HBDC offering class this week for potential business owners
ASQ to meet
IAAP sponsoring seminar
Workshop set on writing business plan
Briefing set on proposed FMLA regulations
Alison to speak at Ad Club meeting
LeTip networking mixer to be held
DKA plans Evening with the Arts
Northeast State hosts HAZMAT course
Friends in Need holding dance
HYPE meeting set Tuesday
APICS to meet
Northeast State to hold electrical code course
KINGSPORT — A class titled “So You Want To Start A Business” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 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 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. Participants will look at their business ideas to determine their target markets, licenses and registrations required, and what kind of business entity would be appropriate. Financing will also be discussed. The workshop is free. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 578-6235.
KINGSPORT — The Northeast Tennessee Section of the American Society for Quality will meet Thursday, April 17, at the Eastman Lodge. The meeting will include four presentations on Microsoft Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office 2003 products will be used, and attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops. Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by presentations beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner, consisting of pizza, salad, dessert and drink, is free for ASQ and IIE members. The meal cost for non-members is $5. Registration is available online at www.asq1106.org or contact Neal Roberts at email@example.com or (423) 578-6293.
KINGSPORT — In recognition of Administrative Professionals Week, the Tri-Cities Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is sponsoring a dinner and seminar titled “Widen Your Wingspan — Your Potential for Influence” at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 239 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. The seminar will be presented by Lisa Olsen, who will speak on positively influencing people. Dinner will be provided by Gourmet to Go and the price for the event is $12. Reservations are requested. To register or for more information or directions, contact Susan Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 741-6258.
KINGSPORT — A workshop titled “Writing Your Business Plan” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Holston Business Development Center in Kingsport. The class will cover the design of a good business plan and how to use this plan as a road map for success. The cost for the workshop is $10. To register, contact Debbie Marsh at email@example.com or (423) 578-6235.
KINGSPORT — A briefing on the newly proposed regulations to the Family and Medical Leave Act will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the board room at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in downtown Kingsport. Speakers will be Steven H. Trent and Brent B. Young with the law office of Baker Donelson. The proposed regulations affect both employers’ and employees’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This briefing will discuss all of the proposed amendments to the current regulations and suggest ways in which employers can best prepare for them. Registration is requested by Thursday, April 17, to Laralee Harkleroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 928-0181. A complimentary breakfast will be provided.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Mark Alison, president of The Alison Group in Augusta, Ga., will share a presentation about personality profiling titled “Why People are Weird” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Picasso’s in Johnson City. The Alison Group is a sales and business development agency specializing in medical, manufacturing and real estate. Alison also founded AnswersInc, a research facility in Augusta, Ga. Recently he earned the title of Certified Professional Researcher (PRC) by the Marketing Research Association. The event is free for members and $20 for non-members. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. To register, contact Anna Laws at (423) 229-8553.
JOHNSON CITY — A LeTip Business Networking Mixer will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Bank of Tennessee, 100 Med Tech Parkway, Johnson City. The event is sponsored by the Tri Cities LeTip chapters, whose members meet to exchange business referrals and build lasting relationships to help their businesses grow. The event is free to attend.
KINGSPORT — The Downtown Kingsport Association will host the 8th Annual Evening with the Arts beginning at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Main Art Center, DKA office on Main Street. The event will showcase the original artwork of more than 75 local artists. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks are included, and a cash bar will be available. Entertainment will be provided by Martha Painter on the harp, Mark Larkins, and The Jones Boys Band, in concert with a dance floor. DKA will donate 10 percent of ticket sales, 30 percent of art sales, and 50 percent of sales of Earl Carter’s Church Circle prints to the Children’s Miracle Network. Tickets are $60 each. For tickets or more information, contact Patti Alley at email@example.com or (423) 246-6550, or visit www.downtownkingsport.org.
BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Technical Community College will host a three-day course April 28 through 30, discussing federal government regulations of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) handling and documentation. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the course will cover material needed to complete the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration guideline qualifications for HAZMAT workers. Areas covered in this training include: material classifications, waste manifests, other documents pertaining to shipping, training for hazardous materials shipping requirements, and loading and unloading of hazardous materials. Each student will be provided a training manual. The training will also utilize training videos and exercises to illustrate different handling and shipping situations. The course will meet April 28, 29, and 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the college’s main campus in Blountville. The fee is $420 per person, including all materials. For information or to make reservations by the April 21 deadline, contact Cindy Tauscher at cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu or (423) 354-2570.
KINGSPORT — Friends In Need, a clinic providing medical, dental and counseling care for the working uninsured of greater Kingsport, will hold a dance featuring the Headliners from Hilton Head, S.C., on Friday, May 2, at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. Tickets are $75 each, and a table of 10 is $650. Call (432) 246-0010, option 4, for tickets.
JOHNSON CITY — The Helping Young Professionals Excel networking group, called HYPE, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Russo’s, 300 E. Main St. No. 101, in downtown Johnson City. Kate Pierce of the Johnson City Development Authority will be the featured speaker. For more information on HYPE, visit www.hypjc.blogspot.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHNSON CITY — The Appalachian Chapter of APICS will meet Tuesday, April 15, at the House of Ribs in Johnson City. Social time begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. The speaker, Dale Patterson, will discuss “Leadership in the Ranks of Management.” The cost is $15 for members and non-members. To register, contact Angela Shelton at email@example.com or (423) 636-2145, or register online at www.apics-appa.org.
BLOUNTVILLE — Northeast State Technical Community College will host a course covering the comprehensive analysis of changes to the National Electrical Code (NEC) for 2008 during a one-day course in April. Members of the 20 NEC code-making panels contributed to the development of the 2008 edition, which covers more than 350 of the most significant changes and includes interpretations by the group that enforces the NEC. The four-color book, which the seminar is based upon, is loaded with illustrations, photos, and text that identify and explain the changes and their impact. After taking this course, a student should be able to have an increased awareness of significant changes to the 2008 NEC; understand the background information about why a change occurred; and comprehend how the changes discussed will affect electrical installations in his or her area. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24. The course fee is $295 per person. The course will be conducted at the college’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Reservations are due by April 11. To register, contact Cindy Tauscher at cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu or (423) 354-2570.