For the fifth year in a row, entrepreneurship takes center stage on the second week in November. Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs through Sunday, was first organized in 2007 by Kauffman Foundation president Carl Schramm and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and included a startup group of 37 countries.
More than 3 million people from 77 nations participated in 25,000 activities during the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2008.
This year, organizers from 125 countries will stage nearly 34,000 entrepreneurship-related activities that will include nearly 8 million participants.
And just like last year, Tennessee owns the No. 1 spot on the list for most GEW-related events in the United States. Helping boost those figures are coordinators in Shelby County who have scheduled numerous activities designed to appeal to entrepreneurs of different ages and experience levels.
The longest running of these offerings is the fourth annual "Core Conversations" luncheon, a collaboration between the Society of Entrepreneurs and LaunchMemphis. This midday gathering offers up-and-comers a chance to engage in spirited dialogue with some of the area's most successful entrepreneurs and learn what worked -- and what didn't -- from the modern day founders of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The program packs a big experience in a small time frame, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the EmergeMemphis building, 516 Tennessee. Seating is limited and tickets are going fast, so make sure to reserve your spot now.
Cost is $25, deadline to register is 3 p.m. on Tuesday and you can find out more by visiting 2012coreconversations.eventbrite.com.
At the other end of the entrepreneurial scale is the GEW-themed Memphis Startup meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Launchpad inside EmergeMemphis.
This month's meeting will be a "Demo Night" with participants invited to share technology and/or design projects they're working on for clients. Each presenter gets five minutes to shine and discussion about each project will follow.
There's no cost to attend, but do the coordinators a favor and register so that they'll have an idea of how many people to expect. Learn more at meetup.com/Memphis_startup_meetup.
Now that the elections are over, many small business owners are wondering about the state of health care and the country's economic outlook and two programs this week address those issues.
First up, on Tuesday the Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council will host "2013 Healthcare Reform: How it Will Affect Your Business" from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Marriott, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for guests and includes breakfast.
To register, visit memphischamber.com.
Then on Wednesday the Area Action Council of the National Federation of Independent Business will host "Analysis of Recent and Foreseeable Trends in Our Economy" from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar. There's no cost to attend and lunch is provided, but organizers need to know how many to expect so contact Judy Parsons at email@example.com or call 615-872-5881 to get your name on the list.
For entrepreneurs interested in increasing their market share, check out "30 Ways to Outsell Your Competition" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin.
Presented by the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South, the program is free for SMS members, $25 for guests who pay online or $30 for those who pay at the door and includes lunch. To save your spot, visit sms-midsouth.org.
There are many more GEW-related activities going on this week that I don't have space to mention here, but you can get a great listing at launchmemphis.com.
And for a schedule of Global Entrepreneurship Week events here and across Tennessee, visit gewusa.org/state/tn.
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