Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Networking Event for Small Business Owners

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

As part of National Start-a-Business Month, Memphians will have the chance to learn the importance of networking at the event, “Networking in Memphis,” on March 28th.

The gathering will bring together professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners at Jack Robinson Gallery on 44 Huling Ave. The event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Kelly Price, CEO of Networking in Memphis, said he spearheaded the event after noticing the lack of venues that brought together aspiring and professional entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and small business owners.

“What we try to do is provide the venue for young entrepreneurs who want to come out and learn from experienced business owners so they can become business owners,” Price said. “Being able to work with another entrepreneur who’s been successful will always create a better environment. A lot of people may not know an entrepreneur to be mentored by. We match all those things together.”

With the event, establishments “that are not high on the chain of businesses” are being targeted, Price said.

Vendors will be on hand at the event to provide information on how to successfully start a business. A bank representative will share tips on acquiring loans, and members from the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce are also expected to be in attendance.

Price encourages young professionals to learn how to exchange ideas and interact in a networking environment.

“Networking is so important. It’s almost as important as gaining finances,” Price said. “It gets you an opportunity to talk with entrepreneurs about mistakes they’ve made, successes they’ve had, and the heartache part of it. That’s what networking is about, to be able to exchange ideas with others for a greater good.”

There will be complimentary refreshments, wine, and door prizes at the event. Admission is $10.

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