Small Business seminar to explore health care coverage

With all the questions surrounding health care reform and what that means for individuals and businesses, an upcoming program sponsored by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council is certain to draw a sizable crowd.

Translation: Reserve your seat now.

“Operating on the Affordable Care Act: What it Means for You, Your Employees and Your Business” will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Oct. 17 at Hotel Memphis (formerly the Memphis Marriott), 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Guest speaker will be Walter Perry, state district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Admission, which includes breakfast, is $25 for chamber members and $30 for guests. Registration is required. For more information, visit

On Monday, the Engineers’ Club of Memphis will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central. John Zeanah with Mid-South Greenprint will present “Mid-South Regional Greenprint Vision Plan.” The meeting is free and lunch will be available for $15. Reservations aren’t required but if you’d like to learn more, visit

First thing on Wednesday, check out the Interactive Expedition gathering from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central.

The group is a collection of technophiles of varying levels of expertise, from novices to pros, who share innovative tips and digital tools in a casual setting. Cost is $20 and includes breakfast, but the price drops to $15 each for participants who bring a first-time guest.

Reservations are requested. To register, visit

From 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, author and professional speaker Bradley Harris will discuss “How Do You Appear To Your Customers?” during the free Talk Shoppe meeting at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar, sixth floor. The program is aimed at small business owners and representatives to help improve productivity and attract new clients.

To learn more, visit

If you’re free for lunch on Wednesday, check out the Mem Tech group that will meet at Panera Bread in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, 4530 Poplar. There is no agenda and no program, this is just a casual gathering of like-minded folks to discuss technology as it relates to business, smartphones and software. Drop by and join the conversation, no registration required.

For students of design — and those who appreciate creative arts — the members of the Memphis chapter of AIGA will host a “Student Crawl and Mixer” beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Oden, 119 S. Main, Suite 300. The group will tour the agency and then move on to another tour at 4 p.m. at Combustion, 630 S. Cooper. And the inaugural event will wrap up from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chiwawa, 2059 Madison. The casual gathering is aimed at introducing design students to some of the brightest creative minds in the city and some of the professionals on hand will be representing archer>malmo, Red Deluxe, RocketFuel and Simple Focus. Visit to find out more.

On Thursday evening, bloggers — and those who want to be — are invited to the monthly WordPress Memphis meeting at 6 p.m. at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee. The group attracts a diverse roster, from those who want to learn more about how to use WordPress for personal use to more experienced business leaders and consultants who use the online platform to attract customers and promote their companies. The program is free, but registration is requested. Visit to add your name to the list.

Friday evening from 7 to 8:30 at 2804 Bartlett Road, Suite 2, feel free to stop by the Mid-South Makers open house and hang out with some local creatives who support a richer community that showcases art, crafting, science and technology. There’s no admission fee, just stop by and meet the innovators. To learn more, visit

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