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

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

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  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.

TNECD Announces 5 New Select Tennessee Certified Sites

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development on Tuesday announced five new Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was launched in 2012 to help Tennessee communities prepare available industrial sites for investment and expansion. The program sets rigorous standards to give companies reliable information when making location choices during ... (click for more)

Tennessee American Water Asks Suck Creek Customers To Voluntarily Conserve Non-essential Water Usage

Tennessee American Water is asking water customers in its Suck Creek District to voluntarily conserve water usage for non-essential purposes until further notice from the company. Extreme drought has caused decrease in the well capacity at the Suck Creek water plant. The Suck Creek wells provide two-thirds of the water for the approximately 250 customers in Suck Creek in Marion ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

Gang Member, 22, Shot In The Arm On Wilcox Boulevard Early Tuesday Morning

A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1800 block of Wilcox Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Just after midnight, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located Jakobi Buthelezi Johnson suffering from a very minor, single gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)