Training

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Most of our courses are free. For fee based courses our policies for refunds can be found here:  Training Event Refund Policy


 
  
    
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 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.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
There are various debt and financing options available to small businesses in the Mid-South area. This series highlights various lenders and programs available to current and future business owners. Discover what financing option best fits your current or future business needs. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This seminar will cover how you can succeed in branding. Learn how to understand the needs and wants of your customers and prospects by integrating your brand strategies through your company at every point of public contact. The objectives that a good brand will achieve include: Deliver the message clearly, Confirm your credibility, Connect your target prospects emotionally, Motivate the buyer, and concrete User Loyalty. Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Free.
Speaker: Jocelyn Loza, Hoopla Public Relations
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn techniques for building marketing lists of ideal customers/clients on Facebook. How to build effective Facebook ads on a small budget. Strategic planning for Facebook in your business.
Speaker: Sandy and Wayne Sturm, certified Google specialists.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 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, April 29, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
A two hour session covering all the preparation necessary to obtain maximum value for your business if you are selling, also what steps should a buyer take in order to prepare themselves to make a smart and intelligent decision when purchasing a business. The session will be conducted by a former business owner that bought and sold six businesses, a C P A that is a Certified Evaluator of businesses, a Business Lawyer to cover any and all Legal issues and documents involved in the transfer of assets of a business. All issues addressing both selling and buying will be discussed, including all your questions will be addressed. Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Free.
Speaker: Marlin Waldorff and Joe Honey
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop will help you gain insights on why a business plan is important and the preparation needed to begin writing it. Major components of a business plan will be discussed as well as the supporting documentation needed for an effective plan. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, May 01, 2014 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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, May 08, 2014 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This workshop sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Revenue will discuss preparing a sales and use tax return, supporting and reporting exempt sales and maintaining adequate records. This workshop is primarily for new business owners, but may be beneficial to establish owners as well. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This is a hands-on workshop that will focus on Marketing, Management, and Financial planning for your business. Participants will complete a rough draft of the narrative portion of their business plan during the workshop. You will receive a 4 GB Flash Drive with the Business Plan Workbook in Word format. Reservations are required and this workshop is limited to 15 people.
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 08, 2014 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Friday, May 09, 2014 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 at Southwest Tennessee Community College's Maxine Smith Center 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. Registration is required. Limited seating. This is a free workshop.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
8th Annual MidSouth Economic & Business Development Summit Discovery Park of America Union City TN The 8th Annual MidSouth Business and Economic Development Summit Executive Leadership Strategies...Use them to Grow Your Community May 13, 2014 8:30am-2:00pm Speaker(s): Back by popular demand, Pinky Gonzales, Founder and CEO of Upriver Solutions (expert Business Consultant and Professional Leadership Coach) Co-Sponsor(s): The TN Small Business Development Centers of Dyersburg State Community College and Univ of TN Martin; UTM REED Center; WestStar Fee: $ 50.00 Register at http://www.utm.edu/midsouthsummit Phone: (731) 487-7333
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
If you're launching a new product for the first time or introducing a new service, the process of effectively reaching your target audience can be difficult and overwhelming. Learn what you should do to decrease the stress of your new product launch to better ensure a successful introduction of your product or service.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This seminar will provide you with the nuts and bolts of information needed to become successful exporter. Topics include: how to identify markets for your products, how to finance your export transaction and how to mitigate economic, political and financial risks.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Learn how SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Learn to understand your credit report, how to maximize your credit score, and how to maintain and restore your credit effectively. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Candy Craig, AVP of Business Development - Appalachian Federal Credit Union

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn what information must be included in a business plan, where to find the information and how to incorporate the information into your own business plan. Discussion will include, organization, marketing, financing, cash flow and projections.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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.
Speaker: Frank Anthony
Friday, April 25, 2014 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Monday, April 28, 2014 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
An Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month Event StraightTalk: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask About Starting a Business! Panelists from the Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State Community College, the U.S. Small Business Administration, BrightBridge Women's Business Center, and SCORE will be available to speak with you and answer questions about entrepreneurship. The first hour will be a question and answer session where our experienced small business specialists will answer questions about how to start a business, how to avoid common mistakes, what preliminary steps to take before getting started, and anything you've been curious to know about entrepreneurship. Following the open Q & A, the panelists will be available to speak with individuals one-on-one about business specifics. This session is targeted toward individuals 50 years young and above who are interested in starting a small business, but everyone is welcome. This event will be held in Room 130 of the Technology building on the Cleveland State Community College campus.
Speaker: David Hudson, TSBDC, Jacqueline Merritt, U.S. Small Business Administration, Mary Sedrick, BrightBridge Women's Business Center, SCORE
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
If you are thinking of starting your own business, there is a lot you need to know. A free seminar that will be presented this month by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU will help get you headed in the right direction. “So, You Want to Start a Business?” is the title of the seminar being presented from 5p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 2nd on Tennessee Tech’s campus at Johnson Hall room 218 located on Peachtree Ave. Led by John Woodard, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at TTU, the seminar will address topics of interest to potential entrepreneurs and new small business owners. Those topics include business startup basics, business structures, challenges for startups, business planning, cash needs, financing options, and more. 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: John Woodard
Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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, May 06, 2014 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
Thursday, May 08, 2014 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on May 8, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things 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. Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business. There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar. Reservations are required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org or by calling 615-898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Business Specialist
Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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.
Speaker: Frank Anthony
Friday, May 09, 2014 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 seminar is mandatory for 1st time SBDC clients. 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 and follow the prompts.
Speaker: Gregory Jones
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Thursday, May 15, 2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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, May 22, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn what information must be included in a business plan, where to find the information and how to incorporate the information into your own business plan. Discussion will include, organization, marketing, financing, cash flow and projections.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” on May 22, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things 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. Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business. There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar. Reservations are required and available on-line at www.tsbdc.org or by calling 615-898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham, Business Specialist
Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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.
Speaker: Frank Anthony

Business Basics

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. Legal topics to be covered: Leases, Contracts, Powers of Attorney, Corporate Meetings and more. Let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed.
Speaker: Charles G. Fisher, Attorney at Law, Grant Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.
Monday, April 28, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jacqueline Merritt with the U.S. Small Business Administration will present updated information on the Affordable Care Act as it relates to small businesses. She will cover the criteria used to determine the obligation to cover employees under the Act. An overview of the various methods available to purchase coverage for employees will also be given. This event will take place in the Technology building on the Cleveland State Community College campus in room 130.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, U.S. SBA
Monday, April 28, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
A series of four Monday night classes. Session 4 - Ideas to Market Your Business and Graduation. Participants attending all four sessions will receive a graduation Certificate of Completion
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, May 01
"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; Chris Woolridge, Murray State SBDC, Henry Snorton, MEDI and TSBDC Staff - Feleesha Johnson and Dr. Ron Gordon, Austin Peay State University, SBDC.
Thursday, May 01, 2014 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will offer an opportunity for hands-on training in the use of Word 2010 software. Topics will include small business applications such as formatting documents, adjusting margins, using templates, using mail merge, creating brochures and flyers, and much more. Basic keyboarding and computer literacy skills are required, but no prior experience with Word 2010 is needed. **Space is EXTREMELY limited (10 people) – Preregistration is REQUIRED. Please register by calling the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at (615) 735-2093.** Payment is due two days prior to the training to hold your seat! - Chamber members receive a discounted price of $20! -
Speaker: John Woodard
Fee: $ 30.00
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
There are over 3,200 franchises out there in over 80 different industries! Come hear from industry experts about their thoughts on the franchise industry. Learn how to take that 3,200 and turn it into your perfect “1”! In this session we will cover: Why you want to start a business? Misconceptions about franchising? What is a business model? Why own a franchise? How to find the right franchise ? And much, much more!
Speaker: Jerry Byrd, FranNet of Alabama and East TN
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Why Franchise Ownership is a Career Option Worth Considering Many people express interest in owning their own business but few ever look. Why? The common reasons tend to focus on the risk involved, the fear of failure, the costs associated with starting a business and the misconception that all franchises are in the food industry. During this educational seminar we will address all of these concerns as well as cover the following topics: • How to determine if franchise ownership is the right career path for you • The pros and cons of franchising • Top myths about franchising • The different types of franchise opportunities available • How to correctly select and research franchise opportunities • How to recognize and avoid the pitfalls that can lead to failure in franchise ownership • How to get financing for a franchised business This detailed seminar is designed to answer those questions on franchising basics. Franchising works best for individuals that are looking for structure, on-going support and well-defined systems. So, if you have a strong desire for career independence, then you will want to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of opening a franchised business. All attendees will receive our comprehensive guide, “A Roadmap to Success”. This seminar will be held on May 6, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 This is a free seminar but registration is required: Register at www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. Legal topics to be covered: Leases, Contracts, Powers of Attorney, Corporate Meetings and more. Let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed.
Speaker: Charles G. Fisher, Attorney at Law, Grant Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
The program is presented at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Main Classroom, 110 Hospital Drive, Jefferson City.
Thursday, May 08, 2014 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will offer an opportunity for hands-on training in the use of Excel 2010 software. Topics will include small business applications such as formatting documents, adjusting margins, using templates, using mail merge, creating brochures and flyers, and much more. Basic keyboarding and computer literacy skills are required, but no prior experience with Excel 2010 is needed. This is a two-part seminar! **Space is EXTREMELY limited (10 people) – Preregistration is REQUIRED. Please register by calling the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at (615) 735-2093.** Payment is due two days prior to the training to hold your seat! - Chamber members receive a discounted price of $20! -
Speaker: John Woodard
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will offer an opportunity for hands-on training in the use of Excel 2010 software. Topics will include small business applications such as formatting documents, adjusting margins, using templates, using mail merge, creating brochures and flyers, and much more. Basic keyboarding and computer literacy skills are required, but some prior experience with Word 2010 is needed. This is a two-part seminar! **Space is EXTREMELY limited (10 people) – Preregistration is REQUIRED. Please register by calling the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at (615) 735-2093.** Payment is due two days prior to the training to hold your seat! - Chamber members receive a discounted price of $20! - Speaker(s): John Woodard Co-Sponsor(s): Smith County Chamber of Commerce
Speaker: John Woodard
Fee: $ 30.00
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will be an introductory to the business planning process. Emphasis will be placed upon writing the business plan to obtain financing. Participants will be provided with a business planning workbook. 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 and follow the prompts.
Speaker: John Ordung
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM
“Legal Basics” is sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Middle Tennessee State University (TSBDC-MTSU). Chris Sloan, Co-Chair – Emerging Companies Team, with the Law Firm, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, will lead the Workshop. Mr. Sloan will provide an overview of frequently asked business development related questions including: legal structure, non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, intellectual property basics, employment law basics, information privacy, contracts, shareholder/operating agreements, securities law basics, equity incentives, how to effectively work with an Attorney, and more. This is your opportunity to get a primer on this very important aspect of starting, expanding, or improving the operating performance of your business. This class will be held on May 20, 2014 from 10:30 – 12:00 noon at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. This is a free class but registration is required. To register go to www.tsbdc.org or call 615-898-2745
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. Legal topics to be covered: Leases, Contracts, Powers of Attorney, Corporate Meetings and more. Let the attorney know your area of interest and become informed.
Speaker: Charles G. Fisher, Attorney at Law, Grant Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will offer an opportunity for hands-on training in the use of PowerPoint software. The seminar will focus on the uses of PowerPoint for small business and the basics of creating, editing, and customizing a PowerPoint presentation; and more advanced topics such as adding custom animation to your presentation and using the slide master to create custom presentation backgrounds and layouts. This seminar will be taught hands-on using computers with Windows 7 and PowerPoint 2010 installed. Basic keyboarding and computer literacy skills required. **Space is EXTREMELY limited (10 people) – Preregistration is REQUIRED. Please register by calling the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at (615) 735-2093.** Payment is due two days prior to the training to hold your seat! - Chamber members receive a discounted price of $20! -
Speaker: Jen Dangelo
Fee: $ 30.00

Financing

Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Are you interested in starting a business? Are you a small business owner looking for funding? What are your small business lending options? What does the lender look for? Join us at this FREE workshop to learn what resources are available to help you properly plan, fund, start and grow your small business. Small business lending institutions will be on hand to answer your questions, one on one. Be sure to visit with them at their booths.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Are you interested in starting a business or expanding your business and are not sure if money is available? Come learn about resources available for small businesses to succeed, and where the money is! You are going to hear about the "new normal" of lending and the latest on crowd funding. Begin 2014 with the capital you need to start your business or to expand your business. Learn how to apply for a Small Business SBA Loan with the #1 SBA Loan Provider based on volume, Sue Malone of *Superior Financial (Danville, CA), and proactive SBA microlender, Pathway Lending (Nashville, TN). Also, meet SBA's newest local authorized SBA microlender serving Sullivan County, Deborah S. Wagner, Director of Community Economic Development at People, Incorporated Financial Services (Abingdon, VA). At the conclusion of this workshop, you'll be fully equipped to apply for an SBA Small Business Loan and seek capital from other sources. *Superior Financial specializes in small dollar loans to enable existing and startup businesses to acquire working capital through the SBA guaranteed loan product within the $5,000 to $25,000 range.
Speaker: Sue Malone - Superior Financial; Mary Hoehn - Pathway Lending; Deborah S. Wagner - People Incorporated Financial Services
Thursday, May 01, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. The training covers SBA loan options including which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need. The session begins with the 5 C’s of credit including character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions. It then transitions to an overview of SBA’s actual loan programs. Lastly, specific information will be shared about interest rates and repayment terms plus our preferred, community express, and SBA express lenders. Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will put you ahead of the game in government guaranteed lending.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, SBA
Friday, May 02, 2014 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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

Managing a Business

Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This workshop is designed for small business owners. Do you want to learn how to make your priorities a priority? If so, this workshop is for you. We will focus on ways to make your day more productive and business goal-oriented. In this workshop you will learn: How to Identify Time Killers Importance vs. Urgency Goal Setting Techniques
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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 • Understand why some companies grow and others do not 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, May 13, 2014 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Learn - Growth Wheel BRANDING Pigeon Forge-Register: 453-5700 or info@pigeonforgechamber.com Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway Pigeon Forge, 37863 Come to the Pigeon Forge Chamber program on Tuesday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Tennessee State Bank,, Fourth floor, 2210 Parkway, Pigeon Forge and learn the various elements that make up a business's brand and learn to use branding to become better at attracting/retaining customers and obtaining better prices. An optional box lunch may ordered with your registration for $10.00 Registration: 453-5700 or info@pigeonforgechamber.com
Speaker: Bruce Hayes, Sr. Business Specialist, TN Small Business Development Center
Monday, May 19, 2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Small business owners will always find themselves strapped for time because the primary responsibility for the success of that business is on their shoulders. Successful business owners understand that if they want to stay on top of things and keep their business running smoothly, then proper time management is essential. Whether you have an established business or are just starting out with your company, you will find yourself extremely busy most of the time. If you want to grow your business and get things done, the time management tips presented in this FREE workshop should help you to stay ahead of potential problems.
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, Director TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Columbia, Tenn. – Small business owners are invited to learn what options are available for themselves, their families, and their businesses under the Affordable Health Care Act. Certain parts of The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be effective this year, and many aspects of the new law are still unclear. As a business owner, you will want to know how this healthcare policy impacts your business. If you are confused about the changes, costs, or your role, you should attend this workshop directed at explaining the provisions of Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act. The speaker is Jacqueline Merritt, Economic Development Specialist with the U. S. Small Business Administration. This workshop is presented by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center on May 20, 2014 in Columbia, TN. The workshop is free but registration is requested. To register for this workshop or for more information contact Patricia N. McClanahan at Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance by phone at 931-388-2155. WHO: Small and Rural Businesses, Woman and Minority-owned Businesses WHAT: Health Care Reform Update WHEN: 11:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 WHERE: Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance, 106 West 6th St. Columbia, TN 38401 COST: No charge to attend; Registration is requested. To register for this workshop or for more information contact Patricia N. McClanahan at Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance by phone at 931-388-2155.

Managing Employees

Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
We all have different personalities, different wants and needs, and different ways of showing our emotions. Navigating through this all takes tact and cleverness – especially if we hope to succeed in life. This is where emotional intelligence becomes important, especially in business. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize your emotions, understand what they're telling you, and realize how your emotions affect people around you. Emotional intelligence also involves your perception of others: when you understand how they feel, this allows you to manage relationships more effectively. People with high emotional intelligence are usually successful in most things they do. Why? Attend this FREE workshop to learn the keys to unlocking your EI !!
Speaker: Dr. James Frakes, Dean Dyersburg State Community College Jimmy Naifeh Center Tipton County at Covington

Customer Relations

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The 8th Annual MidSouth Business and Economic Development Summit Executive Leadership Strategies...Use them to Grow Your Community May 13, 2014 8:30am-2:00pm
Speaker: Back by popular demand, Pinky Gonzales, Founder and CEO of Upriver Solutions (expert Business Consultant and Professional Leadership Coach)
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, May 02, 2014 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration: (865) 539-7167, Cost: $95* Computers available, Mac users bring your own. Location: Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Sq.The Basic three and one half-hour workshop focuses on setting up your business finances using QuickBooks. The class is for someone who wants to set up QuickBooks. Topics covered will include: company setup, chart of accounts, invoicing, bill payments, check writing, customer and vendor management, report generation and preferences. * Inquire about scholarships.
Speaker: Chad Ridner - Two Roads Consulting
Fee: $ 95.00
Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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. The Beginners I class 8:30am-10:30am will teach you how to: * Manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses) The Beginners II class 11:00am-1:00pm will teach you how to: * 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, May 12, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd. 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.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This hands-on class is a step by step workshop on how to set up your new QuickBooks® files for Pro, Premier or Enterprise version. It is for Business Owners, Office Managers, or those who are thinking of purchasing QB or have recently purchased it and need to set up their QB file and learn the basics. We will review all the different types of QB products and which will be best for your business. We will cover how QB works and review specifics on how to set up your chart of accounts and other files. Computers provided. Event Location: Incubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA and QuickBooks Proadvisor, Owner of HR Business Solutions
Fee: $ 110.00
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:00 PM to 5:00 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 refreshed on the updates. Find out how you can make QuickBooks® work more efficiently for you. We’ll cover customizing, editing preferences, asset management, equity accounts, report center, live community, online banking, attachment feature, batching invoices, emailing from QuickBooks and advance find. Computers provided. Event Location: Incubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA and QuickBooks Proadvisor, Owner of HR Business Solutions
Fee: $ 110.00
Friday, May 16, 2014 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. Therefore the course description below is focused on that group of learners. This workshop is in our computer lab in the Ramer Building, Room 175.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA
Fee: $ 25.00

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Bring your laptop and your questions. In this interactive session we will answer specific questions about your SM profiles. Learn how to adjust privacy settings and link your accounts. Questions will be addressed as a group so you can follow along, make adjustments to your profiles and learn how to create a comprehensive, overall system to lead your prospects along a path you have created. Presented by Ronda Van Billard. Event Location: 100 Cherokee Blvd. $25.00. Registration and fee are required at least 1-2 business days in advance. We accept MC, VISA, and Discover. Please keep in mind, we are unable to offer any refunds.
Speaker: Ronda Van Billiard, Fortune Marketing
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Social Media tools are some of the most powerful (and free) marketing tools available for small business owners today. A FREE seminar that will be presented this month by the TTU Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) can help start utilizing social media to market your business. Led by Jen Dangelo, Director of the TTU TSBDC, the seminar will address how to market your business through social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Social networking can increase visibility, strengthen branding and generate more sales for your business. Build a list of valuable social networking sites, explore Facebook tools and how to use them, learn how social networks complement a website. Registration is required and can be done here or by calling the TSBDC’s office at TTU at (931) 372-3648.
Speaker: Jen Dangelo
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"Social Media Marketing" will teach you how to increase your sales, expand your brand, and boost your online presence. Topics include introductions to top-trending social media platforms, best practices for social media advertising, social media analytics, the dynamics of business accounts and pages, and more. The class is for persons who are already in business (no start-ups) who want to develop or expand their #smallbiz and #socialmediagoals.
Speaker: 714WEB Chuck Peters, Alyssa Schroder
Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Danielle Phipps with Absolute Synergy Squad will explain the components of a good business website, how it should function, and some of the elements that should be included, regardless of the type of business. Today's websites need to be optimized for mobile viewing, such as on tablets and smartphones, and should function well with all web browsers. Logos and graphics need to reflect your business brand in a positive and exciting way. Your website needs to draw customers to your site and give them a reason to stay and explore your business and/or services. Danielle will cover these topics and others to help you develop a website that will best benefit your business. Seminar will be held in Room 130 of the Technology building on the Cleveland State Community College campus.
Speaker: Danielle Phipps, Absolute Synergy Squad
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Join us for an interactive overview on Social Media. What are the choices? What businesses benefit most from each and how do I level the playing field to compete directly with the larger corporations? What technology is available for free or very little money? What is mobile marketing? What is SEO and what type of website do I need? Event Location: TN Small Business Development Center. 100 Cherokee Blvd., 37405. Free.
Speaker: Presented by Ronda Van Billiard of Fortune Marketing
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 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
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
This is an introduction to social media for small business. The topics discussed will include the basics of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others, and why it is needed in your small business. The pros and cons of using social media will be addressed. You will learn what the top five social media sites are and how to utilize them. Most importantly, in this workshop you will learn how to develop a social media strategy for your business.
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays

Government Contracting

Thursday, May 08, 2014 11:00 AM to 1:00 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.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 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. We will also have a guest speaker from a prime contractor to discuss how to do business with their organization.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)