Center at ETSU will offer series of classes for entrepreneurs

9:27 am | November 2, 2012

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in November.

Registration is required for all classes.

To enroll or for more information and class locations, call the TSBDC’s Teresa Shipley at 439-8505, or email

To arrange special assistance for those with disabilities, use the same contact information.

“Website 101” will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market Street in Johnson City. Topics will include establishing the purpose of a website, the importance of domain names and how to obtain them, navigation, design and content, as well as improving search engine optimization. Participants should bring a laptop, tablet and smart phone. There is a $10 fee for this workshop.

“Writing Your Business Plan” will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m.-noon in Erwin. 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.

“Procurement 101,” a session led by the University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory in Johnson City. The basics of selling to the federal government will be discussed.

A “Small Business Tax Workshop” will be held at the Slater Community Center at 325 McDowell Street in Bristol on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn tax-filing requirements, recordkeeping basics, estimated taxes, and use of a home for business.

An “Employer Tax Workshop,” scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Bristol’s Slater Center, will include information about withholding employee income and social security taxes, depositing employee withholdings using EFTPS 3, and making federal unemployment tax payments.

“Research for Business Planning” on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9-11 a.m. in Erwin 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.

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