Training

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December

Monday, December 05, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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
Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Are you an entrepreneur, small business owner or considering starting your own business? It’s important to keep your finances tidy! Learn 10 of the most common bookkeeping mistakes and practical, efficient solutions to overcome them. Topics include: how to classify workers, cloud accounting and apps, receipt requirements, meal expenses and more. Bring your questions!
Speaker: Presented by Lynn Talbott, PHR, HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Ransomware is a form of computer malware that restricts access to your computer or its information, while demanding you pay a ransom to get access back. David Vance from WatchGuard will be presenting about how you can prevent this form of malware from entering your business. Sponsor, Saratoga, will be providing lunch! Come and learn how you can better protect your business.
Speaker: David Vance, WatchGuard
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The success you experience as a GSA Schedule contractor ultimately depends on how well you market your GSA Schedule contract. GSA Schedule marketing requires contractors to be active in soliciting their awarded products and/or services. Come and hear about the best way to maximize the potential to obtain GSA customers. Learn how a company can be the one that lends its expertise towards the government agencies complex needs. Find answers to: * Where are the government customers? * What is a successful marketing strategy? * How can companies partner with GSA to be a better provider for federal customers? * Where do you find marketing research data about your competition?
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) / Mr. Warren Richey, Customer Service Director GSA State of TN
Tuesday, December 06, 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
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Have you dreamed of owning your own business? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you have a great idea you think the world needs? “Is Starting a Business for You?” is the title of the free seminar being presented from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6th. Led by John Woodard, Assistant Director at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the seminar will address topics of interest to individuals considering starting a business. The seminar will cover what personality traits make good entrepreneurs, building a support team, integrating business ownership with your life, business startup basics, business structures, challenges for startups, business planning, cash needs, financing options, and more.
Speaker: John Woodard
Wednesday, December 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.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Women Entrepreneurs Group meeting - to be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month This month's topic will cover what preparations are going into setting goals for next year. This is a discussion group for women who own their own businesses. It is open to any woman business owner whether they are a client of the TSBDC or not. There will be light snacks, but you are welcome to bring your lunch. Meetings will be held in the Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator Conference Room - #202 - on the main campus of Cleveland State Community College. The incubator building is on the southern end of campus adjoining the Technology building. Enter through the entrance with the blue awning and go up to the second floor. Enter through the door and go to the right and down the hall. You will see the room on your right. There is an elevator on the first floor. Go through the awning entrance, through the double doors on your left and follow the hall to the very end.
Thursday, December 08, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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.
Thursday, December 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, December 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, December 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.
Saturday, December 10, 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, December 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, December 14, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, December 15
Topic: Business Basics
"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 servicemembers 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 Henry Snorton, MEDI and TSBDC Staff - Feleesha Johnson, Noel Bagwell, Attorney at Law
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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, December 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Financing
Are you ready to start a business? Are you looking to expand your current business? Small business lending opportunities are on the upswing. Learn about various financing options available to business owners. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, December 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, December 15, 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
Thursday, December 22, 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 PROCESS. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to mapping business processes • Defining business procedures • Designing workflow • Planning delegation 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, December 22, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Thursday, December 29, 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 NETWORKING. 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™

January

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 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
Tuesday, January 03, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar will address key topics of interest for individuals considering starting a business. Topics such as business entity options and tax registration, the importance of business planning, financing options, and the extensive network of resources through the TSBDC. Participants receive a Start Up packet containing vital phone numbers and addresses for getting established within State and Federal regulations.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Business Owners, let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed through this Q & A opportunity! 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.