Night Out showcases Cooper-Young’s small businesses

Anyone who’s experienced the Cooper-Young district’s First Thursday Night Out celebrations knows what wonderful opportunities these evenings offer for supporting local, independent businesses and enjoying a melting pot of a community that’s at once uniquely Midtown and also an attractive draw for the rest of Memphis.

Save the date on Thursday for the chance to take advantage of deals on food and beverages while checking out the shops and listening to live music. Designed as a way to promote the district’s diverse small businesses, the monthly Night Out events continue to grow in popularity and the approaching milder temperatures should result in healthy crowds.

The fun officially begins at 5 p.m. and runs until around 9 p.m., but some establishments may opt to run specials a little earlier or later. Music at the gazebo starts at 6 p.m. Visit to see who’s playing where.

Celebrate midweek by attending the April Interactive Expedition breakfast, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Join other technology buffs and social media aficionados in discussing the latest online tools and cool websites that will make your professional life easier.

Cost is $20 and includes the breakfast buffet, or $15 each for you and a friend if you bring a first-timer. Registration is requested and seating is limited, so visit to reserve your seat.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, techie and blogger extraordinaire Beth Sanders will present “Effective Marketing Tips for Social Media” at the Cordova Library, 8457 Trinity Road. The program is sponsored by the Mid-South Women’s Networking group and is free of charge. Visit for more information.

Also on Wednesday, for entrepreneurs thinking of launching businesses or small business owners interested in making their operations better, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation located inside the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis offers two free courses this week to help out.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will be “Writing a Winning Press Release” and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be “Effective Presentation and Pitch Skills.” Both are geared for business professionals who want to be more effective in getting word out about their enterprises to appropriate audiences. The meeting place is Room 326 at the FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation.

You may attend one or both and while there’s no charge to attend, organizers need to know how many people to expect so call 901-678-5266.

If you’re interested in the local creative community and would like to sample some of the past year’s best communications campaigns, then you won’t want to miss the 20th annual Vox Awards sponsored by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society.

Keynote speaker will be Naomi Bata, chief public relations officer for archer>malmo. The event begins with a networking period at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central. The awards ceremony, which includes lunch, follows at 11:30 and should wrap up by 1 p.m.

Admission is $50 for PRSA members, $60 for guests and reservations are required. To save your seat, visit

Later on Thursday, discover how blogging can improve your business at the WordPress Memphis meeting at 6 p.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee. Whether you’re an old pro or only now thinking about starting a blog, join the group and learn how to maximize your online presence. There’s no cost to attend, but do the sponsors a favor and let them know you’re coming so that there’ll be adequate seating. Visit to learn more.

And finish your workweek by checking out the In Synk lunch and learn forum, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Triumph Bank, 5699 Poplar.

Cost is $20 and includes a light lunch. For more details, visit

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