TSBDC Introduction To Lenders
TSBDC "Introduction to Lenders" is a new video produced by the TSBDC Service Centers at Volunteer State Community College and Roane State Community College. As the title implies the video was made to market the TSBDC services to Lenders. We encourage you to view the video (above) and let us know what you think. If you think you need financing, we are the place to start.
TSBDC Video Counseling
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU is very excited to announce that we now offer video counseling through Skype, Face Time, and Webex. To get started download the instructions linked below. All video counseling done by appointment only. For any problems or questions please contact Mark Bays at 423-439-8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions for Video Counseling
My Business Story
Video is predicted to be huge for 2012 and now is a great time to tell your business story. Google and American Express have created "My Business Story" a great free tool that allows you to make a professional-quality video telling the story of your business. The tool is very easy to use and provides a script and checklist to keep you on track with creating your video. The video you create will be uploaded to your you-tube channel. You then can share this video on your social pages, place it on your website, or use it to promote your business. To get started visit: www.youtube.com/mybusinessstory. If you need further assistance please contact our office at 423-439-8505 to make an appointment with a counselor.
Exciting News for Students and ETSU Faculty/Staff
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU is excited to announce that we are now offering our workshops for FREE to any students and ETSU faculty/staff. Normal registration required, please present your ID on the day of the workshop to be eligible.
Workshops for July
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in July. Registration is required for all classes.
“So You Want to Start a Business” will be offered on July 19, from 9 a.m. to noon 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 on July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Innovation Lab. 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.
For class enrollment and details about the location of the Johnson City site, call Teresa Shipley of the TSBDC at 439-8505 or e-mail: email@example.com.
NEW TSBDC Online Training Web Site
We are excited to announce the TSBDC has just released their new online training web site. The web site has fourteen chapters which address common business topics. Each chapters features PDF documents with written content, voice-narrated PowerPoint presentations, and video segments from professionals, educators, and entrepreneurs from all over Tennessee. You can visit the new web site at
TSBDC at ETSU Workshops for June
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in June. Registration is required for all classes.
“Small Business Taxes” will be held on June 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory in Johnson City. This is a two-session workshop. During the first part, attendees will learn the tax-filing requirements of proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Discussions will include the basics of records keeping, estimating personal taxes and various business deductions. This session is appropriate for businesses with or without employees. Part two is designed for businesses that have or plan to have employees. Topics will include withholding employee income and social security taxes, depositing payroll taxes and making federal unemployment tax payments. There is a $5 fee for each part of the workshop.
“So You Want to Start a Business” will be offered on June 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Innovation Laboratory. 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 on June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Innovation Lab. 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.
“SBA Borrowers Workshop” will meet on June 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Greene County Partnership building in Greeneville. The workshop covers Small Business Administration loan options, including which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need. The session begins with “the 5 C’s of credit: character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions,” then transitions to an overview of SBA’s actual loan programs. Specific information will be shared about interest rates, repayment terms and participating lenders.
“Small Business Finance” on June 28 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.
For class enrollment and details about the location of the Johnson City and Greeneville sites, call Teresa Shipley of the TSBDC at 439-8505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.