The 15th Annual Economic Development Forum
August 23-25, 2022
Robert R. Church, Sr. Achievement Awards Luncheon
November 16, 2022 | 11:30 am
Holiday Inn - University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Click here to Register
Clear Path to Cash – Virtual Financial Management Course (Virtual)
(Two opportunities to attend one of the 2 week cohorts)
Cohort 1: February 8, 9, 10 and February 15, 16, 17
Cohort 2: March 8, 9, 10 and March 22, 23, 24
Joint Venture Series (Virtual)
April 6, 13, 20
Five key areas will be presented to help you determine if a joint venture is the right growth strategy for your business.
Certified Payroll (In-Person)
May 4 or May 18
9:00 am - 11:00 am
(Two classes offered for each session. It is suggested that you plan to attend both one session for each training)
Bidding and Estimating Class (In-Person)
May 11 or May 25
9:00 am – 11:00 am
How To Workshops presented by FedEx subject matter experts (Virtual)
May 10 - Marketing Strategy
A foundational discussion to demystify the topic of strategic thinking, and how to connect with customers, employees, and stakeholders. The workshop is guided by Coresa Hogan, Product Manager Advisor for FedEx Dataworks. Coresa is responsible for developing new technology to help E-commerce businesses become more sustainable and more profitable.
May 17 or 31 - Digital Marketing Campaigns
This Campaign will take a step-by-step look at the development of key decisions, data, and analysis that you need to guide a company through a successful Digital Marketing Campaign. Wendy K. McNamara is the Digital Marketing Manager of the “US My FedEx Rewards Loyalty Program and Platform” and is responsible to deliver incremental revenue and drive retention of the Small and Medium business segment.
May 24 – Design Thinking
Everybody wants to lead the ‘pack” to ensure viability, sustainability, and growth. But how can the small business owner keep pace with the larger competitors who have deep pockets, earmarked specifically to innovate? This presentation will discuss practical ways to innovate, manage change, inspire your team, and delight your customers while winning new ones! Cindy Van Den Berge is an award-winning quality management and process improvement professional with an MBA with an emphasis on technology management.
Crafting a Winning Capability Statement (Virtual)
July 27, 2022
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Elevate Your Elevator Pitch (In-Person)
August 10, 2022
9:00 am – 12 pm
Click to register
Watch to see if you should enhance your elevator pitch! Call for more information: (901) 525-6512.
8a Certification Training – Presented in Partnership with PTAC
September 7, 2022
9:00 am – 11:00 am
December 6, 2022
Details coming soon
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC strengthens inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities.
Home of the DiversityInc Top 50 corporations – which utilizes select criteria to rank corporations that understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The Top 50 List has evolved significantly and continues to be refined and improved to reflect how rapidly companies are adapting these strategies. DiversityInc is also home to Luke Visconti’s “Ask the White Guy”, which is his response to today’s challenging topics and issues around diversity and inclusion.
The BDR encourages corporate entities to continue growing their supplier diversity programs by increasing commitment and spending levels each year. The BDR inducts new members bi-annually.
U.S. Department of Commerce – MBDA MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps to create and sustain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of businesses owned and operated by minority entrepreneurs.
In November 2013, The MMBC Continuum partnered with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to replicate The MMBC Continuum model in six communities within the DRA footprint. The initial investment of $250,000 introduced The MMBC Continuum as a partner in DRA’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative to diversify the region's economic base, create and retain jobs, increase the competitiveness of existing businesses, foster the development and use of innovative technologies, and enhance entrepreneurial activity.
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through its Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Authority has invested nearly $8 million in small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Delta, creating or retaining nearly 1,000 jobs and leveraging $13 million in other public and private investment.
As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the EDA plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development, particularly in economically distressed areas of the United States.
Memphis Tomorrow is an association of CEOs of Memphis' largest businesses. Their purpose is to engage the highest-ranking officers, and the resources of their companies, in fostering prosperity and quality of life for all who live in our community..
Their initiatives are focused in those areas which directly impact economic growth and opportunity, including: human capital development, industry development, and public safety.
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
Resource provider for businesses in Tennessee.
MAAG is an organization promoting and assisting in economic and community development in Fayette, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby counties in Tennessee, DeSoto County in Mississippi; and Crittenden County in Arkansas.
Greater Memphis Chamber
For more information about Chamber events click here.
State of Tennessee - Economic & Community Development
For more information visit: www.tn.gov/ecd/
Black Business Association of Memphis
For more information visit: www.bbamemphis.com
New Memphis Institute
(formerly Leadership Academy)
For more information visit: www.newmemphis.org
For more information visit: www.leadershipmemphis.org
For more information visit: www.nawbomemphis.org
RBC-Renaissance Business Center
For more information visit: www.cityofmemphis.org
Memphis Bioworks Foundation
For more information visit: www.memphisbioworks.org
For more information visit: www.epicentermemphis.com
For more information visit: neverstop.co
WIN (Workforce Investment Network)
For more information visit: www.workforceinvestmentnetwork.com
MAMCA (Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association)
For more information visit: www.memphisminoritycontractors.org
BERO (Business Economic Resource Office)
Economic & Community Development - State of Tennessee
For more information visit: www.tn.gov/ecd
Tennessee Small Business Development Centers
For more information visit: www.tsbdc.org
City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance
For more information visit: www.memphistn.gov/Government/Business-Diversity-Compliance
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