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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Happy Thanksgiving!

Fellow Entrepreneur!We have much to be thankful for! 2014 has been a great year for Entrepreneurs of Knoxville! We've partnered with Bearden Rotary club to provide real mentors, we've setup Entrepreneurial Collective and the structure for chapters, we've partnered with Angel Capital Group to provide "Open Pitch" opportunities, we've worked with Gridwell to create a very structured system for "onboarding" new members, and much more! We will be going back to weekly meetings in 2015! We will have…See More
6 hours ago
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EOK Pub night, October 9th @ 5:30pm at Bearden

October 9, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
EOK Pub night in October will be at Bearden Beer Market, for a change of pace and more centrally located place to meet. We will meet at 5:30 or anytime after that on Thursday, October 9th! If you love having fun, drinking good beer and super smart entrepreneurial types, you're gonna love this event! So come on out and join the brightest people in Knoxville for a little or a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing you there and bring a friend of two!See More
Oct 7
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EOK Pub night, Thursday, September 11 @ Cazzy's Corner Grill at Northshore Town Center near Pellissippi Pkwy

September 11, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
Come on out and join us for September's EOK Pub night at Cazzy's Corner Grill. Looks like a good place to have a beer and some good food. It's in West Knoxville but that's where most people come to Pub night so we do what works. We would love to do a pub night downtown but parking is limited. So if you would like to come alone or bring a friend we will see you Thursday, September 11th at 5:30, where all the smartest people in Knoxville come together and make great ideas work! We appreciate our…See More
Sep 4
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EOK Pub Night, Thursday, July 10th at Neyland Drive

July 10, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
EOK Pub night in July will be at Calhoun's on the River, so we can get back to the other side of town for a change. We will meet at 5:30 or anytime after that on Thursday, July 10th, we put it out to the second Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday! The weather is quite hot, but I'm hoping we can still sit outside on the deck. We get the BEST service here and I love getting great service! Food, beverage and a local business, that's what it's all about. So come on out and join the…See More
Jul 3
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The Big Idea Finale! at "Relix Variety Theatre"

June 24, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm
Jun 23
Leonard Knight is attending Marty Lawson's event

EOK Pub Night, Thursday, June 5th at Middlebrook Pike at Cedar Bluff

June 5, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
It's time for EOK Pub night again so we are going to meet at Aubrey's at Cedar Bluff/Middlebrook Pike on Thursday, June 5th at 5:30pm as we seem to draw a good crowd at any Aubrey's we visit. They have great food, lots of different beers to try as well as lots of other beverages and a really good atmosphere! This is the Aubrey's where we broke our attendance record with 20+ people, so get out and see people you know and maybe people you don't! So join us for another great pub night with the…See More
May 27
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BNI Chapter: Mid-morning Money Makers at "ITT Technical Institute"

May 14, 2014 from 9am to 10:30am
A new BNI Chapter is forming in Knoxville!  And...it's one of the new mid-morning chapters 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  So, if BNI didn't work for you in the past due to timing issues, checkout this new chapter!See More
May 12
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May 1
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May 1
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EOK Pub Night, Thursday, May 1st at Old City

May 1, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
EOK Pub night is just around the corner so mark your calendars for Thursday, May 1st at 5:30pm til 9pm? at Barley's Taproom. They have lots of beer to choose from and great food and it's always a fun place. We like our pub nights and are trying our best to make them where everyone can come at least every other month. So come out and share stories with the brightest people in Knoxville. Hope to see you there!See More
Apr 23
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EOK Pub Night Thursday, April 3rd at Downtown West

April 3, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm
EOK Pub night is coming up fast so mark your calendars for Thursday, April 3rd at 5:30-9pm. We'll be meeting this month at Pelancho's Mexican Restaurant because they have great food, beverage and a patio in case Spring ever decides to show up. So come on out and bring your friends, family or anyone you run into on the way because the brightest people in Knoxville will be there! Please RSVP if possible so we can make sure you have a seat. See you there!See More
Apr 3
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"Welcome to EOK, Nastaran!  It's been great seeing you at the meetings!  I hope you're getting what you need from EOK and the other members.  If not, just let me know.  ~Leo"
Apr 2
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"Welcome to EOK, Nicholas!  We're very glad you're here!  Please let me know some times the next couple of weeks you're available.  I'd like to have coffee or drinks to learn a little more about you and to get you…"
Apr 2
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"Hey Kyle...sorry I never welcomed you!  Welcome to EOK! ~Leo"
Mar 19
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"Welcome to EOK, Rebecca!  We're very glad you're here! Please let us know how we can help.  You can email the board at any time bod@eokhq.com  Also, check the FAQ section for some getting started tips.  ~Leo"
Mar 19
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Evening at Drink

This event is being hosted by the Rotary Club of West Knoxville for all EOK members. Our hope is that this will be another step in building a long lasting partnership between members of our two organizations. Date: March 25th, 2014 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Location: Drink – The Wine Dive215 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 107Knoxville, Tennessee 37919Dress will be business casualPlease RSVP to Bo Sutton at 865-748-5892 by March 20th, 2014  …See More
Mar 17
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"I'll be in Austin, Texas, so unfortunately, I won't be there!  Austin"
Mar 4
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"Welcome to EOK, Bob!  We're very glad you're here. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Cherokee Mills for a Lunch-n-Learn!  Please check the Events tab and RSVP for the upcoming event.  See you soon!  ~Leo"
Mar 3
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"Austin, hope to see you at the March 12th Lunch-n-Learn!  It's gonna be AWESOME!  Can't wait to see Brad Greene and his team in action!  ~Leo"
Feb 23
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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"…See More
Feb 19

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Profile Information

How did you find EOK?
Created it! (with a little help from my friends)
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Who are you? What do you do? Tell us a little about you...
Born in Wurzberg, Germany April 6th, 1969. I have one younger brother. Grew up in Southeast US. I attended Central HS in Knoxville, TN and finished at Greeneville HS in Greeneville, TN. I met Debbie at Greeneville HS; we dated through college, her at Clemson and me at UTK. We married December 28th, 1991 in Greeneville, TN. We have four healthy sons. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful life!

I do a little bit of this, little bit of that; i'm an electrical engineer by trade (UTK 1991) and my day job is my engineering business (DBR Systems) where I provide automation solutions for manufacturing facilities. I also do some real-estate investing where I try to buy a new property once or twice a year; I run this business as RK Properties, LLC I also have a software company with a buddy in Seattle Bright Software, LLC Oh yeah...Founder of E.O.K. with partners Jay Albright and Chris Austin! I'm always looking for something else...
Where can we find you on the web?
Best place to start is leonardknight.com
Email, Phone, etc. (Shared with all visitors)
Email: leo@eokhq.com
Voice: 865-484-6481
Linkedin Profile URL
Twitter URL (add "twitter.com/")
Facebook Business Page
How do you plan to participate?
Attend meetings, Social events, Social media, Online, All of the Above
Key Search Terms - Use this section to list specific key phrases describing your business. The more specific the better. This will help someone find you better using the search function.
Industrial Automation, Process Control, Real-Estate, Software Development, Technical Support, Investing
What do you want from EOK? What are the top 3 items you need help with now?
I want to learn from other super smart entrepreneurial types. I want help launching all of the ideas I have percolating in my mind! A tech shop where I can design and build prototypes.

1. Focus group users for FairMechanics.com
2. Help with marketing my real estate 11Farms.com
3. Help with Sales for Neighborhood Nerds
What role have you played in a Start-up?
Investor, Business Lead, Manager, Technician, Marketing, Financial
How has EOK helped you?
Launched New Business
Annual Revenue of your Business(es)?

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At 12:02pm on March 4, 2014, Austin L. Church said…

I'll be in Austin, Texas, so unfortunately, I won't be there! 


At 9:44am on January 23, 2014, Jill Green said…

I have an appointment in far West Knoxville that I won't be out of until about 2:00.  I don't think I can get to Cazzy's and back to my 3:00 in Karns in time.  :o(  I'm free this evening and most of tomorrow, though.

At 10:08pm on January 22, 2014, Jill Green said…

What time are you available to meet Thursday?  My schedule is a bit tight.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2014, Jill Green said…

Leo, I will be happy to talk to you about a new project. I need to finish a few jobs over the next few days.  End of this week OK to meet?  Friday morning?

At 8:44am on October 3, 2013, John W. Cook said…

Greetings Leonard,

I have been unable to make contact with anyone in the group to discuss becoming a memeber and reviewing my business plan. My wife and I plan to be at the Pub event tonight at the S.M. Brewery, perhaps we could meet then.

Thank you for your time and attention- John Cook  

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