IDB Finance Committee to discuss guidelines, goals, budget

The Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board’s Finance Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the small conference room at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

Agenda items include a discussion of the guidelines for the IDB’s finance function and the fiscal year 2015 budget and plan, and goals and objectives.

Oak Ridge Chamber has candidate events April 10, April 22

Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is pictured above.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of events to allow voters to meet candidates and hear where they stand on issues of importance to the community, a press release said. The first session will be held Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 a.m. at the chamber.

The Chamber will host candidates for the office of Seventh District chancellor and Juvenile Court judge at Thursday’s event, the press release said. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.

The following candidates have confirmed their plans to be in attendance: [Read more...]

Letter: Chamber task force did not choose to ‘weigh in’ on traffic cameras

Note: The following letter was written in response to an earlier letter on traffic cameras by Oak Ridge resident T.J. Garland.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce “weighs in” on issues of importance determined by a Pro-growth Advocacy Task Force, which recommends positions to the Chamber’s member-led Board of Directors. That task force did not choose to address the traffic camera issue and instead focused on other important matters such as widening Edgemoor Road, moving copy signs, and STEM education.

The City of Oak Ridge provides no operating funds to the Chamber. Those are provided through the financial support of our members. [Read more...]

Letter: Why didn’t Chamber ‘weigh in’ on red-light camera debate?

To the Editor:

What is curious about the red-light camera debate is the fact that the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce did not weigh in. It is supposed to recruit and lobby for small businesses.

Not a single business in Oak Ridge, when asked, refused to sign our petition against the cameras. They knew that the cameras hurt their bottom line.

The Chamber appears to spend its time and budget on wooing the large government contracters from out of state. They seem uninterested in local start-ups and successes. [Read more...]

Free business workshop

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the University of Tennessee CIS-PTAC, will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m.

The “Joint Venture and Teaming Agreements” workshop will discuss government regulations and requirements, as well as practical advice on how to put together your own successful team or joint venture. This presentation will also provide recommendations for strategies in competing for government contracts as part of a team.

This presentation will be held at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

To sign up, call (865) 483-2668, email [email protected], or visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc.

Free business workshop on March 18

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the University of Tennessee CIS-PTAC, will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, March 18, from 1-3 p.m.

The “Joint Venture and Teaming Agreements” workshop will discuss government regulations and requirements, as well as practical advice on how to put together your own successful team or joint venture. This presentation will also provide recommendations for strategies in competing for government contracts as part of a team. [Read more...]

YAB, Youth Leadership take educational trip to Nashville

Youth Advisory Board on Nashville Trip

Members of both groups are pictured above in the State Senate Chamber with Sen. Randy McNally and Rep. John Ragan. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board and Youth Leadership Oak Ridge groups combined forces and took an educational trip to Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

While in Nashville, students attended a state committee meeting and participated in a mock Senate session led by Sen. Randy McNally and Rep. John Ragan, a press release said. The group also toured the State Capitol Building, the Tennessee State Museum, and LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

For more information about the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board, contact Matt Reedy with the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3442. For more information about the Youth Leadership Oak Ridge group, contact Greta Ownby at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at (865) 483-1321.

Letter: Chamber endorses tablets for all students, tech infrastructure improvements

Note: This is a copy of a resolution adopted by the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Whereas, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce has a long-standing tradition of supporting education in our community as education and training are critical in the development of the workforce;

Whereas, Oak Ridge Schools is an internationally recognized system of excellence;

Whereas, the educational opportunities, rigor, and performance provided by Oak Ridge Schools have been, and continue to be, the key attraction for new residents to our community; [Read more...]

Free small business start-up seminar on Feb. 28

A free Feb. 28 workshop will give small business owners and entrepreneurs a better understanding of how to start a new business.

The workshop is from 11:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The workshop is offered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

Registration is required. To see more details, and to register, please visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc. For questions, contact Jutta Bangs at (865) 483-2668 or [email protected].

Free seminar on small businesses and Affordable Care Act

A free seminar on Wednesday will allow small business owners to learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their businesses and employees.

The seminar is presented by the Small Business Administration in partnership with the Tennessee Primary Care Association. It’s scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

To see more details or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc. You may also call (865) 483-2668 or email Jutta Bangs at [email protected]. 

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Free small business workshop to focus on doing business with the government

A free workshop in mid-January will focus on how to do business with the government.

It’s scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop is offered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Registration is required.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center advises and assists entrepreneurs and small business owners at no cost to them.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

To see more details or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc. You may also call (865) 483-2668 or email Jutta Bangs at [email protected].

TDOT commissioner in Oak Ridge on Thursday for Centrifuge Way dedication

Centrifuge Way Interchange Improvements

Construction work to improve the interchange at South Illinois Avenue and Centrifuge Way in Oak Ridge is pictured above in December 2012.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will be in Oak Ridge on Thursday for the dedication of a new interchange at Centrifuge Way and South Illinois Avenue, or State Route 62.

Centrifuge Way is the former Boeing Road in south Oak Ridge.

The dedication is at 4:15 p.m.

In December 2012, Oak Ridge Today reported that construction work on the $1.2 million state project had started and was expected to be complete by June 2013. The work included building three detention ponds to be used as sediment basins during construction, reconfiguring the interchange, and extending Centrifuge Way. [Read more...]