MEMPHIS BUSINESS JOURNAL | MEAGAN NICHOLS
Halloween might seem distant, but for businesses in Downtown Memphis preparations for the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure start now.
June 24, Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC and representatives from Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth hosted an informational session at Cafe Keough to provide local businesses ideas on ways to support and capitalize on the race moving from the suburbs to Downtown.
“There is no other race, there is no other walk in our entire community that does what we do,” said Elaine Hare, executive director of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth. “Little Rock, Arkansas has 30,000 people that do their Race for the Cure. We are Memphis, Tennessee and we can do that and better I know.”
News the race was headed Downtown was announced in April and now organizers are getting the surrounding retailers, restaurants, hotels and various organizations ready for a minimum of 20,000 people to ascend on the city October 31.
Doug Carpenter walked attendees Wednesday night through a slideshow of ideas on ways they could get involved. Everything from pink receipts, to specialty pink food items, to various pink décor options were discussed.
“I would hate for somebody to wake up November 1 and realize what they could have done for their business and they missed it,” Carpenter said. “So here’s a warning shot right here.”