Small Business Council offers program on how to find, keep quality employees

Whether you’re a small-business owner with only a few employees, or a manager overseeing a team of workers, attracting and retaining top-tier talent is a proven key to success.

But how do you know where to find the right people? And what should you do to keep them?

As the economy gains strength, so will the competition for quality employees. To help you find and keep quality staffers, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council will host “Assuring Good Hires and Assessing Workforce Needs” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Memphis Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Keynote presenters will be Dexter Muller, the Chamber’s vice president of community development; Steve Sours, operations manager at Jabil; and Vivian Alexander, deputy director of the Memphis Area Career Center.

Admission is $25 for Chamber members, $30 for guests and includes breakfast. Registration is required.

To reserve your seat, send an e-mail to Tunga Lee at tlee@memphischamber.com or call 901-543-3571.

If you’re a tech-savvy business professional or a blogger, or if you want to be, check out Interactive Expedition from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central. This month’s presenter will be social-media marketer Cheryl Hurley, discussing “10 Ways to Create Valuable Content.”

Hurley will offer tips on providing fresh content that will encourage client and reader engagement and connection. Cost is $20, or $15 each for you and a first-time guest, and registration is requested. Add your name to the list by visiting interactiveexpedition.com.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, check out the eighth annual Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence conference at Temple Israel, 1375 E. Massey. The theme of this year’s event is “The Gatekeepers of Philanthropy” and will feature keynote presenter Pat Brandes, executive director of the Barr Foundation in Boston.

Admission is $120 for members, $160 for guests and $65 for students with a valid college ID. For tickets, call 901-684-6605 or e-mail info@npexcellence.org.

Designed for business and real estate professionals and entrepreneurs, a seminar sponsored by Talk Shoppe from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday is sure to be of interest.

Business Over Coffee founder Sherri Henley will discuss “How to Use the Power of Collaboration” during the free program that will be held at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar. To learn more, visit talkshoppe.biz.

And geek conversation galore will be on the menu at the LaunchMemphis Tech Lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Panera Bread in the Laurelwood Shopping Center in East Memphis, 4530 Poplar. Drop by for the Dutch treat meal, meet some of the area’s coolest creatives and share your expertise on all things technology.

Don’t forget to patronize local small businesses at this month’s Cooper Young Night Out, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.

There’ll be plenty of family-friendly activities, discounts at local merchants, food and drink specials and live entertainment. For more information, visit cooperyoung.biz/night-out.

And on Sunday, join local AIGA members for their “Inko De Mayo Tee Party,” from 1 to 5 p.m. at 816 S. Cooper. Bring shirts, hoodies, canvas bags or any other items you’d like to get silk-screened and create some wearable, tote-able art under the guidance of some of the area’s leading design professionals.

Stay for as little or as long a period as your schedule allows and if you’ve got a deeper interest, join the silk-screen mini-workshop that takes place at 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $10 if you bring your own item to be silk-screened, or $20 if you’d like to purchase a hand-printed shirt made just for you. To learn more, visit memphis.aiga.org.

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