Training

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September

Friday, September 30, 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

October

Saturday, October 01, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The Small Business Boot Camp is an essential first step for a budding entrepreneur. If you are thinking of starting a business, in the process of writing a business plan, securing financing or in need of a refresher, this is the seminar for you! During this ½ day seminar, participants will discuss practical steps to take in establishing a successful foundation to grow your business. From the business plan to securing financing, topics covered include general business matters, cash flow statements, P&L, financial ratios, marketing and management plans. This free seminar will be held at the TSU Avon Williams Campus located at 330 Tenth Avenue, North. For registration assistance, please call 615.963.7179.
Speaker: Gregory Jones
Saturday, October 01, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, IF UNABLE TO ATTEND, AS A COURTESY, PLEASE CANCEL 48 HOURS PRIOR TO SCHEDULED CLASS. 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, October 03, 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, October 03, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 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, MBA, President of HRBiz and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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 navigate the governmental contracting process and bid successfully in the government marketplace.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Are you having difficulty obtaining new customers and retaining existing customers? During this workshop, we will develop a customer persona for your business, review some basic marketing principles, explore research opportunities, and discuss ideas you can implement right away. Bring your lunch, your business cards, and a smart phone, tablet, or laptop capable of accessing wi-fi. We will do some online activities to help focus our discussion. Be ready to share your experiences with the group so we can learn from one another!
Speaker: Jennie DeCook, Small Business Specialist
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Have you ever worried about how your company would fare if you were audited by the Department of Labor? Are you aware of how the Salary Exempt Wage Increase, effective December 1st 2016, will impact your business? Join us to hear HR and Risk Management consultant, Lora Lin discuss: • Salary Exempt Wage Increase- Effective December 1st • Avoiding costly disputes with the Department of Labor • Overtime Management and ACA compliance • Increasing Efficiency • Minimize wasted labor minutes • Meaningful reporting
Speaker: Lora Linn - Sheakley HR and Risk Management Consultant
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you a business owner or someone thinking about starting a business? This BootCamp is for you!! Join us for a four (4) week Small Business Basics BootCamp seminar series featuring GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that allows the business owner to concentrate on the most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool which provides structure and direction allowing a business owner to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses, in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning. Classes will be led by small business experts and business owners and are designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
There are over 3.5 billion webpages on the Internet. How do you get yours noticed? That is what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about. Come to this advanced seminar to learn about: - Content that counts. - Link building. - Branding & reputation management. - Social media tie-in. - Driving traffic. - Measuring results.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC Oak Ridge Center
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join the TSBDC of Chattanooga as we partner with Google to help put every business in Chattanooga on the map. In conjunction with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the INCubator and Delegator, we present “Googleize Your Business- Get Found Online”. With the help from our Chattanooga based presenting guest, Delegator – Tennessee’s first Premier Google Partner - we will provide a two-part hands on walk through of setting up your “Google My Business” page. For the first half, touch on the subjects of: Verification, Profile Set Up including contact information, categories, hours and business introduction, and reviews. During the second portion of the presentation, Delegator will take attendees one step further into the power of Google AdWords, Analytics and other features to better optimize your business online. A catered lunch by Fresh to Order will be provided to the first 40 individuals who register. Participants must bring their own laptop. Space is limited and registration is required. A business card drawing will be done for $100 to spend with Google AdWords. Should you need to cancel your registration, call Rachel at 423.756.8668
Speaker: Josh Brown- TSBDC of Chattanooga, John Ying & Lucas Mayeur- Delegator
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
TSBDC is partnering with 3E Social to deliver a seminar & discussion on how to utilize social media for your business. A brief overview of various social media platforms, their respective audiences and posting best practices on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
Speaker: Lisa Brown, owner of 3E Social
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Jennifer Strain, owner of Good Fortune Soap, a Chattanooga Spa & Soap Boutique, has been awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Chattanooga State Community College. The Rising Star award is given annually by the TSBDC to the company that best exemplifies not only business success, but an outstanding working relationship with the TSBDC and use of the services it provides. Good Fortune Soap is a Chattanooga Spa & Soap Boutique that offers massages, organic facials, make your own perfumes, essential oil bar with over 70 oils and fragrances, shave and beard oil for men, spa parties, and fun create your own projects for all ages. Join the TSBDC, SBA, Chattanooga State Community College, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for a reception sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in honor of Jennifer Strain with Good Fortune Soap on Wednesday, October 5th 5:15 – 6:30pm at the INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37405.
Thursday, October 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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, October 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
Intellectual Property Assets - a brief overview of the type of protection available for intellectual property and how to turn your ideas into assets on a balance sheet
Speaker: Andy Pitchford - Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Thursday, October 06, 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, October 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You want to begin your business, but you don’t know where to start. Sit in on this seminar to get oriented with resources, city and county requirements, taxes and all other steps involved in being a start-up in Tennessee and Georgia. You will receive an information packet with phone numbers, websites, and points of contacts which the Tennessee Small Business Center has deemed crucial for start-up success.
Speaker: Ivette Rios, TSBDC, Senior Small Business Advisor
Thursday, October 06, 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, October 06, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Starting Your Own Business/Introduction to the Business Plan 1 This seminar, which is part 1 of a 4 part series, is focused on providing individuals who are interested in starting a business, or are currently the owners of a start-up business (any business that is 2 yrs. old or less), with a broad overview of the many things that they will be confronted with in doing so. It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture. The key personal characteristics of successful business owners, sources for information gathering, along with research techniques and databases available are also discussed. There is no charge to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is required, which is available on-line at www.tsbdc.org, or by calling (615) 898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 15 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham The date for this event is: October 6, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Tuesday, October 11, 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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you a business owner or someone thinking about starting a business? This BootCamp is for you!! Join us for a four (4) week Small Business Basics BootCamp seminar series featuring GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that allows the business owner to concentrate on the most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool which provides structure and direction allowing a business owner to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses, in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning. Classes will be led by small business experts and business owners and are designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This QuickBooks workshop is designed for (Desktop, NOT Online) basic users and small business owners that operate a for-profit business. Therefore the course description below is focused on that group of learners.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA
Fee: $ 45.00
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Through this workshop you will learn 1. to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. 2. to examine the potential market for your business idea. 3. the basics of starting a business including the requirements of the loan process.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Topics included in this session will be a discussion of successful business ownership traits; assessment of the business idea; and some of the “mechanics” of establishing a business, such as forms of business ownership, insurance, business planning, and obtaining financing. Sources for information gathering, research and available databases are also discussed.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Every small business owner has been told that they need to use social media, but are usually not sure what to do next. What social media platform works best for my industry? What time commitment will it take to keep up with all these social networks? How do I control what people may write on my social media pages? Come hear from social media experts what to do and what not to do when launching your social media strategy. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, October 13, 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 IT SYSTEMS. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to selecting software applications and services • Working with IT-optimization of business processes or deciding the right approach to IT-innovation • Initiating and completing IT-projects 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, October 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Are you interested in doing business with the government? Does your business provide products or services that federal, state and local governments use? How about other government agencies? If so, this FREE seminar will assist you in getting into business with these entities. It can be a very difficult and cumbersome process of understanding how to and getting registered to do business with the government. The UT Procurement Technical Assistance Center will lead this active discussion to help you understand the processes for finding revenue opportunities as well as the process of getting registered. For more information and to register for this event, please call (615) 532-8885
Speaker: Debbie Barber, UT PTAC
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 7:30 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. Limit seating.
Friday, October 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Financing
As a new exporter, if you need funds to: participate in a foreign trade show translate your marketing literature purchase new equipment or expand your production facility This workshop is for YOU!!!! FREE and open to the public
Speaker: John Ordung
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
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, October 18, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Joel Moody, owner of Credit Management Group, will present insights into the mysterious world of credit repair. How does one dispute an error on a credit report? Is there any way to remove medical collections from a report? How important is a credit report anyway? These and other questions will finally be answered by someone in the business of assisting ordinary people correct and improve their credit report. Joel will make a short presentation and open up the floor to questions!
Speaker: Joel Moody Credit Management Group
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you a business owner or someone thinking about starting a business? This BootCamp is for you!! Join us for a four (4) week Small Business Basics BootCamp seminar series featuring GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that allows the business owner to concentrate on the most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool which provides structure and direction allowing a business owner to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses, in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning. Classes will be led by small business experts and business owners and are designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The discussion will include market research and segmentation, no- and low-cost advertising tips, and general marketing planning ideas.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This is an interactive and hands-on workshop to help jumpstart your digital marketing efforts and increase your digital knowledge through several, critical how-to’s. You will learn how to advance the brand using critical and powerful digital marketing techniques, through 6 tracks: (1) Time & Process (2) Audience (3) Strategies & Fundamentals: for websites, social media, search engine optimization and other digital tactics (4) Content: (5) Online ads (6) Analytics. Bringing a laptop to this seminar will only help you with knowledge retention.
Fee: $ 55.00
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Through this workshop you will learn 1. to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. 2. to examine the potential market for your business idea. 3. the basics of starting a business including the requirements of the loan process.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, October 19, 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, October 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
You are encouraged to bring your mobile device for this course. This course will cover the following: *Deciding on Your Platforms – Learning the Functions and Business Uses for Social Media Platforms Covered: o Facebook o Twitter o LinkedIn o YouTube o Instagram o Pinterest o Other o How to run effective campaigns that combine both offline and online marketing. o Tracking – effective use of free/paid tools to streamline you social media efforts and tracking *Social Media Plan Building, Building an effective Social Media Plan (3 Hours – Hands On) o Who and where are your best customers o Define your voice o Why would someone want to connect with you on social media o What are the big ideas that are going to drive your campaign o Content allocation – who will implement your social media projects • Who – Who is going to do the work on your social media marketing • When - developing a calendar / schedule • Where - Office? Outside resources? Mobile? Computer? • What – What pieces of content do you need? Do you need an image repository? Videos? • Develop a detailed calendar to structure your social media activities
Speaker: Transparent - Jason Elkins
Fee: $ 59.00
Thursday, October 20, 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™
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The University of Tennessee's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UT PTAC) will be in Memphis to advise small business owners on how to successfully compete for government contracts. Last year, PTAC specialists assisted 489 companies in Tennessee, generating more than $650 million in contract awards. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar discusses the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, an overview of business planning, and financing options (to include SBA loan guarantees). Great if you are thinking about starting or buying a business, or have recently become a business owner.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC Oak Ridge Center
Thursday, October 20, 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, October 20, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Financing
SHOW ME (how to get) THE MONEY Are you interested in starting a business but need capital in order to do so? Are you a small business owner looking for funding for growth or capital improvements? What are your small business lending options, and what does the lender look for? Are there any other alternative sources of external capital? Have you heard of the Small Business Administration (SBA), but you are not sure exactly who they are, and what they do? If the answer to any of the aforementioned questions is yes, then this Workshop is for you! Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this Workshop will help you understand the do's and don’ts of successfully obtaining external capital. There is no charge to attend the Workshop, but pre-registration is required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center offer this Seminar on: October 20, 2016 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (615) 898-2745
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
"Doing Business with the Government” Have you ever wondered how to become one of the Federal Government's suppliers of goods and services? The TSBDC-MTSU has the answer - attend this seminar that covers the basics of government contracting. Some of the topics include: How to obtain Systems for Awards Management (SAM) numbers; How to market to the Federal Government; How to find Government business opportunities; How to find information on Federal Codes; and a general overview of the Government Contracting process. If you are interested in finding answers to these questions, and many more, then this Seminar is for you! The seminar will be held October 20, 2016, 9 AM - 12 PM, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN. There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required, which can be completed on-line at the TSBDC website, www.tsbdc.org.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks, University of Tennessee - Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Are you a business owner or someone thinking about starting a business? This BootCamp is for you!! Join us for a four (4) week Small Business Basics BootCamp seminar series featuring GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that allows the business owner to concentrate on the most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool which provides structure and direction allowing a business owner to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses, in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning. Classes will be led by small business experts and business owners and are designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, October 27
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, October 26, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Through this workshop you will learn 1. to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. 2. to examine the potential market for your business idea. 3. the basics of starting a business including the requirements of the loan process.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join us for a workshop presented by Google experts in partnership with the Small Business Administration and give your business a boost ahead of the holiday shopping season by creating a free business listing on Google, optimizing your website for mobile, and advertising online. Registration is required. Limited Seating.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on OWNERSHIP AND BOARD. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to strengthening the organization on the top-level • Including ownership distribution • Selecting board members • Setting the board agenda • Making a social contract between owners or managers. 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, October 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
This workshop will help you gain insights on why a business plan is important and the preparation needed to begin writing it. Major components of a business plan will be discussed as well as the supporting documentation needed for an effective plan. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Topic: Profitable Operations All businesses, from pre-venture start-ups to established enterprises, must address four key challenges. They need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization. Come participate in a hands-on workshop introducing the GrowthWheel toolkit, and focus on a different challenge each session. Lunch will be provided compliments of: City of Chattanooga.
Speaker: Ivette Rios and Lynn Chesnutt, SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, October 28, 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