Training

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Most of our courses are free. For fee based courses our policies for refunds can be found here:  Training Event Refund Policy


 
  
    
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Whether you are looking to diversify your product line or leverage cheaper made foreign merchandise, selling imported goods in the US can be important to success of your business. Topics will include; Identifying effective market research tools, Identifying the costs that are unique to importing and Identifying the role of the Customs Broker. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Buying or selling a small business can be a complicated process. This workshop will help you with: determining a reasonable offer price, determining a business's worth, projecting project success, and managing a purchase & sale. Opportunities to get in business through franchising will also be discussed. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Friday, May 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop will focus on Analyzing Financial Data and Setting Up Inventory: How to use the Report Center in QuickBooks, modifying reports, creating reports, learn about the types of graphs and creating and customizing several graphs. Overview of inventory, use of purchase orders, receipt of inventory items,adjust inventory manually and set up and use units of measurements. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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. Registration required. Limited seating.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The University of Tennessee's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT PTAC) will be in Memphis to advise small business owners on how to successfully compete for government contracts. Last year, PTAC specialists assisted 489 companies in Tennessee, generating more than $650 million in contract awards. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
You've thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you're ready to take the next step. Where do you go from here? this seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. This information-packed seminar will demonstrate how social media can help you in your business. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers. And you'll leave with real-world insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately to your business succeed. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
This introductory course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting their business. This session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Saturday, June 13, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The program covers SBA loan options including helping you determine which loan is best for your particular needs. Discussion will include the 5 Cs of Credit: Character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions and will conclude with specific information concerning interest rates.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, SBA staff (615) 736-7465
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
As a client of the 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. Registration is required. Limited Seating.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this course we will first identify the value and necessity of branding your business and how it ties to your personal brand. Owners will get an in depth understanding of promoting their brand, measuring brand resonance, and maintaining brand loyalty. We will identify some companies that do a great job of branding and some companies that missed the mark in branding. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will provide the nuts and bolts of information needed to become a successful exporter. Topics will include: • How to identify markets for your products and services • How to finance your export transaction • How to mitigate economic, political and financial risks There is no charge to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is required, which is available on-line at www.tsbdc.org, or by calling (615) 898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: John Ordung The date for this event is: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: John Ordung
Thursday, June 25, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Cash control is a crucial skill for every small business owner. This workshop will help you: maximize your cash flow plan for unexpected expenses, manage your money, and not let your money manage you. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Friday, June 26, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tracking and Paying Sales Tax: Set up to track sales tax, how to apply sales tax to a sale, writing check to the appropriate tax agency. Overview of payroll in QuickBooks: Different options for handling payroll, payroll setup, establish payroll schedules, writing & printing of payroll checks and paying payroll taxes. Registration is required. Limited seating.

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees), and how to get ready to see a lender.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on June 2, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things they will be confronted with in doing so. It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture. Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business. There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar. Reservations are required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org or by calling 615-898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Business Specialist
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Thursday, June 04, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Monday, June 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Friday, June 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
The Small Business Boot Camp is an essential first step for a budding entrepreneur. If you are thinking of starting a business, in the process of writing a business plan, securing financing or in need of a refresher, this is the seminar for you! During this ½ day seminar, participants will discuss practical steps to take in establishing a successful foundation to grow your business. From the business plan to securing financing, topics covered include general business matters, cash flow statements, P&L, financial ratios, marketing and management plans. This free seminar will be held at the TSU Avon Williams Campus located at 330 Tenth Avenue, North. For registration assistance, please call 615.963.7179.
Speaker: Gregory Jones
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on June 16, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things they will be confronted with in doing so. It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture. Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business. There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar. Reservations are required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org or by calling 615-898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Business Specialist
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn what information must be included in a business plan, where to find the information and how to incorporate the information into your own business plan. Discussion will include, organization, marketing, financing, cash flow and projections.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
SHOW ME THE MONEY Are you interested in starting a business but need capital in order to do so? Are you a small business owner looking for funding for growth or capital improvements? What are your small business lending options, and what does the lender look for? What are the eligibility requirements for an SBA Loan? Are there any other alternative sources of external capital? Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will help you understand the dos and don’ts of successfully obtaining external capital. There is no charge to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will be offer this Seminar on: June 18, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 pm Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-898-2745
Thursday, June 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join the SCORE counselors at Roane State Community College in West Knoxville, 132 Hayfield Road, Room 107, Knoxville, TN 37922. Bring family members and your business associates and learn what you need (financial and personal committment, licenses, insurance, etc.) to get started in business. Find out if your business idea is feasible and learn how to take advantage of SCORE's free face-to-face-counseling. There is no cost for the program but a flash drive with the SCORE ebook, "How to Start and Grow Your Business in Tennessee" will be available for purchase ($20).
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.

Business Basics

Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Introduction to Business Plans 3 – The Financials The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will be Presenting “Business Plan 3” on May 28, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. This Workshop builds on the content presented in Introduction to Business Plans 2 – The Narrative, by giving aspiring Entrepreneurs more detailed insight on the major financial components of the business plan, their source/creation and interpretation. Each of the major financial statements will be reviewed including the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Projection, how they relate to each other, and the corresponding utilization of financial analysis, with a focus on Break-Even and Ratio Analysis. This Workshop will be highlighted by a hands on exercise requiring attendees to complete an actual 12 month cash flow projection during the Workshop. The Prerequisite for this Workshop is the completion of the TSBDC-MTSU, Introduction to Business Plans 2 – The Narrative Workshop. Attendees should bring a hand held calculator, and a pencil with an eraser for the exercise (the utilization of a PC, PDA, or similar electronic device is not allowed). This workshop will be held at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 There is no charge to attend the Workshop, but reservations are required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org or by calling (615) 898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the Workshop. Accommodations are available for the handicapped.
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business Owners, let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed! Legal topics to be covered: Leases, Contracts, Powers of Attorney, Corporate Meetings and other business related legal topics.
Speaker: Charles G. Fisher, Attorney at Law, Grant Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reduce defensiveness and keep key people. Over 80% of resignations, firings, and misunderstandings are due to ineffective interpersonal communication skills. The average person believes they listen at approximately 70%. When tested, the average person only listens at 30%. Failure to listen causes conflicts and mistakes. This class teaches you how the fundamentals of asking better questions to receive and clarify information. Learn how to avoid the 4 most common mistakes of asking questions. Discover alternatives to five words and phrases that can increase defensiveness. Steer conversations toward desired results by learning the outcomes of five types of replies. Develop rapport by improving your listening skills. Price includes: certificate of completion, worksheets, and other learning materials.
Speaker: Vincent Phipps, M.A., owner of Communication VIP.
Fee: $ 90.00
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment. The workshop covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing and finance, operations, financial projections, and information-based planning and management.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, Sr. Business Specialist with TSBDC
Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Bring Your Lunch and Eat & Greet from 11:30 - Noon Join us each month as we discover a new spoke in the Growth Wheel. The interactive series focuses on building trust through marketing and public relations using the Growth Wheel process to help you Get Focused, Set Agendas, Make Decisions, and Take Action. The individual programs are not dependent upon each other - so pick and choose or attend them all Today's discussion will focus on the legal documents a business owner needs to protect their business.
Speaker: Bruce Hayes
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business Owners, let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed! Legal topics to be covered: Leases, Contracts, Powers of Attorney, Corporate Meetings and other business related legal topics.
Speaker: Charles G. Fisher, Attorney at Law, Grant Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, June 25
"Operation Boots to Business" is a Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) This workshop is for transitioning service members and veterans, you will determine if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible. How to conduct market research, and the importance of market research. Legal forms of business the opportunities and challenges, government contracting. Financing and business plan development. Entrepreneurship and small business ownership is a key opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans as they transition to civilian life. If you have a passion and the drive to start a business, this intensive training workshop is a perfect fit for you!
Speaker: Speakers include Tommy Causey, Small Business Administration; Chris Woolridge, Murray State SBDC, Henry Snorton, MEDI, Noel Bagwell, Attorney and SBDC Staff - Feleesha Johnson Austin Peay State University, SBDC.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Owners of very small businesses frequently imagine that human resources issues are for big business only. In reality, any number of laws, state and federal, apply to most businesses no matter how small. These include laws governing workplace safety, wages and hours, and workers compensation. Moreover, a business doesn't have to get very big before a number of other laws, including the Tennessee Human Rights Act, come into play. Finally, a growing business sometimes reaches the applicability of federal employment laws, including the ADA and the FMLA, without realizing these laws now apply. Learn how you can be prepared to protect your business from unwanted and avoidable human resources issues without investing more money than you can afford.
Speaker: Attorneys from Wilson Worley, P.C.
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Learn what information must be included in a business plan, where to find the information and how to incorporate the information into your own business plan. Discussion will include, organization, marketing, financing, cash flow and projections.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff

Financing

Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Are you interested in starting a business or expanding your business and are not sure if money is available? Come learn about resources available for small businesses to succeed, and where the money is! You are going to hear about the "new normal" of lending and the latest on crowd funding. This workshop will also discuss MicroMarketing— marketing strategies that are easy to implement and affordable for businesses with less than 10 employees, such as solo-preneurs, home based businesses, and small retail and service businesses.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, SBA Economic Development Specialist, and Aundrea Wilcox, Certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor™

Managing a Business

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
10 Social Media Mistakes for Small Business: Most small businesses know it’s important to use social media, but they often make critical, costly mistakes. In this workshop we will be discussing the top 10 social media mistakes small business make and how to avoid them.
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays
Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Join us for this exciting event and opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn from the successful entrepreneurial pioneers who have gone before them and created large companies from small businesses. A CEO from a successful local businesses will be joining us to share their entrepreneurial experience. A continental breakfast will be served. Registration and fee are required at least 1-2 business days in advance. We are unable to offer refunds.
Speaker: Sheila Boyington, CEO, Thinking Media
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Overview of business website best practices and how to incorporate e-commerce into your site.
Speaker: Christina Hooper, Absolute Synergy Squad
Monday, June 15, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Join us for part 2 of a 3-part series of Experience Talks for 2015. All three series will cover Funding options for your small business. For this session, we will discuss the benefits/disadvantages, and differences between Venture and Angel Funding. Lunch will be provided to registered participants at no charge with the help of our event sponsor, Cornerstone Community Bank. Event Location: Camp House, 149 E. ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
Speaker: To Be Announced....

Managing Employees

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this webinar you will learn about the Affordable Care Act as it applies to companies with zero to 25 employees, 25-50 employees and 50 to 100 employees. The webinar will also discuss some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the ACA.
Speaker: David Tiller
Location: Online

Business Accounting and Budget

Monday, June 01, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The instructor will be reviewing the top 10 bookkeeping mistakes which all small business owners should avoid. Practical solutions to overcome these issues and ideas on office efficiency will be discussed. Topics include how to set up your QuickBooks or accounts in order to capture the information you and your accountant need, employing family members, how to read a financial statement, what receipts to keep, and how to expense your meals. Bring your QuickBooks questions for the question and answer period at the end of the class.
Speaker: Presented by Lynn Talbott, PHR, HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This class is designed for those who have at least 6 months of QuickBooks Desktop experience or are returning to QB after a few years off and need to get refresher. We’ll cover customizing, preferences, asset management, equity accounts, report center, live community, online banking, attachment features, batching invoices, recurring and memorizing transactions and much more. Computers provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This class is designed for those who have QBO and want to learn how to move around more efficiently. We’ll cover how to open multiple windows, customizing preferences, equity accounts, report center, live community, online banking, attachment feature, batching invoices, emailing from QuickBooks and advance find. Please bring a laptop if you have one. Computers otherwise provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO 10 REGISTRANTS Discover the basic features in QuickBooks and the types of information you need to track in your business! If you are a new user of QuickBooks, you are invited to attend a hands-on training class to be held at the Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University. * Manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses) * Reconcile accounts * Use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends This free seminar will be held at the TSU Avon Williams Campus located at 330 Tenth Avenue, North. To register for this seminar, please call 615.963.7179
Speaker: Thomas Tate
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business Owners, let the CPA know your area of interest and become informed! Accounting topics to be covered: - Financial literacy: What do the numbers mean? - Record keeping basics: How do you keep up with the money? - And Business planning basics
Speaker: Ladell McCullough and Adam Osborne, CPA, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
Friday, June 26, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Accounting is the language of business. It is how a business “keeps score”, and tells whether a business is profitable or not. Learn more about accounting for small businesses in this free workshop. Topics covered include: - Types of financial statements (income statement, cash flow statement, balance sheet) - Do’s and Don’ts - Best practices - Resources available
Speaker: Kate Antone, CPA with Pugh CPAs

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM
Did you know that more people are likely to learn about your business on social media than they are through newspaper, radio advertising or the yellow pages? Social media is the fastest growing way to reach customers, with more and more people signing up for social networks every single day. While print newspapers are experiencing terrible decline, the number of people getting their news through social networks is on the rise. Ninety-seven percent of all consumers say that they research businesses online, while the majority of people say that they only reference the Yellow Pages as their third or fourth resource. Social Media is the single best way for you to connect with your customers, but chances are, you don’t have the time or the money to engage online. That’s why Social Joey was created. Learn from one of the experts at Social Joey, a Cleveland, Tennessee company, how you can grow your business through social media marketing. Some of the statistics and behind-the-scene facts will surprise even the most tech savvy among you! This presentation will take place at the Holiday Inn Express at 4355 Holiday Inn Express Way Northwest, Cleveland, TN 37312 - behind Longhorn Steakhouse. A boxed lunch will be provided -- but you must register first!
Speaker: Jack Fromm, Social Joey
Monday, June 01, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
THIS IS A CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - NO REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN HERE. Read below to see details about the course, and visit https:/www.tsbdc.org/ttu/etsy to apply to be a participant. Craft Entrepreneurship: Learn How to Create an Online Shop for your Craft Products! Do you already make custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products for sale or gift giving? If so, this course will teach you how to start an online shop for your unique line of handcrafted items. In partnership with Etsy, a leader in e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University is offering free classes to help craft makers like you establish an online business to sell your products to a wider market and earn extra income. Craft Entrepreneurship classes are taught by successful online craft sellers who coach and support participants through every aspect of setting up their online shops. Using Etsy as a learning lab, teachers share best practices on topics that impact new sellers most, including time management, branding, pricing, shipping, and photography, to help them earn supplemental income through their craft business. To minimize startup costs, students will be given the opportunity to list 20 items for sale for free on Etsy.com. “I am so excited to finally be able to offer this program,” said Jen Dangelo, director of the TSBDC at TTU, who has been on a waiting list with Etsy to offer this program for over six months. “We have so much local talent in the Upper Cumberland, and I want to make sure everyone has a chance at being able to successfully market and sell their handmade items.” Eligibility requirements: - Have at least one handmade craft item ready to sell, and an idea for a related line of products. - Commit to attending 4 weeknight classes and 1 Saturday class (about 12 hours total) - Reside in the Upper Cumberland area - Have never made any sales* on Etsy.com - Have a credit card and checking account (necessary for sales transactions) - Have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection *It is possible to have a store on Etsy.com but have never made sales.
Speaker: Ruth Cooper
Thursday, June 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on NETWORKING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Planning participation in networking activities • Using your network to get introduced to new contacts • Mapping your current personal and professional network • Scheduling time to keep in touch with important people in your network • Organizing events to boost and expand your network Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox - KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Bring Your Lunch and network at 11:30 a.m. or just come for the program which begins at noon. Learn how to optimize your Google presence and develop an online and inbound marketing strategy. Learn what Google really favors for proper SEO, blogging, and Social Media promotions. Discover useful tools to create lead generation campaigns and take advantage of mobile opportunities and learn more about "Google My Business" interface.
Speaker: Sandi and Wayne Sturm,

Government Contracting

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How can you become one of the Federal Government's suppliers? This seminar covers the basics of government contracting. Some of the topics include: How to market to the Federal Government, how to find government business opportunities, information regarding federal codes, how to find information on the Internet related to government contracting, and understanding the government contracting process.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The City of Knoxville is hosting this workshop to aid businesses interested in bidding city contracts. Products and services range from food and beverages to furniture and vehicles to janitorial services and landscaping supplies. Attendees will hear from city department representatives about upcoming projects, bid opportunities, how to qualify to bid and how best to compete in the bidding process.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services will present this program which is designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government purchasing. Participants will learn how to participate in the governmental contracting process and bid successfully in the government marketplace.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This event is offered at no charge. Brown-bag lunch, bring your own. 1 CPE credit for attending! ************************************************************************************************************************* When performing work under a government contract, whether as a prime or a lower-tier subcontractor, the costs billed are being paid by a federal government agency.  With that in mind, the timesheet becomes a legal document and a source document in the payment process.  When an employee signs their timesheet, they are certifying that the charges on their timesheet are accurate and correct.  Falsifying a timesheet is a federal offense and subject to criminal charges. ***So, how do you ensure compliant labor tracking?*** Bring a lunch and join us for an up close look at: * Requirements for a compliant timekeeping system * What to look for in an electronic time-sheet * Timesheet Floorchecks / Audits
Speaker: Laura Davis, President, SCS Consulting
Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
GSA purchases a broad range of goods and services for the federal government. GSA’s Federal Supply Service Schedules Program is a $20 + billion program. GSA Schedules have become increasing popular because many contracting officers, federal purchasers and vendors find them very quick and easy to use. The objective of this training is to review the GSA procurement process; explain terms and definitions, “how to get on schedule,” as well as review the basic preliminary steps involved in doing business with the Federal Government. Key Session Topics: * Enhance your understanding of how GSA Schedules are used in the Federal Acquisition process. * Regardless of your GSA Schedule interest, bring your questions to the seminar regarding filling out a GSA contract. * Get tips on marketing to the Federal Government while on the GSA Schedule.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks, The University of Tennessee-PTAC
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
What do the following business services have in common - electrical work, painting, real estate services, HVAC, printing, professional services, or catering? The Metro Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) spent over $10 million with area small businesses for these services and many others at Nashville International and John C. tune Airports. If you are interested in becoming one of the suppliers of services to the MNAA please plan on attending our Workshop – Doing Business with the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. This outstanding Workshop will be hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center – MTSU. It will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. This workshop is open to the public, but attendance will be limited. Registration is required, but there is no charge for attendance. Refreshments will be served. To register for this event go to www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745.

DHS Child Care Center

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
How to Start and Succeed in a Childcare Small Business
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director TN Small Business Development Center