Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events Aug. 13-16

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 13, NEWtrepreneur Bookkeeping? 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Noon to 1 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd. (Please park across the street in the Republic Parking lot)

Are you an entrepreneur, small business owner or considering starting your own business? It’s important to keep your finances tidy. Learn about 10 common bookkeeping mistakes and practical solutions to overcome them. Topics include: how to classify workers, receipt requirements, meal expenses and more. Bring your questions.

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

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No cost.


August 13, QuickBooks Online: Course 1 - Basics & Set Up

2 to 5 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd. (Please park across the street in the Republic Parking lot)

Are you new to QuickBooks Online? Join us for an overview of how it works and learn best practices for bookkeeping.  Active clients of the TSBDC are eligible to receive a reduced rate for QuickBooks set up.  Contact your counselor to learn more.  You can have any QBO product level: Quick Start, QBO Essentials or QBO Plus for this class.

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

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August 14, Hixson Chamber Council Community Coffee

8 to 9 a.m.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Hixson: 5000 New Country Dr.

Please join the Hixson Council for their Monthly Council Community Coffee at La Quinta Inn & Suites Hixson.

No cost.


August 15, CELEBRATE!: The Sequel

8 to 9:30 a.m.

Chattanooga Zoo: 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave.

Join Venture Forward in celebrating organizational collaboration at "CELEBRATE!: The Sequel," a bi-annual networking and recognition breakfast. This mid-year's CELEBRATE! breakfast will feature a speed networking activity that will allow you to engage with your neighboring nonprofits.

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$10 for Venture Forward members; $20 for non-members.


August 15, Ooltewah/Collegedale Chamber Council Meeting

9:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Collegedale City Hall: 4910 Swinyar Dr.

No cost.


August 15, Hixson Chamber Council Meeting

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

North River Civic Center: 1009 Executive Dr.

Speaker: Panel from Chattanooga State Community College



August 15, Facebook Marketing Strategies / Intermediate

3:30 to 5 p.m.

INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd. (Please park across the street in the Republic Parking lot)

You have a Facebook page for your business, now what?  Discover Facebook best practices including content strategy tips, increasing website traffic, understanding analytics and an overview of Facebook’s Business Manager, Ad Manager and Power Editor tools.

Speaker: Lisa Brown, owner of 3E Social

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August 16, International Business Chamber Council Meeting

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elliott Davis: 629 Market St., #100

Speaker: Mary Stargel, Director of Innovation District Programs, on imagining the M.L. King Cultural Corridor



August 16, North Hamilton County Chamber Council Meeting

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

Budweiser: 200 Shearer St.



August 16, Business After Hours sponsored by Pin Strikes

5 to 7 p.m.

Pin Strikes: 6241 Perimeter Dr., Suite 109

Business After Hours brings an average of 100 business people together for networking and refreshments. Business After Hours in August is sponsored by Pin Strikes.

No cost.

Tennessee Unemployment Holds Steady For 3rd Consecutive Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released the statewide unemployment rate for July 2018, and for the third consecutive month the statistic has remained at a historically low 3.5 percent.   Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not only remained unchanged since May, ... (click for more)

CARTA Approves Revised Policy On Persons Addressing The Board; To Provide Safety Training To Drivers

The CARTA board on Thursday passed a revised ordinance on persons addressing the board, including a provision that no person shall be allowed to appear before the board more than two times during any consecutive four-month period. The City Council allows speakers twice a month, while the County Commission has no limit on appearances. CARTA meets once a month. The city and ... (click for more)

Authorities Say Hixson Man Shot And Killed His 15-Year-Old Son On Saturday Night; Also Killed Family Dog

Authorities said a Hixson man shot and killed his 15-year-old son on Saturday night. A report says Mike McElrath, who was found naked at a neighbor's house, also killed the family dog. County deputies responded at 10:24 p.m. to 1846 Cotter Road. The residents said there was a man on their front porch who said he was "butt naked" and said "there's blood everywhere." They ... (click for more)

Wall Collapses At Home On Bradford Place Drive

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a structural collapse call shortly after  10 a.m. on Saturday .   When firefighters arrived at 307 Bradford Place Drive, a large hole could be seen on one side of the house. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said an exterior wall collapsed into the basement. There was some initial concern that an elderly resident might ... (click for more)

Harold Austin Was Hamilton County's Crown Jewel

My dear friend, longtime public servant, Mr. Harold Austin, will be greatly missed. He was with the state of Tennessee and Hamilton County for many years. Doyle Ray Marler * * * Harold Austin was Hamilton County’s crown jewel.   He was beloved by generations in municipal and state government. He knew so many involved in local, state, and federal roadway ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 90% Can’t Do Math

Friday’s newspaper headline blared, “Hamilton County Schools see dramatic growth in student performance” and that, my friend, is “fake news” at its finest. A better try might be, “90 Percent of Kids In Chattanooga Can’t Do Math.” Let’s face it: We know that a full 70 percent of 43,000 students in our public school system are not on track, this based on state test scores, and -- ... (click for more)