THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO HAVE DREAMS, IDEAS AND GOALS COME TO FRUITION, IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE OURS IN AMERICA.

- Denise Burnett Stewart

SMALL BUSINESS DRIVES THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IT THRIVES AND SURVIVES NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE GOING ON IN THE MAIN ECONOMY.

- Dick Gadomski

UNLESS WE PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN EXCITING BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IN OUR COUNTRY.

- Allen B. Morgan, Jr.

Kim HEATHCOTT

Clarion Security
CEO

Kim Heathcott is the CEO and Owner of Clarion Security, a security guard services company founded in 2009. Ms. Heathcott started Clarion with one employee and no customers and has built the company to be the largest women-owned business in Memphis for the past three years, earning over $10 million dollars in projected 2017 revenues. The company has made the Inc 5000 list for three consecutive years as well as winning numerous pacesetter growth awards in the local Memphis market.

Prior to starting Clarion, Ms. Heathcott had an 18-year financial services career in corporate and asset-based lending, with an emphasis on fraud auditing and control investigations. In 2013, Ms. Heathcott was named President of the Memphis Chapter of The National Association of Woman Owned Business (NAWBO) after serving as Program Chair, Treasurer and President-Elect. As Past-President, Kim Heathcott created and founded the Memphis NAWBO Women’s Business Accelerator which has graduated two cohorts of 20 women the past two years. It’s innovative design and programming has driven the Memphis Chapter membership to almost double since inception.

Kim was recognized as the NATIONAL WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR in October 2017 at the NAWBO Convention in Minneapolis. In July of 2013, Ms. Heathcott was named a “Superwoman in Business” by Memphis Business Journal. Ms. Heathcott also has served on the board of the Greater Memphis Chamber and currently serves on the Chamber Small Business Council board. Ms. Heathcott holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration. Additionally, she earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University through its Executive MBA program in 1996.

Description of Business

Provider of security guard personnel for commercial and municipal accounts in the Memphis Mid-South region.

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

There’s always an idea, a process, a new product, and new approach out there to improve our world. In a large corporate environment, those thoughts might not be realized or encouraged if not in the mainstream of that company’s strategic plan. What an amazing marketplace we have today to nurture those ideas into reality in an entrepreneurial ecosystem to see what becomes out of the ingenuity and drive of individuals who see a new and better way. It’s not ever easy or clear-cut, but for those who choose the path of entrepreneurship, it ultimately benefits the many. And once someone becomes an entrepreneur, the world is seen in the lens of new ideas and what else can become.