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How to Access Free Counseling Services by Blackburn Childers & Steagall CPAs & First Covenant Trust

On Demand
Until Jul 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales


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This session will provide information on FREE counseling and training services available for TSBDC at ETSU and the Kingsport Affiliate Office clients through Blackburn Childers and Steagall, BCS Wealth Management, and First Covenant Trust.

In this session, you will learn:
  • Employee Retention Credit – Mike Eddy, CPA
  • Retirement plans for business owners - Myra O’Dell, CFP, MBA
  • Other benefits (health, life, LTC, DI, 529) - Scott Hoilman
  • Basic financial planning considerations – P.B. Bachman, CIMA
  • Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Trusts and SECURE Act for Small Business Owner – David Greene, JD, CPA
  • Small Business Start-up Counseling on various areas from Quickbooks, Accounting Best Practices, Sales Tax, Payroll Etc..– TBD

Serving the Tri-Cities for over 50 years, Blackburn, Childers & Steagall (BCS), PLC is one of the oldest, most respected firms in Upper East Tennessee. The firm was founded in 1961 by Carl Childers, Jr. (deceased) and Joe A. Blackburn, Jr. (deceased), when they consolidated their individual Johnson City practices into the partnership of Blackburn and Childers. Charles Steagall began working with them in 1966 while attending East Tennessee State University (ETSU). When Charles became a partner in 1970, the firm’s name became Blackburn, Childers & Steagall.

Jeff Blackburn started working at BCS in 1977 and has been a partner since 1979. Jeff is a Johnson City native and graduate of ETSU. Karen McMurray joined the firm in 1980. Also a graduate of ETSU, Karen became a partner in 1992. Tommy Greer joined the firm in 1994 and became managing partner of the firm in 1995. Our most recent partners include Melissa Steagall-Jones (2002), Wade Farmer (2003), Travis McMurray (2004), Chuck Huffman (2007), Chad Kisner (2009), Kevin Peters (2009), Andy Hatfield (2012), became managing partner in 2020 and Mike Eddy (2015).

Since 1961, BCS has grown both in employees and location geographically. Now located in Johnson City, Kingsport and Greeneville, we have a staff of over 90 with experts in accounting, taxes and consulting to cover areas such as auditing; personal financial planning; medical practice consulting; litigation support; business valuations and entrepreneurial ventures; estate services; employee benefits; and other specialized services. Along with the growth in staff and locations, BCS has become synonymous with excellence in the area of professional services. The goal of the firm has always been to provide quality professional and business services that meet and exceed their clients’ expectations, without compromising sound professional or personal ethics.

This event is FREE to attend and open to the public (and non-Chamber members welcome), however, pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Co-Sponsor(s): Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Kingsport Chamber; TSBDC, East Tennessee State University, Blackburn, Childers & Stegall

This ZOOM live webinar is a view-only platform where the attendees cannot see each other, and the Host cannot see the attendees. An in-meeting chat is provided for attendees to send messages to the Host and other users within the meeting. Client confidentiality is of paramount importance to us. Except where a Client consents in writing or as directed by SBA per the statute (15 U.S.C. §648(a)(7)), TSBDC is not permitted to disclose any Client Information to a third party (or share such information with other units of the organization not directly involved in the conduct of this project). Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Caroline Jones -; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.

Fee: No Cost

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