Training

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Thursday, September 03, 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.
Thursday, September 10, 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.
Saturday, September 12, 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
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
http://www.pinterest.com/jasonelkins/content-creation-on-the-fly/ In the past, to develop quality graphics you needed a design budget, a great designer (usually a consultant), and a smart concept. Then you waited three days and hoped the designer understood your vision correctly the first time. With the temporary nature of a social media post, it's difficult to justify the time or money to create visual content for your social media profiles. That has all changed with the rapid growth of smartphones and apps. With some basic design concepts and a few apps, you can now create quality graphical content, that will get the reactions you desire on your social profiles. Some of the apps are free, and even the "expensive" apps cost just a few dollars. At this workshop, you will learn how to use visual images, pictures and texts to create content that will engage your audience and sell concepts, services or products. You will hear from Social Media Strategist, Jason Elkins discuss how he utilizes a half-dozen apps on his iPhone to create imagery for posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram to convey messages for small businesses and global product companies. There will be a segment on apps to utilize for video content (on a smartphone) and also a panel discussion with some special guests that use self created content to generate revenue.
Speaker: Jason Elkins - 100 Cups Consulting
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, September 17, 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.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Grant Writing Workshop Series, Part 1
Speaker: Vicki Lake, Director of Market Research & Community Development, WTHC Foundation
Thursday, September 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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. Limited seating.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Are you ready to start a business? Are you looking to expand your current business? There has never been a better time than now! And yes, there is still money out here for start-up or existing businesses, and it is easy. This is a SBA program for our Small Businesses, Patriots and export Businesses plus the latest SBA loan program. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Friday, September 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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. Learn 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. Limited seating.
Friday, September 25, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Facebook is the largest social platform and the leader in terms of reach and brand engagement with over 1 billion active users. Facebook is an obvious social networking site to engage potential customers. Can you create a marketing experience that is consistent, personalized, and meaningful?
Speaker: Gwen Rogers
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOTCAMP STARTING IN SEPTEMBER A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting Sept. 8 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Everyone in business should have a profile, but if you are in a B2B industry you can be most effective using LinkedIn to grow your business. You will learn: The difference between LinkedIn and other social media sites How to identify keywords so you can be found in LinkedIn searches How to construct a profile that attracts prospects How to be strategic adding to your skills How to use LinkedIn to grow your network How to To secure your spot as the expert How to put yourself where your clients are hanging out How to post status updates and Additional tips for setting up your profile
Speaker: Sandi & Wayne Sturm
Thursday, October 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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.

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, September 03, 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.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop is for prospective tenants and buyers of commercial space. Finding and securing commercial space in the Upper Cumberland can be daunting. The supply of office and industrial space is tight, and whether you are leasing or purchasing a facility, it is a big decision for any business. There is a lot of money at stake, the terminology can be confusing and the contracts complicated. This workshop will show you how to find a facility, how to negotiate the best deal possible, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. It will save you time, money, and hassle in leasing or buying commercial space.
Speaker: Donnita Hill
Monday, September 14, 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, September 15, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Starting Your Own Business/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 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Senior Business Development Specialist The date for this event is: September 15, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOTCAMP STARTING IN SEPTEMBER A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting Sept. 8 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Thursday, September 17, 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, September 17, 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: September 17, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 pm Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-898-2745
Friday, September 18, 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, September 19, 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, September 19, 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).
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Business Plan 2 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. This seminar will be held at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, September 22, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 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.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOTCAMP STARTING IN SEPTEMBER A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting Sept. 8 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Thursday, September 24, 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, September 24, 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, September 24, 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 September 24, 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.
Friday, September 25, 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
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Considering investing in a business instead of returning to the corporate world? This FREE educational seminar will help you decide whether business ownership is a path you wish to pursue. Join us to learn the true facts about franchising and bust the myths! How much money do you need? How do you find the right business for you? How can FranNet help you? Discussion will include how to calculate and maximize your financial returns within a franchise business as well as the various choices one has in realizing career independence within a franchise system.
Speaker: Jerry Bird, FranNet of Alabama & East Tennessee
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:00 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
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Starting Your Own Business/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 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Senior Business Development Specialist The date for this event is: September 29, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Thursday, October 01, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Join us as we discuss the following topics: Formulating and evaluating your business concepts; researching your market, resources and assistance for small business; conducting a self-assessment; calculating start-up costs; and the steps to developing a business plan. A question and answer session will follow the PowerPoint presentation.
Speaker: David Hudson, Director, TSBDC at Cleveland State Community College
Thursday, October 01, 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, September 09, 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, September 15, 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, TSBDC
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, September 24
"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, September 23, 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.
Monday, September 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Non-Verbal Know-How: First Impressions are powerful so knowing how you make a first impression can make or break the deal! In that there is power specific to our visual sense, invest the time to align your verbal and nonverbal signals. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees compliments of the Business Development Center (BDC).
Speaker: Marj Flemming, Launch Point Leadership and Dr. Donna Van Natten, Body Language Dr.

Financing

Friday, September 11, 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
Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 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.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Part two of the Grant Writing Workshop Series
Speaker: Vicki Lake, Director of Market Research and Community Development, WTHC Foundation.

Managing a Business

Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday, September 16, 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
Speaker: Laura Overstreet
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Join us for part 3 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 Crowd Funding and Friends/Family 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....
Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
A.L.E.R.T. is a hands-on self-defense course designed specifically for women. Learn the basic skills necessary to protect yourself, your employees and co-workers! Professional women and women business owners should always be prepared with the proper safety mindset and skills to make themselves a harder target! Hands-on tactics and role-playing will be used to demonstrate the most common physical attacks. The session will also include the opportunity for all participants to ask their own “what-if” questions and share personal experiences. Chamber members and non-members welcome. Open to public—college students encouraged. Boxed lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Counter-terrorism instructor, John Rose, President of Holston International Training And Consulting LLC. John Rose actively served in law enforcement for over 18 years in positions ranging from Patrol Officer, SWAT Operator, and Department Training Lieutenant. His last rank held was that of Division Major with a large sheriff’s office in TN. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 197 and holds numerous certifications in disciplines to include but not limited to patrol tactics, defensive tactics, firearms, and K-9. John was the lead instructor for the course; Patrol Response to Active Shooter Situations taught at the regional police academy where he was an an instructor from 2003 to 2010. He has lectured extensively on the topics of Surviving Active Shooter Situations, Workplace Violence Prevention, Leadership, Ethics, and Counter Terrorism. John has customized H.I.T.A.C.’s training program on Workplace Violence Prevention specific to the corporate world, health care, and higher education audiences.
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, September 29, 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

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This hands-on class if for QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier or Enterprise versions. We will review how to set up your file, preferences, how to enter vendors, customers and items, invoicing, how to print checks and all the basics. Computers provided. The workshop will be $75 payable by cash or check. Only ten people will be admitted in to the program, and we are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply will be August 28th at 5p.m. The ten applicants chosen will be contacted with information on paying options.
Speaker: David Maher
Fee: $ 75.00
Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This class is designed for those who have had at least 90 days of QuickBooks Desktop experience. We will cover editing chart of accounts, advanced preferences, sales tax, customers, loans, credit cards, fixed assets and bank accounts, and the reports feature. Computers provided. The workshop will be $75 payable by cash or check. Only ten people will be admitted in to the program, and we are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply will be September 3rd at 5p.m. The ten applicants chosen will be contacted with information on paying options.
Speaker: David Maher
Fee: $ 75.00
Saturday, September 12, 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
Monday, September 14, 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, September 16, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Quickbooks Basic and Intermediate classes all day.
Speaker: Tom Carson Jones, CPA (Steele,Martin & Jones Company, PLC, Jackson, TN
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This hands-on class (formerly titled Setup) is for QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier or Enterprise versions. We will review how to set up your file, preferences, how to enter vendors, customers and items, invoicing, how to print checks and all the basics. Computers provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This class is designed for those who have had at least 90 days of QuickBooks Desktop experience. We will cover editing chart of accounts, advanced preferences, sales tax, customers, loans, credit cards, fixed assets and bank accounts, and the reports feature. Computers provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This class is designed for those who have at least 6 months of QuickBooks experience or are returning to QB after a few years off and need to get a 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. The workshop will be $75 payable by cash or check. Only ten people will be admitted in to the program, and we are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply will be September 10th at 5p.m. The ten applicants chosen will be contacted with information on paying options.
Speaker: David Maher
Fee: $ 75.00
Friday, September 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Learn how to quickly and efficiently gain control over the financial aspects of your business with this powerful accounting software program. In this course, you will be introduced to the tools needed to set up a company, work with lists, set up inventory, sell your product, invoice for services, process payments, reconcile your checking account, enter and pay bills, and use the EasyStep Interviewer.
Fee: $ 175.00
Friday, September 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This QuickBooks workshop is designed for basic users and small business owners that operate a for-profit business.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA
Fee: $ 45.00
Thursday, September 24, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This class is designed for those who have QuickBooks Online 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. The workshop will be $75 payable by cash or check. Only ten people will be admitted in to the program, and we are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply will be September 17th at 5p.m. The ten applicants chosen will be contacted with information on paying options.
Speaker: David Maher
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, September 30, 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

Tax Planning

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a Small Business Tax Workshop on September 9, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Building located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This is a free workshop although pre-registration is required. You may register 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 and state tax law 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.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye
Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a Small Business Tax Workshop on September 10, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Building located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This is a free workshop although pre-registration is required. You may register 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 and federal tax law 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.
Speaker: Dayna Jaye
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This is a must for all potential and existing small business owners. Join Daniel E. Peterson, CPA, as he explains the definitions and differences between entity options, required tax filings for each as well as tax minimization strategies. Required filings, due dates, taxes and fees for Federal, State, City and County will be covered. No prerequisites required. This class is appropriate for new and experienced business owners. This class will take place in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Building on the Cleveland State Community College campus, Rooms 114 and 115. There is a $30 fee for this class. Please call the office of Daniel E. Peterson, CPA, at 423.476.5888 to pre-pay for this class. Seats are limited, so please register early. Each student will receive a bound handout including color copies of the presenter's PowerPoint slides. Registration is required in order to make sure each student is provided with the materials.
Speaker: Daniel E. Peterson, CPA
Fee: $ 30.00

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Lawhorn CPA Group, Inc. and presented by Fred Hess of smarketing, this program aims to help the business owner understand the importance of branding your business and how essential it may be for the success of your business. Branding is just as important for small businesses as it is for the big named companies. Branding is not just a logo or how the business is perceived externally, it could be called the "identity" or the "heart" of your business. So if "Building Your Brand" is a mystery to you then register now for this FREE Lunch and Learn. marketing@lawhorncpa.com or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-your-brand-tickets-18096834118
Speaker: Fred Hess
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 5 sessions ending Wednesday, October 07
Is Your Business Google-ized just touched the surface! Learn hands-on how to create your own Inbound Marketing Strategies, or know enough so that you can hire the right marketing staff or company to assist you. [Harden Valley too far? Let BCS know if you are interested in taking the course online with live lecture.] 12 Week Course Offered by Pellissippi State Flexible Payment Options: Pay for each module individually, ($175 each) or save $45 by buying all together! Module I Attracting Customers • Understand the essentials of an effective inbound marketing strategy. • Identify ideal clients • Know the components needed to optimize their websites for search engines and people • Understand why creating great content is important • Demonstrate blog writing • Identify social media channels best suited for their ideal clients Module II Converting Customers With Lead Generation • Understand lead generation concepts and tools • Demonstrate writing of blog strategy, social media strategy, and email marketing strategy Module III Keeping Happy Customers • Explore ways to keep happy customers • How to manage your reviews • Creating a follow up system Registration is required - Register at www.pstcc.edu/bcs or (865) 539-7167!
Speaker: Sandi Sturm, Inbound Train
Fee: $ 175.00
Thursday, September 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. From this class you will get an overall understanding of what Google wants in order for you to be found in searches. If you manage your own website, you will be given tips webmasters may not want you to know. And if you have a webmaster, you will leave with a list of things to pass along that will give your online presence a boost. Marketing is much more than just having a website. You will learn what signals Google looks for on your website, and how to optimize for Google as well as humans. Next step is creating great content that will attract those customers to you – customers you have identified as ideal for what you have to offer. Once you have the content, you need to promote it with social media. But which channel? We can help you there. Finally, we discuss capturing those leads once they find you online. Because having 1,000 visitors means nothing unless you communicate with them. Join us and get your business Google-ized!
Speaker: Sandi and Wayne Sturm,
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Most small businesses operate on a limited budget, and many entrepreneurs consider marketing something they can't afford. Often times it's easy for small business owners to find excuses for neglecting marketing. However, it is true you have to spend money to make money. If you do not effectively market your company, brand, image, and products or services, you won't be in profitable business for long. This seminar given by Kate Shelton explains the importance of marketing efforts by small businesses and introduces the basic components of marketing such as target marketing, competitive advantage, and advertising.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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 and service lie? - Market research: How do I find information that will help me select a target market? - Market entry strategies: My market selection is made, now what?
Speaker: TSBDC International Trade Center staff
Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Small business owners struggle with marketing their business, lead generation and how to spend their advertising dollars. In this workshop we will review some of the new advertising and client connection options available through various social media outlets. This will take place at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce site in Benton, TN and is for Chamber members.
Speaker: Jennie DeCook: Small Business Specialist
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Branding is an essential part to a business's value and vision. One of the first things a consumer notices is the visual aspects of an advertisement. But branding is so much more than a logo. How do you get the desired feelings and perceptions out of your customers concerning your business? This seminar led by Michael Aikens, marketing veteran and champion of branding will conduct a presentation to help you, the business owner, brand yourself across all mediums and communication channels.
Speaker: Michael Aikens
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Instagram for Small Business is a workshop that will cover how businesses can use the social media network Instagram. Topics discussed will be an overview of the Instagram site, how to establish your presence, and how a business can utilize the network.
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Do you want to connect with your customers, increase your profits, and build your business? E-mail marketing is one of the best approaches for accomplishing all three goals. This program will teach important e-mail marketing strategies and provide tips on how to get started. If your business or organization produces a newsletter for clients or members, this program is for you!”
Speaker: Gavin Baker, Principal, Baker Labs
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Just as you plan for other aspects of your business, such as inventory, production and building, thinking ahead about your marketing efforts is key to staying competitive. By developing a marketing plan ahead of time, your business will run more smoothly and your marketing efforts are more likely to pay off. Led by Kate Shelton, the "Creating an Effective Marketing Plan" seminar will deal primarily with understanding the components of an effective marketing plan, your promotional mix, and the tools you can use to get started. In addition to seminars on small business topics, the TTU Small Business Development Center 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
Thursday, October 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Speaker: Jen Dangelo
Thursday, October 01, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Small business owners struggle with marketing their business, lead generation and how to spend their advertising dollars. In this workshop we will review some of the new advertising and client connection options available through various social media outlets. Social media for business - MainStreet Sweetwater members
Speaker: Jennie DeCook

Government Contracting

Thursday, September 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Come learn about the “Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)/Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Federal Government Contracting Program” Key Session Topics: • Overview of the WOSB Program • WOSB Program Repository • Eligibility Requirements • Government Contracting Opportunities Event Location: Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. 37405
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration – Nashville District Office
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
In this seminar, you will learn how to do business with the federal government. 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. You also will hear overviews of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program, Small Disadvantaged Business Program, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Initiative. All attendees receive resource material with all the information necessary to become a successful government contractor. To register call (931) 221-7816 registration is required TN. Dept. of Labor & Workforce Dev. Clarksville-Montgomery Co. Career Center 350 Pageant Ln. Suite 406 Clarksville, TN 37040
Speaker: Russell Toone,/Debbie Barber PTAC Counselor, University of Tennessee, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Kena Dixon, Small Business Administration, Enterprise Specialist Middle Tennessee,
Wednesday, September 16, 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. Vendor Registry staff will discuss how to receive notification when bid opportunities become available.,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: Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant, University of Tennessee, Center for Industrial Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center,Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant, University of Tennessee, Center for Industrial Services, Procurement Technical Assistance Center