7:30-8 a.m.: Registration and breakfast
8 a.m.: Program 1, Economic Development Overview (one hour CPE)
Program 2: Tennessee Tax Review (two hours CPE)
Program 3: Review of Existing Industry (one hour CPE)
11:40 a.m.-12:50 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m.: Program 4: Regional Growth Planning and International Business Council (one hour CPE)
Program 5: 20 Ideas for Businesses in a Recovering Economy (one hour CPE)
Program 6: Internal Controls—How They Work and Ways to Prevent/Detect Fraud (two hours CPE)
4:30 p.m.: Seminar ends
Time is allotted for morning and afternoon breaks.
The Chattanooga-area American Society of Women Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors will host Chattanooga: State of the Economy May 15 at The Chattanoogan, located at 1201 S. Broad St.
This cost of the class is $150 per person and $130 for IIA/ASWA members. Companies with five or more attendees will receive a $20 per person discount, and companies with 10 or more attendees will receive the same discount plus one free registration.
The registration fee includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
This course requires no prerequisites and is described as basic by conference organizers.
Brief course descriptions of each program and special speakers are detailed below:
—Program 1: Economic Development Overview, presented by J. Ed. Marston from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. This program will cover major successes and strategies for the future, as well as the Chattanooga Chamber's strategic foundation.
—Program 2: Tennessee Tax Review, presented by Jennifer Hagan-Dier from Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC. This program will cover Tennessee state taxes and tax incentives for businesses in 2012.
—Program 3: Review of Existing Industry, presented by John Steven Hiatt from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. This program will review the existing business climate in Chattanooga, as well as job creation.
—Program 4: Regional Growth Planning and International Business Council, presented by Cheryl Millsaps and Gladys Pineda-Lohr from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. This program will discuss the regional growth planning process and how cross-cultural collaboration has attracted the notice of business recruitment prospects.
—Program 5: Ideas for Businesses in a Recovering Economy, presented by Kevin Green with Robert Half Finance & Accounting. This program will discuss five areas for businesses to examine as they manage through a changing economic environment, including 20 ideas that can help them stay on track.
—Program 6: Internal Control—How They Work and Ways to Prevent/Detect Occupational Fraud, presented by Pam Mantone of Decosimo. This program will identify internal controls used to detect and prevent occupational fraud for small businesses.