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


 
  
    
Thursday, April 02, 2015 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. Limit seating.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
TSBDC along with Lift Fund and River City Capital bring you this workshop dealing directly with both organization's local loan officers and their financing opportunities. Both lenders will speak on financing in the realm of start up, existing businesses, business expansion, and other opportunities for small business to access capital. Both lending organizations are community based CDFI lenders with targeted and full community lending footprints. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“The State of Tennessee, Department of Human Services, with participation from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, is presenting our “New Facility Orientation” program. This comprehensive training session is for anyone who has questions about starting or operating a Day Care Facility in the State of Tennessee. The event will be held from 9 AM – 12 PM, at Rutherford County DHS, located at 1711-B Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, Small Business Start-up/Development Information, Fire Regulations, and Miscellaneous Licensing Information to include - a Summary of Licensing Requirements, Criminal History/Background Check Process, Environmental/Codes, Overview of Report Card/Star Quality Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Federal Compliance Requirements. The program will also cover a series of steps that should be taken after attending program. There is no charge for attendance, but pre-registration is required. To register for this event please contact Elizabeth Miller, at (615) 848-5153 x142.
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 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. Limit seating.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop will teach current and future business owners the secret tools for business success within the Instagram application. Free tools and secrets will be shared on the "how to" within Instagram, necessary steps to create brand recognition, and how to properly market and promote your products or services. Participants should bring a smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop. This workshop is for beginners to intermediate users. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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. Limit seating.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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.

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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, April 07, 2015 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 April 7, 2015, 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
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOT CAMP AND SMALL BUSINESS LOAN OPPORTUNITY STARTING IN APRIL A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting April 7 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Explore the world of franchising with over 20 different companies. Register for over $1,000 in door prizes and other giveaways. Free Workshops: "Finding the Right Franchise Fit", "Funding Options", "Networking" Meet Franchisors actively looking to move into the Tennessee Area including: senior care, home modifications, digital signs & graphics, insurance, B2B staffing and services, home maintence & improvement, fast casual/frozen foods, and more. ,
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Thursday, April 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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.
Monday, April 13, 2015 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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 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
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOT CAMP AND SMALL BUSINESS LOAN OPPORTUNITY STARTING IN APRIL A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting April 7 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 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 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The counselor discusses basic business planning including financial projections and legal entity. You will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes and other start-up materials.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 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 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, April 18, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join the SCORE counselors at Roane State Community College in West Knoxville, 132 Hayfield Road, Room 107, Knoxville, TN 37922. Bring family members and your business associates and learn what you need (financial and personal committment, licenses, insurance, etc.) to get started in business. Find out if your business idea is feasible and learn how to take advantage of SCORE's free face-to-face-counseling. There is no cost for the program but a flash drive with the SCORE ebook, "How to Start and Grow Your Business in Tennessee" will be available for purchase ($20).
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
REED CENTER OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS BOOT CAMP AND SMALL BUSINESS LOAN OPPORTUNITY STARTING IN APRIL A four-week Small Business Boot Camp for aspiring entrepreneurs and new small business owners will be offered each Tuesday in September at the UT Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. Sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday night starting April 7 at the REED Center located at 406 South Lindell Street in Martin. Topics include best practices, writing a business plan, financing and making the pitch to a lender and marketing small businesses. Also, an attorney and an accountant will present legal and accounting information, and small business owners will discuss their experiences operating small businesses. The boot camp fee is $25 for the four-week event. Participants can register for the Small Business Boot Camp on a space-available basis up until the day of the first session. For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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 April 22, 2015, 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
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
SHOW ME 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? What are the eligibility requirements for an SBA Loan? Are there any other alternative sources of external capital? Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will help you understand the dos and don’ts of successfully obtaining external capital. There is no charge to attend the seminar, 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 will be offer this Seminar on: April 23, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 pm Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-898-2745
Friday, April 24, 2015 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), and how to get ready to see a lender.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC

Business Basics

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reduce defensiveness and keep key people. Over 80% of resignations, firings, and misunderstandings are due to ineffective interpersonal communication skills. The average person believes they listen at approximately 70%. When tested, the average person only listens at 30%. Failure to listen causes conflicts and mistakes. This class teaches you how the fundamentals of asking better questions to receive and clarify information. Learn how to avoid the 4 most common mistakes of asking questions. Discover alternatives to five words and phrases that can increase defensiveness. Steer conversations toward desired results by learning the outcomes of five types of replies. Develop rapport by improving your listening skills. Price includes: certificate of completion, worksheets, and other learning materials.
Speaker: Vincent Phipps, M.A., owner of Communication VIP.
Fee: $ 90.00
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This workshop covers the fundamentals of writing a business plan and is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for successful self-employment. The workshop will also be useful for existing businesses who are looking into obtaining financing. Business plans are required by lenders. The workshop covers business planning as an overview, and specifics of market research, operations, and financial projections.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 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 Bird, FranNet of Alabama & East Tennessee.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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, April 22, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“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 April 22, 2015 from 10:00 – 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

Financing

Friday, April 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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

Managing a Business

Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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
Fee: $ 55.00
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch and Learn - Growth Wheel in Pigeon Forge-Register: 453-5700 or info@pigeonforgechamber.com Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway Pigeon Forge, 37863. You may order lunch through the Chamber when you make your reservation. The cost is $10. You may also feel free to bring the lunch of your choice with you to the meeting. There are four fundamental challenges that are shared by all businesses, regardless of industry, size, and life stage: 1.To design an attractive business concept 2.To create a strong organization behind the concept 3.To develop lasting customer relations, and to 4.Make profitable operations. These four challenges can be further broken down into manageable focus areas which the business person can prioritize to work on in 30, 60 or 90 day periods. What problems does your business have, what opportunities may be available for your business and what skills are needed to be able to optimize the opportunities? Come to the Pigeon Forge Chamber program on Tuesday, February 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Tennessee State Bank, 2210 Parkway, Pigeon Forge and learn to make decisions and take action concerning your business. Registration: 453-5700
Speaker: Bruce Hayes, Sr. Business Specialist, TN Small Business Development Center
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Join us for part 1 of a 3-part series of Experience Talks for 2015. All three series will cover Funding options for your small business. For this session, we will discuss the benefits/disadvantages, and differences between SBA and Commercial Bank Loans. Lunch will be provided to registered participants at no charge with the help of our event sponsor, Cornerstone Community Bank. Event Location: Camp House, 149 E. ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
Speaker: Mike Ohlman, BrightBridge; Charles Millirons, Cornerstone Community Bank;

Customer Relations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. Attendees of this presentation will learn: •The different types of newsletters; •Email marketing best practices that get results; •How to create content that drives action; •What to write about in your newsletter; •The importance of images and how to use them; •How to create a compelling subject line; •When to send your newsletter; •And MORE ... Join us for this FREE seminar and learn some great new strategies to help your email efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.
Speaker: Mike Coleman, Constant Contact, Authorized Local Expert
Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. Attendees of this presentation will learn: •The different types of newsletters; •Email marketing best practices that get results; •How to create content that drives action; •What to write about in your newsletter; •The importance of images and how to use them; •How to create a compelling subject line; •When to send your newsletter; •And MORE ... Join us for this FREE seminar and learn some great new strategies to help your email efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.
Speaker: Mike Coleman, Constant Contact, Authorized Local Expert

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you need help understanding business financial statements? A free, hands-on seminar series being presented this April by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at TTU will help you gain a basic understanding of business financial statements. Attendees will be provided with a handy reference workbook to keep after each seminar. “Understanding Business Financial Statements” is the title of the seminar series being presented. The seminar series will be held April 2nd through the 16th in Johnson Hall 411 located at 1105 North Peachtree Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501. This seminar will cover the basics of understanding a Cash Flow Statement.
Speaker: Andrew Bryant & Alan Harris
Monday, April 06, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This hands-on class (formerly titled Setup) is for QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier or Enterprise versions. We will review how to set up your file, preferences, how to enter vendors, customers and items, invoicing, how to print checks and all the basics. Computers provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This class is designed for those who have had at least 90 days of QuickBooks Desktop experience. We will cover editing chart of accounts, advanced preferences, sales tax, customers, loans, credit cards, fixed assets and bank accounts, and the reports feature. Computers provided.
Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, owner of HR Business Solutions, LLC.
Fee: $ 110.00
Thursday, April 09, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you need help understanding business financial statements? A free, hands-on seminar series being presented this April by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at TTU will help you gain a basic understanding of business financial statements. Attendees will be provided with a handy reference workbook to keep after each seminar. “Understanding Business Financial Statements” is the title of the seminar series being presented. The seminar series will be held April 2nd through the 16th in Johnson Hall 411 located at 1105 North Peachtree Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501. This seminar will cover the basics of understanding a Balance Sheet.
Speaker: Alan Harris and Andrew Bryant
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you need help understanding business financial statements? A free, hands-on seminar series being presented this April by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at TTU will help you gain a basic understanding of business financial statements. Attendees will be provided with a handy reference workbook to keep after each seminar. “Understanding Business Financial Statements” is the title of the seminar series being presented. The seminar series will be held April 2nd through the 16th in Johnson Hall 411 located at 1105 North Peachtree Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501. This seminar will cover the basics of understanding an Income Statement.
Speaker: Alan Harris and Andrew Bryant
Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Do you need help understanding business financial statements? A free, hands-on seminar series being presented this April by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at TTU will help you gain a basic understanding of business financial statements. Attendees will be provided with a handy reference workbook to keep after each seminar. “Understanding Business Financial Statements” is the title of the seminar series being presented. The seminar series will be held April 2nd through the 16th in Johnson Hall 411 located at 1105 North Peachtree Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501. This seminar will cover the basics of benchmarking your business.
Speaker: Alan Harris and Andrew Bryant
Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 PM
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. The Beginners I class will teach you how to: * 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 Room 272, located at 330 Tenth Avenue, North. To register for this seminar, please call 615.963.7179
Speaker: Thomas Tate
Friday, April 24, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to quickly and efficiently gain control of the financial aspects of your business. In this course you will be introduced to the tools needed to set up a company, work with lists, set up inventory, sell your product, invoice for services, process payments, reconcile your checking account, enter and pay bill, and use the EasyStep Interviewer.
Fee: $ 175.00

Marketing and Sales

Monday, March 30, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Bring Your Lunch and Eat & Greet from 11:30 - Noon Join us each month as we discover a new spoke in the Growth Wheel. The interactive series focuses on building trust through marketing and public relations using the Growth Wheel process to help you Get Focused, Set Agendas, Make Decisions, and Take Action. The individual programs are not dependent upon each other - so pick and choose or attend them all
Speaker: Bruce Hayes
Thursday, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on MARKETING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Determining the right marketing activities and deciding which mix is optimal for their company • Collecting information about potential customers • Developing typical customer profiles 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™
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Small business owners struggle with marketing their business, lead generation and how to spend their advertising dollars. Christie Hooper, self-described web ninja and the owner of Absolute Synergy Squad, will give a brief overview of internet marketing and then open the floor to questions. This will be a great session to address those burning questions you've been dying to ask the experts!
Speaker: Christina Hooper, Absolute Synergy Squad
Thursday, April 09, 2015 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Bring Your Lunch and network at 11:30 a.m. or just come for the program which begins at noon. Learn how to optimize your Google presence and develop an online and inbound marketing strategy. Learn what Google really favors for proper SEO, blogging, and Social Media promotions. Discover useful tools to create lead generation campaigns and take advantage of mobile opportunities and learn more about "Google My Business" interface.
Speaker: Sandi and Wayne Sturm,
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 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 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This is an interactive and hands-on workshop to help jumpstart your digital marketing efforts and increase your digital knowledge through several, critical how-to’s. You will learn how to advance the brand using critical and powerful digital marketing techniques, through 6 tracks: (1) Time & Process (2) Audience (3) Strategies & Fundamentals: for websites, social media, search engine optimization and other digital tactics (4) Content: (5) Online ads (6) Analytics. Bringing a laptop to this seminar will only help you with knowledge retention.
Fee: $ 55.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Linkedin for Small Business -
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This program is an extension of the "Google-ize Your Business" program. Bring your laptop, Gmail account, business address, and phone number. You will learn how to set up your Google accounts to enrich your business with Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Plus. You will learn the importance of Name, Address, Phone, the effectiveness of getting reviews and monitoring reviews on Google. You will learn how to use the "Google My Business dashboard".
Speaker: Sandi and Wayne Sturm
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Do you want to improve your marketing strategy and enhance your business? Then you need to understand that 82 percent of time spent with mobile media happens via apps. Mobile marketing is using interactive wireless media to provide customers with time and location sensitive, personalized information that promotes goods, services and ideas, thereby generating value for all. Learn how mobile apps can help your business, nonprofit or independent artist enterprise grow, and how to connect with current social media strategies. You will also learn how your customers and prospects can contact you using a mobile app with just a touch of their smartphone screen. PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SEATING.
Speaker: Keddrain Bowen, President & Co-Founder - Appville 101; Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Speaker: Kate Shelton
Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Speaker: Michael Aikens

Government Contracting

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How can you become one of the Federal Government's suppliers? This seminar covers the basics of government contracting. Some of the topics include: How to market to the Federal Government, how to find government business opportunities, information regarding federal codes, how to find information on the Internet related to government contracting, and understanding the government contracting process.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks
Thursday, April 09, 2015 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.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This is a two part program. Business @212 Degrees is a Networking Partnership with the Jackson Chamber, from 7:30-9AM, presenting the topic, 'Putting the Human Factor back in HR'! Following that, the Gov't Contracting workshop will be presented form 9:30-11:30AM.
Speaker: Dave Bratcher, (The Human Factor) and Russell Toone, (Gov't Contracting)--'How to become certified for all local, county, state and federal programs'.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The U. S. Small Business Administration will present this program which is designed to address certifications for companies in HUBZone areas, and give an overview of the 8a Business Development program. CERTIFICATIONS DISCUSSED RELATED TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING EXPERIENCE, OR PRIOR ATTENDANCE IN A GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING SEMINAR. Learn more about the programs, and find out if you could qualify for them.
Speaker: Gloria Armstead, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Come learn about the “Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)/Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Federal Government Contracting Program” Key Session Topics: • Overview of the WOSB Program • WOSB Program Repository • Eligibility Requirements • Government Contracting Opportunities Event Location: Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. 37405
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration – Nashville District Office
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
GSA purchases a broad range of goods and services for the federal government. GSA’s Federal Supply Service Schedules Program is a $20 + billion program. GSA Schedules have become increasing popular because many contracting officers, federal purchasers and vendors find them very quick and easy to use. What you will learn at this seminar: * GSA’s new Category Management of Multiple Award Schedules. * Federal Strategic Sourcing (FSSI), learn the definition, mandatory use, and areas affected. * Live GSA E-tools presentation (Advantage, E-Library, E-Buy). * Overview of GSA new programs such as Oasis, consolidation of Professional Services Contracts.
Speaker: Jan Zeigler, GSA FAS SC Customer Service Director
Friday, April 24, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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