BENNY Solution Series: Marketing Solutions Workshop (BBA Memphis)
Jan
17
7:30 AM07:30

BENNY Solution Series: Marketing Solutions Workshop (BBA Memphis)

Our goal is to introduce to business owners the process of developing strategies and planning for products or services, advertising, promotions, branding and sales to reach the desired customer segment. BENNY: Marketing will employ tools from the economic and competitive strategies to analyze the industry context in the market. 

List of esteemed guest presenters coming soon!


Workshop Outline

Intro to Marketing

Creative Services: Branding via name/logo/design scheme

Social Media Execution

Effectiveness of Digital Media

Advertising: pros & cons of various mediums/demographic targets/placements/promotions

Influencer Outreach Strategies

Membership Opportunities

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Dec
13
9:00 AM09:00

Credit Repair (TSBDC)

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Are you ready to start a business? Are you looking to expand your current business? Small business lending opportunities are on the upswing. Learn proven credit repair techniques that can help you improve your credit in the short and long-terms. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Dec
6
9:00 AM09:00

Winning Contracts Through Powerful Capability Statements (TSBDC)

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A capability statement is an essential tool designed to market your business to government agencies regardless of size. Join the Tennessee PTAC team and TSBDC to learn how to craft an effective capability statement to give your business a competitive edge when selling your products and services to potential buyers. Simply put, the better the statement, the more you stand out from your competitors. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Getting Started in Government Contracting (TSBDC)

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Looking to take your business to the next level by doing business with the Federal Government? Join us for a workshop to help you understand the lay of the land and identify steps for doing business with the Federal Government. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): University of Tennessee's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT-PTAC)

Fee: No Cost

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Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

Reach Customers Online with Google & Make Your Website Work for You (TSBDC)

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FROM TSBDC:

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including Google Analytics and Trends. If you’re launching a new business website (or sprucing up an old site), this workshop will help. Learn how to create a search-friendly site that’s useful for customers and supports your business goals. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): Dave Delaney Dave is a speaker for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. Dave is best recognized for his work in the digital marketing, social media strategy, and business networking spaces. He has appeared in technology related stories in USA Today, Forbes, Entrepreneur, BBC, CBC, Mashable, VentureBeat, The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Dave is also the author of the acclaimed book, New Business Networking. You can find his writing in his a bi-monthly column in The Tennessean and on his personal blog, DaveDelaney.me.

Fee: No Cost

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Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Access to Capital: Show Me the Money (TSBDC)

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FROM TSBDC:

Are you looking for the best way to get money for your business? Then, you must come to this training and ask your lenders to "Show Me the Money!" A panel of bankers and loan officers from traditional and non-traditional lending sources will be present to discuss SBA guaranteed loans, lines of credit, working capital loans, and equipment loans. After this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a lender of their choice. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Blueprint Reading & Estimation (MAMCA)
Nov
15
1:00 PM13:00

Blueprint Reading & Estimation (MAMCA)

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FROM MAMCA:

Understanding how to read and estimate blueprints is essential to being successful in construction, no matter what your role may be. Join us as we walk through these crucial first steps in your construction business. 

In this 2.5-hour workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of blueprint reading and estimating from a Master Tradesman and will receive one-on-one assistance. We will also visit the Plan Room for hands-on training and review.

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Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Build Your Team and Promote Yourself (TSBDC)

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FROM TSBDC:

Join, Dr. Vernon Carraway, Penn State University Professor and President & CEO of Langston Du Bois Institute, for this interactive workshop. Learn to: PROMOTE YOURSELF – Making the mental break from your old job and preparing to take charge in the new. BUILD YOUR TEAM – If you are inheriting a team, you will need to evaluate its members and perhaps restructure it to be meet the demands of the situation. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): Dr. Vernon Carraway

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Learn to Excel with Excel (MAMCA)
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Excel with Excel (MAMCA)

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FROM MAMCA:

Do you need to excel in your use of Excel? This advanced class will teach users how to master calculations, graphing tools, and pivot tables to help you excel in your business.

Join us for a 4-hour workshop on Advanced Excel spreadsheet skills. We will cover such topics as intermediate formula knowledge, optimizing and analyzing data, as well as, presenting and reporting data. Join us to learn how to use this resource to take your business to the next level.

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Is Your Business Grant Fundable? (TSBDC)

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FROM TSBDC:

Many small businesses wonder if they would benefit from seeking grant funding, but they don't know where to start. This workshop will help you understand whether your business is a good candidate for outside funding and where your opportunities lie. During class you will learn how to assess your business, products or services, and business relationships to discover funding opportunities you may benefit from. Registration required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): Wendy Strain Writer, editor, ghostwriter at WriteonWendy.com

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BizPalooza 2018 (Greater Memphis Chamber)
Oct
30
5:00 PM17:00

BizPalooza 2018 (Greater Memphis Chamber)

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You won't want to miss the annual Memphis-area Bizpalooza!

This event offers the opportunity to promote your business, products and services with an exhibit booth or table at this prestigious business networking event, the first of its kind in Memphis. By showcasing your company at Bizpalooza, you will be part of one of Memphis' best networking events, providing you with a large audience to bring awareness to your business.

BizPalooza is free and open to the public with a business card, giving the public the opportunity to see products firsthand and meet the people behind their brand. Exhibitors can highlight new products and services that could be beneficial to consumers and other businesses.

As a Bizpalooza sponsor, you can:

  • Reach new customers in a fun, engaging environment designed for building business connections and relationships

  • Highlight special deals or new products you want to promote

  • Make new business connections with other exhibitors

  • Stretch your marketing dollars by capitalizing on this opportunity to have a variety of ways to showcase your brand


Why get lost in the crowd? Only Chamber and BNI members will have the opportunity to sign up for exhibit tables and booths, and spaces are limited. So, you know your business will have the opportunity to stand out and be noticed!

If you would like to be an exhibitor at BizPalooza, contact Tasha Livingston at tlivingston@memphischamber.com or 901-543-3502.

Before contacting Tasha regarding registration, please view this EXHIBITORS MAP
Your first choice booth space will always be considered if available, although locations may be changed to prevent competitors from being placed near each other. You will be contacted if the booth you select is not possible for any reason.

Setup Time is 12:00-3:30 pm. The event is from 5:00-7:00 pm. 
*Please note the time change*
 

Sponsorship Opportunities: 

Program Sponsor: $1,500 
Event Sponsor: $1,000
Table Sponsor: $250
Food & Beverage Sponsor: $1,500 (Limited availability, In-Kind only, please call for details)

Click here for the sponsorship one-pager

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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Raleigh-Egypt Middle High School Annual Community Fall Festival

Raleigh-Egypt Middle High School is kicking off its Annual Community Fall Festival, taking place Friday, October 26, 2018 from 9am to 2:30pm. This event is open to the community, and there will be many attractions.

The entry fee $20 for each person 5 years and up. Concessions will be sold.

We hope you will join us in our mission of educating our next generation and providing them with educational amenities. 

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Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Getting Started in Government Contracting: The SAM Registration Process (TSBDC)

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This workshop is designed to introduce you to the new SAM login and registration process. Recent changes to the system and how it affects your ability to register will be covered step-by-step. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): Veronica Clark, PTAC

FREE and open to the public - click here to register

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2018 Partners in Preservation: Open House (Clayborn Temple)
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

2018 Partners in Preservation: Open House (Clayborn Temple)

Clayborn Temple is participating in the 2018 Partners in Preservation campaign, a campaign that focuses on sites that celebrate diversity and the fight for equality. Clayborn Temple served as a prominent fixture during the civil rights movement and was upgraded to national significance in 2017 due to its role in the events of the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968. Clayborn is one of only two National Treasures in the state of Tennessee, and is encouraging the public to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org to secure funding to help preserve this place of local and historical significance.

Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. To-date, it has committed over $22 million in support of more than 200 historic sites across the country. Drawing on the success of the 2017 program, this year, the campaign will award $2 million in grants to historic sites on America’s Main Streets. Each of the 20 sites featured in the campaign played a role in the development of a diverse nation or the struggle for equal rights.

Clayborn Temple will host an Open House Weekend event October 21, to highlight the importance of Main Street preservation efforts in Memphis. Clayborn Temple is one of 20 diverse and historic Main Street districts across the country participating in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House Weekend.

The public open house will take place 2-5 p.m. Open House Weekend activities in Memphis are one of many local events taking place nationwide on October 21.

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From Driver to CEO: Trucking & Freight Brokering
Oct
20
8:00 AM08:00

From Driver to CEO: Trucking & Freight Brokering

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From Driver to CEO: Learn how to Manage Your Trucking Business & How to Become a Freight Broker

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 8a-5p
Location: Courtyard by Marriott 
3076 Kirby Parkway, Memphis, TN 38115


This is a 1-day class with limited seating.  Seats are available on a first come, first served basis secured with payment.

Class topics will cover the following and more:
Business Development & Entrepreneurship
Branding & Advertising
Operations & Licensing
Regulatory Requirements
Legal Protection
Finances
Commercial Insurance & Broker Bonds
Commercial Finance
Tax Preparation
Fleet Compliance
Building a Shipper Database
Carrier Onboarding
Dispatching 

There will be several guest speakers participating to educate you on how to be successful within different facets of the industry.

Secure your seat at www.expresslognperm.com

For more info or questions, call 901-347-8788.

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Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

The Arc Mid-South's 23rd Annual Awards & Benefit Gala

The Oct. 13 gala at Memphis Botanic Garden – which starts at 6 p.m. and will include musical entertainment, a silent and live auction, and community recognition awards – promises to be enjoyable. But more importantly, funds raised from this event will be used to support The Arc Mid-South’s advocacy and family support services that help keep families of those w/intellectual and developmental disabilities together in their own homes - not in group homes or institutions. 

VISIT WEBSITE FOR REGISTRATION

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Memphis Kidney Action Day - American Kidney Fund
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Memphis Kidney Action Day - American Kidney Fund

American Kidney Fund brings FREE event to Memphis—kidney screenings and family fun! 

Memphis Kidney Action Day
Kidney Action Day is coming to Memphis on Saturday, October 13! Take action for your health, and join us at Handy Park from noon - 5 p.m. for free health screenings, fitness activities, healthy cooking demos and food samples, prizes, giveaways, kids’ activities and more. Kidney Action Day is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family along.

#KidneyActionDay #Memphis is where to be with @KidneyFund!

For more information, visit www.KidneyActionDay.org/Memphis or contact: Patricia Bonsu, pbonsu@kidneyfund.org / (301) 984-6673.

Memphis Kidney Action Day 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Noon - 5 p.m.
Handy Park
200 Beale St.
Memphis, TN 38103

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BBA Memphis BENNY Awards Luncheon
Oct
11
11:30 AM11:30

BBA Memphis BENNY Awards Luncheon

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The Black Business Association of Memphis invites you to the 2018 BENNY Awards!
Join us for our annual celebration as we honor esteemed business leaders and minority small business owners active in our community. It is our pleasure to present a special keynote address from Fred Keeton, an expert in corporate diversity and economic inclusion.  WREG's Stephanie Scurlock will serve as our master of ceremonies for this anticipated event.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
11:30am – 1:00pm    

Holiday Inn - University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

Tickets: 
Individual | $50
Table of 10 | $500 (please call to purchase)

BUY TICKETS TODAY!

Prefer to purchase tickets by mail? Send to: 

Roby Williams
c/o City of Memphis Business Development Center
555 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

About the B.E.N.N.Y Awards
B.E.N.N.Y. is an acronym for Black Entrepreneurship and Networking Need You. Each year, we set aside a special time to honor our leaders and acknowledge minority business owners among our ranks.

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Grand Opening Celebration for Urban Air Adventure Park in Collierville

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FROM URBAN AIR:
Join us for our Grand Opening in Collierville on Saturday, October 6! 

Doors open at 10 a.m., but the first 200 guests through the door to purchase an Ultimate Jump Pass will receive a FREE hour of jumping every week for a year!

Line up early, bring the energy, and get ready to #ActivateAwesome!

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Innovation Awards Breakfast 2018 (Inside Memphis Business)
Oct
4
7:30 AM07:30

Innovation Awards Breakfast 2018 (Inside Memphis Business)

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FROM INSIDE MEMPHIS BUSINESS MAGAZINE:
Inside Memphis Business magazine honors the very best in local innovation over the past year with an awards breakfast and a launch event for our October/November issue that highlights this year's award winners. 

Join us for our awards breakfast on Thursday, October 4th, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Central Avenue in Memphis. Tickets are $20 each, and include breakfast and coffee.  Doors open at 7:30am with a buffet breakfast, and our program will begin at 8:15am. 

Honorees for 2018 include: Van Turner of Memphis Greenspace, Gebre Waddell of Sound Credit, Michael Dyer, PhD, and Alberto Pappo, MD with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Childhood Solid Tumor Network, and Brian Booker with One Step Initiative & Global Pathways to Success.

Co-hosted by:  University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics
Sponsored by:  Orion Federal Credit Union, Novatech, and Travelennium

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Small Business Expo (DFCE and SCS)

Small business owners are the foundation of our economy and Shelby County Schools is coming together to support them. The Department of Family and Community Engagement cordially invites your organization or business to be part of our first SCS Small Business Expo, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Agricenter International- Memphis.

Event Type: Small business EXPO
Location: Agricenter International
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Set up will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Vendor Booths Fee: $20.00 (FREE for Non-profits & Student Entrepreneurs) 
Space is limited. Please register at: http://bit.ly/SCSexpo

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All About MWBE Certifications (NAWBO)
Sep
25
1:30 PM13:30

All About MWBE Certifications (NAWBO)

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Memphis area governmental agencies and private companies are actively seeking certified minority and women-owned businesses to contract with.

NAWBO Memphis will host a FREE event to introduce various certification agencies to local, small, minority, and women-owned businesses.

Local and regional certification agencies attending include the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority, MLGW and more.  Each agency will present about offered certifications/ memberships and then breakout to booths.  Attendees will be able to visit the booths for applications and further information. 

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The Official Memphis Screening of Stranger Fruit (B.L.I.N.D.)
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

The Official Memphis Screening of Stranger Fruit (B.L.I.N.D.)

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FROM B.L.I.N.D.:

Join B.L.I.N.D. for the Memphis Premiere of Stranger Fruit, the documentary that uncovers the untold story of Mike Brown and the Ferguson unrest that sparked our modern civil rights movement.

Michael Brown Sr. will join them to add context and his account of the events that unfolded as well as the families of teenager Justus Howell and father, Alton Sterling, both unjustly gunned down by police.  

REGISTER HERE

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Sep
13
3:30 PM15:30

Small Business Seminar | Hosted by Memphis Daily News

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From Memphis Daily News:

The heart of any city is its small business scene. In Memphis, that scene is thriving with a strong startup ecosystem spanning new and seasoned business owners alike. Join us as we talk with Memphis entrepreneurs who have grown their businesses into thriving enterprises, the opportunities and challenges they've faced, and the advice they have for all small-business owners. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Speakers:
ANDY TICER & MICHAEL HUDMAN
Executive Chefs and Owners, Enjoy A|M Restaurants

KAT GORDON
Founder, Muddy's Bake Shop

SHAWN McGHEE
President, Hollywood Feed

Sponsored by: RJ Young, Triumph Bank, and The Crone Law Firm, PLC.

SEATING LIMITED - $25 registration fee

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Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: Business Tax Tips... Important Financial Information

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From Office of Business Diversity & Compliance:

Business taxes can be confusing, but not knowing can be costly. Join the Office of Business Diversity and Compliance along with Monica Kegler of Better Days Financial Services and her team who are facilitating this informative seminar on the importance of business taxes and more.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by signing up here.

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Sep
5
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: The hidden rules of business success w/ Lucy Shaw

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From Office of Business Diversity & Compliance:
Sometimes, getting your foot in the door to do business can seem magical. Yet, it takes intentional effort and skills to maintain and sustain success! Many of these skills lurk way below the surface of delivering according to contract specifications. The Hidden Rules of Business Success are offline because they are not the ones people talk openly about.

The list of these rules includes: setting concrete and measurable intentions; the art of dreaming unique to your viewpoint; identifying the hidden traps of a mindset of lack; the power of honor in business relationships.

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