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, March 05, 2015 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Need a small business loan to start your business? Need additional working capital to take your business to the next level? Apply for small SBA loans with the #1 SBA Loan Provider based on volume Sue Malone of Superior Financial and proactive SBA microlender, Pathway Lending. At the conclusion of this workshop, you'll be fully equipped to apply for a small business loan. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
If you are overwhelmed with all of the apps available to run your small business, then this workshop is for you! Register for this workshop to hear Jim Butera, owner of ITS Techs, discuss the best apps for running your small business. A box lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Jim Butera - ITS Techs
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Need a small business loan to start your business? Need additional working capital to take your business to the next level? Apply for small SBA loans with the #1 SBA Loan Provider based on volume Sue Malone of Superior Financial and proactive SBA microlender, Pathway Lending. At the conclusion of this workshop, you'll be fully equipped to apply for a small business loan. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Small businesses have a rapidly approaching deadline to truly understand the federal tax code. This course will assist small business owners in approaching the tax code from an educated standpoint. Our presenter, Michelle Brown of Mocha Enterprises, brings substantial expertise including a Master's of Accountancy to the workshop. Michelle will cover topics including form filings, deductions, penalties and deadlines, employee vs independent contractor, and other interesting tax law facts. Michelle will also be available to answer all questions during the course. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Google's Get Your Business Online program is designed to make it fast, easy and free for any business to get online. This workshop allows you the comfort of getting your business online with fellow business owners in the Memphis community. Leave the session with a website you can share with the world. Laptop is required. Registration is required. Limited seating. This is a free workshop.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
A box lunch will be provided. Self-Publishing 101: In this Lunch ’n Learn seminar, join veteran author, editor and self-publishing consultant Mike Towle as he takes you through the process of writing and publishing your own book. In his one-hour presentation that includes a Q&A, Towle covers writing, editing, designing, printing, selling and marketing your title, among other topics. He also offers insights on issues such as on-demand printing, online publishing, e-books, literary agents and traditional publishing.
Speaker: Mike Towle - Win Win Words
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop will be geared towards understanding the new challenges faced by Chief Executive Officers and their management teams in a new age of technology, resources, and interaction. We will offer the CEO alternatives to taking on these obstacles through diversification in workforce development, time management, organizational structure, and keeping an eye on the bottom line. Also modern practices by industry leading CEOs will be examined to seek common sense solutions. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This class will provide an overview of payroll in QuickBooks. Learn how to set up Payroll including the employee payroll information, payroll schedules, writing and printing a payroll check. Demonstrate how liabilities are tracked in QuickBooks. Practice paying payroll taxes. Gain an overview of the use of inventory in QuickBooks. Practice filling out a purchase order for inventory items, tracking the receipt of the inventory items, adjusting inventory manually, entering a stock loss or increase and setting up and using units of measure. This class will also cover tracking and paying of Sales tax. See how to set up QuickBooks to track sales tad, how to apply sales tax to a sale, how to determine a business's sales tax liability and practice writing check to the appropriate tax agency for sales tax liability. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, April 02, 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 is required. Limit seating.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, March 04, 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, March 05, 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, March 07, 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
Monday, March 09, 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, March 10, 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).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs
Tuesday, March 10, 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, March 12, 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: Bruce Hayes, Sr. Business Specialist, TSBDC
Thursday, March 12, 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, March 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
All new and existing businesses need to develop a concrete business plan and if you're interested in applying for a small business loan it is a must. This workshop will walk you through the process of creating your own business plan. By the end of this two-hour workshop, you will be well on your way to completing your plan. There will be a general overview of the components of a standard business plan. The following sections will be discussed: Executive Summary/Mission Statement; General Company Description; Products and Services; Marketing Plan; Operational Plan; Management and Organization; Personal Financial Statement; Startup Expenses and Capitalization; Financial Plan; Appendices and any variations for your particular business situation. Following that overview, you'll begin work on your own plans in class using our handouts. Our small business specialists will be available for individual assistance during this time. You are welcome to bring your laptops or tablets to the class to work through the business plan templates.
Speaker: David Hudson, Director
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped.
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Senior Business Development Specialist
Thursday, March 19, 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, March 21, 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
Saturday, March 21, 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).
Location:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Introduction to the Business Plan 2 - the Narrative This Seminar is aimed at giving aspiring Entrepreneurs insight on what a business plan is, why it is important, and what the major sections of the plan are. During the Seminar each of the major narrative sections of the business plan will be reviewed. These include the reference sections – Title Page, Table of Contents, Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure, Salary/Wage Matrix, Time Line/Project Plan, and Job Description; along with the content sections – Owner Biography/Experience, Business Description, Product/Service Description, Target Market Identification, Marketing Strategy, Management Summary, Operations Summary, Mission Statement, and Executive Summary. Business Plan financials will be covered in a separate Seminar. Prerequisites for this Seminar are completion of the TSBDC-MTSU Starting Your Own Business Workshop or a minimum of 1 year of active business operations. There is no charge to attend 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, Senior Business Development Specialist
Thursday, March 26, 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.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Introduction to Business Plans 3 – The Financials 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 income statement/cash flow projection during the Workshop. The Prerequisite for this Workshop is the completion of the TSBDC-MTSU, Introduction to Business Plan 2 – The Narrative Workshop. The exercise will be completed with a hand held calculator, and a pencil, which will be provided (the utilization of a PC, PDA, or similar electronic device is not allowed). There is no charge to attend the Workshop, but pre-registration is 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, Senior Business Development Specialist
Friday, March 27, 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, April 02, 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.

Business Basics

Wednesday, March 04, 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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Seminar will provide the nuts and bolts of information needed to become a successful exporter. Topics will include: • How to identify markets for your products • How to finance your export transaction • How to develop a website ready for global commerce • What it takes to ship an order internationally • Identify the local support to facilitate global commerce.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Join us for a lunchtime webinar/seminar/e-learning networking opportunity! We will have a small group presentation on the big screen in our office conference room. Topics will vary from one session to the next. This week will be a general Marketing session. Bring your lunch and enjoy an informal lunch and learn! We will open the floor for discussion after the presentation.
Speaker: SBDC staff
Wednesday, March 18, 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, March 25, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, March 26
"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.
Wednesday, April 01, 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, April 02, 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

Financing

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing workshop. We’ll debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing, including SBA loan guarantees. An SBA representative, an SBA business counselor will answer all of your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business. The sessions are free, but you must register in advance call (931) 221-7816 for registration information
Speaker: David Tiller, United States Small Business Administration
Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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.
Friday, March 13, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Financing Your Business the SBA Way covers Small Business Administration (SBA) loan options including which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need. The session begins with the 5 C’s of credit, character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions, then transitions to an overview of SBA’s actual loan programs. Specific information will be shared about interest rates and repayment terms plus our participating lenders. Location: TBA
Speaker: Ms. Jacqueline Merritt, SBA
Saturday, March 14, 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
Location:
Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 do’s 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.
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Senior Business Development Specialist
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Learn about the different/non-traditional financial loans from two unique lenders. MADC - www.madc.us MADC was established in 1983 as a non-profit corporation to provide financing for small businesses within the 13 county area of Middle Tennessee. MADC partners with lenders to provide low interest, long-term business loans. The primary mission of MADC is to increase private investment and economic growth, which in turn, creates new jobs in the community. Pathway Lending - www.pathwaylending.org For more than a decade, Pathway Lending has helped companies grow. As a leader in financing economic development in Tennessee, we have combined expert knowledge with innovation and determination to deliver capital where it’s needed the most. Our lending strategy helps entrepreneurs take their business to the next level, achieve their goals, and grow.

Managing a Business

Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The GrowthWheel® is a new business tool for decision-making. It is a way to look at your business holistically! GrowthWheel® helps entrepreneurs: • Get focused • Set agenda • Take steps to grow GrowthWheel® was designed around the observation that all businesses – in all industries and life stages – have four lasting challenges in common: They must create an attractive BUSINESS CONCEPT, build a strong ORGANIZATION behind it, develop lasting CLIENT RELATIONS, and do so while maintaining profitable OPERATIONS. GrowthWheel® offers a 360° perspective through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox - KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Advisor™
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Twitter for Small Business – All participants must have an Active Twitter Business Page to attend. The Topics Discussed will be how gain a following, promoting your page, creating the perfect tweet, engaging and listening to followers, and how to monitor your analytics. Session Limited to 8 Participants
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Speaker: Michael Anegelo Caruso; Grant Edwards; plus breakout session speakers
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pinterest for Small Business – Topics discussed will be an overview of the pinterest site, how to establish your presence, what types of content to share, pairing with your website or blog, how to conduct a promotion, and how to measure results.
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays

Managing Employees

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Learn - Growth Wheel in Pigeon Forge-Register: 453-5700 or info@pigeonforgechamber.com Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway Pigeon Forge, 37863. You may order lunch through the Chamber when you make your reservation. The cost is $10. You may also feel free to bring the lunch of your choice with you to the meeting. There are four fundamental challenges that are shared by all businesses, regardless of industry, size, and life stage: 1.To design an attractive business concept 2.To create a strong organization behind the concept 3.To develop lasting customer relations, and to 4.Make profitable operations. These four challenges can be further broken down into manageable focus areas which the business person can prioritize to work on in 30, 60 or 90 day periods. What problems does your business have, what opportunities may be available for your business and what skills are needed to be able to optimize the opportunities? Come to the Pigeon Forge Chamber program on Tuesday, February 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway, Pigeon Forge and learn to make decisions and take action concerning your business. Registration: 453-5700
Speaker: Bruce Hayes, Sr. Business Specialist, TN Small Business Development Center
Location:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:00 AM
Super Supervisor: Get It Done Supervisors will learn how to make meetings timely, relevant, and productive. Meeting planning, execution, and follow-up skills are also covered.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, March 19, 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 two components: MARKETING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Determining the right marketing activities and deciding which mix is optimal for their company • Collecting information about potential customers • Developing typical customer profiles EMPLOYEES Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Staff cost/benefit • Job descriptions—creating value and clarity • Recruiting the next employee 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, March 25, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
“UNDERSTANDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ON YOUR BUSINESS The changes to the American health care system as outlined in the Affordable Care Act have begun. These changes impact individuals and businesses alike. If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of the facts that are associated with these changes as it relates to your business, please join the Tennessee Small Business Development Center-MTSU for our Seminar, “Understanding the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Your Business.” The Seminar will include discussion of Individual/Employer Mandates, Marketplace/Insurance Exchanges, Fully Insured vs. Self-Funded, Play or Pay, Limits on Waiting Periods, and other health care reform topics. The Seminar will be held Friday, March 25, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN. This is a free Seminar, but registration is required. Register at www.tsbdc.org or call (615) 898-2745. The Seminar is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center-MTSU and the Small Business Administration.

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
This class is designed for small business owners and managers currently using QuickBooks. The many preset reports of QuickBooks will be discussed with particular emphasis on the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statements. Discussion will also cover interpretation of financial statements, basis of accounting, customizing reports and relationships between various accounts. Examples of incorrect financial statements will be provided along with a discussion of the errors and corrections emphasizing the importance of proper bookkeeping.
Speaker: Gabe Beck
Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A beginner’s course in QuickBooks, an accounting software for small businesses, will be taught from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on November 11 at UT-Martin REED Center. There will be a break for lunch. Participants will learn how to set up their small business with the QuickBooks program, define and understand basic accounting terms, work with bank accounts, and record sales, bills and vendor charges. Computers with the QuickBooks software will be provided. The class is limited to the first 10 participants. The course is sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin REED Center. The UT-Martin REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Registration is $75, paid at the time of registration. To reserve a seat, contact Landy Fuqua at the REED Center at 731-587-7333, or by email at reed@utm.edu.
Fee: $ 75.00
Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Discover the VERY 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. The Beginners class will teach you how to: * 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, March 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Have you ever wanted to learn more about QuickBooks Online? Are you thinking about implementing it in your business? Kathy Richards, owner of AdviCoach Tri-Cities and certified QuickBooks instructor, will be with us on Tuesday, March 24, to share her expertise on the topic! Class attendees should expect to learn the advantages of this program, and how QuickBooks Online can help you run your business more efficiently.
Speaker: Kathy Richards, Owner of AdviCoach Tri-Cities and certified QuickBooks Instructor
Fee: $ 65.00
Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This event is offered at no charge. Brown-bag lunch, bring your own. **************************************************************************************** Audits can consist of pre-award, post-award and business system audits. This workshop will explore these different types of audits and provide insight as to what triggers an audit, what the agency is looking for, the kind of records you should be keeping, and how the procedure typically unfolds. The mission of Strategic Consulting Solutions is to help you stay ahead of the auditors and make sure your company is ready for an audit. The mission of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), while serving the public interest as its primary customer, shall perform all necessary contract audits for the Department of Defense (DoD) and provide accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts to all DoD components responsible for procurement and contract administration.
Speaker: Laura Davis, President, SCS Consulting

Tax Planning

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Small Business Tax 1 This workshop is designed to provide business owners with an overview of state and local related business tax issues and requirements. Topics to be discussed are: filing requirements, sales and use taxes, employees vs. sub-contractors, payroll taxes (FICA/FUTA), property and other related tax issues. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop due to last minute schedule changes. This is a free workshop although pre-registration is required. You may register on-line at www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745. Accommodations are available for the handicapped.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye, Citizens Tax
Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Small Business Tax 2 This workshop is designed to provide new business owners with an overview of federal tax issues and requirements. Topics to be discussed are: filing requirements, basic recordkeeping, and business expense deductions, self-employment and related tax issues. We reserve the right to cancel this workshop due to last minute schedule changes. This is a free workshop although pre-registration is required. You may register on-line at www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745. Accommodations are available for the handicapped.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye, Citizens Tax
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
No matter what your business form of organization, this program is for you! Bring your tax questions and ask the tax expert!
Speaker: Emily Chang, Tax professional

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Facebook for Your Photography Business... What to Post, When to Post, & How to be Heard What is Facebook for Small Business? Why Should You Care? In this one hour seminar, with opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, we will explore business goals for using Facebook, tips for managing privacy and competitor stalking, and discuss cost-effective marketing for your brand strategy. And YOU are your own brand! So, why not make it a good one? Seminar is FREE! Join us at Dyersurg State Community College in Glover Building, Room 109 at 6pm! Click the "Register for this Event" button now to reserve yourself seat!
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, Director TN Small Business Development Center, Successful Author and Entrepreneur
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
You Will Learn: • What is content marketing • Smarter ways to acquire and retain customers online • The impact good and bad content can have on sales • Loyalty strategies that work • How to increase conversion rates • How search engines really work
Speaker: Chris Bowen, Founder and President - Cumberland Marketing
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Facebook for Small Business – All participants must have an Active business Facebook page to attend. The topics discussed will be how gain a following, promoting your page, creating posts and engaging followers, developing a schedule, how to monitor your analytics, and Facebook advertising. Session Limited to 8 Participants
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays
Wednesday, March 11, 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,
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Internet Security for Business is a workshop that will discuss the various information technology practices and concepts related to workplace security. This workshop is an intermediate course and assumes the attendee has basic computer and internet knowledge. The session will cover topics such as: proper password etiquette, the dangers of an improperly configured Wi-Fi network, avoiding viruses, and encryption. Concepts and practices discussed will be applicable both in the workplace and out. The cost of admission is $70 a person. Pre-Registration is required. 3 hours
Speaker: Joshua Griffin and Joshua Zuckero with Tri-Cities Computer Medics
Fee: $ 70.00
Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Does your business have a marketing plan? A free seminar that will be presented this March by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at TTU will help you understand the process of writing your very own marketing plan, and will provide you with a marketing plan workbook to ensure that the skills you acquire can be put to good use. “Creating an Effective Marketing Plan” is the title of the seminar being presented from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall room 411 located at 1105 North Peachtree Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501. Led by Kate Shelton and Billy Hutton the seminar will deal primarily with understanding what goes into an effective marketing plan and tools you can use to get started. In addition to seminars on small business topics, the TTU Small Business Development seminar offers free, confidential one-on-one counseling with potential and existing small business owners. Although admission is free, registration is required and can be done here or by calling the TSBDC’s office at TTU at (931) 372-3648.
Speaker: Kate Shelton
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This program is an extension of the "Google-ize Your Business" program. Bring your laptop, Gmail account, business address, and phone number. You will learn how to set up your Google accounts to enrich your business with Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Plus. You will learn the importance of Name, Address, Phone, the effectiveness of getting reviews and monitoring reviews on Google. You will learn how to use the "Google My Business dashboard".
Speaker: Sandi and Wayne Sturm
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
You may be missing out on revenue and community-building opportunities if you're not using Pinterest, one of the fastest-growing social networks, keeping pace with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you can convey your story, products or services in a visual manner, then Pinterest should be a top priority for marketing your business, especially if you are a retailer or your customers are predominantly women. We'll discuss how Pinterest may benefit your company, and tips for getting started! Tweets, Hashtags, Followers, oh my! The lingo may be confusing, but if you don't know what any of these mean, and why they're important, then you should consider learning how Twitter can grow your business and improve the connection with your prospects, customers, and supporters. With over 500 million tweets sent per day worldwide, and over 230 active users, there 's a chance you are missing an opportunity to further communicate your message to the world, locally or otherwise. In this segment of the class, you'll learn how to get started with Twitter, build a base of followers, and begin conquering the Twitterverse!
Speaker: Daniel Monday, www.slamdot.com
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Social Media tools are some of the most powerful (and free) marketing tools available for small business owners today. A FREE seminar that will be presented this month by the TTU Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) can help start utilizing social media to market your business. Led by Jen Dangelo, the seminar will address how to market your business through social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Social networking can increase visibility, strengthen branding and generate more sales for your business. Build a list of valuable social networking sites, explore Facebook tools and how to use them, learn how social networks complement a website. The seminar will be held in Johnson Hall 411 which is located on the campus of Tennessee Tech University at 1105 North Peachtree Ave., Cookeville, TN 38501. Registration is required and can be done here or by calling the TSBDC’s office at TTU at (931) 372-3648.
Speaker: Jen Dangelo
Monday, March 30, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:00 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
Speaker: Bruce Hayes

Government Contracting

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Bring your Lunch and Learn! This program will include local procurement officers as well as a presentation by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services Procurement Technical Assistance Center that will focus on how to participate in federal contracting 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: City and County Procurement officers, and Paul Middlebrooks UT