Training

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April

Friday, April 29, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC

May

Monday, May 02, 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, May 03, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Starting Your Own Business/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: May 3, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Located at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce 3050 Medical Center Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Speaker: Leroy Cunningham
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Did you know that the average Facebook post’s organic reach is ONLY about six percent? You can do better than that! This training will focus on strategies, tools, and tips for engaging with your online audiences and gaining prospects. We will also discuss the Facebook PowerEditor tool, which allows businesses to create ads based on demographics, workplaces, buying behaviors, and interests. Dinner will be provided.
Speaker: M. Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez, MBA, Founder of Beyond Engagement—Social Media Solutions
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on FUNDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to selecting customer segments to serve • Prioritization of key customers • Customizing products and communication to various segments • Building a customer pipeline. Each participant will receive a kit that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox —KOSBE Executive Director |GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Wednesday, May 04, 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, May 05, 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, May 05, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Customer Relations
PREREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on FUNDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to selecting customer segments to serve • Prioritization of key customers • Customizing products and communication to various segments • Building a customer pipeline. Each participant will receive a kit that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox —KOSBE Executive Director |GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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. This seminar covers an overview of business planning, specifics of market research, operations, and financial projections.
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director, TSBDC Oak Ridge Center
Thursday, May 05, 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.
Friday, May 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
This QuickBooks workshop is designed for basic users and small business owners that operate a for-profit business. Therefore the course description below is focused on that group of learners.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA
Fee: $ 45.00
Monday, May 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options with additional discussion about SBA loan qualification and opportunities.
Speaker: TSBDC Staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
In Part Two, we will discuss the FBI defined typologies of workplace violence and strategies to mitigate each. In part two of our Surviving Active Shooters Situations (S.A.S.S.) program the attendees will also learn the prevention strategy of having a Behavioral Threat Assessment Team in the workplace to scan for Red Flags of Behavior that may indicate future violence. We will also provide an OSHA recommended workplace violence prevention plan template to assist you in creating a workplace violence prevention policy/plan or improving an existing policy/plan. The attendee will also learn personal safety strategies that will make them a harder target for violence both at work and in their personal life. Participants of Part One of this two part series have learned specific strategies for Surviving Active Shooter Situations (S.A.S.S.) The attendees learned specific techniques of what to do if the unthinkable happens and they find themselves in the middle of an Active Shooter Situation. There are specific and easy to remember things that YOU CAN DO to drastically increase the chances of surviving an Active Shooter Situation for both you and your family. The Active Shooter Situation will be over in minutes but seconds will count, do you know what to do? We highly recommend attending the program in sequence however attendees are welcome to attend out of order if scheduling prohibits. Seminar Highlights: 4 Hours • History of Workplace Violence • Case Studies of Workplace Violence specific to audience • Typology of violence (Developed by the FBI) • Five main elements of a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (Recommended by OSHA) • Personal Safety and Awareness techniques and philosophy.
Speaker: Joe Markham.--- Founder and CEO of Markham and Associates Security Consultants, LLC; has combined 34 years experience in law enforcement and safety and security in schools; National expert on active shooter situations
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Branding is an essential part to a business's value and vision. One of the first things a consumer notices is the visual aspects of an advertisement. But branding is so much more than a logo. How do you get the desired feelings and perceptions out of your customers concerning your business? This webinar led by Michael Aikens, marketing veteran and champion of branding will conduct a presentation to help you, the business owner, brand yourself across all mediums and communication channels.
Speaker: Michael Aikens
Location: Online
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Small Business Basics BootCamp Calling all businesses!! Join us for a four (4) week Small Business Basics BootCamp seminar series featuring GrowthWheel. GrowthWheel is a new innovative tool that allows the business owner to concentrate on the most pressing need for the business. It also is a visual tool which provides structure and direction allowing a business owner to set goals and take action. GrowthWheel is not just for new businesses but also works for all businesses, in all stages and for all industries. Come try this totally innovative approach to business planning. Classes will be led by small business experts and are designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship. Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 10, 2016 • 6:00 - 8:00pm UT Martin REED Center • 406 S. Lindell St. • Martin, TN April 12 • Session 1. Introduction to GrowthWheel • Business Planning April 19 • Session 2. Financial Awareness and Accountability April 26 • Session 3. Advice on Legal Issues May 10 • Session 4. Ideas to Market Your Business • Graduation Pre-registration required • Cost is $25 • All materials are provided Call 731-587-7333 or register on-line at www.tsbdc.org/training • Participants attending all four sessions will receive a graduation Certificate of Completion •
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
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, May 11, 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, May 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Topics included in this session will be a discussion of successful business ownership traits; assessment of the business idea; and some of the “mechanics” of establishing a business, such as forms of business ownership, insurance, business planning, and obtaining financing. Sources for information gathering, research and available databases are also discussed.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
Insurance is considered a cost of doing business and nearly all businesses need to carry some form of insurance. Learn from the experts how to decide which insurances policies you might need to better protect your business and personal investments. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Thursday, May 12, 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.
Speaker: Paul Middlebrooks
Thursday, May 12, 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, May 12, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Building & maintaining a website for your business can seem like an intimidating task, but this workshop will break down the fundamentals of what a website is, what it can do and how it can serve your customers. There has been a major shift in how consumers find and research local businesses. Consumers want information instantly, so your business needs a reliable and professional looking website that will provide them with what they are looking for. No need to fear learning about code, servers and other tech jargon in this workshop. This will be presented so that anyone with a basic knowledge of surfing the web will understand and learn these valuable tips: Defining Your Goals • What does your website need to accomplish for you • What type of content should you post • Why responsive design is a necessity • When to consider a web overhaul Driving Traffic To Your Website • Making your website a content hub • How to appear in search engines • Using paid advertising • Gaining repeat traffic and retaining an audience Analyzing Behavior & Competitors • Using Google Analytics to track website traffic & visitor behavior • How to understand keywords and utilize them • How to outperform your competitors • Getting wins for your website How To Build A Website • What / who not to use when building a website • Prioritizing user experience & site performance • Easy DIY options such as Squarespace • Using more robust platforms such as Wordpress, Drupal & Joomla Overview Of More Advanced Options • Ecommerce & selling online • Search engine optimization • Understanding the value of links to your website • Positioning your website as an authority
Speaker: Robbie Green
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, May 12, 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. Limited seating.
Saturday, May 14, 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, May 14, 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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
10 Social Media Mistakes for Small Business: Most small businesses know it’s important to use social media, but they often make critical, costly mistakes. In this workshop we will be discussing the top 10 social media mistakes small business make and how to avoid them.
Speaker: Mr. Mark Bays
Tuesday, May 17, 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, May 17, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Topics covered: *********************** Plan your website Design your website Build your website Market your website Maintain your website
Speaker: Jutta Bangs
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Join us for this exciting event and opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn from the successful entrepreneurial pioneers who have gone before them and created large companies from small businesses. A CEO from a successful local businesses will be joining us to share their entrepreneurial experience. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required at least 1-2 business days in advance.
Speaker: Ted Alling
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Basic and Intermediate Quick Books instructions taught by a tax professional.
Speaker: Tom Carson Jones
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Boots to Business Reboot is a two step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot. Registration is required. Limit Seating.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
This is a two part program. The Government Contracting Workshop will be from 9:30-11AM followed by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Lunch 'N Learn program. The workshop is open to the public at no charge but the noon program is open to Chamber members for a fee. Both presentations will be held on the JSCC Savannah Campus.
Speaker: Russel Toone- Gov't Contracting Lunch 'N Learn Speaker TBA
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Speaker: Canadra Jenkins and Calendra Blanks, Flourishing Families
Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Topics included in this session will be a discussion of successful business ownership traits; assessment of the business idea; and some of the “mechanics” of establishing a business, such as forms of business ownership, insurance, business planning, and obtaining financing. Sources for information gathering, research and available databases are also discussed.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Sponsored by Lawhorn CPA Group, Inc. and presented by Marcia Whyte, founder "Gratitude Speak".
Speaker: Marcia Whyte
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
REREQUISITE: Must have completed "GrowthWheel Introduction" and submitted GrowthWheel® 360° Screening prior to registration. This small group training will focus on FUNDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to strengthening the organization on the top-level • Including ownership distribution • Selecting board members • Setting the board agenda • Making asocial contract between owners or managers. Each participant will receive a kit that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox —KOSBE Executive Director |GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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 increasingly popular because many contracting officers, federal purchasers, and vendors find them very quick and easy to use. The objective of this training is to review the GSA procurement process, explain terms & definitions, "how to get on the schedule", as well as review of the preliminary steps involved in doing business with the Federal Government. GSA preliminary criteria ****************** - Must be registered in the www.sam.gov database. - Projected government sales to reach at least $100,000. - Show financial capability. - In most cases, to have been in business for at least 2 years.
Speaker: Mr. Paul Middlebrooks, Marketing Consultant University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
The need for providing sound perimeter security is more important now than ever in today’s business environment – accidents, theft, protection, Human Resource issues, etc. However, many security personnel are not sure if their current systems (cameras/access control) are sufficient or even where to start. Lack of personnel, network infrastructure convergence, resolution needs, and cost are but a few of the issues that security teams face today. . This event will focus on: • Why businesses are ill prepared to tackle surveillance and access control issues. • The complexity of security system management and the need for centralization. • What to consider with current security systems/measures and how to integrate • Industry Specific Issues and Options (Healthcare, Public Transit, Manufacturing, Education, etc). • Surveillance Analytics – Proactive and Self Learning. The cost is free, however registration will be necessary. Lunch will be provided and all attendees will be entered to win a GoPro camera!
Speaker: Travis Honeycutt – Regional Sales Manager with Avigilon
Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You're Social, Now What? Making social media work for you You've thought about using social media for your business or nonprofit, but you're not really sure which channels you should be using and how you should use them. Or- maybe you're ready to take the next step. Where do you go from here? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks-Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. In this seminar you will learn: The benefits of using each network How other organizations use the networks for their marketing How to decide which platforms are right for you and your organization Some do's and don'ts - best practices How to plan your media strategy When to post to social media How to find content to post How to tell if your activity is working - and MORE Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences, and network with peers.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Learn of ways to fund your business. Topics to include, Bootstrapping, Crowd Funding, Angel & Venture Capital Funding, Financing options such as SBA 504, SBA 7a and others.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business Workshop Should I Go In Business For Myself ?? How many times have you asked yourself that question? The answer is different for everyone based on their needs and expectations as well as many other factors personal to them. We invite you to attend a workshop designed to help you make up your own mind using information known only to you. Since starting a business impacts the whole family you should consider bringing your spouse or business partner as a guest. A mutual understanding of what kind and how much effort is required is important for future success. This workshop will meet on Saturday, February 20th. This workshop consists of two sessions conducted during this Saturday: 1. Are You Ready ?? 2. How To Start ?? SCORE instructors will lead your participation through specific issues that need be considered prior to any personal commitment of significant time, energy or financial investment. Completion of this workshop will help you decide if your business idea is feasible. This workshop will provide a better foundation to take advantage of SCORE'S free face-to-face counseling. The registration process for counseling will be reviewed at this workshop. Registration Fee for the Primary Participant is $20.00 for this workshop which includes a USB Flash Drive containing a SCORE eBook, "How to Start and Grow Your Business in Tennessee". Also included on this flash drive are financial spreadsheet templates for use in your new business. Regular Price of the Flashdrive if purchased on our website is $ 39.95 plus tax.
Speaker: SCORE Consultants
Fee: $ 20.00
Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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, May 24, 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 BRANDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to brand definition and the brand authenticity • identifying brand role models • improving customer loyalty Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Wednesday, May 25, 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, May 25, 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, May 26, 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 BRANDING. Each participant will work on an individual action plan or growth plan related to: • Work that relates to brand definition and the brand authenticity • identifying brand role models • improving customer loyalty Each participant will receive a kit ($200 Value) that is customizable to their individual business's needs. Pre-registration required.
Speaker: Aundrea Wilcox — KOSBE Executive Director | GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor™
Thursday, May 26, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
LinkedIn for Business Professionals...Connecting with Potential! In this seminar, we will explore the how's to and best practices of using LinkedIn to build a strong professional network. Networking is critical to success in business. Knowing who you know, knowing who they know, and knowing how you can mutually benefit one another is empowering. Join us for the two hour seminar where you will learn: * How to Build an Effective LinkedIn Profile * Giving and Receiving Recommendations through LinkedIn * How to Build an Electronic Resume through Endorsements * Best Practices of Wise LinkedIn Users
Speaker: Maleia M. Evans, MBA Director of TN Small Business Development Center of Dyersburg State Community College
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, May 26, 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, May 26, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Financial statements can be confusing, but are an important part of your business's financial picture. This workshop will help you: calculate current and future financial needs, figure out what you own/owe, and learn to base management decisions on all of the information. Registration is required. Limit seating.
Friday, May 27, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The seminar discussion includes the forms of business organization, tax requirements, business licenses, business planning and financing options (including SBA loan guarantees).
Speaker: Jutta Bangs, Director TSBDC
Friday, May 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
You will be permitted to bring your own laptop or tablet for this course. There are also computers available for this hands-on course This course will cover the following: *Deciding on Your Platforms – Learning the Functions and Business Uses for Social Media Platforms *Learn why telling stories is the best way to connect with your audience. o How to run effective campaigns that combine both offline and online marketing. o Tracking – effective use of free/paid tools to streamline you social media efforts and tracking *How to easily create engaging content on your own with you smart phone or your computer. *Social Media Plan Building, Building an effective Social Media Plan o Who and where are your best customers o Define your voice o Why would someone want to connect with you on social media o What are the big ideas that are going to drive your campaign o Content allocation – who will implement your social media projects • Who – Who is going to do the work on your social media marketing • When - developing a calendar / schedule • Where - Office? Outside resources? Mobile? Computer? • What – What pieces of content do you need? Do you need an image repository? Videos? • Develop a detailed calendar to structure your social media activities
Speaker: Transparent - Jason Elkins
Fee: $ 59.00