Express loan workshop set
Downtown merchants to meet
KOSBE to hold annual breakfast meeting
Technology council to meet
ASQ to meet
NETTC to host inaugural golf tournament
Loan expo to be held
Leadership seminar set
HYPE meeting Tuesday
KINGSPORT - A three-hour class titled "So You Want to Start a Business" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Holston Business Development Center. The class is designed to address questions that potential entrepreneurs may have in the initial research stages of getting a 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, including working 12 to 16 hours a day, being able to get individual health insurance, addressing conflict, handling rejection, and making decisions. Participants will also look at their business idea to determine their target markets, licenses and registrations required, and what kind of business entity would be appropriate. The class will also address sources of funding and the loan process. The class is free and open to the public. The instructor will be Chip Bailey, HBDC director and counselor with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. Reservations are required. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at (423) 578-6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSPORT - The Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a Small Business Administration Community Express loan workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 151 East Main St., in downtown Kingsport. For more information, contact KOSBE at (423) 392-8811.
KINGSPORT - The Downtown Merchants Association will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 140 W. Main St. Guest speakers will be Aundrea Wilcox and Dave Clark, with the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship. Topics will include the facade grant program, the micro loan pool and other available funds for small businesses. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (423) 246-6550.
KINGSPORT - The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship will hold its 14th annual business development breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Ridgefield's Country Club. Guest speakers will be Dave Clark, vice president of KOSBE; Jeff Fleming, assistant city manager; Matt Lukas, Merchant Holdings (developer of the Kingsport Pavilion); Kevin Harmon, general manager of the Fort Henry Mall; and Mark Freeman, with Freeman Associates. Advance registration is $25, or $35 after April 20. For more information or to register, contact Vanessa Bennett at email@example.com or (423) 392-8811.
GRAY - The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council's April membership meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Bailey Computing Technologies Inc., 110 KLM Drive, at the Boones Creek exit off Interstate 26. Breakfast and door prizes will be provided. To reserve seats contact NETTC at (423) 279-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSPORT - The Northeast Tennessee section of the American Society for Quality will meet Thursday, April 19, at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport. A tutorial featuring a basic overview of Six Sigma begins at 5:30 p.m. Howard Rauch, with Eastman Chemical Co., is the speaker. The dinner will be held from 6:15 to 7 p.m., followed by the main program, "LeanSigma: The Best of Both Combined." The program will be led by Kevin Schutt, with Nuclear Fuel Services. Deadline for reservations is noon Wednesday, April 18. To register, contact Neal Roberts at (423) 578-6293 or go to www.asq1106.org.
KINGSPORT - The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council will host its inaugural golf tournament at MeadowView Cattails Golf Course Friday, May 11. The day starts at 9 a.m. with touring the Microsoft RV on the MeadowView Resort and Convention Center grounds. Lunch will be served at noon with a four-person team Captain's Choice shotgun start at 1 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available and company logo items are being accepted for gift bags. For more information or to sign up, call the NETTC office at (423) 279-9000 or visit http://www.netntech.org/golf.
JOHNSON CITY - The Community Express Loan Expo, a program aimed at helping small businesses, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave., in downtown Johnson City. The Community Express loan is a Small Business Administration loan program that helps minority, women and veteran-owned businesses get access to funding for their businesses. The program includes free technical and management assistance. Qualified participants can borrow up to $25,000 with no collateral. Loans can be funded in as little as 25 business days. The Johnson City NAACP Chapter, the Johnson City Development Authority and the state of Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office are co-hosting the event. For more information, call (423) 928-2988.
GRAY - A leadership seminar, "The Maximum Impact Simulcast: The Influence Index" will be broadcast May 11 to more than 80,000 business professionals participating via satellite downlink in 600 cities across North America. Locally, the event will be broadcast at Tri-Cities Baptist Church. The seminar will be hosted by Dr. John C. Maxwell, author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" and "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork." Maxwell is founder of Maximum Impact and INJOY, organizations dedicated to providing resources and training for personal and professional growth. The May 11 event will focus on the qualities that all great leaders have in common. To request tickets, e-mail Joy Preston at email@example.com or call (423) 239-4501 or (423) 477-4484.
JOHNSON CITY - The Helping Young Professionals Excel networking group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Giovanni's, 4704 N. Roan St., Johnson City. Young professionals from 20 to 45 are encouraged to attend.