Training

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August

Monday, August 01, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
The instructor will be reviewing the top 10 bookkeeping mistakes which all small business owners should avoid. Practical solutions to overcome these issues and ideas on office efficiency will be discussed. Topics include how to set up your QuickBooks or accounts in order to capture the information you and your accountant need, employing family members, how to read a financial statement, what receipts to keep, and how to expense your meals. Bring your QuickBooks questions for the question and answer period at the end of the class.
Speaker: Presented by Lynn Talbott, PHR, HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Thursday, August 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Financing
One of the biggest challenges with starting a business or expanding a business is access to capital. To be successful in obtaining a loan, you must be prepared and organized. This workshop takes you through a high-level crash course to better enhance your chances of obtaining a bank loan. Learn what to take to the bank and hear candid insights from bankers. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, August 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Discover... How to create content that leads to sales How to follow up with prospects consistently The psychological triggers that make people buy How to create an irresistible offer And more!
Speaker: John Michael Morgan
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, August 04, 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 MARKET POSITION. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to relations with market players • Collecting competitor information • Improving the company’s competitive position • Collecting market information Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, August 04, 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, August 04, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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: August 4, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Saturday, August 06, 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
Monday, August 08, 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
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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 for humans. Creating great content that will attract those customers to you – customers you have identified as ideal for what you have to offer. Promoting your content with social media. But which channel is your target market on?. Is your website mobile friendly? More Google searches were done on phones and tablets than desktops in 2015. Capturing leads from your website. 1,000 visitors means nothing unless you communicate with them and build your list. Join us and get your business Google-ized!  Workbook to take with you to work on the concepts you have learned - included.
Speaker: Sandi Sturm, Inbound Train, Inbound Marketing Specialist Wayne Sturm, 360 Tennessee Certified Google GYBO Partners and Trusted Street View Photographer
Fee: $ 49.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Google GYBO (Get Your Business Online) Lab Create and verify your business listing on Google. As a partner of the program managed by Google, we will provide a hands on walkthrough of setting up your Google My Business page and touch on the subjects: Verification Profile Set Up including Contact Info, Categories, Hours and Introduction Insights Reviews The lab takes care of the reason many businesses receive daily calls from companies claiming to be Google. The businesses will be well on their way to being verified and optimized. Speaker(s): Sandi Sturm, Inbound Train & Wayne Sturm, 360 Tennessee Certified Google GYBO Partners and Trusted Street View Photographer Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm Location: East Tennessee State University Innovation Lab Address: 2109 West Market Street in Johnson City, TN Fee: Free
Speaker: Speaker(s): Sandi Sturm, Inbound Train & Wayne Sturm, 360 Tennessee
Wednesday, August 10, 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, August 10, 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, August 10, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Successfully engaging in business on the Internet requires more than merely setting up a web site. “An Introduction to Starting a Successful Online Business” will introduce business owners to a four-step process for website building. These strategies identify how to effectively get and leverage traffic by creating a niche-based website that will complement their current off-line business or that can be used to create an online business. Registration is required. Limit Seating.
Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Financing
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on FINANCIALS. 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, August 11, 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)
Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The "cloud" is one of those trendy tech terms a lot of people use but can't clearly define.In this beginner's guide, we will break down the who, what, where and why of one of technology's most used terms! Topics covered will include: What is the Cloud? Cloud Computing Basics Benefits of the Cloud Cybersecurity Measures for the Cloud Potential Pitfalls for Failure in Cloud Computing Why the Sky’s the Limit with Cloud Computing
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, Director TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Thursday, August 11, 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, August 12, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Every small business owner hopes to grow his/her company to the point that others -- independent contractors, interns, part- or full-time employees – will be needed in order to fully prosper. But with increasing commitments comes an increasing range of legal obligations and risks. In this program, we will explore the primary human resource challenges faced by growing small businesses and offer practical suggestions on how to successfully address them.
Speaker: Attorney Dan Gilmore, Founder of Squire Strategies and Laura Hessler, The HR Shop
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University cordially invites you to attend our Export Boot Camp! Description: The seminar will provide the nuts and bolts of information needed to become a successful exporter. Topics will include: • How to identify markets for your products • How to finance your export transaction • How to mitigate economic, political and financial risks This seminar will be held at Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus., Training Room 1 Continental Breakfast will be served.
Speaker: John Ordung
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs
Wednesday, August 17, 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, August 17, 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, August 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, buying everything from armored trucks to paper clips. Every year, the federal government awards more than $500 billion in contracts, and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. Learn more about getting started in government contracting, types of contracts awarded, small business set-asides, subcontracting and how you can get one-on-one assistance. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, August 18, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The Government Contracting Workshop is open to the public at no charge.
Speaker: Russell Toone- Gov't Contracting Workshop
Thursday, August 18, 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, August 18, 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: August 18, 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 (TSBDC-MTSU); Jacqueline Merritt (SBA)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
4th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WE, in cooperation with Honorary Chairman Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, invite all women entrepreneurs and those who support women in business to attend the Fourth Annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Symposium “Build it! From Beginning to Beyond!” You’ll glean fresh, creative and inspiring ways to start and grow your business. Refreshments provided. WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT) WHERE: Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel - 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 Register at the link: werockcha.eventbrite.com
Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Carmen Carson, Life Coach & Business Strategist
Tuesday, August 23, 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
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Come learn about the “Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)/ Federal Government Contracting Program” Key Session Topics: • Overview of the WOSB Program • WOSB Program Repository • Eligibility Requirements • City of Chattanooga - Government Contracting Opportunities
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, SBA & James McKissic, City of Chattanooga
Tuesday, August 23, 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
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, August 25
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, August 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This QuickBooks workshop is designed for 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, August 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
Where’s the Money? Federal agencies spend more than $500 billion on an annual basis. It was realized that federal government contract awards to Women-Owned Small Business (WOSBs) were limited and a subsequent study listed industries in which women were underrepresented and substantially underrepresented in the award of federal contracts. To address this issue, the WOSB Contracting Rule was implemented February 4, 2011. If you are a woman owned small business and fall in one of the designated industries, you can position your company to bid on federal government set asides for WOSBs and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). We invite you to attend the Where’s the Money Workshop to learn about the eligibility criteria, view a listing of the designated industries, and engage the www.fbo.gov web site to find WOSB/EDWOSB opportunities.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, Tennessee District SBA
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 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, August 24, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
TSBDC is partnering with 3E Social to deliver a seminar & discussion on how to utilize social media for your business. A brief overview of various social media platforms, their respective audiences and posting best practices on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
Speaker: Lisa Brown, owner of 3E Social
Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
So, you have a dream of starting your own business. But have you considered how your personal financial situation can impact your ability to launch the business? This workshop is designed to guide entrepreneurs through personal financial considerations that should be addressed BEFORE taking the plunge into business ownership. We will explore setting a financial baseline, understanding credit, learning how to mesh personal and business money management, and review the nuts and bolts of business borrowing.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director
Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on LEGAL ISSUES. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to defining required legal documents • Selecting legal company structure • Ensuring corporate compliance with laws and regulations • Enrolling in insurance plans. Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Sponsored by Lawhorn CPA Group, Inc. and presented by Sarah Alexander, Results HR
Speaker: Sarah Alexander, Results HR
Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
When deciding how to brand your company and message, it is easy to resort traditional methods of marketing. Ultimately, you run the risk of becoming just another business or company that provides the same thing everyone else provides. Therefore, we will address innovative strategy that you can use to differentiate your message and brand. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 11:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Topic: Strong Organization All businesses, from pre-venture start-ups to established enterprises, must address four key challenges. They need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization. Come participate in a hands-on workshop introducing the GrowthWheel toolkit, and focus on a different challenge each session. Lunch included and provided compliments of: City of Chattanooga.
Speaker: Ivette Rios and Lynn Chesnutt, SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 26, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Hands-on and interactive, this session provides a personal QuickBooks learning experience. Topics include creating a company, navigation in QuickBooks, using lists, banking, customer center and more. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Friday, August 26, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Monday, August 29, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
What is this PokemonGo craze? How can it benefit my business? Steps to take in putting it to work for your business. Interactive “PokeHunt” for Demonstration (A representative from your business will need to have the PokemonGo app installed and an account set up on a SmartPhone in order to get the full understanding from the interactive demonstration.)
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College