Chattanooga Business Calendar August 9-16

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Monday/Aug. 11 Entrepreneur Bookkeeping
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
This seminar will review the top 10 bookkeeping mistakes business owners should avoid, practical solutions for overcoming them and tips for efficiency. Other topics will include: employing family members, reading financial statements, receipts to keep, meal expensing and setting up QuickBooks/accounts to capture appropriate information for business owners and accountants.

A QuickBooks Q&A session will conclude the class. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, this seminar is free and open to the public. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

Tuesday/Aug. 12 Hixson Council Community Coffee
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Northgate Mall: 271 Northgate Mall Dr., Center court inside main entrance

Tuesday/Aug. 12 Ambassador Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Car Barn: 6721 Heritage Business Ct.
Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please contact Meredith Rivers for more information or to register in advance at 423.763.4372 or mrivers@chattanoogachamber.com.

Tuesday/Aug. 12 ConnectForLunch
noon to 1 p.m.     
Held at participating local restaurants
Grow your business in face-to-face lunch meetings with two or three different members. This setting allows participants to make meaningful connections that can lead to new and stronger business relationships. Visit www.connect4lunch.com/chattanoogachamber to register.

Wednesday/Aug. 13 Social Media: Profile Set-up
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Presented by: Ronda Van Billiard.
In these one-on-one sessions, participants will get answers to their personal questions about social media during a 20-minute session. Registration and fee of $25 are required at least 1-2 business days in advance.  Reserved time slots will be: 9:00 a.m., 9:25 a.m., 9:50 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Register online at www.tsbdc.org/chscc and call 423.756.8668 to provide payment and reserve your time slot.

Wednesday/Aug. 13 Ribbon Cutting for Chili’s Grill & Bar
10 a.m.
Chili’s Grill & Bar: 408 Market St.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at Chili’s Grill & Bar.

Wednesday/Aug. 13 midTown Council Meeting
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brainerd Golf Course: 5203 Old Mission Rd.
Meeting cost $10.

Thursday/Aug. 14 Communication in the Workplace: Reducing defensiveness and keeping key people
9 a.m. to noon
TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.
Presented by: Vincent Phipps, M.A., owner of Communication VIP
This class teaches the fundamentals of asking better questions to receive and clarify information. Learn how to avoid the four most common mistakes of asking questions. Discover alternatives to five words and phrases that can increase defensiveness. Develop rapport by improving your listening skills. Registration and $90 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; scroll to view upcoming training.

Thursday/Aug. 14 Ribbon Cutting for FSG Bank
1 p.m.
FSG Bank: 531 Broad St.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at FSG Bank.

Thursday/Aug. 14 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.

Thursday/Aug. 14 YPAC After Hours at the Hunter Museum
6 p.m.
Hunter Museum of American Art: 10 Bluff View
Join YPAC for Art + Issues at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Led by two gifted drummers, our discussion will focus on finding inspiration and opportunity in our everyday lives. For more information, visit ypchattanooga.org.

Friday/Aug. 15 Ribbon Cutting for Focus 4 Massage
10:30 a.m.
 Focus 4 Massage: 6247 East Brainerd Rd.
Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting at Focus 4 Massage.


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