published Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Chattanooga area business calendar

Events and Seminars

• Red Bank Council Meeting Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Bank Community Center, Tom Weathers Drive behind Erlanger North. Robert J. Dragone, president & CEO of aQQolade Inc., will talk on “Leadership Through Learning.” Meetings cost $10.

• QuickBooks–Intermediate Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at The INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Lynn Talbott of HR Business Solutions LLC will lead the class designed for those who have at least six months of QuickBooks experience. This event is hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Advance registration and a fee of $110 are due at least 1-2 business days prior to the event. Call 423-756-8668 for more information and to register.

• EXPO Chattanooga Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Join hundreds of business, civic and community leaders for Chattanooga’s largest showcase of local business. Admission is free and open to the public. EXPO Chattanooga will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Small Business Awards Luncheon. For more information, please visit http://www.chattanoogachamber.com/chamber-information/programs/events/business-expo.

• An Hour with My Attorney Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at The INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd. This seminar will explore leases, contracts, powers of attorney, corporate meetings and other topics of interest. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, this seminar is free to the public. Call 423-756-8668 for more information or to register.

• Small Business Awards Luncheon Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Join us as the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes the small-business owners who make up the backbone of our local economy.

•Affordable Care Act Workshop Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at The INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd. The Affordable Care Act will go into effect this year, and many aspects of the new law are still unclear. This workshop is targeted to business owners who want to know how this new legislation will affect their companies. Attendees will explore provisions of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act as they relate to the costs and role of the business owner. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, this event is free and open to the public. Call 423-756-8668 to register.

• Financing Your Business the SBA Way Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at BrightBridge WBC, 535 Chestnut St., Suite 161. This event is free and open to the public. Call 423-424-4220 for more information and to register.

• Small Business Orientation Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Counselors 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, taxes and other start-up materials. Hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, this event is free and open to the public. Call 423-756-8668 for more information and to register.

• Doing Business With the Chattanooga Zoo Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. This workshop is part of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs ongoing series, “Doing Business With the City,” and will be facilitated by James Brantley, director of community engagement, and Liz Crowe, COO, both of the Chattanooga Zoo. The Chattanooga Zoo has some major projects planned with many ways for small, local businesses to become involved. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

• North Hamilton County Council Meeting Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Budweiser, 200 Shearer St. Speaker: Karen Hundt, Regional Planning Agency. Meetings cost $10.

• Business After Hours at Chattanooga Lookouts Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Lookouts, 201 Power Alley. Held the third Thursday of almost every month, Business After-Hours offers local professionals the opportunity to network and socialize at a different area business each month. For more information, please contact Whitney Risley at 423-763-4357 or events@chattanoogachamber.com.

• Enterprise/Gateway Council BOOST Summit Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Academy Conference Center at Volkswagen, 7469 Volkswagen Drive. The topic of this year’s BOOST Summit is “BOOST Into the Future: Changing the Vision of Success.” The forum will feature a panel discussion exploring the skills and qualities business leaders expect in employees and the direction education must take to prepare students to become qualified members of the workforce. Cost is $10, and a light breakfast will be provided.

• Ribbon Cutting for American Family Care Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at American Family Care, 3520 Cummings Highway. Join the Chattanooga Chamber for this grand opening.

• Legal Advice — Office Hours with Chambliss Startup Group Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Company Lab, 55 E. Main St., Suite 105. Need legal advice for your startup? Schedule a free session with Chambliss Startup Group by contacting Allison Reedy at allison@colab.co.

• Ribbon Cutting for High Point Climbing LLC Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at High Point Climbing LLC, 200 block of Broad Street. Join the Chattanooga Chamber for this grand opening.

• International Commerce in Chattanooga Seminar to be held at the BDC—INCubator. Are you a manufacturer? A supplier to an exported product or a small business ready to export? Then you will want to attend the International Commerce in Chattanooga seminar Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, March 26, at the Small Business Development Center—INCubator at 100 Cherokee Blvd. Sponsored by Chattanooga State’s SBDC, the Chattanooga Area Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The event features a host of speakers including Greg Jones, VP Foreign Trade Zone Corp.; David Tiller, SBA, Support for Suppliers of Exported Products; Ivette Rios, CGBP-SBDC; Wiley Turnipseed, Steam Logistics; and Hollywog, local export manufacturer with his success story.

Featured speaker Greg Jones is a founder and vice president for Foreign Trade Zone Corp. Greg specializes in FTZ-related lobbying, preparing more complex applications, and in assisting companies in integrating compliant and efficient FTZ procedures into their existing business practices during the activation process.

Day 1 — Tuesday, March 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 am, featuring international exporting.

Day 2 ­— Tennessee’s international export assistance representatives will be visiting Chattanooga on Wednesday, March 26. They will meet with companies that are interested in exporting to the following markets: China, Mexico, UK and the EU. Please call the TSBDC at 423-756-8668 to reserve your one-on-one appointment.

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