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Marketing Pro Moves into Cooper-Young. We were pleased to be featured in The Commercial Appeal. A quick bit of history. I began my carrer at The Commercial Appeal back in 1999, fresh out of school. I worked there until April of 2007, when I branched out on my own to live out my dream of opening my own business. Fast forward six years later and I’m being featured in the very paper where I once worked. Pretty awesome feeling. Thanks for the coverage CA! To view the story visit: www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/jan/09/ray-rico-moves-into-cooper-young-plans-for-co-op/
Ray Rico Freelance Moves Into Cooper-Young Ray Rico Freelance has inked a lease for 550 square feet in the heart of the Cooper-Young Historic District after working for six years as a freelancer out of his nearby home and hiring strictly contract labor. The space at 2294 Young Ave. sits on the opposite corner of the current Cooper-Young Business Association office. Previous tenants include Victory Bicycle Studio and Shoenista’s. Rico had outside bricks sandblasted and constructed and painted inside walls in order to better prepare the space for client meetings. The team has already been working with Eric Mathews of LaunchMemphis on its one-year growth plan, to open Memphis’ first creative co-op. Additionally, Ray Rico Freelance has created and filled two full-time positions. Kathy Benefiel, who has a background in the medical field, manages office administration and bookkeeping. Tammy Bryant, with past experience in print sales and advertising, oversees new business development and client expectations. Ray Rico Freelance also plans to employ a full-time Web developer. Ray Rico Freelance specializes in branding and design, speedy printing and online marketing, including social media and website design. Other services include grant writing, promotional items, copywriting and editing, photography and videography. Community partners include Leadership Memphis, Common Ground, Young Women’s Christian Association, Wolf River Conservancy, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Mid-South Pride, Friends For Life Corp. and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. – Sarah Baker View article here: http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2013/jan/7/digest/
Ray Rico’s goal is to open creative co-op Cooper-Young just got a bit more creative. Ray Rico has opened Ray Rico Freelance, a marketing firm, in the historic Midtown neighborhood. Rico is leasing 550 square feet at 2294 Young Ave., a space which previously hosted businesses Victory Bicycle Studio and Shoenista’s. He has already been working with Eric Mathews of Launch Memphis on the firm’s one-year growth plan to open Memphis’ first creative co-op. “The move to Cooper-Young was deliberate,” Rico says. “Cooper-Young was recently named one of 10 great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program. The area is central, diverse and includes a vibrant arts community.” Ray Rico Freelance specializes in branding and design, as well as printing and online marketing including social media and website design. Other services include grant writing, promotional items, copywriting, editing, photography and videography. View the story here: http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/print-edition/2013/01/04/v3-fights-bringing-events-to-sportsouth.html
Even though we just opened, we thought it would be nice to have a Holiday Open House and invite our friends to come check out new digs. We had a great turnout and wonderful company. Thanks everyone who made it!
This year we had the pleasure of working with MidSouth Pride and we also sponsored the 2012 MidSouth Pride Festival & Parade. Despite the brief rain, the Ray Rico Freelance team were representing at the festival and marched in the parade handing out coozies (which were gone before we made it through the parade!) Special thanks to Suzy for encouraging me to do this and to all of our walkers — Sarah, Beth, Tammy, Tara, Jeff, Joe, Shane, Keith & Corey. It sure was fun! Thanks Tara for allowing us to use your car. And special thanks to Ella for featuring her artwork this year. <3 Here are a few pics from the gay pride festival and parade in Memphis, TN Oct. 6. UPDATE! Hey we were featured in a snippet from a story on Dateline NBC, too. Check it out! Coverage begins @ 11:47 Dateline NBC Reports on The Swing State ft. Memphis, TN Photos by Ella Hernandez, Matt Riddle, Joe Gordon, Randy Brafford and RJ Marshall-Jackson.
Check it out, we made the news again! This time in the Cooper Young Lamplighter. Glad to join the Cooper Young Business Association. Hoping for a local storefront soon. Wish us some luck, won’t you?
We made the news! Ray Rico Freelance Reaches Five-Year Milestone Posted by: SarahBaker | May 1, 2012 As part of freelance graphic designer Ray Rico’s celebration of five years in business, he’s recently joined the Cooper-Young Business Association. “It’s starting to get busy, so I decided to join the Business Association,” Rico said. “Just more exposure and also to get more involved with the community as a business.” Rico’s specialties include branding and design, printing, social media strategy and website building. Basically a miniature design agency he operates out of his Cooper-Young home. “I’m kind of like a small marketing firm because I have people that work with me that kind of help with website design and graphic design, too,” Rico said. “It kind of started out as a freelance business and it’s starting to grow. I’m not a full-fledged agency yet per say, but those are my goals.” Clients Rico works or has worked for include Memphis Orthopaedic Group, CFI Prosthetics-Orthotics, Ai Bionics, Agility Financial Credit Union, Leadership Memphis, MPACT Memphis, MetroCare Physicians, Memphis Health + Fitness Magazine, skirt! magazine and Friends for Life Corp. Rico’s dream is to open a storefront in the Cooper-Young neighborhood later this year. He’s already started looking at spaces, but hasn’t yet found the ideal retail combination of right location and reasonable rental rates. “Hopefully, we can do something bigger this fall,” Rico said. “I’m still not decided. Just keeping my options open. I’d love to be on a facing street of Cooper or Young, that’s my ultimate goal.” Check out Ray Rico Freelance’s website, Twitter or Facebook pages.