Seedco Mid-South expands assistance with FastTrac tie-in

For more than a quarter-century, national nonprofit Seedco has offered workforce development programs for people in need. Founded in 1987, the program focuses on boosting economic development opportunities for individuals, small businesses and communities.

And now in a strategic move that will broaden its base and strengthen the Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem, the local chapter of the organization has become an affiliate of the Kauffman Foundation to provide FastTrac workshops aimed at developing startups and expanding existing companies.

Seedco Mid-South will offer two Kauffman FastTrac courses, beginning with “The Intentional Entrepreneur” from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday in the Falls Building at 22 N. Front, Suite 900.

The interactive workshop is designed for entrepreneurs planning to launch startups and will cover new business consideration, exploration and planning.

Cost is $50 and seating is limited. To save your spot, contact Genarda Wright at 901-255-2955 or growthventure@seedco.org.

The ongoing professional development series sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in Room 326 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus, continues Monday with a Social Media Lab workshop for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The free program, held at the CEI office, will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will help participants get a better understanding of various social media platforms and how to use them in building their businesses. The CEI will also host “Basic Spanish for Business Owners and Managers” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Although there’s no cost to attend either program, organizers would like an idea of how many participants to expect, so call ahead and reserve your sear. For more information, call 901-678-5266.

Join a forum of female entrepreneurs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday as they discuss “How to Get the Job Done as a Woman CEO” at the April luncheon sponsored by the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Panelists will be Gwen Christensen of Builders’ Floors and Interiors, Kim Heathcott of Clarion Security and Deidre Malone of The Carter Malone Group. The event will be at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway.

Admission is $25 for members, $30 for guests who pay in advance and $35 for those who pay at the door. Registration is required.

To learn more, visit nawbomemphis.org.

Another program to help small business owners harness the power of social media to increase customers and drive sales will be offered by the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn & Suites-Wolfchase, 2751 New Brunswick Road. The program will offer dozens of tips on how entrepreneurs can use Facebook to improve sales and boost productivity through social media tools.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To get your name on the list, visit bartlettchamber.org or call 901-372-9457.

And finally, the biggest yearly event in the Memphis entrepreneurial community arrives Saturday when five new members will be inducted into the Society of Entrepreneurs at the organization’s 21st annual black-tie gala at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central. This year’s honorees are David S. Andrews, William B. Courtney, Richard H. Leike, Neely Mallory, Jr. and Duncan F. Williams.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by the program and dinner. Only a few tickets remain, so if you’re interested, visit societyofentrepreneurs.com and reserve your spot.

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