Jun
27
8:30 AM08:30

We Mean Business Symposium (City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance)

REGISTER HERE

Symposium Kick Off - Mayor Jim Strickland
Upcoming Procurement Opportunities Presentations

(OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) Ballroom A (8:30 AM – 11:00 AM) with Continental Breakfast
It’s that time again! Get excited! Join Mayor Jim Strickland, his administration and other partners for the 4th Annual “We Mean Business” Symposium and Luncheon. This year’s Symposium will provide certified and registered vendors and potential vendors with an opportunity to become familiar with the City’s diversity programs and by providing a series of mini-presentations presented by each Division outlining upcoming projects with the City, County, Shelby County Schools and Partners.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Ballroom A (8:30 AM – 11:00 AM) with Continental Breakfast
No registration required


We Mean Business Symposium Luncheon Sponsored by FedEx: Ballroom B (11:30 PM - 1:30 PM)
Eventbrite Registration Required

The 2019 We Mean Business Symposium Luncheon is Sponsored by FedEx. This year’s keynote speaker will be Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, John HOPE Bryant. Chairman Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.
Book Signing with Chairman John Hope Bryant (on-site)
The Luncheon will be held in Ballroom B 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Please register for the luncheon through EVENTBRITE.
Once registration is complete, you will receive an email of confirmation.
Your confirmation BARCODE WILL BE SCANNED AT THE REGISTRATION TABLE.
Doors open at 11:00 AM


A Seat at the Table: Matchmaking Forum: Southeast Ballroom (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
(You will choose your TABLE CARDS (3 MAX) during ON-SITE registration)

Vendors who register for A Seat at the Table will have a networking opportunity in a matchmaking forum with procurement officials from each Division with the City of Memphis, Quasi-Government Agencies and City partners. You can choose up to 3 different tables to visit for the matchmaking forum. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and ask detailed questions about specific upcoming opportunities.
Doors open at 1:30 PM

The City of Memphis means business and plans to continue being intentional about doing business with Small, Minority, and Women Business Enterprises (SMWBEs). We will measure success through the progress made in increasing certified vendors and contracts awarded to SMWBEs.

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Voice-Overs: Now Is Your Time
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Voice-Overs: Now Is Your Time

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College - Maxine A. Smith Center (Room 210) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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In what could be the most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how you can actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more. Most people go about it the wrong way. In this introductory class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to break into this creative, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative industry. Voice-overs can be managed on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! Whether you choose to pursue voice-overs part-time or full-time, this could be the game changer you’ve been looking for.

COURSE INFORMATION
School Name and Location:
Southwest Tennessee Community College, Maxine A. Smith Center - Rm 210
8800 East Shelby Drive Memphis, TN 38125

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fee: $50
Limited Seating | One Session | Ages 18+
Venue Phone: 901-333-4207
Registration Link:  http://bit.ly/2YOlrqJ
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2262664740491613/

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Charity Poker Tournament

Hello! We are a Non-Profit Foundation that was started as a means to service the community of Memphis. We recently started a Scholarship Fund, and are having a Poker Tournament to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. We are looking to send at least one local Memphis student to The University of Memphis this upcoming Fall semester, and will pay their tuition for 4 years. We are looking for Poker Players who want to play for a charitable cause, and also businesses who want to partner or sponsor the event, as it will be covered by the local Memphis news, newspapers, and radio.

REGISTER HERE

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Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

How to Get Started in Government Contracting (TSBDC)

FROM TSBDC:

Attendees learn about how contracting with the Federal Government can open the door to many opportunities for small business and can aid in a company’s growth. This seminar covers the basics of government contracting, what it takes to be a government contractor, and an overview of the steps to get started. Attendees will determine if the government is purchasing their products and services.

Registration is required. Limited seating.

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May
16
9:00 AM09:00

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (TSBDC)

As a current or future small business owner, you must learn how to best protect your creations and innovations. Without the proper protection in place, you may not reap the full benefits of your idea. Intellectual property protection is not only for large corporations, but is extremely important to protect entrepreneurs. Registration is required. Limited seating.

REGISTER HERE

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May
9
6:00 PM18:00

How to Start a Small Business (TSBDC)

This introductory course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting their business. This session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Registration is required. Limit seating.

REGISTER HERE

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May
7
9:00 AM09:00

How to Get Started in Government Contracting (TSBDC)

Attendees learn about how contracting with the Federal Government can open the door to many opportunities for small business and can aid in a company’s growth. This seminar covers the basics of government contracting, what it takes to be a government contractor, and an overview of the steps to get started. Attendees will determine if the government is purchasing their products and services. Registration is required. Limited seating.

REGISTER HERE

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Second Annual Mother Son Dance: A Queen and Her Prince (Sigma Beta Club)
Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

Second Annual Mother Son Dance: A Queen and Her Prince (Sigma Beta Club)

  • The Thomas Center, Christian Brothers University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 
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The Memphis Tau Iota Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity along with the Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation is sponsoring the “Second Annual Mother Son Dance: A Queen and Her Prince” presented by The Memphis Sigma Beta Club.

This event will be held in The Thomas Center on the campus of Christian Brothers University in Memphis on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 6:30 pm.

The National Sigma Beta Club is the youth entity of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Sigma Beta Club offers unique opportunities to exemplify wholesome values, as well as social and cultural awareness to male youths at a most critical stage in their personal development. They feel one of the most important, yet unrecognized things we can offer to our club members and other young men in the Memphis area are opportunities to create memories with their families that they will cherish forever. 

This event is for mothers and sons of all ages. No one is too old or too young to come and enjoy themselves! They will pay homage to mothers and maternal influences as well as their sons, and those who they love as if they were their own sons. Their mission is to raise funds to support college bound members of the Memphis Sigma Beta Club. 

Tickets are $30.00 per Mother and Son and $10.00 per additional ticket (with $30.00 ticket purchase) and are available online at Eventbrite.com (https://sigma-beta-club-mother-son-dance-2019.eventbrite.com). You may also contact their event chairmen listed below or any member of The Tau Iota Sigma Alumni Chapter for tickets and further information about the event.

Given the enthusiasm and feedback they have received from the community after their inaugural 2018 Mother Son Dance, they anticipate a sellout affair with over 300 men and boys of all ages and attending with their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and others who have poured into their lives.

In this regard, they would like to request the consideration of your organization and members purchasing an ad in the souvenir book ($100 full page) or a ticket sponsorship ($30.00) for a mother and son. They would also appreciate your participation as a sponsor through the contribution of a gift, gift certificate, or monetary donation ($25.00 value) that will be used as a raffle prize.


CONTACT:
Tau Iota Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, tisigma@gmail.com
Memphis Sigma Beta Club, sigmabetaclubmemphis@gmail.com

2018 Mother Son Dance Event Chairmen
Fred Parson, 901-229-9976, frederick.parson@gmail.com
Charvis Ford, 615-631-4580, charvis79@gmail.com

 
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Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Wakeup Your Website! Digital Branding & Design Tips for Small Businesses (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Business Basics

Your brand's online presence begins with your WEBSITE. Learn what it takes to create a professional website that attracts visitors and turns leads to sales. Laptops are welcomed, but not necessary. Whether you already have a website, or you are a newbie who wants to learn more about the process, this workshop is for you. We will explore the best practices for creating a website that stands out. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Speaker(s): Erica P. Dallas

Fee: No Cost

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Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Give Your Website a Refresh (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:
Topic: Business Basics

Refresh your website as part of your spring-cleaning to-do list. you will learn about search engine optimization and best practices for creating a search engine optimization and best practices for creating a search-friendly site.

Registration is required. Limited seating.

REGISTER HERE

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch & Learn: THE HIDDEN RULES OF BUSINESS SUCCESS w/ Lucy Shaw (City of Memphis)

From The Office of Business Diversity and Compliance

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PART 4

Hidden Strategies for Personal and Community Prosperity

So, you want to do business WITH Memphis and IN Memphis! To do this really well, you might need to understand and maximize community assets and resources. You also might need to know exactly where your customers are and what they look like! Do you know how to develop and maintain relationships of support? Come to Session #4 to uncover these necessary strategies and more!

A little something about Mrs. Shaw...

"Lucy Shaw is a best-selling author, facilitator, national speaker and Chairwoman of the Board of Tri-State Bank of Memphis. Her areas of expertise include leadership, the dynamics of poverty as well as business and personal development. Her experience covers over 30 years of experience as a C-Suite Executive, Banker, Entrepreneur/Consultant and Ministry."

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

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Apr
11
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Business Accounting and Budget

QuickBooks is a powerful tool used to automate fundamental tasks usually performed in a small business. Attendees will learn basic QuickBooks features that helps get more done in less time including invoicing customers, recording payments, paying bills, managing inventory and analyzing financial data. No computer needed. Registration is required. Limited seating.

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The Business of Creative with Amy & Jennifer Hood of Hoodzpah Design Co. (Creative Works)
Apr
4
to Apr 5

The Business of Creative with Amy & Jennifer Hood of Hoodzpah Design Co. (Creative Works)

FROM CREATIVE WORKS:

This workshop series focuses on how to start your own creative business, grow your client base, and promote yourself without selling out or starving. Day 1 begins with a getting to know you session to identify the personal needs of each student, followed by an in depth workbook to calculate your yearly budget and then set your pricing (hourly and flat rate for your mosts commonly requested jobs). The second half of the day we will focus on how to successfully communicate value and process to your clients when pitching so you can land the job. It'll get super transparent as we share real quotes, numbers, and pitch decks we've sent to clients and walk you through making a proposal deck that will blow the socks off your client.

Day 2 is all about self promotion and working towards landing your dream clients: we'll do exercises that help you position yourself, talk about yourself, and market yourself both online and offline. We'll conclude the day with a session that covers how to smoothly take a project from first email, to quote, to contract, to payment, to proofs and design, to completion. We'll go over all the tools we use day to day at Hoodzpah, including project management, bookkeeping, contracts, collaboration, and more. We'll create a business plan and cap the day off with tips for monitoring your financial health. Each session will include plenty of time for Q&A and our goal is to make the content as tailored to you as possible. 

Workshop materials provided.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER

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Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Managing a Business

As a current or future small business owner, you must learn how to best protect your creations and innovations. Without the proper protection in place, you may not reap the full benefits of your idea. Intellectual property protection is not only for large corporations, but is extremely important to protect entrepreneurs. Registration is required. Limited seating.

REGISTER HERE

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Voice-Over Class (SAV)
Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

Voice-Over Class (SAV)

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College | Maxine A. Smith Center, Maxine Smith Bldg, Rm 218 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In what could be the most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how you can actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more. Most people go about it the wrong way. In this introductory class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to break into this creative, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative industry. Voice-overs can be managed on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! Whether you choose to pursue voice-overs part-time or full-time, this could be the game changer you’ve been looking for.

COURSE INFORMATION
School Name: Southwest Tennessee Community College
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee: $50
Limited Seating
One Session
Ages 18+
Event Phone: 901-333-4207
Event Email: cchalmers@southwest.tn.edu
Registration Link: http://bit.ly/2J9HNjo

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Mar
28
9:00 AM09:00

Understanding Financial Statements (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Financing

Financial statements can be confusing, but are an important part of your business's financial picture. This workshop will help you: calculate current and future financial needs, figure out what you own/owe, and learn to base management decisions on all of the information. Registration is required. Limited seating.

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Mar
27
9:30 AM09:30

SBA Emerging Leaders -- Info Session

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College, Maxine Smith Center -- Room # 101 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SBA Emerging Leaders INFO Session – March 27 2019 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

Memphis – Southwest Tennessee Community College, Maxine Smith Center, 8800 E. Shelby Drive, Room # 101

Audience: Small Business in business for at least 3 years; with revenue of at least $250K; and one employee


Emerging Leaders is a free, advanced, intensive program for small business owners and small business executives.

Classes take place April 2019 – November 2019

FREE!  - The only cost is your time and commitment over the 7 month curriculum! All other costs are covered by SBA and our partners.

--EXPRESS your interest or SIGN up for the program here : https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders

--Find out  more info here (scroll down to “SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative”): https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/organization/sba-initiatives?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Beale Street Art Crawl

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ARE YOU AN ART LOVER, ART ENTHUSIAST, ART COLLECTOR OR ARTIST YOURSELF?

This major event is highlighting over 50+ artists and art vendors inside an AMAZING venue made for the arts. This event is happening inside the HISTORICOrpheum Theatre. The sponsors are proud to host events that support the arts, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion including young artists.

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Feb
28
9:00 AM09:00

Developing Your Social Media Strategy (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Business Basics

Every small business owner has been told that they need to use social media, but are usually not sure what to do next. What social media platform works best for my industry? What time commitment will it take to keep up with all these social networks? How do I control what people may write on my social media pages? Come hear from social media experts what to do and what not to do when launching your social media strategy. Registration is required. Limit seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Feb
25
8:00 AM08:00

OSHA 10 Hours Construction Safety Course (MAMCA)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM MAMCA:

Do you need to get your OSHA training completed? Join us for the OSHA 10 class!

This is the OSHA 10-HR Construction Safety class. It will teach the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in construction workplaces. This course also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

The cost for non-members is $195. The cost for active MAMCA Members is $100; please check your email for the Member's discount code.

The class will be held at the City of Memphis Business Development Center, 555 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103.

REGISTER HERE

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Co-working Open House (Epicenter)
Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

Co-working Open House (Epicenter)

FROM EPICENTER:

If you’ve ever wondered whether a co-working space was right for you, now is your chance to try a complimentary day working with us. Registration not required.

As a member, benefit from:

Wireless internet access
Collaboration and synergy with business owners and remote workers
Private places to work and meet 
Mailbox services 
Phone booth for privacy
Expand your network by 60+ people
Comfortable & professional work environment
Work around awesome people (we're not even bragging!)
Structured weekly work sprints get you focused on your project
Join over 450 locations worldwide that are a part of the Global Co-working Visa 
Limited free parking for members
Walking distance to Cooper-Young restaurants and retail

Fee: No Cost

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Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Elevator Pitch Part II (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:
Topic: Marketing and Sales

In Part II of Elevator Speech, you will have the opportunity to deliver your Elevator Speech in front of a panel of judges. Judges includes representatives from the Small Business Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers, City of Memphis and Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

How to Start a Small Business (TSBDC)

  • Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

This introductory course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting their business. This session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Registration is required. Limited seating.

REGISTER HERE

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Feb
14
9:00 AM09:00

Generate High Profit Clients: Elevator Speech Part I (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM TSBDC:

Topic: Marketing and Sales

What if you suddenly found yourself on an elevator with a contracting officer, an elected official, or some other a potential government customer. Can you quickly deliver what make you unique from you competitors? As a vendor or supplier you want to make a good first impression. Simply put, you need an Elevator Speech. An Elevator Speech is 120 seconds or less, that describes your expertise or that of your company. An Elevator Speech is as essential as a business card. A great opportunity to learn how to develop a new elevator speech for your business or improve and polish your existing one. Benefits to attendees: Develop your new and improved elevator speech; Understand how you can flexibly use this in different situations. Registration is required. Limited Seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Feb
12
11:30 AM11:30

Business Tax Prep Class (MAMCA)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FROM MAMCA:

Tax time is coming up quickly and there have been significant changes to the laws!

Join MAMCA to learn what you need to know before you file your taxes and make sure that your business is ready to file.

A light lunch will be served at 11 AM. The class will be held February 12, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the City of Memphis Business Development Center, 555 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103.

REGISTER HERE

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