Entrepreneurship program highlights opportunities for women, minorities

The Memphis Entrepreneurial Accelerator Consortium is encouraging minority and women entrepreneurs to focus on location when considering startup enterprises.

Because the Bluff City’s geography offers an enviable foundation for distribution, logistics and transportation companies, the MEAC — which includes the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, EmergeMemphis, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum, and the Seed Hatchery program — is sponsoring a half-day forum that emphasizes these growth areas as business options for women and minorities.

The organization will host the free seminar from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the University of Memphis.

The program will feature a roster of industry leaders presenting data, resources and business opportunities open to minorities and women. The featured speaker is Clifford Lynch of C.F. Lynch & Associates.

Seating is limited and registration is requested. Contact Yolanda Dillard at 901-525-6512 or send an email to ydillard@mmbc-memphis.org to learn more.

If you want to mix and mingle with more than 1,000 of the top business professionals in the area — and hear some really inspiring stories about the growth of Memphis companies across a variety of sectors — check out the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual Chairman’s Luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The event will take place at The Peabody, 149 Union, and costs $150 for Chamber members, $200 for guests. Registration is required. Contact Tunga Lee at 901-543-3571 to reserve a spot.

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America holds its final gathering of the year from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the University Club, 1346 Central.

Simply titled “21 Seconds,” the program refers to an incident that occurred last year involving the biggest employer in the area and highlights the necessity of crisis communications policies.

During the 2011 holiday season, FedEx was ramping up for its busiest time of the year and the company was experiencing a positive media boost until a 21-second video of a courier tossing a customer’s package over a fence hit YouTube. The amateur video went viral, got picked up by news organizations around the globe and except for quick action on the part of FedEx, could have spelled holiday gloom for the Memphis-based delivery company.

Shea Leordeanu, manager of Crisis and Operations Media Relations at FedEx, will offer a glimpse inside the company and offer practical advice that any business professional can use to avert disaster.

Admission is free for PRSA members, $15 for students and $25 for guests and includes lunch. Registration is required and deadline is noon on Tuesday.

To save your seat, visit eventbrite.com/event/4939224353.

Wednesday evening, check out the holiday edition of Tech Cocktails sponsored by LaunchMemphis. The socializing and networking event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at a location yet to be determined. Learn where it’ll be and how to get there at launchmemphis.com.

Looking ahead to 2013 means assessing 2012 for many small business owners and to help you do that more efficiently, the Memphis chapter of SCORE is sponsoring “Year-End Preparations for Small Businesses” on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

The nationally broadcast live one-hour webinar will feature small business expert Steven Strauss and will include information on tax issues, updating technology and growing your business in the coming year. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/UjHTi3

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