Tech council to meet
Financial literacy education workshop set
Environmental conference to be held
Business training available
Chamber holding leadership program
SCORE to hold small business seminar
Revenue department holding business workshop
Fundraising group to hold audio conference
Hair Plus holding customer appreciation days
Kingsport Cycles holding open house
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, for the new TriSummit Bank, 1999 East Stone Drive, Suite 300. A continental breakfast will be provided by Madagascar Coffee Company. For more information, call (423) 246-2265.
KINGSPORT - The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council will hold its monthly membership meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Northeast State Community College, Room L106 in the library. The meeting, titled "Online Video Changes Everything," will feature Jose Castillo. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Debbie Boggs at (423) 279-9000 or email@example.com.
JOHNSON CITY - Alliance Data in Johnson City is partnering with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of East Tennessee to sponsor four financial literacy education workshops titled "Get Money-Smart." The workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Alliance Data Training Room, 509 Medtech Parkway, Johnson City. As an accredited community service agency specializing in financial education, CCCS offers community wide educational programs in money management, credit and consumerism that empower individuals and families to become more economically self-sufficient and financially secure. Trained CCCS counselors will conduct the "Get Money-Smart" workshops, which will cover various topics, including borrowing basics and the value of credit and types of loans; protecting and repairing credit and avoiding credit scams; problems and characteristics of credit cards; concepts and benefits of budgeting and how to use budgeting tools; strategies for saving money over time; keeping money safe, avoiding scams and safeguarding identity protection; types of installment loans and when to consider them; home ownership basics, renting vs. owning, mortgage programs and terms; and grants that are available for first-time home buyers. To register for the free CCCS "Get Money-Smart" workshops, call (423) 952-7331.
KINGSPORT - The 2007 East Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held March 15 and 16 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. This year's conference has expanded to offer more than 30 sessions. Topics include regulatory updates in air and water, green buildings, low-impact development, brownfields and greenspaces, environmental justice, energy conservation, biofuels, air quality, infrastructure development, light rail transportation, local product advantages and more. To register or for more information, visit www.TNEnvironment.com.
JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University is offering several training opportunities in March for small businesses. "So You Want to Start a Business" is a three-hour class designed to address many of the questions that potential entrepreneurs have in the initial research stages of getting their business started. Part of the class is aimed at what it takes to be a successful business owner; part of the class is aimed at the business idea itself. Participants will examine the lifestyle changes and leadership challenges that many business owners face, such as working 12 to 16 hours a day, being able to get individual health insurance, addressing conflict, handling rejection, and making decisions. "So You Want to Start a Business" will be taught from 1 to 4 p.m. March 13 at the Greene County Partnership in Greeneville; from 9 a.m. to noon on March 21 at the ETSU campus in Bristol; from 6 to 9 p.m. March 6 and again from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 22 in Johnson City. "Writing Your Business Plan" is the next course in the series. It's also three hours long and gets participants started on the key components of every business plan: the business description, management plan, marketing plan and finance plan. "Writing Your Business Plan" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 15. The cost is $10. The other session is "Government Contracting," for business owners wanting to know how to do business with the government. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 15. Participants will learn how to market themselves to the government, how to register their business for government contracting, and how to discover government contracts that they may want to bid on. This session is free of charge. One financial option that small business owners may want to pursue is the Community Express loan offered by the Small Business Administration. This loan is offered in $5,000 increments and requires minimal documentation. Representatives will be in Johnson City from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 19. Bankers who represent SBA products are invited to attend Lender Training from 8 to 10 a.m. March 23. SBA representatives will be prepared to cover determining the eligibility of a loan applicant, centralization of 7(a) loans, and the 7(a) application process. To register for any of these sessions, contact Teresa Blair at (423) 439-8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless otherwise stated, training will be held at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory at 2109 W. Market St. in Johnson City.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host a leadership program beginning Monday, March 26, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. Titled Positive Management Leadership, the three-day event will teach those in management the importance of positive employee relations, communication and leadership. The program will be presented in a unique "experiential learning" environment that forces participants to experience success and failure, helps them understand how they react under pressure, and makes them focus on being a leader and solving problems in an intense, pressure-filled interactive training exercise. "PML is unique," said Bob Arrington, a local attorney. "It combines exposure to real life, real time-management challenges with continuing professional education on workplace leadership, human relations and law. It really is one of those events that defies description and must be experienced to be appreciated." Late last year, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Deb Woolley created an agreement with PML Programs to hold a series of PML training events across the state in 2007. Kingsport was one of the locations chosen because of the large industrial presence in the region. Cost of the program is $1,195 per person and includes the seminar, materials and meals. Seating is limited, and registrations will be accepted through Monday, March 12. If seating is available after the March 12 deadline, registrations will continue to be accepted. Registration for the program is being handled by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To register, contact Suzie Lusk at (615) 256-5141. For more information, contact Lusk or PML Programs at (423) 765-1871 or visit www.PMLPrograms.com.
JOHNSON CITY - The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will present a small business seminar primarily covering finance and marketing from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Johnson City Public Library. The seminar is designed for current and future small business owners and managers, as well as managers of nonprofit organizations. "Because of our experience in counseling small business owners and managers of nonprofits, we know what information they need, and have planned this seminar to cover finance and marketing in ways that will most help people run or start an organization," said Don Tackett, chairman of the Johnson City chapter. Topics for the finance part of the seminar include writing a business plan, basic financials, applying for a loan, and small business insurance needs. Topics for the marketing session include marketing your business, effective public relations, and using computers and the Internet. The event will also include a panel of successful small business owners answering questions. The seminar will include lunch and a "SCORE Small Business Management Guide" valued at $25, for a total cost of $50. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. For more information and reservations, call SCORE at (423) 461-8051 or 461-8000. Sponsors for the seminar are the Johnson City Press, the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, New Peoples Bank, RE/MAX Checkmate, AmSouth Bank, and Bank of America.
JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. March 8 at the department's Johnson City regional office, 204 High Point Drive. The workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. To register, visit www.tennessee.gov/revenue/bustaxworkshops/newbusworkshops.htm or call (423) 854-5321.
KINGSPORT - The Mountain Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will sponsor an audio conference titled "New Demographics Call for New Approaches in Fundraising" beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Wellmont Health Systems corporate office, 1905 American Way, Kingsport. The 90-minute conference is open to all fund-raising professionals. The presenter is Samuel N. Gough Jr., co-founding partner and principal of The AFRAM Group, a fund-raising consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Deadline to register is March 6. Registration is $25 for AFP members and $35 for non-members. To register, call Jamie Gray at (423) 283-0963.
KINGSPORT - Hair Plus in the Fort Henry Mall will host "Customer Appreciation Days" March 12 through 18. The business will offer various specials during the event. For more information, call (423) 247-7278.
KINGSPORT - Kingsport Cycles at 2531 E. Stone Drive will hold an open house from March 7 to March 10. The shop will host demonstration rides, and door prizes and refreshments will be given away. The "Bike Week for the Rest of Us" is the official kick off to the 2007 motorcycling season. The event will give consumers an opportunity to experience the newest Triumph motorcycles. For more information, call Greg Easley at (423) 247-3847.