Alumna Lynn Talbott Wins Small Business of the Year Award

You may recall our highlight from a few years ago when MBA alumna Lynn Talbott won the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year award from Chattanooga’s TSBDC. Well, there’s no stopping her! Lynn is pleased to announce that her company, HR Business Solutions, LLC won the 2019 Chattanooga Chamber Small Business of the Year award last month.

After Lynn won her 2015 award, HR Biz became an INCubator graduate in February 2016 and moved out to a site of their own. She expanded her staff and now employs 10 people. Lynn encourages them to maintain balance by offering 1-2 days per week of working from home. All of her bookkeepers are Certified or Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors.

Headshots for Lynn Talbott & HRbiz Solutions. Photo by DanHenryPhoto.com

Lynn’s business is now the largest independent bookkeeping company in Chattanooga. Lynn continues to teach a free monthly bookkeeping classes at the BDC/INCubator in addition to teaching QuickBooks Online classes. She is an enthusiastic teacher who’s good at answering questions on-the-fly without missing a beat. Clients can also receive custom, individual training at the HR Biz office, where they can discuss confidential financial matters with their HR Biz advisor away from distractions.

Lynn says, “Trust is an important element in our communication with clients. They expect us to provide accurate advice that will be in their best interest, so that’s what we do. We give them tools for their decision-making and let them know what is optional or what is required if it’s related to compliance, such as for GAAP guidelines.”

It’s evident that Lynn and her team have earned that type of affirmation with both clients and the
community by winning this 2019 Chamber award.

Learn more about Lynn and the services offered by HR Biz. If you’re considering entrepreneurship, check out the free classes offered through the TN Small Business Development Centers (TSBDCs). You can search for training here. The TSBDC has 15 locations throughout Tennessee.

Submitted by Dory George, Admin/Marketing for HR Biz


Bryan business students impress at entrepreneurship workshop

Mac Raughton & Logan Dowell present at 3DS with their team

October 8, 2018 – Dr. Jonathan Newman & Dr. Daniel Gates, along with four business majors, recently traveled to Davidson University for an entrepreneurship workshop called 3 Day Startup. Bryan students worked with students from multiple colleges from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon on developing a basic business idea into a well thought out business plan.

Mac Raughton spearheaded the Bryan students with his idea to create a ‘Business in a Box’ for high schools.  Raughton and his fellow students, Jimmy Cadieu; Bryce Gibby; and Logan Dowell, began working through the idea weeks in advance, met regularly over lunch, met with Dr. Gates, and presented a rough draft of the idea to a group of Enactus students during a ‘Shark Tank’ event.  

The Bryan students were confident they had a great idea when they arrived at the event and presented it to the entire 3DS group of students. The student body voted to move forward with the idea along with three other ideas.  Raughton and Dowell formed a team consisting of students form three schools, Cadieu and Gibby joined another team to gain perspective by working on a different team.

Raughton and Dowell were quickly faced with numerous challenges to work through that were presented by the student body, as well as, industry experts that were brought into hear the ‘pitch’ for the idea.  Each group presented their business idea multiple times each day. The opportunity to practice public speaking was challenging and offered fantastic growth opportunities for all students.

Dowell noted that, “Through 3DS I have learned that starting a business has a lot to do with communication. It doesn’t matter how good your idea is if you cannot convey that to investors.”  Raughton had a similar observation, “3DS taught me that public speaking, pitching in particular, comes with practice. I had always thought that I was not given the ability to speak well, but I saw a clear improvement in just the three days that I was at the event.”  

Cadieu and Gibby faced unique challenges while working on a team they did not know and with an idea that was brand new to them.  Cadieu said, “One major lesson I learned is that you shouldn’t be afraid to change your business plan. Changing your initial idea seems to be a normal thing when you are starting a business.”  Gibby observed, “The biggest challenge I encountered at 3DS was how to generate sustainable profit. In my group, this was the constant issue, and it does not have a simple answer. There are a lot of great ideas, but few great business ideas that can generate sustainable profit.”

Each Bryan student was given the opportunity to grow in multiple areas that are difficult to capture in a classroom.  “Davidson University were fantastic hosts,” said Dr. Gates. “They brought amazing resources to ensure the experience was life changing for each student.”

 


Bryan College receives reaffirmation of accreditation of business and management programs

IACBE accredited official logoMay 16, 2018 – The Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) recently reaffirmed accreditation of the business and management programs offered through Bryan College’s Department of Business and Economics and the School of Adult and Graduate Studies. The Council has seven principles that Bryan College met to receive accreditation. They are: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal and external relationships, international business education and, educational innovation. Bryan College undertook a rigorous self-evaluation; underwent a comprehensive peer review and met the principles to achieve reaccreditation.

The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). It is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education. IACBE has hundreds of member institutions around the word and has accredited over 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and South America.

“We are honored that the quality of our graduate and undergraduate business program has once again met the high standards of IACBE,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies, and department chair of Business and Economics. “I especially appreciate how the IACBE measures academic quality and excellence in business education as it relates to our mission of ‘educating students to become servants of Christ in today’s world’. The emphasis on mission-related outcomes is fundamental to the entire quality assurance process of the IACBE and truly reflects the desire of our business faculty on campus and online.”

Bryan College President Stephen Livesay said, “The faculty and staff of our Business and Economics Department are to be congratulated for this tremendous achievement. They are setting a high level of standards for our students which in turn, prepares students for the business world they are about to enter. Thanks to their efforts, our students can confidently enter their professions prepared and ready to meet both present and future demands of business.”

About the IACBE – The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,500 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA. For more information, please visit the IACBE’s website at www.iacbe.org.


Online Business Program Places High in Rankings

January 19, 2018 – Bryan College’s online business program geared toward adult learners has recently received the distinction of placing in two national rankings.

The college has placed #6 in The Best Colleges’ “Top 25 Online Associate in Business Administration Programs for 2018” and #23 in Best College Reviews’ “Top 24 Associate’s Degree Programs in Business Online 2017-2018.” Both of these rankings looked at colleges and universities from all over the country, including Indiana Wesleyan University, Belhaven University, Liberty University, and University of Phoenix (among many others). Rankings were based on factors such as tuition, customization options, and graduation rate.

Bryan’s program boasts 6-week accelerated online classes, a Christian worldview, and competitive tuition rates with financial aid available to those who qualify. Graduates of the program complete all general education requirements for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, which allows for a seamless transition into the bachelor’s degree program later.

According to TheBestColleges.org, “The skills obtained through an online associate degree in business will prepare you for a career in many different industries. Organizational, interpersonal communication, budgeting, and marketing expertise will make you a competitive candidate for jobs as an administrative or executive assistant within corporations, healthcare organizations, and technology firms.”

Daniel Gates, an assistant business professor at Bryan, remarked, “As a professor at Bryan College it is gratifying to hear that our hard work is recognized. We do our best as instructors to bring in our own academic, real world, and Christian worldview into the classroom; I know it is the unique experiences of our faculty that allow Bryan College to deliver a quality education that focuses on a biblical worldview.”

To learn more about Bryan’s Associate of Science in Business online degree program, visit the website here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


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