Entrepreneurial eyes are fixed on Memphis this week as the Bluff City becomes buzzworthy as the epicenter of startup news in this country.
That’s because “Everywhereelse.co — The Startup Conference” runs through Tuesday and this inaugural entrepreneurship forum coordinated by nibletz.com co-founder Kyle Sandler has got people talking.
From its lineup of forums and panel discussions to the opportunities for startup founders to engage with capital investors from across the country, Everywhereelse.co — The Startup Conference has garnered media attention the world over, including the coveted “must-attend” status conferred on it by Forbes magazine.
The event has attracted a variety of participants, too, as entrepreneurs from America and around the globe gather in Memphis to promote entrepreneurship on a global scale.
And while more than 2,100 tickets have been presold, there’s still room for you if you want to attend. The schedule is too diverse to include here, but full details and ticket information may be found at everywhereelse.co.
At midday Tuesday, the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host a forum designed to offer female entrepreneurs an inside look at best practices for maximizing opportunities with city, county and state governments. The program will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway.
Speakers will be Alandas Dobbins, city of Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise; Joann Massey, Tennessee Office of Economic Development; and Carolyn Watkins, Shelby County Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance.
Admission for the event is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for guests and $35 for on-site registration. For more information, visit bit.ly/122SiTT.
Later on Tuesday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the Memphis Oracle User Group will host “Reduce Downtime During Migrations and Upgrades” and “Enhancing High Availability and Disaster Recovery” featuring a representative from Quest Software. The program will be at International Paper, 6400 Poplar, on the first floor of Tower III in the Ponderosa Pine conference room. Free parking will be available in the garage adjacent to Tower III, off International Place facing Poplar.
The program is free, pizza will be provided and door prizes will be awarded, but registration is required. Visit meetup.com/Memphis-Area-Oracle-User-Group/events/93720792.
Wednesday brings the monthly gathering of the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, with a keynote address by attorney and entrepreneur Brian Stephens. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Memphis and has appeared as a political analyst for local and national media outlets including CBS’ local affiliate’s Informed Sources, National Public Radio and Fox News.
The event, which includes lunch, will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central. Admission is free for PRSA members, $15 for students, $25 for guests and registration is required by noon on Tuesday. To save your spot, visit prsamemphis.org.
And on Friday, check out the open house hosted by the Mid-South Makers, beginning at 7 p.m. at 2804 Bartlett Road, Suite 2 (meeting is in the building facing the street).
The group was formed to create the area’s first “makerspace,” a coalition of artists, builders and techies and tinkers gathering in one location. The goal is to foster a more vital and creative community.
There’s no cost to attend, but organizers would like to get a head count, so visit http://events.midsouthmakers.org to add your name to the list.
And finally, looking ahead, you’ll definitely want to reserve time on your schedule for the upcoming “Invitation to Innovation” entrepreneurship expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation at the University of Memphis.
Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the event will offer programming and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners. To learn more, visit ceiatuniversityofmemphis.wordpress.com.