love playing pickleball. My nickname is Yo-Yo. I can not go without mediating. It keeps me aligned to be able to successfully do what I do and in the right energy that I need to do it.


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