HBDC to hold seminar
Financial workshop set
Welders to meet
ASME to host development course
Coal council to hold conference
TSBDC offering training opportunities
Workshop set for first-time home buyers
Seminar set on public speaking
HYPE meeting Tuesday
KINGSPORT - The 2007 Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.
Confirmed speakers include U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Reps. David Davis, Zach Wamp and Lincoln Davis.
Other speakers will include Cynthia Glassman, undersecretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce; Anne Pope, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission; Tom Kilgore, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority; Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr., president of East Tennessee State University; and David Millhorn, executive vice president of the University of Tennessee.
This year's summit, titled "New Corridor Solutions for America's Biggest Challenges," will focus on topics such as health care solutions, energy security, education, maintaining the region's technical work force and homeland security.
The summit is the 17th in a series of such events that have strategically linked the Tennessee Valley Corridor from North Alabama through Tennessee into Southwest Virginia and Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
For more information or registration, visit www.tennvalleycorridor.org.
KINGSPORT - The Holston Business Development Center will hold a seminar on government contracting from 9 a.m. to noon May 18. The class will cover the basics of how to do business with the government. Topics will include how to market to the government; how to find government business opportunities; information on federal codes; how to find information on the Internet related to government contracting; and understanding the government contracting process. The federal government is a huge customer buying more than $200 billion worth of products and services every year. Much of what the government purchases comes from small businesses. To register for the class, contact Debbie Marsh at (423) 578-6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KINGSPORT - The Institute for Financial Education will hold a workshop titled "It's Still Smart to Own vs. Rent" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in Kingsport and Thursday, May 17, in Johnson City. Attendees will learn the facts about the housing market, the staggering cost of renting, the tax advantages of home ownership, and the average net worth of owners vs. renters. The workshop, sponsored by Pinnacle Equity Management, is free to the public and will be led by Alice White, certified mortgage planner. To register, call (423) 578-7777. Seating is limited.
KINGSPORT - The final meeting for the current year of the Holston Valley Section of the American Welding Society (AWS) will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Airgas-Mid America, 445 Industry Drive, Kingsport. The meeting will be held in conjunction with an open house for anyone interested in welding. Refreshments will be available. The open house will include demonstrations of the latest welding and safety equipment. For directions or more information, contact Hal Gibson at (423) 246-6178.
KINGSPORT - The Holston Section ASME will host a professional development course, "Project Management for Engineers and Technical Professionals," May 21 through 23 in Kingsport. The cost is $1175 for ASME members and $1325 for non-members. The registration form, available at http://www.sections.asme.org/holston/, must be filled out and returned to Brian Eiselstein via e-mail or fax no later than May 14. Eiselstein's e-mail is email@example.com and his fax number is (423) 229-1262. Checks shall be made payable to ASME Holston Section and mailed to Eastman Chemical Co., c/o Brian Eiselstein, 137 Regional Park Drive, Kingsport, Tenn., 37660. Checks need to reference the name of each class attendee. For more information, call Eiselstein at (423) 229-5915.
KINGSPORT - The Eastern Coal Council is sponsoring its 28th annual conference and exposition, "Coal: Providing American Energy Security," May 21 and 22 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. This year's meeting will highlight clean coal technologies and opportunities for new markets, carbon capture and storage, coal to liquids, direct carbon fuel cell that converts the chemical energy in coal into electricity without the need for gasification, and more. U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, will headline the event. He is chairman of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Conference attendees will hear the latest on the federal and state levels regarding legislation to regulate the industry. The annual golf outing will be held Monday morning, May 21, at MeadowView's Cattails Golf Course. Limited exhibit space is available. The cost for exhibit space is $500. For more information or to register, call (276) 964-6363, or e-mail ECC@Netscope.Net. For more information on the conference, visit the Eastern Coal Council's Web site at easterncoalcouncil.org.
JOHNSON CITY - The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University is offering several training opportunities in May 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 businesses 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. The loan process and sources of funding will also be discussed. The class will be taught from 6 to 9 p.m. May 22 at the Holston Business Development Center in Kingsport, and from 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 in Johnson City. A new class, "Managing Cash Flow," is being held to help business owners create an operating budget that anticipates monthly expenses. The two-hour class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 23 in Johnson City. Another new class, "Common Sense Marketing," is being offering to teach participants the basic principles of marketing. Attendees will analyze which marketing strategies work and don't work for small businesses. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 17 in Johnson City. "Writing Your Business Plan" is the next course in the series. It gets participants started on the key components of every business plan, such as the business description, management plan, marketing plan and finance plan. The course will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 16 in Johnson City and at the same time on May 24 at the Slater Center in Bristol. The fee is $10. To register for classes, contact Teresa Blair at (423) 439-8505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless otherwise stated, training will be held at the ETSU Innovation Laboratory at 2109 W. Market St. in Johnson City.
JOHNSON CITY - Alliance Data in Johnson City is partnering with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of East Tennessee to sponsor a first-time home buyer workshop, "American Dream," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Alliance Data Training Room, 509 Medtech Parkway, Johnson City. The workshop is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. 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 "American Dream" workshop at Alliance Data, along with guest speaker Rhenda Dye from Wells Fargo Mortgage. "With a certificate upon completion, attendance to â€˜American Dream' will help qualify consumers for a low-interest loan insured by the state, along with a grant to help cover closing costs," said CCCS-East Tennessee President Faith Tapp. The class also meets the education requirements for several conventional mortgage loans that don't require a down payment. The course will include such topics as money management and planning; credit reports and scores; the mortgage loan process; working with a real estate agent; inspection and appraisal; title companies and closing costs; and fair housing regulation. To register for the course, call (423) 952-7331.
BLOUNTVILLE - Northeast State Technical Community College will host a public speaking seminar from 4 to 8 p.m. May 22. Course instructor Natalie Manor, CEO of Natalie Manor & Associates, will help students discover methods to become influential and engaging speakers. The course will be taught in L106 of Basler Library on the college's main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The course fee is $215. Deadline to register is May 14. To register, contact Cindy Tauscher at email@example.com or (423) 354-2570.
JOHNSON CITY - The Helping Young Professionals Excel networking group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Russo's, 300 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City. Special guest Alan Bridwell from the city of Johnson City will make a presentation on "Johnson's Depot." All young professionals ages 20 to 45 are encouraged to attend. For more information on HYPE, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group's blog at http://hypejc.blogspot.com.