TSBDC at ETSU will offer June training classes for small businesses


JOHNSON CITY (May 28, 2013) — The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University will offer potential entrepreneurs several training classes in June. Registration is required for all classes, and every session is free for ETSU faculty, staff and students.  The classes will be held at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory, 2109 W. Market Street in Johnson City.

“Website 101” will be held on Tuesday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. 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.

The “SBA Borrower’s Workshop” on Wednesday, June 12, from 9-11 a.m., covers Small Business Administration (SBA) loan options, including which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need. The session encompasses the “5 Cs” of credit—character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions—in addition to an overview of all SBA loan programs. Other topics to be presented include information about interest rates and repayment terms, as well as participating lenders. 

“So You Want to Start a Business” will be offered on Thursday, June 13, from 9 a.m.-noon. 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.

The free workshop “Twitter for Small Business,” on Tuesday, June 18, from 9 a.m.-noon, willprovide information on gaining a following, promoting a page, creating the perfect tweet, engaging and listening to followers and monitoring analytics.

 “Writing Your Business Plan” will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 9 a.m.-noon. 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 or for further information, contact Teresa Shipley of the TSBDC at (423) 439-8505 or . To arrange special assistance for those with disabilities, use the same contact information.

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