LaunchLounge serves up appealing mix of social, business networking

Straight up with a twist.

That’s how the LaunchMemphis folks might describe their programming for entrepreneurs during 2013, which includes a remixed version of a house special that pairs social networking with business after hours.

Formerly known as Tech Cocktails, the monthly gathering has been re-branded as LaunchLounge and it takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Local Gastropub in Overton Square, 2126 Madison.

For a $5 cover, you can enjoy happy hour drink and food specials and know your dollars will make a difference because all proceeds go to support LaunchMemphis programs. No need to sign up, just show up and spend time with some of the brightest creatives in the region. If you want to learn more, visit

If your afternoon schedule is free on Wednesday, then before you head over to LaunchLounge you’ll definitely want to drop by EmergeMemphis to hang out with the LaunchYourCity folks as they welcome leaders with Austin-based startup Aunt Bertha, which is an online one-stop community for people seeking governmental or philanthropic services. On hand to discuss entrepreneurship and the challenges and rewards of startups will be company founder Erine Gray and Shea Sulkin, who works as product manager and lead designer at Aunt Bertha.

The afternoon chat is free but please RSVP to to let the hosts know how many to expect.

If you’re an early riser and tech is your thing, then before you head out for cocktails and conversation make plans to start your Wednesday off with Interactive Expedition from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central.

Designed as a collaborative cohort of technology buffs as well as those who’d like to be, the event features a breakfast buffet and a casual program aimed at updating attendees on the latest in technology trends.

Feel free to drop by for as long as you’re able to stay and contribute to the conversation if there are any neat tech tricks or online tools you’d like to share. Cost is $20, or $15 each for you and a friend if you bring a first-timer.

Registration is requested, so visit for details.

Also on Wednesday morning is this week’s Talk Shoppe workshop, “Build Wealth Buying Real Estate,” from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale, featuring presenters Don and Holly Swogger. The program is free, but organizers need to plan for seating so please contact Jo Garner at 901-482-0354 or by noon on Tuesday to get your name on the list.

Whether you’re a total blog geek or a questioning newbie wondering if the blogosphere is right for you, make sure to check out WordPress Memphis to meet some kindred spirits. The group regularly offers tips on maximizing blogs for business and personal usage and for lots of entrepreneurs and small business owners, blogging can be a great promotional tool and an easy way to engage with customers.

WordPress Memphis meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee.

The program is free and open to the public, but organizers would like to get a head count for seating purposes, so please sign up ahead of time. To save your spot, visit

And on Friday, Helen Brett Enterprises will sponsor its “Small Business Revenue Generator Boot Camp” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main.

The program is being held in conjunction with the Memphis Gift and Jewelry Show and will feature several sessions to help entrepreneurs and small business owners craft effective marketing and sales strategies to boost profits. Attendance is reserved for those attending the jewelry show and there is no additional charge for the entrepreneurship sessions. Participants may attend any or all of the forums.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. To save your spot, visit

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