FBI speaker discussing â€˜Technology of Terrorism'
Retirement workshop set
Tech council to meet
Baker Donelson holding employment law seminar
Business basics workshop set
Environmental conference to be held
Hawkins Memorial holding organizational meeting
Business training available
Revenue department holding business workshop
SPJ to meet at Crazy Tomato
KOSBE book club to meet
ASME to hold â€˜egg drop'
KINGSPORT - A banquet to wrap up National Engineers Week will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Eastman Lodge at Bays Mountain. The speaker will be Stephanie Lenzenweger, program manager for the Chemical Counterterrorism Team of the FBI in Washington, D.C. She will speak on "The Technology of Terrorism," which will cover weapons of mass destruction (WMD), homemade bombs, incendiary devices, how we can fight against them, how the FBI is protecting us from these threats and how we are prepared to respond. The banquet will be catered by Troutdale Dining Room, and costs $15 per person, or $10 for teachers and students. Reservations are required and due by Wednesday, Feb. 21. To register, contact Paul Ketchum at (423) 229-1027 or register online at the Northeast Tennessee Engineers Week Web site at www.tnengineering.net/eweek. Professional Development Hour credits are available for professional engineers. National Engineers Week is an annual celebration to raise public awareness of the engineering profession's positive contributions to the quality of life. More than 140 engineers, scientists and technicians from local businesses will travel to 48 middle and high schools in the region during the week. The program also stresses the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science and technology literacy.
KINGSPORT - H. Michael Gilbert, certified financial planner and chief executive officer of Gilbert Advanced Asset Management, Inc., will present an information workshop titled "How to Retire and Stay Retired" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Gilbert will address a variety of issues, including how to efficiently allocate resources for income distribution and how to overcome longevity risk. Gilbert recently developed a new retirement system that combines several academic studies with two Nobel Prize approaches to investing. The seminar is offered at no cost, but seating is limited. For more information and to register, call Gilbert Advanced Asset Management at (423) 282-8840.
JOHNSON CITY - The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council will hold its monthly membership meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Johnson City School Central Office building, 100 E. Maple St. Attendees will learn how Johnson City Schools are using technology in the classroom. The program is sponsored by Outsource. To reserve a seat, contact Debbie Boggs at (423) 279-9000 or email@example.com.
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.
NORTON, Va. - People Inc. will offer a free "Business Basics Workshop" from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Pioneer Center - Hotel Norton, in Norton, Va., in the conference room, second floor. The workshop is designed for would-be entrepreneurs or established business owners. To pre-register, call (276) 619-2284.
KINGSPORT - The 2007 East Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held March 15 and 16 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. This year's conference has expanded to offer more than 30 sessions. Topics include regulatory updates in air and water, green buildings, low-impact development, brownfields and greenspaces, environmental justice, energy conservation, biofuels, air quality, infrastructure development, light rail transportation, local product advantages and more. To register or for more information, visit www.TNEnvironment.com.
ROGERSVILLE - Hawkins County Memorial Hospital will hold an organizational meeting Feb. 19 to form a corps of volunteer workers who will help fill a variety of non-clinical roles. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Hawkins County Memorial home health office at 952 Broadway St., next to Highlands Union Bank. Not-for-profit hospitals across the nation rely on community volunteers, but Hawkins County Memorial has not had a formal volunteer program until now. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer, and those who join the program will be given comprehensive orientation and training before they begin their duties at the hospital. "The volunteer program is a good place for people to start if they want to get an up-close look at a prospective career," said Fred Pelle, president of Hawkins County Memorial. "Some of the employees here in key clinical roles started at Hawkins County Memorial many years ago as hospital volunteers." Anna Baker, Planetree coordinator at Hawkins County Memorial, will coordinate the volunteer program. For more information, call (423) 272-7857.
JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University is offering several training opportunities in March for small businesses. "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 their business started. Part of the class is aimed at what it takes to be a successful business owner; part of the class is aimed at the business idea itself. 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. "So You Want to Start a Business" will be taught from 1 to 4 p.m. March 13 at the Greene County Partnership in Greeneville; from 9 a.m. to noon on March 21 at the ETSU campus in Bristol; from 6 to 9 p.m. March 6 and again from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 22 in Johnson City. "Writing Your Business Plan" is the next course in the series. It's also three hours long and gets participants started on the key components of every business plan: the business description, management plan, marketing plan and finance plan. "Writing Your Business Plan" will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 15. The cost is $10. The other session is "Government Contracting," for business owners wanting to know how to do business with the government. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 15. Participants will learn how to market themselves to the government, how to register their business for government contracting, and how to discover government contracts that they may want to bid on. This session is free of charge. One financial option that small business owners may want to pursue is the Community Express loan offered by the Small Business Administration. This loan is offered in $5,000 increments and requires minimal documentation. Representatives will be in Johnson City from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 19. Bankers who represent SBA products are invited to attend Lender Training from 8 to 10 a.m. March 23. SBA representatives will be prepared to cover determining the eligibility of a loan applicant, centralization of 7(a) loans, and the 7(a) application process. To register for any of these sessions, contact Teresa Blair at (423) 439-8505 or email@example.com. Unless otherwise stated, training will be held at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory at 2109 W. Market St. in Johnson City.
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.
KINGSPORT - The Greater Tri-Cities Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Crazy Tomato, 4250 Fort Henry Drive, in Colonial Heights. Agenda items include discussion and possible votes on details of the fourth annual Mountain Empire Journalism Awards to be held in the spring, as well as planning for future meeting programs for the year. The deadline for the contest entries is March 1. All journalists are welcome at the meeting. For more information on the contest, chapter or meeting, contact chapter President Rick Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 392-1381.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship Book Club will meet monthly on the last Friday of each month beginning Feb. 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the new Max Max franchise, By the Trax Deli, a new coffeehouse and eatery inside the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. The first meeting will feature discussion of the book "The One Thing You Need to Know â€¦ About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success" by Marcus Buckingham.
KINGSPORT - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will hold an "Egg Drop Contest" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Fort Henry Mall, Belk Court. The contest is expected to last two hours. The Egg Drop contest encourages students to put their math and science skills to work in a fun way as they design protective cases for eggs, and then drop the eggs from 22 feet onto a target. Contestants earn points based on how many parts their cases comprise, how close to the target the egg lands (and, of course, whether the egg lands safely), and how much the case weighs. The top three winners in each of five categories will receive cash prizes. For more information check out www.asme-eggdrop.org or call Mary Bailey at (423) 967-5164.