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. The FIRST Entrepreneurial Collective chapter!

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.

Way:  It's simple...everyone shares experiences and best practices. We all learn from each other.

What:  Members focused on helping each other build successful startups.  

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:   Every 3rd Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Where: Old Mill Bread Company



Are you ready???

Join Ascend to get answers...

Our sister organization, Ascend, is all about helping you move your company to an exit. 

The world is full of business coaches, advisors, programs, etc. that tell you WHAT you need to do as the business owner. Ascend is the only system that shows you HOW to do it. Check it out http://AscendTheMountain.com

Blog Posts

7 Tips to Build and Love Your Business

Posted by Max Jones on July 5, 2017 at 7:47am 1 Comment


There is no reason why business and satisfaction should be separate concepts. Building a career with success should bring with it a sense of fulfillment, so if you’re making a living but dread your daily commute or traveling too often, it’s time for a career change.

Building a new business or career and loving what you do are not mutually exclusive. As an Alternative career coach, I help guide dozens of professionals out of their mundane jobs and into businesses that…


Trello Acquired by Atlassian!

Posted by Leonard Knight on January 23, 2017 at 7:11am 0 Comments

We've always LOVED trello! Since trello.com came on the scene back in 2011, it has been super popular with many EOK members. If you haven't tried it, definitely check it out. It's great for projects, document management, task lists, and more! It's simplicity is what makes it so powerful and effective! Also, check out their story on…


Research on Women Entrepreneurs

Posted by Nastaran on October 17, 2016 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Hi All:


I am a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee and have recently joined the College of Business at the California State Polytechnic University as a college professor. During my awesome time in Knoxville, I attended a few gatherings of EOK and was always impressed by the entrepreneurial…


Look at this Great TED talk on a skill we often overlook

Posted by Buzz Jellett on September 6, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

She really knows her stuff, the ten minutes to be inspired to listen.…



Time Management Tools

Started by Andrew Randazzo in Productivity & Organization. Last reply by Leonard Knight Jan 13, 2016. 1 Reply

I have several tools that I use for time management. It all got kick-started when I read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. From there, I have found several tools over the years to help me take control of my life.Asana - to-do list and…Continue

Searching for an opportunity to purchase a business to actively manage and grow or to partner with someone that requires capital as well as a working partner

Started by Todd Prosan in General. Last reply by Leonard Knight Jan 8, 2016. 1 Reply

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Todd M. Prosan I am a successful executive looking for an opportunity to purchase a business to actively manage and grow or to partner with someone that requires capital as well as a working partner. I…Continue



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