Now that this year's red, white and blue celebrations are in the history books and many of us have returned to our normal routines, it's time to get back to business. And the week ahead offers myriad educational and social opportunities for entrepreneurs and small biz folks to get and stay connected.
To get things rolling, check out "Office Hours" sponsored by the movers and shakers at Launch- YourCity.
The twice-weekly program is set up to help people interested in launching startups gain some valuable advice from seasoned professionals. It's also a great way for small business owners to connect with some of the region's most successful business executives and learn methods to boost sales, gain new customers and improve marketing efforts.
Drop-ins are welcome and the program operates mostly on a first-come, first-served basis, but feel free to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and set up an appointment.
Hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Find out more at launchyourcity.com.
Next up, position your midweek course on a forward-looking path by joining Interactive Expedition, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central.
The breakfast gathering attracts some of the area's brightest techies, along with folks who need help navigating all those widgets on their smartphones. If you fit in anywhere along that spectrum, you'll feel at home here and you'll probably learn some cool stuff, too.
Cost is $20, or $15 each for you and a guest if you bring a first-timer.
For more information, visit meetup.com/socialexpedition/events/65678552.
Later on that day, save room for lunch and learning at the July meeting of the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
The time is still the same -- 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- but the location for this month's forum has changed to the University Club at 1346 Central. Admission is free for members, $15 for students and $25 for guests and registration is required by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
To reserve your spot, visit prsamemphis.org.
Because of last week's holiday and lots of vacation scheduling, the July meeting of WordPress Memphis has been shifted to 6 p.m. on Thursday at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee.
The monthly gatherings are designed for WordPress experts as well as for folks just getting started, so if you blog now or if you're considering diving in sometime in the future, this group is for you. There's no cost to attend, but you may be pressed upon to share any expertise you possess.
Additional details are available at meetup.com/WordPress-Memphis.
You'll likely gain invaluable information about maximizing your WordPress experience and you'll get to hang out with some pretty cool folks to boot.
And on Friday, check out the monthly installment of the In-Synk Book Club from 8 to 9 a.m. at Triumph Bank, 5699 Poplar.
Up for discussion will be "The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Improvement to Create Radically Successful Companies" by Eric Ries and the gathering promises to be informative and entertaining.
Admission is $25 or $20 each if you and a guest attend.
For details, visit in-synkleanstart.eventbrite.com.
And to wrap up your week with a close-up of the local indie film scene, head on over to the second floor of El Ranchito at 3908 Macon Road, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday for a meeting of Memphis Movie Makers.
The event is free, but a generous amount of creativity is requested.
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