SCORE offers pre-business planning program

The most recent figures available show that 64 percent of all net new jobs during that period were created by small businesses. The figure was even higher during the economic downturn of 2009 to 2011, when small businesses accounted for 67 percent of all net new jobs.

Of those newly launched startups, about half can expect to be around five years from now and about one-third of them will survive a decade. But most of the ones that do make it won’t do so alone because the owners fronting those companies will take advantage of training and mentoring programs to help ensure their success and avoid pitfalls that could spell danger or death for their operations.

One of the local resources helping entrepreneurs do just that is the Memphis chapter of SCORE, which offers lots of free programming for established and would-be business owners. Professional training and mentoring is provided by local executives who are committed to building up the local business community and expanding economic development in Memphis.

The organization is offering a free program this week for entrepreneurs interested in launching a startup. The “Pre-Business Planning Workshop” will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar. Keynote speaker will be Cathy Walton, former manager at FedEx and a current small business owner.

There’s no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To sign up, visit or call 901-544-3588.

For all you techies out there, on Monday evening check out the Memphis Python user group, hosted by entrepreneur, startup founder and tech wizard Brad Montgomery. The meeting runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove in Macon Academic Building C, room 171. The free meeting is open to all Python users and to those interested in learning more about Python programming. To sign up, visit

On Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar, sixth floor, check out “Interview Tips for Today’s Market” designed for folks looking to get ahead in their careers as well as for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to hire qualified team members. Keynote presenter will be Jerry Thomas of The Sedona Group and the program is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

Also on Wednesday the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host “Selling and Marketing in the Non-Profit Arena” featuring keynote speaker Jim Duncan, director of Memphis Botanic Garden. Admission to the luncheon, which will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin, is free for SMS members, $25 for registered guests who pay online and $30 for those who pay at the door. Reservations are required. To save your seat, visit

Thursday brings the August meeting of the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation with guest speaker Britt Nolan, creative director at Leo Burnett Chicago. Admission to the program, which includes lunch and runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central, is free for AAF members and students and $25 for guests. To reserve your place, visit

Also on Thursday the Society of Entrepreneurs will host its August roundtable meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at Jim’s Place, 518 S. Perkins. Cost for the event, which includes lunch, is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline to register is 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

To save your seat, visit or send an email to

And on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., check out the Memphis.Net tech gathering at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove. To learn more, visit

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