Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events Aug. 28-Sept. 1

Friday, August 25, 2017

MON/28 QuickBooks Online: Course 2 - Payroll & How to Pay Yourself ($125)

9 a.m. – Noon

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd.

If you’re an entrepreneur, you know how tricky it is to determine whether you’ve made enough money to pay yourself, much less anyone else. This is an intermediate-to-advanced level QuickBooks Online class.  Bring your laptop and questions.

Speaker: Lynn Talbott, MBA, President of HRBiz and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

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TUES/29 Cómo crear una página de negocios en Facebook

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cocoa Cola Bottling Company United: 2111 W Shepherd Rd. 37421

Venga y aprenda sobre las herramientas para crear y administrar una página de Facebook comercial para su negocio, consejos de seguridad para manejar en redes sociales y mucho más.

Se necesita tener una computadora, si no tiene una, escribanos y con gusto trataremos de conseguirle una para el taller. DESAYUNO DE NEGOCIOS GRATUITO

Presented by BrightBridge Women’s Business Center. Reserve your free seat


TUES/29 Financing Your Business the SBA Way

8:30-9:30 a.m.

BrightBridge Women’s Business Center: 535 Chestnut St., Ste. 161 37402

Training will cover which loan program meets specific entrepreneurial needs. The session begins with the 5 C’s of credit including character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions. It then transitions to an overview of SBA’s loan programs. Whether you are an existing entrepreneur or have given thought to starting a business, this seminar will put you ahead of the game in government guaranteed lending.

Led by Jacqueline Merritt, United States Small Business Administration.

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TUES/29 Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Contracting Rule

10:30 a.m. - Noon

BrightBridge Women’s Business Center: 535 Chestnut St., Ste. 161 37402

Key session topics include: Overview of the WOSB Program, WOSB Program Repository, Eligibility Requirements, Government Contracting Opportunities.

Led by Jacqueline Merritt, United States Small Business Administration.

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TUES/29 HR Overview

2-5 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd.

Every small business owner hopes to grow the company to the point that others  -- independent contractors, interns, part- or full-time employees – will be  needed in order to fully prosper. But with increasing commitments comes an increasing range of legal obligations and risks. In this program, we will explore the primary human resource challenges faced by growing small businesses and offer practical suggestions on how to successfully address them. Speaker: Attorney Dan Gilmore, Founder of Squire Strategies.

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WED/30 What Your Business Needs To Know About Commercial Real Estate

11:00 a.m. – Noon

BrightBridge Women’s Business Center: 535 Chestnut St., Ste. 161 37402

How do I find what locations are available? Do I lease or purchase? If I lease, what items need to be included in my commercial lease? Am I allowed to make renovations? Who pays for the renovation? What do I need to know about purchasing commercial real estate? These and other questions will be addressed.

Led by Christi Doll, Broker/Owner at Premier Property Group Inc.

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WED/30 Instagram Marketing Strategies ($25) - Intermediate

3:30–5 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd.

Over 80 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day.  Discover how to find your customers and grow your followers on Instagram utilizing hashtags and locations, engaging with influencers, content strategy tips, pre-scheduling posts and advertising.

Speaker: Lisa Brown, CEO of 3E Social.

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THUR/31 Alternative Health Plans for Small Employers

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd.

Large employers have many alternatives available to them for the financing and design of their employee benefit plans, which allow them to more effectively control their health plan costs. However, small employers have historically been limited to fully insured plans, limited plan design options and no real opportunity to control premium costs. By simply changing the manner in which you finance the cost, you can regain control of your health plan costs and maximize the opportunity for future savings. Join First Citizens Bank and OneDigital Health & Benefits to learn more about this alternate approach to your health insurance needs.

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FRI/1 Ooltewah/Collegedale Chamber Council Coffee

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Wired Coffee Bar: 5707 Main St.



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Walker Sentenced To 4 Years In State Prison For Tragic Woodmore Bus Wreck

Johnthony Walker was sentenced to four years in state prison on Tuesday in connection with a school bus crash that claimed six lives and injured 22 other Woodmore Elementary students. Judge Don Poole declined to run any of the sentences consecutively, while finding that the 25-year- old Walker was not a "dangerous offender." Walker has already served almost a year of the sentence ... (click for more)

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Roy Exum: Corker And ‘The Code’

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