Training

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June

Monday, June 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Why does business planning have to be the same ole stuff? Business planning does not happen like we teach in the classroom. Small Business planning is much more dynamic and moment by moment instead of forecasting the future. Lots of decisions are made over a cup of coffee or while driving not forecast months in advance. Business owners are much more reactionary to the market and have limited planning budgets. Try business planning using GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that lets the business owner plan what is most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool to provide structure and direction allowing you to set goals and take action. NO MORE writing 40 pages of useless information that always ends buried in your desk. Gone are charts and graphs replace by 30 day plans and action steps. 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.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Tax Planning
Daniel Peterson, CPA, will provide an overview of the various types of federal and Tennessee taxes imposed on small businesses. Discussion will be held on forms of organization and tax implications of each form. Class will be held on the Cleveland State Community College Athens campus in Room 122. Following the presentation, Mr. Peterson will spend some time on specific questions and answers.
Speaker: Daniel E. Peterson, CPA
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Almost any type of business could potentially do business with the government directly, or they can learn how to pursue subcontracting opportunities with larger companies that hold these contracts. Most small businesses won't attempt to pursue government work because they believe they are too small. It can be done. Attendees will learn: • Market Statistics • What and how the government buys • Identifying opportunities • What it takes and how to get ready • Joint ventures and partnering considerations • Resources
Speaker: • Aundrea Y. Wilcox – KOSBE/Kingsport Chamber, “Choosing Your Next Growth Scenario” • Gloria Armstead – SBA, “Minority Enterprise Development Program” • Paul Middlebrooks – Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, “Accessing Bid Opportunities and Competing for Government Contracts” • Kathy Yakley – Tri-Cities Airport Authority, “Procurement Opportunities at the Airport”
Tuesday, June 28, 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 NETWORKING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to the combination of products you have in your assortment • The product design and value proposition • The future product development. 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™
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, June 30
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
Thursday, June 30, 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 the combination of products you have in your assortment • The product design and value proposition • The future product development. 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, June 30, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Business Owners, let the CPA know your area of interest and become informed! Accounting topics to be covered: - Financial literacy: What do the numbers mean? - Record keeping basics: How do you keep up with the money? - And Business planning basics
Speaker: Adam Osborne, CPA, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough
Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Cash control is a crucial skill for every small business owner. This workshop will help you: maximize your cash flow plan for unexpected expenses, manage your money, and not let your money manage you. Registration is required. Limit seating.

July

Tuesday, July 05, 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, July 07, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
This workshop will discuss preparing a sales and use tax return. Supporting and reporting exempt sales and maintaining adequate records. Registration is Required. Limited Seating. This is a free workshop. Registration is required. Limited seating.
Thursday, July 07, 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™
Thursday, July 07, 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, July 07, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Starting Your Own Business/Introduction to the Business Plan 1 This seminar, which is part 1 of a 4 part series, is focused on providing individuals who are interested in starting a business, or are currently the owners of a start-up business (any business that is 2 yrs. old or less), with a broad overview of the many things that they will be confronted with in doing so. It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture. The key personal characteristics of successful business owners, sources for information gathering, along with research techniques and databases available are also discussed. There is no charge to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is required, which is available on-line at www.tsbdc.org, or by calling (615) 898-2745. Please arrive and sign in 15 minutes prior to the start-up of the seminar. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Speaker: Leroy Cunningham The date for this event is: July 7, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Thursday, July 07, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join veteran author, editor and self-publishing consultant Mike Towle as he takes you through the process of writing and publishing your own book. In his one-hour presentation that includes a Q&A, Towle covers writing, editing, designing, printing, selling and marketing your title, among other topics. He also offers insights on issues such as on-demand printing, online publishing, e-books, literary agents and traditional publishing.
Speaker: Mike Towle
Saturday, July 09, 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, July 09, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO 10 REGISTRANTS Discover the basic features in QuickBooks and the types of information you need to track in your business! If you are a new user of QuickBooks, you are invited to attend a hands-on training class to be held at the Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University. * Manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses) * Reconcile accounts * Use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends This free seminar will be held at the TSU Avon Williams Campus located at 330 Tenth Avenue, North. To register for this seminar, please call 615.963.7179
Speaker: Thomas Tate
Monday, July 11, 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, July 11, 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.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Join Daniel E. Peterson, CPA, as he demystifies QuickBooks for the small business owner. Students will learn how to effectively set up the software, utilize appropriate features, and input data correctly and efficiently. This class will offer help to improve cash flow, increase net profit, and implement best practices. Appropriate for new and experienced QuickBooks users. There is a $75 fee for this class. Lunch is provided. Each student will receive a 190-page training manual as part of the class fee. Please call 423.476.5888 (Daniel Peterson, CPA) to register and pay for this class. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The class will be held in Rooms 114-115 of the Johnson building on the Cleveland State campus.
Speaker: Daniel E. Peterson, CPA
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, July 13, 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, July 13, 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.
Wednesday, July 13, 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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
As a client of the TSBDC, you have access to a plethora of free services and discounts! Free online training, marketing lists, small business research, professional-grade financial projection tools, and many more. You are even able to get discounts on popular email marketing and accounting tools. Come learn more about these free services and how to take advantage of them by the time you leave this workshop. Registration is required. Limit Seating.
Thursday, July 14, 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, July 14, 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.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Doing business with City of Chattanooga - Government. Learn the basics of how to find out about what goods and services the City is purchasing, business incentives, Section 3 benefits , and blanket contracts and bids.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks, UT Procurement and Gloria Armstead, SBA
Tuesday, July 19, 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 introductory seminar to learn: - What is SEO? - What are keywords, and how to research them? - How much time does SEO take? - Market research and feasibility.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC Oak Ridge Center
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on BUSINESS PROCESS. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to mapping business processes • Defining business procedures • Designing workflow • Planning delegation Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The program is presented by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services Procurement Technical Assistance Center and will include discussion about the many types of goods and services needed by government agencies and how small business owners can register to participate in the government contracting process. Vendor Registry will also be present to explain how their services work with the State and Local contracting agencies.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks
Wednesday, July 20, 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
Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Financing
Jacqueline Merritt with the U.S. Small Business Administration will cover SBA loan options. Her presentation will cover information about 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. An overview of SBA’s actual loan programs will follow. Lastly, specific information will be shared about interest rates and repayment terms plus 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 understanding government-guaranteed lending. The seminar will be held on the Cleveland State Community College campus in the Technology Building. Room TBA
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, U.S. Small Business Administration
Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on BUSINESS PROCESS. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to mapping business processes • Defining business procedures • Designing workflow • Planning delegation Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Where’s the Money? Federal agencies spend roughly $100 billion with small businesses on an annual basis. It was realized that 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 view a listing of the designated industries, learn how to position your company to bid on WOSB set-aside projects, and maneuver the www.fbogov web site to find WOSB opportunities.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, U.S. Small Business Administration
Thursday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Facebook for Small Business: Secrets of a Web Ninja Facebook can be a powerful tool when used correctly, but unfortunately for most business owners, the learning curve is bigger than many expect to see when they go into this “free” marketing platform with hopes to grow their business. Christina Hooper, owner of Sparkitive and verified Web Ninja, has been helping small biz owners grow their businesses online for over 12 years, and she will be here to help you over that curve. She will help you learn: The pros and cons of being found as a business on this platform The difference between B2B and B2C businesses on Facebook The difference between post boosts and true Facebook Ads How to create your page, and what the different types of pages are How to establish your personal brand on Facebook using your personal profile or Public Figure page Go over some best practices for how to post and what to say How often you should post to grow your following And we’ll overview the statistics (or insights) and show you which ones to focus on to see if your efforts are working. By the end of the class, you will have a solid understanding of the basics of Facebook for small business owners, as well as the fundamentals of how to develop and implement an effective strategy for growing your business. This seminar will be held in Room 122 on the Cleveland State Community College - Athens campus.
Speaker: Christina Hooper, COO & Inbound Marketing Director, Sparkitive, LLC