Kim Heathcott founded Clarion Security, a security guard services company, in 2009. Ms. Heathcott started Clarion Security with one employee and no customers and built the company to be the largest women-owned business in Memphis for 5 years until she sold the business in 2020. Prior to starting Clarion, Ms. Heathcott had an 18-year financial services career in corporate and asset-based lending. Kim has written a book about her experience and achieving national acclaim in her memoir filled with business advice for other entrepreneurs titled, Pinnacle View: Taking your Business to the Top. In 2013, Ms. Heathcott was named President of the Memphis Chapter of The National Association of Woman Owned Business (NAWBO). In 2015 she founded the NAWBO Memphis Women’s Business Accelerator which has graduated three cohorts of 15 women the past three years. In July of 2013, Ms. Heathcott was named a “Superwoman in Business” by Memphis Business Journal. In 2007 She received the national NAWBO women business of the year and in 2018 Heathcott was inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs. Ms. Heathcott holds an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Economics. Additionally, she earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University through its Executive MBA program in 1996.
Financial and strategic consultant to small business owners and CEO’s. Kim also is a speaker and author concentrated on using her experience and financial background to assist other entrepreneurs.
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.
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