Local Businesses Dig For Diamonds at 2006 Showcase

Monday, August 14, 2006, Vol. 121, No. 159

Aug. 14

SPIRCO and Metal Building Products host the AGAPE Child and Family Services annual Kids Classic Golf Tournament at noon. In addition to the tournament, golfers and their families can participate in a junior golf clinic, games, a silent auction and a cooking demonstration. Sponsorships start at $1,600 for teams of four. Contact Jason Burgess at 323-3600 or jason.burgess@agapemeanslove.org.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar hosts a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 6245 Poplar Ave. Charles "Chuck" Ortman will preside over the dinner featuring Ortman Wines, which are distributed locally by Memphis-based Victor L. Robilio Co. Inc. The five-course dinner with wine pairings costs $85. Call 761-2000 for more information.

Aug. 15

The Small Business Chamber holds its August breakfast meeting from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Comedy, TN, 6102 Macon Road. Guest speaker is Matt LeBlanc, national vice president of the National Speakers Association. For costs and information, e-mail Robert Staub at rstaub@smallbusinesschamber.com.

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) hosts a reception and tour of transitional housing center Presley Place, 709 St. Paul Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon. The reception will feature author Ellen Rolfes with food samples from "Graceland's Table," her cookbook of Elvis' favorite recipes. Contact Elizabeth Garrett at 529-4544 or emgarrett@mifa.org.

Aug. 16

The Memphis Regional Chamber and the Mid-South Minority Business Council present the Memphis Business Showcase 2006, "Memphis Synergies: Diamonds in Your Own Backyard," at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. The showcase is the largest business trade show in the region. Events will include a mixer, power breakfast, seminars and more. For hours, prices and other information, visit www.memphisshowcase.com or call 543-3554.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence (ANE) holds a membership orientation at 8:30 a.m. at 606 S. Mendenhall St., Ste. 108. Visit www.npexcellence.org to register.

Talk Shoppe presents "Making a Profit in Real Estate Using Hard Money Lending" from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale St. Joanne Nichols will teach participants how "hard money" can mean fast cash to buy and renovate non-owner-occupied real estate. For more information, call Talk Shoppe sponsor Jo Garner at 759-7808.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center's Memphis office hosts "How Credit Affects Your Business" from 10 a.m. to noon at Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The seminar will teach attendees ways to clean up their credit and achieve financial independence. Cost is $20. Call Yolanda Handy at 333-5085.

The Mid-South chapter of the Alzheimer's Association holds a brown bag educational lunch titled "Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults and Caregivers" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Junior League, 3475 Central Ave. For more information, call 565-0011.

The Center City Commission (CCC) presents The Jackie Johnson Band as part of the second annual Court Square Concert Series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Court Square in Downtown Memphis. The concert series runs through Oct. 25 and is free and open to the public. Call CCC special events manager Stephanie Ziemba at 575-0546 for details.

Aug. 17

Former members of the Sales and Marketing Executive Club of Memphis hold a Dutch treat luncheon meeting at 11:45 a.m. at Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., to discuss re-establishing the organization. For reservations, call Paul Cockrill at 216-1404 or Jimmy Grubbs at 461-4060.

The Memphis chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) holds its monthly technical session at 11:45 a.m. in the Medallion Restaurant at Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Guest speaker Stacy Wicktom, manager of accounting policies at International Paper Co., will present "Writing a Policy Manual." The meeting is open to the public, and the cost is $20. For reservations or more information, visit www.imamemphis.org.

Mark Ruleman's Wealth Solutions LLC presents "The Inner Struggle: Human Behavior and Investing" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Crescent Club of Memphis, 6075 Poplar Ave., ninth floor. Refreshments will be served. The presentation will be repeated Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call 680-8229 for reservations.

MPACT Memphis, the Financial Planners Association and Christian Brothers University (CBU) present "Buying a Home," the sixth in a nine-part series of financial literacy seminars, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall on the CBU campus, 650 East Parkway South. Contact Mark Jordan at 312-7760 or visit www.mpactmemphis.org to register.

Baptist Centers for Cancer Care and the American Cancer Society have formed a partnership to host a prostate cancer support group, Man to Man, at 6:30 p.m. in the Powell Library of the physician's office building, 6025 Walnut Grove Road next to Baptist Hospital-Memphis. Monthly support meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. For information, call the American Cancer Society at 725-8620 or Baptist Centers for Cancer Care at 226-4039.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens presents "Herbal Teas from the Garden" at 6:30 p.m. in the horticulture administration building, 4339 Park Ave. Horticulturist Ellen LeBlond will discuss herbal teas made from common garden plants. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Call 761-5250 to register.

Aug. 18

The Memphis office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center hosts a session on eBay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale St. The seminar will cover selling basics, opening a PayPal account and more. Cost is $50. For information, call Yolanda Handy at 333-5085.