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The Quad Cities Chamber is bringing back a popular series designed to help build capacity for small businesses in the region. The 4-program series provides small business owners and their employees with tools, strategies, and best practices needed to successfully compete in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

The Small Business Series will kick off on Wednesday, September 26 in conjunction with the launch of the Growth Wheel Workshops, a new resource being offered through the Chamber's recently developed Business Services division.

"We have taken member feedback and built the business services division around how members feel we can better serve them," said Julie Forsythe, VP of Business Services and Entrepreneurship. "The Small Business Series is a tangible resource that businesses can take advantage of to identify growth markets and attain more customers."

Growth Wheel Workshop:  Part One - Customer Relations
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
EICC Urban Campus, 101 W. 3rd St., Room 117W and 116W, Davenport, IA  52801
Cost: Free to attend


Growth Wheel is a new resource available to help Chamber members grow their business. This four-part, interactive program helps businesses grow through a simple, action-oriented process. The four parts to Growth Wheel are: Customer Relations, Organization, Business Concept and Operations.

During the first session focused on customer relations, attendees will identify the top three to four items related branding, marketing and sales that are keep their business from growing to the next level. Through interactive coaching, attendees will then develop actionable strategies to implement within their businesses.

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Growth Wheel is a new service offered in partnership between the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Quad Cities Chamber, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.

Streamline Your Business to Increase Profits
Featuring Aaron Tennant, founder and CEO, Total Solutions
Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. 
Location TBA
Cost: Free for Chamber members, $10 for public


Can outsourcing operations be a part of your business growth strategy? Aaron Tennant, founder and CEO of Total Solutions, has owned and operated many businesses, including Simplex Leasing and Tennant Truck Lines. During his time as the owner of Tennant Truck Lines, he expanded the operations and services offerings of the company resulting in year after year double digit growth. Aaron will talk about how developing an outsourcing strategy can allow you to focus on your core business activities, resulting in greater revenue. 

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Planning for the New Qualified Business Income Deduction - What's in it for Your Pass-Through?
Featuring Kevin Santry, Santry 360
Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Noon – 1 p.m. 
Location TBA
Cost: Free for Chamber members, $10 for public


How can your business benefit from the new qualified business income deduction? Within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), there was a new provision that was included as a way to provide benefit for businesses including partnerships / LLCs, S Corporations, and sole proprietors that wouldn’t otherwise qualify from tax cut rates. The largest benefit of this new provision is that businesses will potentially receive a deduction up to 20% of their taxable business revenue. However, there are multiple limitations that make this provision more complicated than it appears. This, combined with changes related to property tax deductions, income tax deductions, and elimination of exemptions, could have significant impact on businesses. During this examples-based presentation, guests will get clarity on the new rules, and the benefits and challenges of the new law.

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Growth Wheel Workshop: Part Two - Organization
Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
EICC Urban Campus, 101 W. 3rd St., Room 117W and 116W, Davenport, IA  52801
Cost: Free to attend


Growth Wheel is a new resource available to help Chamber members grow their business. This four-part, interactive program helps businesses grow through a simple, action-oriented process. The four parts to Growth Wheel are: Customer Relations, Organization, Business Concept and Operations.

 During the second session focused on organization, attendees will identify the top three to four items related organizational structure, business alliances, and value chain that are keep their business from growing to the next level. Through interactive coaching, attendees will then develop actionable strategies to implement within their businesses.

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Growth Wheel is a new service offered in partnership between the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Quad Cities Chamber, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Western Illinois University – Quad Cities.

The Small Business Series is free for Chamber members. Advanced reservation is requested due to limited seating. Register online at www.quadcitieschamber.com/events.





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