Mid-South companies looking for qualified workers

Amid financial concerns about the impact of the government shutdown and worries about a stalled economy, many will find it encouraging to realize that numerous area companies are growing and looking for qualified workers.

Evidence of that will be on display Tuesday in Southaven at the DeSoto County Area Job Fair that will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Dr. Nearly 50 companies and organizations will be accepting applications for a variety of open positions. Some of the businesses participating will be FedEx Ground, Gold Strike Casino, Kelly Services and Mitsubishi. For details, visit jobfairs.ms.gov.

On Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Business will present “When it Comes to Growing Your Business, is it Strategy or is it Illusion” at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway. Keynote presenter will be Shawn Karol Sandy, chief revenue officer for The Selling Agency. Admission, which includes lunch, is $25 for NAWBO members, $30 for guests who pay online and $35 for those who pay at the door. Registration is required. To save your seat, visit nawbomemphis.org.

Wednesday morning brings Talk Shoppe from 9 to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar, sixth floor. The program, which is designed for small business owners, will be “The Intersection of Bankruptcy and You: How Someone Else’s Bankruptcy Could Affect Your Business” and will feature local bankruptcy attorney Bruce Ralston. There’s no charge to attend, but registration is appreciated so visit talkshoppe.biz to save your seat.

Later on Wednesday, head over on your lunch break at 11:30 a.m. to Panera Bread at 4530 Poplar in the Laurelwood Shopping Center for the MemTech gathering of area innovators. There’s no agenda, just an open invitation to discuss business, smartphones, software and technology. No need to sign up, just show up, grab lunch and join the conversation.

On Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Memphis Tech Security conference will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main. There will be vendors in the exhibit area and industry speakers discussing topics such as security measures for email, mobile and wireless devices and USB drives. To learn more, visit dataconnectors.com.

Also on Thursday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale, will be the Black Business Association’s networking and professional development forum. Featured speaker will be Tab Buford of FranNet discussing small business franchising opportunities. There’s no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To sign up, call (901) 526-9300.

And don’t forget about the upcoming “Memphis Idea Fest” hosted by Obsidian Public Relations on Oct. 29. The event may be weeks away, but deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Thursday. Seven small businesses will be selected for the free program, which will include training sessions on public relations and communications issues. To apply, visit obsidianpr.com.

To learn more about entrepreneurship, business development and related topics, visit StartupMemphis.com, a site hosted by The Commercial Appeal.

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