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.


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, April 9th, 2014 we will be joined by a panel of local leaders in early stage investing. You will learn where to find money, how to get in front of the money people, and how to pitch perfect every time!  We don't stress funding too much in EOK since most members have lots of work to do before looking for money.  But...when it's time to raise, you need to know how. Please RSVP early as we have a limited number of seats.

Click Here to RSVP

Blog Posts


Posted by Jason Roberts on February 26, 2014 at 10:40am 4 Comments

Recently something terribly obvious--yet powerful--occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one else has done, you need to do things no one else does.

So, I thought, who achieves things that very few do? I made a list of the top 10 entrepreneurs that I learn from daily. Then I thought, which things are they doing that could really help more people? When I emailed the idea to my Fast Company editor, she came back with something I found valuable:

“One of the problems that crops up is that a lot of people get back with “I love Twitter, Dropbox, and Evernote!” Those are great tools, but might not add that much value for our readers.”

I thought that observation was spot-on. So instead, I asked my favorite entrepreneurs their absolute favorite, yet very little-known…



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…


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…


Why Wordpress?

Posted by Zack Hicks on February 8, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Neighborhood Nerds (shnerd.com), built on Wordpress…



April 2014

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/


Email to speech?

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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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