September 26th , 2012 9:06 am Leave a comment

TSBDC at ETSU will offer October training classes in Elizabethton for small businesses


The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in October. Registration is required for all classes.

All Elizabethton workshops will be held at the Truman Clark Annex, Carter County Health Department, 403 E. G St.

Thursday, Oct. 4, “So You Want to Start a Business” will be offered in Elizabethton from 1-4 p.m. 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.

“How to Become a Mobile Office” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at ETSU’s Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market St., Johnson City. The workshop covers the use of tools such as Drop Box, Evernote, Google Apps, Skype, Square and Tonido. Participants should bring a laptop, tablet and smartphone.

“Writing Your Business Plan” will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Elizabethton. 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.

“Research for Business Planning” Thursday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Elizabethton, will include different methods of research and primary versus secondary data. Agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau and Tennessee Department of Revenue, that provide data used by attendees planning the expansion or start-up of a business, will be identified. Fee-based resources offered to TSBDC clients will be discussed, such as ProfitCents, a financial analysis program that will provide clients with a written financial analysis along with recommendations for corrective action. Reference USA, a marketing tool to identify prospective customers and competitors, will be explained. The $10 fee for this workshop includes handouts and a CD with links to data sources.

“Franchising as a Career, Investment or Both” is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Innovation Lab. The free seminar will be led by Jerry Bird of FranNet of Alabama and East Tennessee. Bird, a member of TSBDC’s Statewide Advisory Council, will discuss the facts and myths of franchising and how to select the right business and resources available to assist with planning and starting a business.

For class enrollment, further information and class locations, contact Teresa Shipley of the TSBDC at 439-8505 or shipleyth@ To arrange special assistance for those with disabilities, use the same contact information.


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