Looking Back 

Kia Jarmon founded our agency in 2006, two weeks after she graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s in Business AdministrationStarting out, we built branding foundations for businesses in the fashion, film, music, and entertainment industries – we’ve since changed our focus to small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. Four years after our founding, in 2010, we launched the Mentorship Project, an initiative dedicated to providing aspiring PR professionals with real-world experience in public relations. We would also be one of the first agencies in the city to provide social media services and training. This would only be the start of a long-standing, strong commitment to mentorship and career development of students and young professionals. Additionally, we underwent our own rebranding efforts in late 2015, revealing a new logo and brand standards, and ultimately innovating our company image to make room for the explosive growth and exposure to come our way. 

Looking Forward 

We are excited to continue in our efforts as specialists building brands and bridging communities for small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in Nashville. MEPR Agency is working on the rollout of our line of digital products, which are created to provide an effective snapshot of our top-tier services for entrepreneurs and small organizations. Additionally, we are continuing our mission of mentorship, investing in team growth, and also intentionally strengthening and expanding our relationships with strategic partners who help us maintain our agency reputation as specialists for our diverse roster of clients. The future of MEPR Agency looks blindingly bright— we are committed to providing disruptive communications strategies, thinking outside of the box and enabling each client to tell their own story on their own terms. 

MEPR AGENCY TIMELINE

2006  

  • Signed first client (Mr. Tennessee Pageant) 

 

2010  

  • Kia Jarmon named to Nashville 30 Under 30 

  • Launched Meet the Press; a networking group for public relations professionals, marketers, and the media 

  • Launched Mentorship Project for aspiring PR professionals 

  • Jarmon named Top Forty Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal 

 

2011 

  •   Graduated second class from Mentorship Project 

 

2012 

  • Jarmon named “Woman to Watch” in Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum  

  • Jarmon keynote speaker at the Girl Scouts of Middle TN Centennial Celebration  

  • Jarmon named NBJ Woman of Influence in the Entrepreneur category 

  • Featured in the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, “Woman in the Spotlight”  

2013  

  • Joined Center for Nonprofit Management as marketing, communications, and social media trainer and consultant 

 

2014  

  • Awarded PRSA Nashville Parthenon as a part of the community engagement team for Nashville Next 

  • Nashville Community Education awarded the international LERN award for Marketing and Website 

  • Nashville Community Education awarded the PRSA Nashville Award of Merit for their annual report 

2015 

  • Jarmon named Black 40 Under 40 

  • Joined the Alliance for Better Nonprofits as marketing, communications, and social media trainer and consultant 

 

2016 

  • Jarmon named one of Nashville’s Women in Business: Innovators 

  • MEPR Agency named one of Qudos’ Top 11 PR Firms in Nashville