Marketing summit aimed at small business owners

Because small business owners often wear different hats — bookkeeper, manager, development officer, employee, to name but a few — some may find little time to devote to boosting their brands.

Fortunately for local entrepreneurs and executives from more established firms, the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South is hosting a summit this week that will explore workplace communication, marketing practices and sustainability strategies. The event will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin. Cost is $50 for SMS members and for folks affiliated with the Greater Memphis Chamber, or $75 for guests.

Registration is under way and seating is limited, so do yourself a favor and reserve your seat now. To learn more, visit

For an intensive program aimed pounding entrepreneurs into shape — figuratively, not literally — check out the Bootcamp for Small Businesses from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, sponsored by the Fisher & Phillips law firm. Attorneys Craig Cowart and Courtney Tomlinson will lead the workshop designed to help small business owners develop an employee handbook and reduce liability. The program will be held at Community Bank, 6910 Airways in Southaven,  and registration is required. To sign up, call Elizabeth Colhoun at 901-526-0431 or send an e-mail to

Safeguarding your personal and professional information will be the focus of “Consumer and Small Business Identity Protection” from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The program is part of the Talk Shoppe series and will be held at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar, sixth floor.

There’s no cost to attend, but registration is requested so visit to learn more.

Perhaps the week’s most haunting gathering is the “Memphis Ghosts, Cryptids and Local Legends” meeting that takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Garibaldi’s Pizza, 3530 Walker near the University of Memphis. This month’s event is tech-related and participants are invited to bring equipment and laptops to discuss the roll of technology in paranormal investigations. There will also be a discussion on software for audio and video review. To learn more, visit

Thursday brings serial entrepreneur Karen Blockman Carrier who seems to open one hip, happening and successful restaurant after another. She’ll be the keynote speaker at the next roundtable discussion sponsored by the Society of Entrepreneurs, from noon to 1 at Bar DKDC, 964 S. Cooper. The program is aimed at small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn from a pro about ways to launch and sustain a business. Cost is $25 and includes lunch, but reservations are required and deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.

To save your seat, visit or send an e-mail to

Finally, registration is underway and seating is limited for “Digital Team Building for Meeting Professionals” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 6120 Poplar.

The interactive program will guide participants in using technology to create stronger teams and support more vibrant and collaborative workspaces.

The workshop is sponsored by the local chapter of Meeting Professionals International and cost for members is $35 for those who pay in advance or $45 for those who pay at the door.

Registration is required. To save your seat, call 901-628-3207.

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