Chattanooga Business Calendar Aug. 23-30

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 26 - East Brainerd Council Meeting
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Car Barn: 6721 Heritage Business
Speaker: Sam Willis, State of Tennessee Economic Development Department
Meetings cost $10.

Tuesday, Aug. 26 - Ribbon Cutting for PM Pediatrics
4:30 p.m.
PM Pediatrics: 7320 Shallowford Rd.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at PM Pediatrics.

Wednesday, Aug. 27 Hixson Council Meeting
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North River Civic Center: 1009 Executive Dr.
Meetings cost $10.

Wednesday, Aug. 27 - East Ridge Council Meeting
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Best Western Plus Arbour Inn and Suites: 6710 Ringgold Rd.
Meetings cost $10.

Thursday, Aug. 28 International Business Council Meeting
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m
The INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Speaker: Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw, Director of Confucius Institute and Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Topic: UT Confucius Institute: Enhancing the Learning of Chinese Language and Culture
The Confucius Institute at UT was established with the support of Hanban in Beijing, China and Southeast University in Nanjing, China. The institute offers Chinese programs both on and off campus. Dr. Shaw will talk about the classes offered through the Institute and events and programs in place fostering cultural and education exchange. Dr. Shaw hopes to explore opportunities in Chattanooga.
 Meetings cost $10.

Thursday, Aug. 28 - QuickBooks Online Training
8 a.m. to noon
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Presented by: Lynn Talbott, PHR, HR Business Solutions, LLC
If you are a QBO user or if you are thinking about moving to QBO, this class is for you. We have developed a training program for this cloud-based QBO system and will review all the new features, show you how to open multiple windows in QBO so you can toggle between reports, which QBO product does what, how to reconcile, how to sync with the bank, how to turn on and off preferences, how to view registers the way you want, and how to use all of the features to their fullest. We will also cover how it integrates payroll online and time tracking. Computers provided. Registration and $110 fee are required at least 1-2 business days in advance. Call 423.756.8668 to provide payment. Register online at www.tsbdc.org/chscc.

Thursday, Aug. 28 - Enterprise Gateway Council Meeting
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Hospice of Chattanooga: 4411 Oakwood Dr.
Speaker: Jennifer Flynn, TDOT
Meetings cost $10.

Thursday, Aug. 28 - CEG/BDC INCubator Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Topic:  “How To Prepare for Relocating My Business”
This is a free seminar for CEG/INCubator clients and costs $10 for others.
To RSVP, contact Tabitha Erickson at 423.752.4301 or terickson@chattanoogachamber.com.

Thursday, Aug. 28 - Small Business Orientation
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Counselor will discuss basic business planning, including financial projections and legal entities. Attendees will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes, as well as other start-up materials. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, this event is free and open to the public. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc  and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

Friday, Aug. 29 - Ribbon Cutting for Easy Money – Signal Mountain
11 a.m.
Easy Money – Signal Mountain: 617 Signal Mtn. Rd.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at Easy Money – Signal Mountain.

Friday, Aug. 29 - YPAC Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chattanooga Chamber: 811 Broad St.
Offered the last Friday of each month, YPAC Professional Development luncheons feature networking and a keynote discussion from a local leader on topics related to the career development of the area's young professionals. Topics regularly include leadership skills, workplace dynamics, career advancement, community involvement and other subjects of interest. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and programming at noon. Admission is $10 for YPAC members, $12 for non-members or $15 at the door.

Friday, Aug. 29 - Ribbon Cutting for G’s Detroit Sausages
1 p.m.
G’s Detroit Sausages: 2514 William St.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at G’s Detroit Sausages.




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