Mayor roast to benefit KKB
Chamber to launch new membership event
HBDC to hold marketing course
Tech council to meet
Registration for nurse aide course set Tuesday
HYPE to meet Monday
Seminar set on doing business with Japan
Patrick to address ETSU student Entrepreneurs’ Club
CCCS to hold first-time home buyer class
KINGSPORT — A mayoral roast honoring Mayor Dennis Phillips will be held Friday, April 4, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. To register, contact Mary Lee at MLee@kingsportchamber.org or (423) 392-8817. Presented by Pal’s and the chamber of commerce, the event will benefit Keep Kingsport Beautiful.
KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce has created a new event for the business community. Sponsored by Holston Valley Medical Center, the Kingsport Chamber Fourth Friday Breakfast will take place each month at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. The first Kingsport Chamber Fourth Friday Breakfast will kickoff at 7:15 a.m. Friday, March 28. A free event that includes a full complimentary breakfast prepared by the MeadowView chefs, the Kingsport Chamber Fourth Friday Breakfast provides a networking opportunity for business and community leaders and an opportunity to learn about the latest happenings at the chamber. In addition, each month’s event will feature a business expert who will present a program tailored to the needs and interests of the business professional. Each month’s program will showcase a different corporate sponsor. Tele-Optics will sponsor the March program, and Chris Hartley, Tele-Optics business development specialist, will present the topic: “Business Perimeter Security — Protecting What is Yours.” Local, state and national legislative updates will also be included at different times during the year. Future Kingsport Chamber Fourth Friday Breakfast dates are as follows: April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21. Registration is required and must be made prior to Wednesday, March 26 (or the previous Wednesday of each event). To register, call the Kingsport Chamber at (423) 392-8826 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. For more information or to sponsor one of the monthly programs, call Kingsport Chamber Membership Director Stacey Eubanks at (423) 392-8804.
KINGSPORT — The Holston Business Development Center will hold a seminar titled “Common Sense Marketing” from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20. The class will help participants identify their target markets and ways to reach them. The fee is $20. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 578-6235.
KINGSPORT — The Northeast Tennessee Technology Council will hold its March program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at the Regional Alliance of TN/VA Training Room, 10415 Wallace Alley St., off Airport Parkway, Kingsport. Anne-Marie Stone of International Lexikon will host the program, titled “What is a translator and when do I need one?” Participants will learn what a translator does, the difference between a translator and an interpreter, the cost involved in translations and how to more effectively reach new global markets. International Lexikon, founded by Stone in 1993, is a technical document translation company translating from and into 38 different languages. Lunch will be provided. To register contact Debbie Boggs at email@example.com or (423) 279-9000.
ELIZABETHTON — Registration for a 23-day Certified Nurse Aide training course will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton. Classes begin March 19. The 135 hours of training covers state regulations mandated by the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment. The course prepares students for the state exam to become a certified nurse aide and provides necessary skills for job opportunities in a health care facility. Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first 13 days and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last 10 days. The cost to enroll is $436.50. Students must be at least 18. No high school diploma or GED is required. For more information, contact Patricia Roark at (423) 547-2590, extension 401, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JONESBOROUGH — The Helping Young Professionals Excel networking group, HYPE, will host a quarterly mixer at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Bistro 105 on East Main Street in Jonesborough. The group invites those interested in good food and good company. For more information about HYPE, go to www.hypejc.blogspot.com.
JOHNSON CITY — A seminar to help Tennessee companies do business with Japan will be held Wednesday, March 19, at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. Registration begins at 1 p.m. followed by presentations featuring various speakers, including Jim Frierson, founding director of the Kruesi Center for Innovation and vice chair of the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute; Kazumi Iino, business advisor, JETRO Tennessee; Kenichi Oki, director of JETRO Kanagawa Office in Maryland; and Robert Leach, director, Knoxville U.S. Export Assistance Center U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce. Representatives of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will be available for free one-on-one consultations with company representatives from 8 to 11 a.m. March 19. The cost is $35, and the event is free for MountainSouth World Trade Center members and investors of the Regional Alliance for Economic Development. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Finley Green at email@example.com or (423) 323-8107.
JOHNSON CITY — The East Tennessee State University student Entrepreneurs’ Club will host David Patrick as its speaker at 5 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the ETSU Innovation Lab Boardroom. Patrick and his brother, Michael Patrick, are co-owners of Patrick Construction Inc., a firm that builds roads and bridges for the commonwealth of Virginia. A successful entrepreneur for some 20 years, Patrick will give insight into his business experiences. The program is free, and the public is invited. The ETSU Innovation Lab is located at 2109 W. Market St. For more information, contact Mitzi Brookshear at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 439-7444.
JOHNSON CITY — Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of East Tennessee will hold a free first-time home buyer class from 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 and 10 at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Johnson City, 3118 Browns Mill Road, across from Wal-Mart. Participants will learn about the home buying process; understand how much they can realistically afford; receive assistance in reviewing their credit and gain help as they prepare their credit for home ownership; develop a savings plan for their down-payment; and decide what kind of mortgage is right for them. “This class is particularly ideal for anyone who knows they will be in the housing market as a buyer in the coming year,” said Anna Seale, financial education specialist of CCCS of East Tennessee. The class is sponsored by First Bank and Trust Co. in Johnson City. To register, contact Anna Seale at CCCS’s Knoxville office at (865) 329-8006 by April 4. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion. Tuition for the class is completely underwritten by the sponsor, First Bank and Trust Co., which operates offices in Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and Gray.