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Workshop to aid businesses to do work with TDOT

Staff Report • Mar 30, 2007 at 8:21 AM

KINGSPORT - Tennessee is searching for businesses to do business with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Aundrea Wilcox, executive director of the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, said local small businesses should know that contracting opportunities with TDOT are not just for construction companies.

"If your company provides pest control or printing services, you could be doing business with TDOT," Wilcox said.

KOSBE, through a partnership with the Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office, will play host to a workshop, "Doing Business With Tennessee Department of Transportation" from 8:15 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce in downtown Kingsport.

The workshop will cover pre-qualification procedures, TDOT's bond guarantee program and eligibility criteria for the TDOT disadvantaged business enterprise program.

As of March 16, no Kingsport-based small businesses were listed on TDOT's certified disadvantaged business enterprise roster, which includes businesses that supply consulting, construction, painting, uniformed security, office equipment and wireless security devices. All letters of interest for the roster must be received by the Materials and Tests Division on or before 4 p.m. Central time, Wednesday, April 25.

To register for the SBA TDOT workshop, fill out an online registration form at https://fd2.formdesk.com/kosbe/events, or call KOSBE at (423) 392-8811.

KINGSPORT - The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Ming Garden restaurant, Crown Point Shopping Center, Eastman Road.

Attendees can learn about the growing availability of alternative fuels in Northeast Tennessee and how they can become part of the change for the community and country. For more information, call (865) 974-1880 or visit www.etcleanfuels.org.

JOHNSON CITY - The 11th Annual Primary Care Conference for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will be held Monday through Thursday, April 2-5, at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center.

The four-day event, hosted by East Tennessee State University, is designed to provide health-care professionals with state-of-the-art practical approaches to common primary care clinical problems encountered in the office setting, with an emphasis on advances in clinical management. Speakers will include nationally known and local practitioners.

ETSU's James H. Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. A current listing of topics, speakers, and dates is available at http://com.etsu.edu/cme.

To register or for more information or special assistance, call the ETSU Office of Continuing Medical Education at (423) 439-8027.

JOHNSON CITY - Several courses for businesses are scheduled to be held in the region.

"So You Want to Start a Business" is a three-hour class designed to address many of the questions that potential entrepreneurs have in the initial research stages of getting a business started.

The class will cover what it takes to be a successful business owner and developing the business idea. Participants will examine the lifestyle changes and leadership challenges that many business owners face, such as working 12 to 16 hours a day, being able to get individual health insurance, addressing conflict, handling rejection and making decisions.

The course will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at the Greene County Partnership in Greeneville; from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 at the Slater Center in Bristol, Tenn.; from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the Holston Business Development Center, Kingsport; and from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 5 and 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at the ETSU Innovation Lab, Johnson City.

"Writing Your Business Plan," the next course in the series, is designed, in three hours, to get participants started on the key components of every business plan, including the business description, management plan, marketing plan and finance plan.

The course will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at the ETSU Innovation Lab, and from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the Greene County Partnership, Greeneville. There is a $10 fee to attend.

"Fundamentals of Finance" addresses how to position yourself for the loan process and how to get financing. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday April 4. There is a $25 fee to attend.

To register for classes in Kingsport, call Debbie Marsh at (423) 578-6235 or e-mail debbie.marsh@hbdc.org. To register for all other classes, call Teresa Blair at (423) 439-8505 or e-mail blairt@mail.tsbdc.org.

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The Tri-Cities Legal Support Staff Organization will meet 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Fishtales-Pigtales Cafe, 2131 Volunteer Parkway.

The scheduled speaker is Kathy Keen with the Sullivan County Tennessee Child Support Office.

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