Last year, a Forbes article characterized entrepreneurship as the new “Women’s Movement” because of the growing numbers of women opting to leave the traditional workforce and start their own companies.
Last week, a survey sponsored by tech giant Dell revealed that with 8 million women-led businesses, the United States is the best country in the world for female entrepreneurship.
The trend is encouraging and it’s gaining attention in Memphis as more local programs and training opportunities become available to encourage and support female entrepreneurship.
This week there are several, beginning with a luncheon and seminar on Tuesday, sponsored by the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. The program, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway, will focus on female entrepreneurship and feature keynote speaker Shelley Baur, an author, marketing specialist and owner of One Source Associates.
Cost is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for guests and $35 for on-site registration. To learn more, visit www.nawbomemphis.org.
On Wednesday, the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America goes to the movies — the small-budget kind, not the summer blockbuster type — with a feature presentation by Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor. In case you’re unfamiliar with Jambor’s organization, Indie Memphis sponsors one of the community’s hippest annual festivals and it’s nationally renowned because of the cinematic titles screened here. Jambor will discuss the upcoming festival and offer a behind-the-scenes look at this local cultural gem.
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 includes lunch.
To save your seat, visit www.prsamemphis.org.
First up on Thursday, from 8:30 to 10:50 a.m., check out the latest installment in the Prosperity Series offered by U.S. Learning.
The program will be held at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry, and feature social media strategist Kurt Shaver of The Sales Foundry. He will discuss how to maximize sites such as LinkedIn for B2B purposes. Admission is free for Prosperity Series members, $149 for others.
To learn more, visit sww.prosperityseriesmemphis.info or call 901-767-0000.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Society of Entrepreneurs welcomes local business leader, author and consultant Terri Murphy to discuss “Ramp up Your Communication to Convert More Prospects to Profits.” Murphy will talk about emerging marketing avenues that provide better opportunities to attract clients and increase sales.
The program includes lunch and will be held at Jim’s Place, 518 South Perkins Extd. Cost is $25 and reservations are required.
And finally, if you’re free at 7 p.m. on Friday and want to feel good by doing good, head over to The Westin Memphis Beale St., 170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave. for a fundraiser to benefit students, families and school personnel in Moore, Okla., who were affected by the tornado on May 20. The Westin and the RedRover Sales and Marketing agency are partnering together to host the event, which will raise money for the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. The benefit is being coordinated by RedRover’s Angela Copeland, a native of Moore, and will include live music, special T-shirts and a silent auction. Free valet parking will be available.
Admission is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit www.memphistomoore.org.