The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in December. Registration is required for all classes.
“So You Want to Start a Business” will be offered Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory in Johnson City. The free class covers the ways TSBDC can assist entrepreneurs and addresses preparation for the loan process, licensing requirements, and how to assess the market.
“Writing Your Business Plan” will be held Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Innovation Laboratory. The workshop covers the components of a business plan, exercises to assist with the first steps and information about free personal coaching. There is a $20 fee for the class.
“Small Business Finance,” on Dec. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Innovation Laboratory, is an in-depth look at financing options for businesses and the process for applying for a business loan, with an emphasis on SBA’s loan programs. The first two hours will consist of discussions of business financial management and a demonstration of a step-by-step financial planning tool. The second two hours will be a form-by-form analysis of a successful SBA business loan guaranty package and the required documents and attachments. A $50 per person fee for this workshop covers all course materials and a CD containing the required checklists, forms and spreadsheets.
“Social Media for Small Business” will meet on Dec. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory in Johnson City. An introduction to social media for small businesses, the topics also include the top five social media sites and how to use them as well as ways to develop a social media strategy for an individual business.
For class enrollment and more information about class locations, call Teresa Shipley of the TSBDC at 439-8505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.