Economic & Financial

Historical Booker T. Washington High School Holds Scholarship Events

By: Tecia G. Marshall

February 24, 2017

Memphis, TN – Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, Tennessee, announces its 2017 Warrior Weekend of events.  The weekend will consist of various engaging and remarkable events that bring alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the entire community together to raise money for the STEM and scholarship fund.

Warrior Weekend will be held from Thursday, April 6 through Saturday, April 8.  Events include a business expo, community coffee, alumni basketball game, prayer breakfast, all-white affair and talent showcase.

Although it is titled, “Warrior Weekend” anyone is welcome to join the festivities.  All-inclusive tickets are $70 and individual event tickets will be available as well.


Take Back Your Life! Credit & Money Management Workshop
Presented by Operation Hope
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Room L-56
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Are you interested in budgeting, paying off debt, starting a savings plan, establishing or rebuilding your credit, but don’t know where to start? This is the workshop for you. Tracy Harmon, Financial Well-being Counselor with Operation Hope, will discuss these topics and more.
For more information, please call (901) 415-2734 or (901) 318-1264, or visit
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FAFSA Deadline Approaching! FAFSA Workshops All Over the Community!
The TN Promise deadline for the FAFSA application is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 17th.
MLK FAFSA Completion Sites (Open for FAFSA Completion)
Please share these sites with students and parents!
2-5 pm 1/13/17 Rhodes College
2-5 pm 1/13/17 Concorde Career College – Memphis, Tennessee
2-5 pm 1/13/17 Streets Ministries
12-2:30 pm 1/15/17 Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church
12-2 pm 1/15/17 Greater White Stone Missionary Baptist Church
1-4 pm 1/15/17 Cloud901 @ Memphis Public Library & Information Center
MLK FAFSA Street Team needs volunteers on 01/13/2017 sign up at
Volunteers will serve as “boots on the ground” by placing FAFSA yard signs/posters/flyers in medians, retail stores, and other public domains, and giving away FAFSA paraphernalia in several neighborhoods throughout the City of Memphis.
*Great opportunities for students to complete TN Promise hours
*Under 18 must be accompanied an adult over 21
Alton Cryer
Program Coordinator, Leadership Memphis

Your Rights as a Renter or Homeowner: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 (FREE Legal Advice)

The next session of “Your Rights as a Renter or Homeowner” will take place Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. An attorney from Memphis Area Legal Services will be on the 3rd Floor of the Central Library.

This is a great opportunity to meet with a lawyer to ask questions concerning housing!

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Resources to Empower You: Developing A Winning Business Plan 
Thursday, January 12th (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Renaissance Business Center – 555 Beale St.


Most experts would agree, developing a business plan is one of the most essential tools for business success.  A business plan helps you find hidden business flaws and makes you think carefully about each phase of your business. It is important that the business owner(s) write the business plan. Why? Owners will gain in-depth knowledge about their business which will make it easier to answer lenders, partners and other stakeholders’ questions. The process of writing your business plan will clarify what is involved in making your business work successfully.  Topics include:
  • Business Description
  • Products and Services
  • Personnel
  • Operations and Location
  • Marketing / Target Market
  • Loan Request
  • Financials


Plan for success in 2017! Limited seats available.


Sales & Use Tax Workshop
Date: Thursday, January 5th  from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Location: Renaissance Business Center – 555 Beale St.
Presenters: Tennessee Department of Revenue

Attention new business owners!  This workshop will discuss preparing a sales and use tax return. Topics include tangible personal property, tax enforcement procedures, franchise & excise taxes, business taxes, TNTAP & E-filing, and more.  Get your tax questions answered early in 2017!


Resources to Empower You: Developing a Winning Business Plan
Date: Thursday, January 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Renaissance Business Center – 555 Beale St.
Presenter: TSBDC Staff

This workshop will help you gain insights on why a business plan is important and the preparation needed to begin writing it. Major components of a business plan will be discussed as well as the supporting documentation needed for an effective plan.

As a client of TSBDC, you have access to a plethora of free services and discounts! Free online training, marketing lists, small business research, professional-grade financial projection tools, and many more. You are even able to get discounts on popular email marketing and accounting tools. Come learn more about these free services and how to take advantage of them by the time you leave this workshop.
Free Tools That Can Help You Grow
Date: Thursday, January 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Renaissance Business Center – 555 Beale St.
Presenters: TSBDC Staff


This class will offer training on various types of financing that include SBA guaranteed lending, traditional lending practices, and non-traditional lending practices. After class participants will have an understanding of lender financing, investor financing, crowdfunding and non-debt based financing.
Resources to Empower You: Understanding Commercial Lending
Date: Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance Business Center – 555 Beale St.
Presenter: Area Lenders & TSBDC Staff

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