Baker Donelson holding employment law seminar
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KINGSPORT - The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., will present its 11th annual employment law seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport. The seminar, titled "Urgent Issues for Modern Employers," will cover a number of employment issues and will feature a keynote address by Stuart J. Ishimaru, commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. The five-member commission makes equal employment opportunity policy and approves most litigation. Topics to be covered during the seminar include: EEOC charge responses, recent developments in employment law, diversity, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), workplace investigations, Tennessee and Virginia workers' compensation, rules for document retention, national origin discrimination and immigration. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Keller at (423) 928-0181 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee for the seminar is $85, which includes lunch. The Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Group represents local, regional and national clients in all types of labor and employment matters.
Chamber holding leadership program
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KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host a leadership program beginning Monday, March 26, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. Titled Positive Management Leadership, the three-day event will teach those in management the importance of positive employee relations, communication and leadership. The program will be presented in a unique "experiential learning" environment that forces participants to experience success and failure, helps them understand how they react under pressure, and makes them focus on being a leader and solving problems in an intense, pressure-filled interactive training exercise. "PML is unique," said Bob Arrington, a local attorney. "It combines exposure to real life, real time-management challenges with continuing professional education on workplace leadership, human relations and law. It really is one of those events that defies description and must be experienced to be appreciated." Late last year, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Deb Woolley created an agreement with PML Programs to hold a series of PML training events across the state in 2007. Kingsport was one of the locations chosen because of the large industrial presence in the region. Cost of the program is $1,195 per person and includes the seminar, materials and meals. Seating is limited, and registrations will be accepted through Monday, March 12. If seating is available after the March 12 deadline, registrations will continue to be accepted. Registration for the program is being handled by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To register, contact Suzie Lusk at (615) 256-5141. For more information, contact Lusk or PML Programs at (423) 765-1871 or visit www.PMLPrograms.com.
Business to hold open house
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KINGSPORT - A new real estate office called VIP Real Estate LLC, Buyers Agency, will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. The new office is located at 242 E. Center St., downtown Kingsport. The business specializes in buyers' needs. "Our whole company works for the buyer, not just one agent," according to a release. The business does not list properties, but is a member of the Multiple Listing Service and has access to homeowners who do not wish to list their homes, but prefer private showings. Ruthie Kirk, principal broker, moved to Kingsport in 1982 with her late husband, "Red" Kirk. She said she's always believed that buyers deserve a company "that gives them undivided loyalty." Agents will be on hand at the open house to answer questions. For more information, call (423) 245-7555.
Human resource course to be held
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JOHNSON CITY - A 40-hour human resource management course will be conducted beginning March 1 in Johnson City. The course is designed for any manager, administrator or employee in the field of human resource administration. Subjects to be covered include employment and hiring, training and work force development, strategic management, compensation and salary systems, benefits administration, employee and labor relations, and occupational health and safety. The course can be used as preparation for the national human resource certification exam. For more information, contact Karen Ritchie at Success Dynamics at (423) 282-1848.
Northeast State, United Way offering program
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BLOUNTVILLE - The Winter/Spring 2007 Northeast State Technical Community College/United Way Nonprofit Professional Certification (NPC) Program will consist of four courses during February and March. Carol Sloan, assistant vice president for advancement at East Tennessee State University, will facilitate the "Nonprofit Fund Development" course on Feb. 27 at Northeast State's Gray site, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The course presents an overview of the core strategies needed to develop and maintain a nonprofit fund development plan. The grant writing process, from proposal development to evaluation, will be the subject of a three-course series titled "Identifying Grant Opportunities" offered in March. The first course in the series will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 2 at the Johnson City Public Library. The course is designed to provide guidance in the search for grant opportunities and a hands-on overview of the foundation center Web site. The second class scheduled for March 16 will focus on developing and writing a funding proposal. The third course in the series scheduled for March 30 will focus on the components of a complete proposal package. Emphasis will be placed on overall presentation, budget forms, and additional documentation. These two courses are scheduled to meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, at the corner of Main and Clay streets in downtown Kingsport. The registration fee for each course is $35. The NPC Program is a joint effort between Northeast State and the United Way. The program is designed for anyone who works with a nonprofit organization. The program provides concentrated training in four areas: business management; human resource, legal and administration; leadership and management; and fund development and marketing. Enrollment in the certificate program is not required to register for individual classes. Participants earn continuing education units for courses completed. For more information, contact Northeast State's Office of Community Education at (423) 323-0222 or email@example.com.
IAAP to meet
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BRISTOL, Tenn. - The Tri-Cities Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 1400 Southside Ave., Bristol, Tenn. The program will address business etiquette for the administrative professional. Recertification points will be awarded for the program. The group will hold a silent auction during the meeting, and members are asked to bring items to contribute for the event. No meal will be provided but members can bring their own food. The February civic project is Good Samaritan Ministries. Items needed include warm hats, scarves, long johns, heavy socks, sleeping bags, small tents, gloves, sweatshirts and pants, warm coveralls with jackets, boots and blankets. Members are asked to bring items to Pam Jackson at the February meeting or drop them off at 100 N. Roan St. in Johnson City. A drawing for a gift basket will be held at the April meeting for Administrative Professionals' Week, and members are asked to bring items to the February and March meetings that could be included in the basket. For more information, contact Jeannie Blackwell at (423) 467-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal support staff group to meet
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KINGSPORT - The Tri-Cities Legal Support Staff Organization will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Rush Street Neighborhood Grill, 1229 East Stone Drive, Kingsport. Attorney Todd Stephenson will speak on the purpose of Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Programs and the American Bar version of lawyer assistance programs. For more information, contact Charlotte Young at (423)928-3786.
Revenue department holding business workshop
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JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. March 8 at the department's Johnson City regional office, 204 High Point Drive. The workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. To register, visit www.tennessee.gov/revenue/bustaxworkshops/newbusworkshops.htm or call (423) 854-5321.
Financial literacy education workshop set
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JOHNSON CITY - Alliance Data in Johnson City is partnering with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of East Tennessee to sponsor four financial literacy education workshops titled "Get Money-Smart." The workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Alliance Data Training Room, 509 Medtech Parkway, Johnson City. As an accredited community service agency specializing in financial education, CCCS offers community wide educational programs in money management, credit and consumerism that empower individuals and families to become more economically self-sufficient and financially secure. Trained CCCS counselors will conduct the "Get Money-Smart" workshops, which will cover various topics, including borrowing basics and the value of credit and types of loans; protecting and repairing credit and avoiding credit scams; problems and characteristics of credit cards; concepts and benefits of budgeting and how to use budgeting tools; strategies for saving money over time; keeping money safe, avoiding scams and safeguarding identity protection; types of installment loans and when to consider them; home ownership basics, renting vs. owning, mortgage programs and terms; and grants that are available for first-time home buyers. To register for the free CCCS "Get Money-Smart" workshops, call (423) 952-7331.
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