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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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
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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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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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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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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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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Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

QuickBooks for Business (MAMCA)

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

FROM MAMCA:
Managing your business finances have to be addressed every day. Join us for a lunch and learn to hear more about this extensive accounting program, to learn about how you can make it work for your business, and start implementing it right away.

The cost for the class is $25 per person. The class will be held at the City of Memphis Business Development Center,555 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

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Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

How to Start a Small Business (TSBDC)

  • City of Memphis Business Development Center (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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Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

Understanding Commercial Lending (TSBDC)

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

Topic: Financing

This class will offer training on various types of financing that include SBA guaranteed lending, traditional lending practices, and non traditional lending practices. After class participants will have an understanding of lender financing, investor financing, crowdfunding, and non debt based financing. Registration required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

REGISTER HERE

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Jan
24
9:00 AM09:00

Free Tools That Can Help You Grow (TSBDC)

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

Topic: Start-up Assistance

As a client of the TSBDC, you have access to a plethora of free services and discounts! Free online training, marketing lists, small business research, professional-grade financial projection tools, and many more. You are even able to get discounts on popular email marketing and accounting tools. Come learn more about these free services and how to take advantage of them by the time you leave this workshop. Registration is required. Limit Seating.

Fee: No Cost

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Jan
22
3:00 PM15:00

Creating an Entrepreneurial and Business Mindset (MAMCA)

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

FROM MAMCA:

Business owners know their craft/trade/industry well. However, when it comes to running your business and making a profit, you may need to enhance your business knowledge by having a change in mindset from worker tradesman/tradeswoman to profitable business owner.

Join us for an interactive class with a multi-media presentation, group exercise/scenarios, and application of lessons learned to help you change your business mindset.

The class will be taught by Lauren Brown, J.D., MBA and Owner/Lead Consultant of LRB Global Consulting Services.

REGISTER HERE

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Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

How to Start a Small Business (TSBDC)

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

Topic: Start-up Assistance

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.

Fee: No Cost

REGISTER HERE

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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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Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Winning Government Contracts (TSBDC)

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College Maxine A. Smith Center, Suite 112 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Topic: Government Contracting

To be successful in winning government contracts, it is important for business owners to understand, articulate and write out their what, why and how regarding how to do business with the government. It includes defining metrics to measure progress in order to know where your are relative to their goal (and recalibrate as needed). This in-depth session is hands-on and designed for participants to have some practical next steps for growing their business by contracting with the Government. Participants who complete the session will: 1. Identify internal and external applications of strategic thinking and how they benefit their organization. 2. Understand their businesses' capabilities (SWOT: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). 3. Identify their target customer and geographic area of focus. 4. Learn the steps to marketing to the federal government. 5. Develop a one-page strategic plan.

Speaker(s): Ricky Tucker & Gwendolyn Tucker, RIX International

Co-Sponsor(s): University of Tennessee PTAC, TSBDC & Epicenter

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The 800 Initiative: Do You Have a Sales Process? (Start Co.)
Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

The 800 Initiative: Do You Have a Sales Process? (Start Co.)

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

Are you a minority business owner looking to improve your business development and sales processes in 2019?

Start the New Year off right by learning how you can scale your business operations and sales. Learn about Crafting a Sales Process, Your Customer's Decision Making Process, and Selling on Tomorrow's Customer. You'll have the opportunity to sit with mentors from the Start Co. team to get advice and direction around sales related activities. Come out to the Memphis Public Library and learn what's on the horizon for your business and what resources are available to help you improve!

REGISTER HERE

Schedule
12:00p-2:00p: Crafting a Sales Process, Your Customer's Decision Making Process, and Selling on Tomorrow's Customer workshops led by Start Co.

2:00p-4:00p: Mentor Office Hours


If you have questions, please email info@neverstop.co.

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Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

How to Get Started in Government Contracting (TSBDC)

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

Topic: Government Contracting

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.

Fee: No Cost

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Jan
10
9:00 AM09:00

Developing a Winning Business Plan (TSBDC)

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

Topic: Business Basics

This workshop will help you gain insights on why a business plan is important and the preparation needed to begin writing it. Major components of a business plan will be discussed as well as the supporting documentation needed for an effective plan. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Fee: No Cost

Register Online


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Dec
13
9:00 AM09:00

Credit Repair (TSBDC)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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.

REGISTER HERE

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Nov
15
9:00 AM09:00

Build Your Team and Promote Yourself (TSBDC)

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

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)

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

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.

REGISTER HERE

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Is Your Business Grant Fundable? (TSBDC)

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

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

REGISTER HERE

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

BizPalooza 2018 (Greater Memphis Chamber)

  • Shelby Farms Park Conservancy - FedEx Event Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)

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

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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