published Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Chattanooga area business calendar

Events and Seminars

• Hackanooga II (Two-Day Event) Saturday from 9 a.m. to Sunday 7 p.m. at The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave. Hackanooga is a weekend-long event that provides civic-minded designers and developers with a unique opportunity to use Chattanooga's gigabit network to meet education and workforce development needs. Join Mozilla, Open Chattanooga and a crew of forward-thinking technologists for two days of innovation, coding and fun.

• Member Orientation Tuesday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Chamber Board Room, 811 Broad St. Learn more about how the Chamber can benefit you and your business. Free for members and nonmembers with light breakfast provided.

• Improve your Credit Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Join this discussion about credit score and how to improve your credit score. Free and open to the public. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

• Government Contracting: Managing the Maze to Find the Contract Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at BrightBridge Women's Business Center, 535 Chestnut St., Suite 161. Learn about government contracts available to your business and how to get them. Bring your laptop to follow along. Free and open to the public. Call 423-424-4220 to register.

• North Chattanooga Council Meeting Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The INCubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Meetings cost $10.

• ConnectForLunch Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at participating local restaurants. Grow your business in face-to-face lunch meetings with two or three members. This setting allows participants to make meaningful connections that can lead to new and stronger business relationships. Visit www.connect4lunch.com/chattanoogachamber to register.

• Chattanooga Spirit Series: Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave. Corrie Van Sice will speak on "The Future of 3D Printing." Her discussion will explore the intellectual tradegrounds emerging around 3D printing, as well as the changing landscape of engineering innovation. This event is the first installment of the Chattanooga Spirit Series, a new string of speaking engagements that will feature national voices on topics that highlight emerging innovation opportunities in the Chattanooga area. The series is sponsored by the Benwood Foundation and co-hosted by The Company Lab, The Enterprise Center, Lamp Post Group and SwiftWing Ventures.

• AM Networking at Cohutta Banking Co. Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at Cohutta Banking Co., 800 Market St. Held the first Wednesday of every month, AM Networking brings an average of more than 60 area businesspeople together for an hour of networking and refreshments. For more information, contact Whitney Risley at 423-763-4357 or wrisley@chattanoogachamber.com.

• An Hour with My Attorney Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center: 100 Cherokee Blvd. This seminar will explore leases, contracts, powers of attorney, corporate meetings and other topics of interest. Free and open to the public. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

• Chattanooga Real Estate Investors Association Monthly Meeting Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Car Barn, 6721 Heritage Business Court. The topic is Section 8 rentals presented by representatives from the Chattanooga Housing Authority. Food and beverage provided. $25 for nonmembers.

• Downtown Council Meeting Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Read House Hotel, 827 Broad St. Merri Mai Williamson of Application Researchers will talk on "Closing the Generation Gap." Sponsored by Southern Belle and LBMC. Meetings cost $15 with valet parking included.

• Small Business Orientation Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Counselor will discuss basic business planning, including financial projections and legal entities. Attendees will receive an information packet containing phone numbers and addresses for information about business licenses and taxes, as well as other startup materials. Free and open to the public. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

• Southside Council Meeting Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at green|spaces Chattanooga, 63 E. Main St. Meetings cost $10.

• Financing Your Business the SBA Way Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd. This workshop covers SBA loan options, including which loan programs meet specific entrepreneurial needs. Visit www.tsbdc.org/chscc and scroll to view upcoming training to register.

• International Business Council Annual Celebration Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1100 E. 16th St. Join the International Business Council in celebrating its third anniversary. This event will feature Christoph Sander, consul general of Germany, and Wim Van Cauteren, consulate-general of Belgium. Event admission is $20. No RSVP required.

• What is a business plan, and why do I need one? Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at BrightBridge Women's Business Center, 535 Chestnut St., Suite 161. This workshop is targeted to individuals starting or growing a business. Attendees will review basics and major components of a business plan, as well as the importance of having one. Free and open to the public. Call 423-424-4220 to register.

• Thrive 2055 Input Incubator Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Join peers from the Chattanooga community as we look at four distinct illustrations of how the region could grow during the next 40 years, and share your ideas about each. Visit http://bit.ly/1nUGr6z to RSVP. All are welcome at this free event.

• Ooltewah/Collegedale Council Coffee Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Hampton Inn, 6145 Weir Way.

• Free Legal Advising with Chambliss Startup Group Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Company Lab, 55 E. Main St. Visit The Company Lab the first and third Friday of every month to receive free legal advice from the Chambliss Startup Group. To schedule a 30-minute time slot for your startup, email info@colab.co.

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