Resolve to do more, be better in 2013

Now that 2013 is in full swing and your resolve to honor those new year’s resolutions is still strong, commit to positioning your business for greater success in the months ahead. One way to begin is by checking out “Office Hours,” a free program sponsored by LaunchMemphis and open to early stage entrepreneurs.

Drop by the Launchpad, located inside EmergeMemphis at 516 Tennessee, from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday or 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday for mentoring and advice on how to take your startup to the next level. And be sure to check this column next week for news on the organization’s upcoming schedule of Founders Toolkit workshops.

For the technologically astute – and their friends – grab a bite at the Dutch treat Tech Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Panera Bread, 4530 Poplar. Drop by to talk tech, share some insight and maybe learn a little from some of the friendliest techies in the area. If it’s your first time, just ask where the group is – someone will direct you to the gathering.

No stranger to technology – he’s gone viral – Memphian Duncan Williams inhabits several roles, including successful entrepreneur, financial expert and tireless promoter of positive happenings in Memphis.

But accomplished singer? Not so much.

And that made his musical YouTube debut last year all the more remarkable, when Williams shed the reserved trappings of his day-to-day role as an investment banker and launched into song for a minute-and-a-half video to market the Live at the Garden concert series.

In case you haven’t seen it in a while, or if you missed it the first time around, here’s a link:

Because of that campaign – which included subsequent videos that Williams commissioned to promote other “Live” concerts – and for his work with the New Memphis Institute to encourage young creatives to make their homes in the Bluff City, Williams will be honored on Wednesday as Communicator of the Year by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The program will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central. And while he’ll probably mention his singing when accepting the award, Williams isn’t scheduled to perform.

Admission is free for PRSA members, $15 for students and $25 for guests. Registration is required and deadline is noon on Tuesday. To save your seat, visit

Speaking of creative marketing, don’t forget to submit nominations for next month’s ADDY Awards, sponsored by the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Memphis boasts some of the most talented folks working in agencies, companies and nonprofits – not to mention freelancers – of any city in the nation. And their advertising campaigns continue to amaze, inform and inspire people here and around the world.

But the clock is ticking and entries need to be submitted by Thursday between 3 and 6 p.m. at 460 Tennessee. More details are available at

Also on Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., check out the Business Over Coffee workshop, “Blogging Made Simple” at 5865 Ridgeway Center Parkway Suite 300.

The forum will feature professional blogger and social media consultant, Cheryl Hurley offering tips on how to use blogs to promote your business and attract new customers. The program is free for BOCI members and first-time guests. To learn more, visit or call 901-820-4469.

Finally, on Friday check out the monthly In-Synk Business Book Review, which has been redeveloped as a lunch and learn program at Triumph Bank, 5699 Poplar. Sign-in begins at 11:45 a.m., discussion begins at noon and you’ll be on your way by 1 p.m.

This month’s discussion will center on “Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters” by Richard Rumelt and if you haven’t read it, don’t sweat it. Come to the lunch and hear leader Michael Synk cover the high points. Anyone who participated in one of the group’s book review programs last year gets in for free, for others the admission is $20. There are also some incentives for the rest of the year, including discounted package prices.

For more information, visit

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