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).

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Business Executives


Business Executives

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Latest Activity: Mar 6, 2011

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Comment by Steve Drevik on July 31, 2009 at 9:38pm
For some projects, 'power by the hour' is fine, but in some business cases, continuity of staff is an advantage. In our case, we build a software product that has a 10-year product cycle (believe it or not, that's the industry we're in). If my programmers came and went, it would be very difficult to support, the new guy would *always* want to rewrite the product because "the other guy's stuff is crap," etc.

And, IMHO, the only people who will start 1099 and then would go permanent are the bottom of the barrel. The best people either have to be hired away from a full time job (and won't go contract "to try things out") or go contract and *stay* contract (I have one contractor who I'm sure would never 'settle down' now that he's tasted contract work, and he's good at it). There's still that need to fill a position with a good person, who you want to keep in that position, but...?

So far, 'friend of a friend' referrals seem to be the best solution.
Comment by Steve Drevik on July 9, 2009 at 10:30am
Topic2- vetting employees and consultants. We're not specialized HR people, and HR people don't always root out inflated resumes either. The risk to a small business of not getting what you need is higher. Using someone on contract first is a good solution to reduce the risk, but what else can a small biz manager do to avoid hiring the wrong person?
Comment by Steve Drevik on May 20, 2009 at 11:26pm
anybody ever added up the day and night working hours and weekends? I would bet I log 70 to 80 hours a week easy.
Comment by Leonard Knight on August 26, 2008 at 7:49am
Great idea for a group!

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