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.

How:  We use multiple tools to identify where each member needs assistance. We connect mentors/resources/capital with members. We provide accountability and support for reaching goals.

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 2nd Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Rodefer Moss 608 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37932



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Blog Posts

The Necessary Evil of Timesheets

Posted by John Swindeman on January 13, 2016 at 10:07am 2 Comments

Nobody likes filling out timesheets, but there are a number of reasons why you should adopt and maintain this discipline right from the beginning of your enterprise.

It's obvious that an accounting system is important, not only due to the financial reporting requirements of the business, but also as a management tool.  Just as you want to keep track of where your money is going, it is extremely important to keep track of where your time is going.

In a service business in which…


Time Management- email

Posted by Steve Drevik on January 13, 2016 at 9:37am 1 Comment

Don't be like a mouse in an experiment looking for food pellets.  Don't keep pressing that "get mail" constantly.  Set aside 4-6 times each day to check your email (7am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm), and get work done in the inbetween times.  A lot of time, the emails will resolve themselves without your involvement.

SEEED Presents The Green Tie Event

Posted by Stan Johnson on November 6, 2015 at 9:53am 0 Comments

Entrepreneurs of Knoxville,

Please join us December 2, 2015 at The Square Room from 6:00- 8:00 pm in celebrating our graduates. You'll get to help us celebrate our graduates, hear about news and plans for the upcoming year, and ways you can get involved with our organization! Tickets are $20 when you pre-order and $30 at the door. Green ties for the men and green flowers for the women will be available at the door! You won't want to miss the great event.…


There Are No Unicorns in Knoxville

Posted by Walter Lounsbery on November 1, 2015 at 10:22pm 0 Comments

I've sat through many prep sessions for pitch competitions.  Most of the time I get the impression that this is not only the path to some of the discipline required for success, it is the same path required to be all you can be, which is to be the next Twitter or Facebook.  Perhaps that is not a realistic goal around here.

You see, there are real advantages to a rich new business ecosystem.  People in Knoxville are working hard to provide that.  A big part of the established new…



Time Management Tools

Started by Andrew Randazzo in Productivity & Organization. Last reply by Leonard Knight Jan 13. 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. 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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