MORE launches tool for business owners

The Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise officially launches a new tool this week aimed at providing economic and development information for small business owners.

The office will offer a primer on its interactive website at a public forum on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 125 N. Main.

MORE, which was created in 2012 by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton as a centralized system to assist entrepreneurs with issues such as how to obtain business licenses and how to bid on city contracts, is a one-stop entry point where small business owners may turn to find the appropriate contacts for professional resources. The new online portal will help streamline the process even further.

There’s no cost to attend the program, but seating is limited and registration is required by 4 p.m. Monday. For more information, send an e-mail to or call 901-544-1848.

On Tuesday, the Greater Memphis Chamber hosts “What Every Business Needs to Know About Marketing in Today’s Economy” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baptist Memorial Health Care campus at 6027 Walnut Grove, Medical Plaza B. Keynote speaker will be RedRover marketing agency founder Lori Turner-Wilson. The program, which includes lunch, is complimentary for Chamber members, but seating is limited and registration is required. To learn more, visit

Also on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host a speed networking luncheon at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway. Admission is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for guests, $35 for those who pay at the door and reservations are required. To learn more, visit

On Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. check out “Build Your Customer Base Using Automated Systems,” the latest workshop in the Talk Shoppe series for small business owners. Keynote speaker will be Jeremy Veldman of Memphis Cash Cow. The program will be held at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar, sixth floor.

There’s no charge to attend, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. To sign up, visit

Later on Wednesday, the local chapter of the Project Management Institute Memphis will host “The International Port of Memphis Multimodal Expansion Project” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Doubletree Hotel’s Azalea Conference Room, 5069 Sanderlin.

Keynote speaker will be Randy Richardson, executive director of the Memphis/Shelby County Port Commission. Admission, which includes dinner, is $15 for members and $20 for guests. To reserve your seat, visit

And on Thursday, the Memphis Java user group will host “It’s the End of the Cloud as We Know It” for local techies at 6:30 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove. Featured presenter will be Matt Stine, a software developer and engineer with Cloud Foundry.

The program is free, but organizers would like to get an accurate head count to ensure adequate seating, so visit to add your name to the list.

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