TechFuelLaunchMemphis’ latest TechFuel networking event was all about atmosphere.  This past Thursday, Memphis technologists, media, creatives and entrepreneurs assembled at the top of Clark Tower to meet old friends, make new connections and have a great time doing it.  The evening was graciously sponsored by MPACT Memphis, who share LaunchMemphis’ mission to promote growth in the Memphis entrepreneurial community.

The LaunchMemphis group has been hosting these networking evenings as part of its ongoing effort to bring focus to entrepreneurial activities in Memphis, TN, and to deliver new technology business startups to the economy.  The organization was very successful in making progress towards this goal last year.  In that spirit, they have designed a schedule of events for 2009 that will continue moving Memphis to the forefront of the business community.

Upcoming on the LaunchMemphis Calendar are:

MPACT MemphisSocialCamp Memphis – March 6 & 7
Location: Memphis College of Art
SocialCamp Memphis is an unconference focusing on Social Media and Social Networking.  Just imagine a conference where the morning is comprised of designated speakers/topics, and the afternoon is comprised of focused discussions and impromptu presentations that are decided on by the attendees.  There will be a networking event the evening of March 6th, and the main event during the day on March 7.  See more information at the SocialCamp site and Facebook pageRegister early!

Startup Weekend Memphis 2: Back by Popular Demand – May 29, 30, & 31
Location: EmergeMemphis and Mercury Launchpad
Startup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of technologists and entrepreneurs to build a community and new business ventures in a weekend in a short 54 hours.  These motivated individuals come together form teams and decide what to make. Attendees are responsible for bringing the ideas, desire, and passion and walk out of the room with a brand new businesses launched or started.  Startup Weekend is a national program that has once again selected Memphis, TN as one of the cities that it will visit this year.  See more information and don’t forget to register.

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It’s a Girl!

February 18, 2009

tweetletAs of 12:46 this afternoon, 9 lbs 5 oz 20.5 inches worth of congratulations are due to Justin and Amber McGregor!  Sarah Kathleen McGregor was brought into the world, and is doing well.  We wish them all the best in their new life with their beautiful daughter.  Thanks to Justin for keeping us all up to date on the baby’s progress on Twitter, and to Amber for doing all the hard work. 😉

From all accounts, the baby has yet to send her first tweet… but give it time. =)

sbclogoBelow are the links you’ll want to remember for the up coming Junior Achievement “Small Biz Bike Tour.” Be sure to upload your photos to SBC social sites and tag everything with #SBCBikeTour.  We want to make sure we get the word out about this great cause, and prove that small business can make a BIG difference.

SBC Facebook Page

YouTube Group

Flickr Group

FriendFeed Room

Twitter #Tag

#SBCBikeTour

Upcoming Events to Remember:

February 19 – TechFuel Mixer

March 4 – Social Media Expedition Breakfast

March 7 – SocialCamp Memphis

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Boot Camp AttendeesThe 2009 edition of LaunchMemphis’ Boot Camp found itself bringing in a large crowd of burgeoning business developers, and filling every seat in the house.  A group of 35 Memphis entrepreneurs came together at Emerge Memphis, in downtown, to get expert advice and training on how to initiate or improve their new business.

Boot Camp is an intense, two-session course in entrepreneurship, in which professionals offer advice on all aspects of starting, successfully running, and gaining funding for a new venture.  LaunchMemphis put on their first BootCamp in 2008, and brought it back early this year due to popular demand, and thanks to a sponsorship by First Tennessee Bank.

LunaWeb President and LaunchMemphis Co-Founder, Dave Barger, had the opportunity to share a presentation about how to get the most out of your online presence and marketing plan.

dsc01184-copyThis first session, entitled Building Your Business Plan, focused heavily on the crucial basics of starting and running a business.  The morning of presentations featured hard-hitting advice from independent business consultant, Andrea Valenzuela, and Mercury Technologies Co-Founder Marc Diaz.  These were followed by sessions in which attendees were able to receive custom tailored feedback, that addressed the issues most vital to their success.

The next session, a week later, was an advanced course that featured more focused advice from experts in business related fields.  Enriching Your Business Plan, allowed entrepreneurs to hone their ideas and methods, and receive strong guidance on how to fine tune their approach, and maximize their potential.

Presenters for the second session included:

Chris Allen, Director of Marketing, Mercury Launchpad
Dave Barger, President, LunaWeb
Shelly J. Parkinson, CPA
Harry Brown, Attorney at Law
Spencer Dillard, Spencer Dillard Consulting
Eric Mathews, Co-Founder Mercury Technology Labs, LLC
Lori Turner, founder of Red Rover, a Sales and Marketing Strategy Firm

Visit LaunchMemphis for updates on future events.

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