Chattanooga Business Calendar

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MO/8 Entrepreneur Bookkeeping

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd.


The instructor will review the top 10 bookkeeping mistakes, as well as practical solutions to overcome these issues and ideas on office efficiency. Other 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 a Q&A session at the end of class. Presented by Lynn Talbott, PHR, HR Business Solutions, LLC.  Register online for this free event at; scroll to view upcoming training.


TU/9 Hixson Council Community Coffee

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Panera Bread-Hixson: 620 Northgate Mall Dr.

Free event.


TU/9 Improve Your Credit Score

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd. 

Is your credit holding you back from growing or starting your business? Join us as we discuss steps to improve the credit score. Guest Speaker: Cornelia Johnson from Regions Bank. Register online for this free event at; scroll to view upcoming training.


TU/9 Ambassador Luncheon

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 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 at423.763.4372 or


TU/9 ConnectForLunch

Noon to 1:00 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 to register.


TU/9 An Inside View from the EEOC and Responding to Charges of Discrimination

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd. 

Debra Moser-Finney, Outreach & Education Manager for the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, will provide an update of today’s hot topics at the EEOC, including its Strategic Enforcement Plan National Priorities, relevant statistics, and new guidance on pregnancy discrimination.  Attorney Dan Gilmore of Squire Strategies will also provide practical guidance to employers on responding to Charges of Discrimination. Register online for this free event at; scroll to view upcoming training.


WE/10 1 Million Cups

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Harvest Creative: 1423 Market St.

Held every Wednesday, 1 Million Cups brings Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community together to hear two startup entrepreneurs and unique local businesses pitch their companies. Each event includes a Q&A session with featured participants. Coffee is provided by Velo Coffee Roasters.


WE/10 Social Media: Intro and Benefits

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd. 

Join us for an interactive overview of social media. What social media outlets should you be paying attention to?  What businesses benefit most from each and how do you level the playing field to compete directly with larger organizations?  What technology is available for free or very little money?  What is mobile marketing?  What is SEO and what type of website do I need? This free seminar is presented by Ronda Van Billiard and will answer these questions and more. Visit  and scroll to view upcoming training to register.


WE/10 midTown Council Meeting

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Brainerd Golf Course: 5203 Old Mission Rd.

Speaker: Nick Wilkinson, City of Chattanooga. Meeting cost is $10.


TH/11 East Ridge Council Community Coffee

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Best Western Plus: 6710 Ringgold Rd.


TH/11 2014 College and Career Fair

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

National Guard Armory: 1801 N. Holtzclaw Avenue

The College & Career Fair gives 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to network with college representatives and members of the business community. Vendors participate by setting up booths and sharing information about higher education and career opportunities. Community volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Please contact Cathy Humble at 423.763.4321 to participate.


TH/11 Small Business Orientation

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

TN Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd. 

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. Register online for this free event at; scroll to view upcoming training.


FR/12 Free Financial & Accounting Advising with HHM

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Company Lab: 55 E. Main St.

Visit The Company Lab (CO.LAB) the second Friday of every month to receive free financial and accounting advice from Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough. To schedule a 30-minute time slot for your startup, email


FR/12 YPAC’s Southern Soiree

8:00 p.m. to midnight

Miller Plaza: 850 Market Street

Join the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga for their annual fundraiser, Southern Soirée. Enjoy southern food and beverages with an open bar from local sponsors Dish T’ Pass, Double Cola, Athens Distributing Company and Carter Distributing; music by ToneHarm; and photo booth fun from Just Shoot Me. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


SA/13 MidTown Celebrate

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Brainerd Village Shopping Center: 5748 Brainerd Rd.

This year’s theme, “Past, Present and Future of Midtown,” will serve to show the community a range of the history and personality of the area, which stretches from the Brainerd Tunnels to the Chattanooga Airport. Food, musical performances and children’s activities will take place throughout the day. Check out the Chattanooga Times Free Press article covering the event here.



Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 5.6 Percent In October

The Georgia Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in October was 5.6 percent, unchanged from September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.8 percent. While the rate was unchanged, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 741, or 29.1 percent, to 3,291 in October. Most of the increase was due ... (click for more)

October 2015 County Unemployment Rates

County unemployment rates for October 2015, released Wedesday, show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in four, and remained the same in one county. Specific county information for October is available on the Internet .   Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in October at 4.2 percent, down from September’s rate of 4.6 percent. Knox ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)