Are you a small-business owner? Would you like an update on providing
health care coverage for your employees?
Then you'll want to make time on your schedule from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday to attend a forum focusing on the Affordable Care Act. The program is sponsored by the Memphis Area Action Council, which is the local arm of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Featured presenter will be Beth Milito, senior executive counsel with the NFIB Small Business Legal Center in Washington, D.C. She will discuss health care coverage, labor law and regulatory enforcement issues affecting small businesses.
The program, which is free and includes lunch, will be held at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar. However, seating is limited and reservations are required by noon on Tuesday, so contact Sarah Waters at sarah.waters@NFIB.org or call 615-872-5331 to reserve your place.
Earlier that day, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, B.I.G. for Memphis will host the first segment in its "Computer Crime" series of workshops to help small business owners avert technology crises. Featured presenter will be Michael Drake, founder and CEO of masterIT. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Phelps Security at 4932 Park. Do the organizers a favor and call 901-365-9728 if you plan to attend so that they'll have adequate seating available.
At midday on Wednesday, the Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host "Think Big -- Make Love," a workshop on how to improve customer service by creating emotional connections that will make them believe they can't live without you. Keynote presenter will be Mignonne Wright, president of Macadvantage.
The program, which includes lunch, runs from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin. Admission is free for SMS members, $25 for guests who pay online and $30 for those who pay at the door. Reservations are required. To learn more, visit sms-midsouth.org.
First up on Thursday, the Memphis Black Business Association will host a forum on the economic impact of the Aerotropolis Project and its effect on minority businesses. Keynote speaker will be Chad Bowman, the Aerotropolis Master Plan Project Manager with the city of Memphis. The program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale. There's no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. To sign up, send an email to bbamemphis.com or call 901-525-9300.
Later that morning, help celebrate the second anniversary of the Memphis chapter of Business Over Coffee International by attending their networking and professional education program from 9 to 11 a.m. at the BOCI headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 300. Attorneys Dan and Debra Norwood will discuss toxic humor in the workplace and how to diffuse it. Admission is free for BOCI members and first-time guests, $10 for others. To learn more, visit businessovercoffee.biz.
At noon on Thursday, the Society of Entrepreneurs will welcome local technology guru and LunaWeb founder Dave Barger, who will present "Essential Apps for Entrepreneurs" at Jim's Place East, 518 S. Perkins.
Cost for the hourlong program is $25 and included lunch, but reservations are required by 3 p.m. Tuesday. To save your seat, visit soeapril2013roundtable.eventbrite.com or email email@example.com.
And if you're planning to be in Nashville on Thursday -- or if you're a tech geek and need a reason to be -- then check out a free event sponsored by Google/YouTube.
Representatives from Google/YouTube will host a "Google For Creators" workshop. The event will feature interactive programs for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to learn how to promote their work. The forum runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Anthem in the Gulch, 125 12th Avenue North. Admission is free, but tickets are going fast and you have to register to attend. For more information, visit googleforcreators.com.
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