Environmental conference to include industry track
Seminar set on doing business with government
Workshop set for nonprofit organizations
HBDC to hold seminar on starting a business
Edward Jones to hold broadcast
Northeast State hosts safety classes
Primerica Financial to hold insurance seminar
KINGSPORT — The 7th Annual East Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center March 18 and 19. With a mission of “Improving our Environment and Public Health through Smart Choices,” the conference provides an opportunity for the region’s citizens to share ideas and solutions about preserving resources, balancing economic growth and improving the overall health and the environment. Any member of the public is invited and encouraged to attend. “This year’s conference is unlike any other that’s been held in recent years because the conference agenda has been expanded to include an industry track focusing on the information needs of environmental, health, and business professionals,” said Mark Braswell, planning committee chairman and Johnson City field office director for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “Not only can the professional benefit from this year’s conference, but all attendees will profit from the networking and information sessions providing the tools to making balanced decisions. Balanced smart choices lead to an improved environment and better health.” Tuesday’s topics will include presentations on everything from food safety, the local 2007 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award Winner Iris Glen Landfill to Gas Project, climate change, revitalization and redevelopment, integrated health, Tennessee Drug Task Force, lessons learned from pollution spill response and cleanup, emerging diseases, parks planning and recreation, water quality improvements, energy savings through performance contracting, and benefits of industry advisory panels. The conference continues Wednesday with presentations including a drought relevant topic — water use and reuse, updates on new health related laws — public smoking and air quality, local watershed studies, Knoxville perspective on storm water regulations, mercury deposition studies, permitting processes for improving the bottom line, new strategies for funding energy conservation, selling environmental projects to your management, sustainable forestry, and a two-session must for industry professionals by EPA — “How to Pass an EPA Compliance Inspection.” The conference will close with a joint session Wednesday featuring Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan and Ed Cole, TDOT chief of environmental planning. The registration fee is $200 per person. Registration includes attendance along with continental breakfast and lunch both days and a reception on Tuesday afternoon. For additional fees some recreation is being held in association with the conference on Monday, March 17, including an informal golf tournament at the Cattails Golf Course and a group tour of the Gray Fossil Museum. The annual East Tennessee Environmental Conference is the result of a partnership between Appalachian RC&D Council, ETSU College of Public & Allied Health, Eastman Chemical Co., First Tennessee Development District, Keep Bristol Beautiful, Keep Greene County Beautiful, Keep Kingsport Beautiful, Keep Washington County Beautiful, Networks Sullivan Partnership, Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. For more information, including a complete conference schedule, or to register online, visit the Web site at www.tnenvironment.com.
KINGSPORT — A seminar on doing business with the government will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 12, at the Holston Business Development Center in Kingsport. Much of what the government purchases comes from small businesses. This seminar will teach participants how to become one of the government’s suppliers. Topics will include marketing to the federal government, finding government business opportunities, information on federal codes, finding information on the Internet related to government contracting, and understanding the government contracting process. The presenter is Paul Middlebrooks, marketing consultant, UT Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The seminar is sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the UT Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The seminar is free. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at email@example.com or (423) 578-6235.
KINGSPORT — Integrity Capital Management (ICM) will host an educational workshop at noon March 12 for nonprofit organizations offering 403b retirement savings plans. Titled “Why Your 403b Needs to Look Like a 401k – Meeting the New 2009 Regulations for 403b Plans,” the workshop will provide an overview of the new regulatory requirements and explain the steps organizations need to take to be in compliance by 2009. Barry Bailey, ICM partner and investment advisor, will conduct the workshop at the Progress Building in downtown Kingsport. Bailey is a certified financial planner and accredited investment fiduciary with special training in helping businesses and organizations meet fiduciary requirements. There is no cost to participate, and lunch is provided. To reserve a seat, call (423) 230-4500.
KINGSPORT — A seminar titled “So You Want To Start A Business” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Holston Business Development Center in Kingsport. The class is designed to address many of the questions that potential entrepreneurs 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, such as working 12 to 16 hours a day, being able to get individual health insurance, addressing conflict, handling rejection, and making decisions. The seminar will also determine target markets, licenses and registrations required, and what kind of business entities would be appropriate for different businesses. The loan process and sources of funding will also be discussed. The workshop is free. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 578-6235.
KINGSPORT — Local Edward Jones investment representative G. Leslie Wright, certified financial planner, will host a free satellite broadcast titled “Plan, Protect, Prevent: Don’t be a Victim of Financial Fraud” at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at 114 E. Main St., Kingsport. This interactive event is presented at select Edward Jones offices nationwide via the firm’s private video network. For more information, call Wright at (423) 378-5678.
BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Technical Community College will host two hazardous material safety classes this month with content approval and requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The DOT hazardous materials course set for March 18 is a refresher class required for those employees who work under this standard every three years. The refresher training focuses on hazardous materials table, hazardous materials communications, and emergency response information. The OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course set for March 25 specifies certain training requirements for all persons working under the requirements of the HAZWOPER standard. Every employee must undergo eight hours of refresher training annually. Each course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in L106 in the Wayne Basler Library at the college’s Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Course fees are $145 per person, which includes all materials. Reservations are requested by March 11. To register, contact Cindy Tauscher at email@example.com or (423) 354-2570.
KINGSPORT — Primerica Financial Services at 1901 Brookside Drive, Suite 103, in Kingsport, will host a long-term care insurance seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Participants will receive information about what needs to be done to put a long-term care plan in place and how to protect their financial assets. Seating is limited. To register, call (423) 247-1700. The long-term care insurance is underwritten by Genworth Life Insurance Co.
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