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August

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
TSBDC is partnering with 3E Social to deliver a seminar & discussion on how to utilize social media for your business. A brief overview of various social media platforms, their respective audiences and posting best practices on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
Speaker: Lisa Brown, owner of 3E Social
Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on LEGAL ISSUES. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to defining required legal documents • Selecting legal company structure • Ensuring corporate compliance with laws and regulations • Enrolling in insurance plans. 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™
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
$10,000 GRANT for qualifying Small Businesses The Nashville Business Incubation Center has received a grant to expand their successful Incubator Without Walls.  Acceptance into this program gives you access to management and technical assistance, a network of vendors and resources and one on one business coaching. Coaching can be performed in their offices or in the comfort of your own office through their virtual training venue.  They can assist in the  areas of finance, marketing, operations , legal guidance and a myriad of other services. If you own a construction or manufacturing business (including the manufacturing of food, jewelry, or metal products) which is located outside the city of Jackson or Shelby County and have five (5) or fewer employees, you may qualify for a grant through the LiftTN:Microenterprise for a one year program in the virtual Incubator Without Walls.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Sponsored by Lawhorn CPA Group, Inc. and presented by Sarah Alexander, Results HR
Speaker: Sarah Alexander, Results HR
Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
When deciding how to brand your company and message, it is easy to resort traditional methods of marketing. Ultimately, you run the risk of becoming just another business or company that provides the same thing everyone else provides. Therefore, we will address innovative strategy that you can use to differentiate your message and brand. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Topic: Strong Organization All businesses, from pre-venture start-ups to established enterprises, must address four key challenges. They need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization. Co-sponsored by the City of Chattanooga, come participate in a hands-on workshop introducing the GrowthWheel toolkit, and focus on a different challenge each session. Lunch & materials included in the session fee.
Speaker: Ivette Rios and Lynn Chesnutt, SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 26, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Hands-on and interactive, this session provides a personal QuickBooks learning experience. Topics include creating a company, navigation in QuickBooks, using lists, banking, customer center and more. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Friday, August 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
You will learn: *Federal contractor's qualifications *Accounting system requirements *Estimating system requirements *How to structure your compliant accounting/estimating infrastructure “ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF SMALL FIRMS AND INDIVIDIALS WHO NEED TO DEVELOP ACCURATE AND SUPPORTIVE FEDERAL ESTIMATES AND BIDS.” WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS ESTIMATING AND BIDDING TRAINING? Small Business Owners, Estimators and Project Managers Registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bidding-estimating-workshop-tickets-26910919284
Speaker: Ruffin Consulting, PC.
Friday, August 26, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Monday, August 29, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) account for 40 percent of global GDP and more than 800 million consumers. The TPP includes top markets such as Canada, Mexico and Japan; fast growing Asian markets such as Malaysia and Vietnam; and important Latin American markets such as Peru and Chile. In 2015, TPP countries accounted for 45 percent of all U.S. exports. For U.S. companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, the agreement offers great potential for increasing global sales in today’s increasingly competitive global economy. In 2014, $18.3 billion of Tennessee’s exports went to TPP countries, accounting for 56 percent of the Tennessee’s total export sales. At this roundtable event, we will discuss: • Opportunities in Latin America and in the Asia Pacific • How the TPP cuts through red tape and makes it easier to export • What new market access will be provided to American companies • How the agreement makes for a more level playing field • How the TPP will reduce costs for your export sales Monday, August 29, 2016, 10:00AM – 12:00PM Baker Donelson 19th Floor, Republic Centre 633 Chestnut Street Chattanooga, TN 37450 *Walk in registration begins at 9:30am - Space is Limited - Follow the link to reserve your spot - [ http://tndec.com/index.php/component/dtregister/?Itemid=99999&eventId=34&controller=event&task=individualRegister ] ** For additional information, please call Rob Leach, Director of the Knoxville USEAC at 865-545-4637 or at robert.leach@trade.gov.
Speaker: Judy Rising Reinke, Deputy Director General, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce / Paul Bonovich, President, Consolidated Inventory Supply and Chair, Tennessee District Export Council / Jim Frierson, Founder, Compass Innovation and former Chief of Staff of the US Trade Representative / Tom Griffin, Director of Government and Export Sales, Miller Industries / John M. Scannapieco, Shareholder & Global Business Team Co-leader, Baker Donelson / Robert Leach, Director, Knoxville-US Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Monday, August 29, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
What is this PokemonGo craze? How can it benefit my business? Steps to take in putting it to work for your business. Interactive “PokeHunt” for Demonstration (A representative from your business will need to have the PokemonGo app installed and an account set up on a SmartPhone in order to get the full understanding from the interactive demonstration.)
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Do you want to stay ahead of others with the latest updates on Instagram? Do you often struggle on what to post? Join this workshop to learn the tips and strategies of local successful Instagram accounts.
Speaker: M. Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, MBA, Founder of Beyond Engagement—Social Media Solutions
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
New overtime rules will be in effect beginning December 01, 2016. Are you ready? Now is the time to prepare your business for overtime compliance and avoid possible costly penalties! Know the rules and have a game plan in place BEFORE the new regulation takes effect by attending this special Lunch-and-Learn session! Laura Davis, President of Strategic Consulting Solutions and Michael Moschel, Member at Bass, Berry and Sims will present insight to the new regulations. Here is what we will be covering: Detailed analysis of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules impacting the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the FLSA, including: - Content of the rules, and their exclusions - What good news these present for employers - Practical guidance on whether reclassification is the proper response - How employers should approach preparations for compliance - Accounting compliance for the changes
Speaker: Laura Davis (President, SCS) and Michael Moschel (Member at Bass, Berry and Sims)
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs

September

Thursday, September 01, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
This workshop will discuss preparing a sales and use tax return. Supporting and reporting exempt sales and maintaining adequate records. Registration is Required. Limited Seating. This is a free workshop. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, September 01, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on BUSINESS IDEA. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to the mission of your company • The vision of what it could become • The story of how it came to be • Your ambitions for where the company is going. 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™
Thursday, September 01, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The Workshop is for: construction or manufacturing businesses with 5 or fewer employees who are interested in engaging in government contracting. Points of discussion will include: Federal contractor's qualifications, accounting system requirements, estimating system requirements, and how to structure your accounting/estimating infrastructure.
Speaker: Eric Ruffin, President/CEO, Ruffin Consulting, PC.
Thursday, September 01, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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, September 03, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Here’s a look at what we’ll cover: What are the FREE Google Tools available for my business? Which ones are the best for me? What is the benefit my business will see from using FREE Google apps? Leave with a FREE Google Ad set up online for your business!
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans. MBA Director of the TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Through this workshop you will learn 1. to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. 2. to examine the potential market for your business idea. 3. the basics of starting a business including the requirements of the loan process.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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, September 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on FUNDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to brand definition and the brand authenticity • identifying brand role models • improving customer loyalty 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™
Thursday, September 08, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The SBDC staff will work with business owners and those interested in starting a business in a one-on-one setting. Class sizes are limited to 3 per session so each participant can work with a business counselor. Sessions will be tailored to each individual's business needs using the GrowthWheel business development tool. GrowthWheel features 20 focus areas that most businesses may need to work on throughout business life. We will choose some worksheets to go through and make meaningful progress on your development. This will get you started on the GrowthWheel plan and future appointments can be made for additional work sessions. This workshop will be held in the TSBDC offices in the Technology building - Cleveland State main campus.
Speaker: David Hudson, Robert Hotchkiss, Jennie DeCook - TSBDC Staff
Thursday, September 08, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The SBDC staff will work with business owners and those interested in starting a business in a one-on-one setting. Class sizes are limited to 3 per session so each participant can work with a business counselor. Sessions will be tailored to each individual's business needs using the GrowthWheel business development tool. GrowthWheel features 20 focus areas that most businesses may need to work on throughout business life. We will choose some worksheets to go through and make meaningful progress on your development. This will get you started on the GrowthWheel plan and future appointments can be made for additional work sessions. This workshop will be held in the TSBDC offices in the Technology building - Cleveland State main campus.
Speaker: David Hudson, Robert Hotchkiss, Jennie DeCook - TSBDC Staff
Thursday, September 08, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Starting Your Own Business/Introduction to the Business Plan 1 This seminar, which is part 1 of a 4 part series, is focused on providing individuals who are interested in starting a business, or are currently the owners of a start-up business (any business that is 2 yrs. old or less), with a broad overview of the many things that 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. The key personal characteristics of successful business owners, sources for information gathering, along with research techniques and databases available are also discussed. 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 15 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham The date for this event is: September 8, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
LinkedIn for Business Professionals...Connecting with Potential! In this seminar, we will explore the how's to and best practices of using LinkedIn to build a strong professional network. Networking is critical to success in business. Knowing who you know, knowing who they know, and knowing how you can mutually benefit one another is empowering. Join us for the two hour seminar where you will learn: * How to Build an Effective LinkedIn Profile * Giving and Receiving Recommendations through LinkedIn * How to Build an Electronic Resume through Endorsements * Best Practices of Wise LinkedIn Users
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Thursday, September 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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 is required. Limit seating.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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
Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Financing Your Business the SBA Way covers SBA loan options including which loan programs meet specific entrepreneurial needs. The session begins with the 5 C's of credit: Character, Cash flow, Collateral, Capitalization and Conditions followed by an overview of SBA loan programs and concludes with information about interest and pay back terms.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, TN District SBA Economic Development Specialist
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
GrowthWheel StartUp- Come discover how the GrowthWheel tool can help you with your business. Seminar discussion will also include 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
Monday, September 12, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Childcare orientation - Department of Human Services For those wishing to obtain childcare facility licensing; must be signed up through the Department of Human Services
Speaker: Robert Hotchkiss
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
SMALL BUSINESS TAX 1 The Tennessee Small Business Development Center-MTSU is sponsoring a Small Business Tax Workshop on September 13, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN. This is a FREE Workshop, but pre-registration is required. You may complete your registration on-line at www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745. Arrangements for the handicapped can be provided with advanced notification. This workshop is designed to provide new business owners with an overview of business tax issues, with a focus on state and local tax law requirements. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to: filing requirements, sales and use taxes, employees vs. sub-contractors, payroll taxes (FICA/FUTA), property taxes, and other related tax issues.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Doing business with City of Chattanooga - Government. Learn the basics of how to find out about what goods and services the City is purchasing, business incentives, Section 3 benefits , and blanket contracts and bids.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks, UT Procurement and Gloria Armstead, SBA
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
SMALL BUSINESS TAX 2 The Tennessee Small Business Development Center-MTSU is sponsoring a Small Business Tax Workshop on September 14, 2016, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN. This is a FREE Workshop, but pre-registration is required. You may complete your registration on-line at www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745. Arrangements for the handicapped can be provided with advanced notification. This Workshop is designed to provide new business owners with an overview of tax issues, with a focus on federal tax law requirements, Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to: filing requirements, basic recordkeeping, and business expense deductions, self-employment, and other tax issues.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This is a hands-on interactive workshop designed to help you identify, research and enter new international markets. Topics will include; Market Selections: Where does the opportunity for my product or service lie? Market Research: How do I find the information that will help me select a target market? Market Entry Strategies: My market selection is made, now what? Registration is required. Limit seating.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Through this workshop you will learn 1. to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. 2. to examine the potential market for your business idea. 3. the basics of starting a business including the requirements of the loan process.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Topics included in this session will be a discussion of successful business ownership traits; assessment of the business idea; and some of the “mechanics” of establishing a business, such as forms of business ownership, insurance, business planning, and obtaining financing. Sources for information gathering, research and available databases are also discussed.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on SALES AND SERVICE. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to designing the sales cycle • Planning sales activities • Dealing with sales objections • Defining service offerings. 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™
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The program is presented by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services Procurement Technical Assistance Center and will include discussion about the many types of goods and services needed by government agencies and how small business owners can register to participate in the government contracting process.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks
Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Learn of ways to fund your business. Topics to include, Bootstrapping, Crowd Funding, Angel & Venture Capital Funding, Financing options such as SBA 504, SBA 7a and others.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
"I trust my IT guy and he says we are secure enough and not at risk." "I don't worry about testing the security of my network. I have insurance for that." Do these statements sound familiar? Is this the approach you and your organization take when dealing with the ever-growing challenges of cyber-security? If so, we would like to have a conversation. Cyber-crime is growing exponentially throughout the United States and around the world which has definitively changed the conversation within businesses and organizations everywhere from "if we get breached" to "when we get breached, how bad is it?" A single approach to tackling the challenge of cyber-security is no longer effective. Businesses must adopt a multi-pronged strategy to protect their resources, plan for incidents and manage the repercussions. This strategy should be based on the New Cyber-Security Triad - strong It Security Services, comprehensive Cyber Insurance, and sound Legal Guidance & Planning.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This workshop is designed to give you a real world approach for marketing your business! 1. Fine tune your focus 2. Who are your customers 3. Competitive advantage 4. Marketing message and promotion - (with over 30 different methods) 5. Schedule your activities and track your progress You will leave this workshop with a tangible plan to reach your customers on a consistent basis.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Financing
SHOW ME (how to get) 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? Are there any other alternative sources of external capital? Have you heard of the Small Business Administration (SBA), but you are not sure exactly who they are, and what they do? If the answer to any of the aforementioned questions is yes, then this Workshop is for you! Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this Workshop will help you understand the do's and don’ts of successfully obtaining external capital. There is no charge to attend the Workshop, 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 offer this Seminar on: September 15, 2016 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 898-2745
Speaker: Chris Swoner
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Topics covered: ********************* - State of customer service today - Customer service philosophy - Optimizing customer service performance - Knowing your customers - Attracting and hiring team members - Selling on value vs. price
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC at Roane State Community College
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
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
Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar will give you practical tips and insights on how to use Facebook. You know you should be doing more with Facebook and social media, but you're not sure where to start or how to use it. Or maybe you have a Facebook page, but not sure how to make it work for you. This seminar will help you discover the ins and outs of using Facebook to grow your business or nonprofit. If you have been thinking about using Facebook and any of the other social media platforms (or if you are already using them in your business), then you will benefit from this seminar. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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: Adam Osborne, CPA, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
This program is designed to introduce the business owner or manager to the diversity of government contracting. Attendees will learn how to participate in the governmental contracting process, and bid successfully in the government marketplace. Some of the topics discussed will be: - How to get registered. - Socio-economic programs. - How to market yourself to the government, and how to perform market research. - Proposal process.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC Oak Ridge Center
Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.