Spring ahead with programs to boost your business

Now that daylight saving time is in full swing and, presumably, you’ve reset all your clocks to get where you need to be at the correct hour, make it a point this week to reset your focus on getting your professional life in order too.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities and a number of them cost nothing more than your willingness to participate.

For example, check out the latest programming offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation inside the FedEx Institute of Technology, Room 326, at the University of Memphis.

On Monday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the CEI hosts a workshop on effective presentation and pitch skills designed for anyone thinking of launching a startup. That’s followed by a second workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on how to write effective news releases.

Both sessions are free, so participate in one or both. Let the CEI folks know you’re coming so that they’ll provide adequate seating. Call 901-678-5266 to add your name to the list.

On Tuesday, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will deliver a “State of the County” address at the monthly meeting of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. The program at Colonial Country Club, 2736 Countrywood Pkwy., will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the $20 admission fee includes lunch. To reserve your seat, visit bartlettchamber.org.

Also on Tuesday, the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce will host “Digital Storytelling: How to Use Video to Grow Your Business” as part of its ongoing In the Know luncheon series. The program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Health Care Memphis campus, 6027 Walnut Grove in East Memphis.

Keynote presenters will be representatives from Running Pony Productions, a video company that recently picked up four statuettes at the Mid-South Emmy Awards in Nashville. The workshop will focus on digital technology to share professional and personal stories. There’s no cost to attend and lunch is included, but seating is limited. Contact Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com.

If you’re interested in learning what innovative technology tools can do for your business, or if you’ve got tips that might help others, then check out one or both of this week’s Tech Lunches. These gatherings are casual, Dutch treat events where you can grab a bite, get to know some interesting people and learn  about technology trends.

The East Memphis version will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Panera Bread in Laurelwood Shopping Center. And the Downtown meet-up will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Trolley Stop Market, 704 Madison. No need to register, just show up and ask to be seated with Tech Lunch.

At midday Wednesday will be “The Missing Ingredient for Many PR Professionals: Sales Skills” sponsored by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Keynote presenters will be Lori Turner-Wilson, CEO of RedRover, and her lead sales trainer Ty Skinner.

The program runs 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 3 p.m. Monday.

To save your spot, visit prsamemphis.org.

Finish off your Wednesday in a casual, social fashion at the March edition of Launch Lounge, from 5:30 to around 7:30 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. For a $5 cover, enjoy drink specials and refreshments with some of the area’s brightest creatives. Entrepreneurs, small business owners, technophiles and business professionals from various industries will be on hand to do a little networking and unwind after a busy day. No need to register, just drop by and hang out with folks who are helping shape our community.

And Thursday the spotlight is on women from 9 to 11 a.m. at Business Over Coffee, 5865 Ridgeway Center Pkwy., Suite 300. The seminar topic is “Blogging Made Simple” and keynote speaker will be Cheryl Hurley. Women exploring blogs as tools to promote their companies are encouraged to attend the interactive session. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet to use in the workshop.

The event is free to BOCI members and first-time guests. For others admission is $10. To reserve your seat, visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 901-820-4469.

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