Welcome to E.O.K.

Who:  We are a very diverse group of successful business owners and entrepreneurs and those working to achieve their goal of becoming an entrepreneur.

Why:  We believe we all learn something from each other...no matter if you're on your 1st startup or your 101st.  We believe no one person has all the answers...it is impossible to build a company without help.

How:  Weekly tech talks published via YouTube, Ustream, and iTunes.  Monthly Lunch-n-Learn events; Scheduled crowd-sourcing; Peer Groups; Pub Nights.

What:  A non-profit focused on helping each member build successful startups through peer education and support.  

Please check the FAQ section if you have Questions. Your Board of Directors is made up of volunteers with a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed!

When:  Check the EVENTS tab for details and to RSVP

Monthly Lunch-n-Learn every 2nd Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quarterly "New Member Orientation". Weekly Podcast.

Annual CELEBRATION

Where: Our monthly Wednesday meetings are held at Cherokee Mills 2220 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville TN (the corner of Sutherland and Concord).

EOK Videos

EoK Episode 208 (Web Talk)

In this week's episode, Leo and Janet will discuss the details of maintaining a website for your business. Topics will include platforms for website hosting, methods of tracking website visitation, and much more.

Cast: Entrepreneurs of Knoxville

Tags: website, talk, leo, janet, eok, entrepreneur, knoxville, podcast and web

EoK Episode 207 (Meet and Greet)

This week, like the first week of each month, EoK will host a meet and greet. Members will take turns presenting to the group about their lives and careers.

Cast: Entrepreneurs of Knoxville

Tags: meet, greet, eok, entrepreneur, knoxville, speed, round, interviews and podcast

EoK Episode 218 (Meet and Greet)

Shifting slightly from the normal structure of meet and greet Wednesdays, this week, the EoK podcast will be comprised of impromptu interviews. Members will take turns questioning one another to familiarize themselves with both the interview process and their fellow members.

Cast: Entrepreneurs of Knoxville

Tags: meet, greet, eok, entrepreneur, knoxville, speed, round, interviews and podcast

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Upcoming Events for E.O.K. Members!

Join us for this very special Lunch-n-Learn!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 we will be joined by sales professional, Doug Soltis!  Doug's sales program is fresh and unique.  You will learn how to build relationships with your potential clients quickly and painlessly. Doug's techniques for cold calling, quick introductions, establishing relationships, and more will help you close more deals without sounding like a "sales guy".  This is a must attend event!

Click Here to RSVP

Blog Posts

Intimate and Interactive: Gini Dietrich on Being an Entrepreneur

Posted by Jason Roberts on April 17, 2014 at 8:32am 0 Comments

Wednesday, April 30th

12:00 Noon, EST

CEO, blogger, author, sought after public speaker – the multi-talented Gini Dietrich is known for many things. But perhaps the thing she’s most known for – in all aspects of her work – is her honesty.

She is not afraid to share the lessons she’s learned building a company from the ground up – in fact, she’ll share the good, the bad, and the downright ugly!

A little over a decade ago, Gini launched her Chicago based  integrated marketing communications firm, Arment Dietrich.  At the time, she wanted to focus on business results instead of media impressions and advertising equivalencies.

She got business results alright – as well as a lesson in the school of hard knocks of being an entrepreneur.

At one point, as she’s spoken about publicly, she nearly lost her company, and the years – and money – invested into it.

But Gini is not a quitter. She adapted and…

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The Year Ahead: 5 Social Media Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Posted by Jason Roberts on April 16, 2014 at 8:46am 0 Comments

Technology is transforming how modern entrepreneurs stay connected to their business, their team and their industry. In this series, learn more about the cutting edge tools and thinking allowing innovators to stay ahead of the trends.

The social media landscape is evolving rapidly, and therefore, your social media marketing strategy cannot remain static. Instead, it’s important to reevaluate business goals, social media campaigns, platform results and revise your strategy at least once a year -- if not quarterly.

Being aware of trends in the social sphere can help you design better strategies, apply the most effective tactics and choose where to invest your staff as well as financial resources. Here are the top…

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Networking...really?!?!?

Posted by Leonard Knight on February 19, 2014 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

I learned something today and would like to share with you.  

I've always been eminently opposed to the idea of "networking".  I've always associated networking with "fake" or a "false sense of value".  You're forcing a relationship...just doesn't feel right.

BUT...members of EOK keep saying this is the best "networking" organization they've ever experienced.  So, I say...hmmmm...maybe networking isn't a bad thing.  Maybe there is a right way to network.  For EOK, it happens VERY organically and over a long period of time.  You meet someone, you see them again at a pub night, you see them at a crowdsourcing event and hear some of their ideas, then you see them at a member spotlight.  All of the sudden, they become a real person with great ideas and an interesting story.  And you think...this…

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Why Wordpress Is The Best CMS

Posted by James George on February 10, 2014 at 5:39pm 0 Comments

I have been using Wordpress for a few years. When people hear the name "Wordpress" they typically think of a blog. While Wordpress is a blogging platform, it's so much more than that. I use Wordpress as an essential part of my business on a regular basis. If you're an entrepreneur, and you don't know, or won't consider Wordpress as your CMS, or content management system, you're really missing out.

Wordpress is Great For Lean Startups (Low Cost)

I can't think of a quicker way to get a site up and running than with Wordpress. I have shared hosting, which is fine for smaller sites. With Bluehost as my hosting company, I can host a ton of Wordpress sites for the cost of the domain name, and my $3-$5 per month hosting plan. I am a web developer, and I can build my own custom responsive Wordpress themes, but even if you don't know how to code, there are hundreds, if not thousands of…

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Events

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EOK to host investors, business pitch competition By Carly Harrington


Picture: Inside the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center if you haven't made it down to 17 Market Square.

Carly wrote another amazing article for EOK and our events!  Check it out here.

Here's a link to the E.O.K. event so you can "REGISTER" if you're planning to pitch!

Everyone needs to RSVP for the event here: https://eokpitch100113.eventbrite.com/

Forum

Email to speech?

Started by Steve Drevik in General Mar 26. 0 Replies

I'm looking for a service to Dev tool that can take an incoming email, and will dial a phone number and read that email. Does anyone know of such a thing?

Please join us at the Line12 Launch event

Started by Jonathan M Patrick in General Mar 4. 0 Replies

Join us for a Launch Party / Pitch Contest Announcement / Entrepreneur Appreciation / Networking Uber Event . . . and, hear from Mark Schaefer, an internationally-known blogger, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author.Schaefer will be debuting…Continue

Looking for a low-cost payroll service

Started by William Milam in Productivity & Organization. Last reply by Jonathan M Patrick Mar 4. 6 Replies

SensorMed is looking for basic payroll service.  We only have 2 employees and use Quickbooks for general accounting.   However, we don't have the time or interest in keeping up with FICA, 941 forms, etc. We would like to outsource this function to…Continue

Tags: outsource, payroll, taxes

Is there a simple, free Project Management template for Word or Excel?

Started by Kathi Browne in Business Mangement. Last reply by Jacob Samuels Feb 26. 6 Replies

I'm looking for a simple, free Project Management template to use with Word or Excel. Any suggestions?Continue

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