Leaders with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga are continuing efforts to support local entrepreneurs with a series of three webinars free of charge to minority small business owners.
“At the Urban League, we’re always working to promote small business growth, and we feel that this webinar series is the perfect platform to gather the small businesses and get them involved and up-to-speed on the latest technology and how to integrate it into their business,” Nicole Burney, program director of Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, said.
The first webinar is on supplier relations and is scheduled for June 21.
The series will continue through early next year at the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s headquarters on East M.L. King Boulevard.
Each webinar will be conducted by leaders at HP, the world’s largest IT company, who understand small business operations and who will tell small business owners how to use technology to benefit their businesses and grow revenue, officials said.
According to Hewlett-Packard, minority-owned businesses are expected to generate more than $550 billion in revenue in 2012.
The other webinars haven’t been scheduled yet, but the topics will be Developing an IT Strategy and Technology Best Practices.
Several different incubator organizations, such as the Business Development Center and the Urban League, are banding together to support small business and entrepreneurs.
The Urban League’s program is part of a larger, statewide effort to support small businesses.
Last year, as part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s economic development plan, The Company Lab became one of the state’s nine regional entrepreneurial accelerators.
The Company Lab received a $250,000 grant to support the mission.
In January, Chattanooga City Council members decided to give $75,000 to the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Urban League to support a new partnership targeting the promotion of minority businesses.
The funds had at one time been allocated for the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, according to Nooga.com archives.