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.

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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 College online graduate programs receive top honors locally and nationally from online publications

Official Badge: Online Masters Best MBA in Marketing Degree Programs 2019November 12, 2018 – Several of Bryan College’s online graduate programs received recognition from and as the top programs both in the state of Tennessee and nationally. named Bryan’s Human Resources and Sports Management online graduate programs as top in the state, and listed the college’s online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program as one of the best value, fully accredited programs in Tennessee, behind the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. made its selections by first evaluating the programs’ accreditation. Bryan College’s School of Graduate Studies received reaffirmation of accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) in April 2018.

When selecting which programs are the best in each state, factored in a program’s entrance exam requirements, class delivery formats, philosophy of teaching, reputation, and related clubs or centers for networking and support for each accredited program in the state.

Both of Bryan’s Human Resources and Sports Management MBA programs are fully accredited, completely online, and offer accelerated formats, which provide students with the opportunity to graduate in as little as 14-months.

Based on these factors, Bryan College’s online MBA in Human Resources program and the online MBA in Sports Management program were selected as the best in the state of Tennessee. also named Bryan’s online MBA program as one of Tennessee’s best programs for its value, coming in second behind the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s online MBA program.  The online MBA program at Bryan is affordable, costing $1,080 less than the state average for IACBE-accredited online MBAs at private business schools.

“We are very thankful for this recognition,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “It is an honor to provide students with convenient and flexible faith-based programs that guarantee our students are as prepared as possible to find a career in their field of study.” selected Bryan College as one of the Best MBA in Marketing programs in the nation for 2019. Bryan College earned the 25th spot out of the only 50 colleges across the country that made it to the final list. The top-ranked programs were selected based on curriculum, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

“In addition to this award, our research found Bryan College’s marketing program to also be ‘Best For Marketing Strategists’. This speaks to the amazing work that Bryan’s program is doing and demonstrates to our 100,000 monthly visitors that the program provides quality education to help students with their career aspirations.” said Barbara Montgomery, Program Recognition Manager at

“Bryan College is honored to be recognized for our graduate coursework in marketing.  Bryan’s MBA with a marketing specialization was created in response to marketplace needs in the ever-changing environment of business. We continue to adapt our curriculum to ensure our students are well prepared for the current market.” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean, School of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Bryan College ranked a top online MBA program in Tennessee

Top online MBA Programs in Tennessee Online MBA Today (ranking badge)August 22, 2018 – The Bryan College School of Adult and Graduate Studies is again being recognized in a recent ranking published by, home of the latest online MBA news and reviews.

Bryan ranked no.5 in “Top Online MBA Programs in Tennessee,” beating out state school Tennessee State University (no.13) and nearby Union University (no.9), Tennessee Wesleyan University (no.14) and Lee University (no.15).

The value of an MBA degree continues to be a strong credential in the marketplace,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. “Our dedicated faculty have both the credentials and experience to provide an academically sound and professionally relevant graduate degree 100% online, rooted in a strong context of faith and worldview.”

This ranking takes into consideration four areas of evaluation. According to the Online MBA Today website, “by evaluating the tuition cost, accreditation, average base salary, and prestige, this ranking helps prospective students find the highest quality online MBA programs in Tennessee.”

The online MBA at Bryan College has been recognized in several recent rankings. “We are proud of the recognition that this brings to Bryan College and the BC online MBA,” said Dr. Douglas Mann, provost and academic vice president. “We are committed to continuing to bring high quality academic programs that prepare graduates to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing marketplace.”

The Bryan College online MBA has also been ranked in the following lists by

Bryan College offers graduates the opportunity to earn a free master’s degree. Learn more about the Bryan Difference Maker.

Bryan College ranked among best online colleges in Tennessee

2018 Best Online Colleges for Value - Tennessee - SR Education Group - Ranking SealJune 5, 2018 – Bryan College was recently ranked #8 in the 2018 Best Online Colleges in Tennessee on  The ranking is based on affordability and academic strength.

“This ranking is based on value” said Kelsey D’Ewart with SR Education Group. “We manually researched every regionally accredited online college in the state, taking into account both tuition and academic strength in order to determine the best value schools for students.”

Bryan College offers affordable tuition rates and regularly updates curriculum to meet the needs of the job market. Bryan also offers outstanding extra value through the Bryan Difference Maker; a program through which qualifying Bryan graduates can earn a tuition-free master’s degree.

“Bryan College has been a recognized leader in adult education for over 20 years,” said Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies. “As the overall education market has trended online, we have transitioned to this preferred modality while maintaining the quality standards expected from Bryan.  We are honored by this recognition of placement in the best online colleges in Tennessee.”

Bryan College now offers seven online undergraduate degrees, twelve online graduate degrees, and two online graduate certificates. All online degrees are offered in an accelerated format to provide students the flexibility to work full-time and care for their families while earning a quality, valued degree.

Learn more about online education at Bryan College.