Networking in Memphis: 8 Rockin’ Groups for Meeting Other Professionals
Networking in Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of rock and roll, is more about heart and soul than about passing out business cards. And there’s no better way to get ahead than to get out in the city and get connected. Memphis is the largest city on the Mississippi River, making it a prime spot for business during the riverboat days of yore. Now, major companies like FedEx call it home. Making your way in Memphis is a lot easier with a strong network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts. Whether you’re new to the city or a Memphis native, these eight groups offer something for everyone to love. (Click here to tweet this list of Memphis-based groups.) Startup Grind’s Memphis chapter offers opportunities for entrepreneurs who think big: big speakers, big ideas, and so on. Past speakers have included Kim Heathcott of Clarion Security, James Ruffer of PAAY, Jerome Hardaway from Frago, and a LiveStream meeting with Guy Kawasaki (most recently of Canva). Meetings include time for open networking, a light meal, and a fireside chat with the guest speaker about topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and startups. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. The meetings do not have a set date each month, but are typically held on a weekday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Career Transition Groups devoted to helping people build job search skills and find a great new career after a job loss. Meetings are available every day of the week in a number of different locations, making it easy for anyone to find time to visit a group. Although many of the meetings are held in churches and other houses of worship, the CT Groups aren’t religious. All of the meetings and online resources -- and there are many -- are free. Membership in the organization is free and open to anyone, employed or not, but you can only sign up in person at one of the many Memphis-area meetings.
4. UndercurrentUndercurrent is not your typical business mixer. It’s a free monthly social gathering designed to get people out and get people connected. Don’t expect to hand out stacks of business cards, but do expect to meet an exciting group of people who are all about making things happen. This is a great group for young professionals, people who are new to Memphis, or anyone who prefers a more vibrant and interactive networking scene. There’s no membership and no cost to attend Undercurrent events. Most events are held on the last Monday of the month starting at 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., at great locations like Central BBQ, Bounty on Broad, and LBOE Restaurant. Spaces are limited, so check out the Undercurrent Facebook page to learn more and make your reservation for the next event. students (who pay $57 per year) to young professionals ($150 per year) to professionals ($260 per year). Members receive discounted attendance to the monthly luncheons, along with other benefits, but monthly events are open to the public at a rate of $25 per event. BNI has several chapters in the Memphis area, allowing potential members to visit a few groups to see if the structure and members are a good fit before committing. Location, time of day, and industries represented varies by group, so it’s a good idea to get in touch to find out which chapter would be a good fit for your business. Where are your favorite places to network in the Memphis area? Shelby Blanchard Stogner is a freelance copywriter and blogger who helps businesses get the word out about the great work they're doing. Visit her on the web for marketing tips and advice on how your business can swim with the sharks.
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