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September 17, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Roane State receives “Tennessee Community CARES” grant to help students, businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Roane State Foundation recently received a $75,000 “Tennessee Community CARES” grant to assist Roane State students impacted by COVID-19 and provide training for local small businesses, entrepreneurs and contractors to help them build their businesses and be more responsive during the pandemic.

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the following programs:

  • Environmental Infection Protection (Cleaning). This course prepares individuals to know how to clean and prepare facilities for use following CDC guidelines. The course is available online, requiring eight hours over a two-week period to complete. Register at this link.
  • Remote Work Boot Camp. This course prepares individuals to work from home as a result of COVID-19 in their current job and/or to look for employment where they can work from home due to unemployment or other pandemic impacts. Register at this link.
  • In Business…It’s All About the Money. Many businesses fail. Understanding business finances can help you beat the odds. Topics covered include personal finances, how businesses make money, cash flow statements, profit and loss statements, the difference between cash and profit and balance sheet basics. Register at this link.
  • Financial Management for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses (Your Business, Your Money). The purpose of the training is to help current small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as future ones, to gain the skills needed to prepare and implement a business plan, operate a business from a financial perspective and engage with their peers in solving business problems, particularly those related to COVID-19. This course includes Personal Finance, Cash Flow, Legal Structures and Accounting, and Taxes and Starting Your Business.  Register at this link.
  • Roane State “Maker Space Package.” The Maker Space package will allow participants completing four of the Financial Management courses above, or other similarly targeted Roane State curriculum, to have access to Roane State’s Maker’s Space at the Cumberland County Campus. The Maker Space provides small businesses and entrepreneurs with access to tools, software, space and mentors to make virtually anything. Tools include a woodworking shop with a 3D CNC wood router, 3D printers, laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter and heat press, and computer design workstations.  The tools can be used to produce products and/or “logo” items to market/promote a business.   Contact Bonnie Moedano at 931/456-4910 for more information.

For more information about the above training, visit this Roane State website or contact Sonya Parker, Roane State’s Workforce Training Manager, by emailing or by calling 865/481-2031.

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