Small Business Development Center at TTU offers several summer seminars

Ever thought about opening your own business but don’t know where to start?

The Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University is hosting a series of free seminars this summer that cover topics ranging from starting a business to maintaining financial software to web marketing.

SBDC Interim Director Vicki Henley will present “How to Start a Business” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, in Room 218 of TTU’s Johnson Hall.

“That seminar is aimed at new and prospective small business owners, and it is designed to cover much of the basic information they will need to help make their ventures successful,” Henley said.

Topics that will be covered include characteristics of entrepreneurs, start-up requirements, legal business structures, business planning, cash budgeting and obtaining financing.

Following Henley’s seminar, “An Overview of Quickbooks” will be presented by David Maher of G & G Technologies from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, in Room 218 of Johnson Hall.

Maher is a certified Quickbooks and Quickbooks POS ProAdvisor.

Among the topics he will cover at the seminar include a discussion of available features and differences among Quickbooks versions, an introduction to financial management, the importance of accounts, using reports in Quickbooks, managing essential tasks with Quickbooks, tips and resources and an overview of concepts and terms related to financial recordkeeping.

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in Room 218 of Johnson Hall, Michael Aiken, a research specialist with the TTU BusinessMedia Center, will present “Web Marketing: How to Make Your Website Hit.”

He will discuss techniques to improve the effectiveness of web sites, and his topics will include how to tune-up your web site for search engine visibility, best practices in web site development, basics of web marketing, using Google AdWords, keywords, tags and links and other important considerations in web site planning.

The SBDC at TTU is a part of the state and national network of Small Business Development Centers that support the small business community and serve as advocates for issues of concern to small businesses.

The Tennessee SBDC network is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee Board of Regents and State of Tennessee.

The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsors or participants’ opinions, findings, recommendations, products or services. All TSBDC programs are non-discriminatory.

Arrangements for persons with disabilities can be provided, where possible, with advance notice.

The public is welcome to attend any or all of the events. For more information, call the SBDC at TTU at 931/372-3648 or 931/372-3670 or e-mail Henley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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