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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Leonard Knight left a comment for Clifton Goodgame
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The Shark Tank is holding and open call in Knoxville on April 30.  Do I need to say more?  Well, we'll let the Knoxville News-Sentinel fill you in.…See More
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Smita Deshmukh left a comment for Leonard Knight
"Thank you Leo! Excited to be part of EOK. Will be there on 9th April meeting.  - Smita"
Mar 31
Smita Deshmukh is now a member of Entrepreneurs of Knoxville
Mar 31
Leonard Knight's blog post was featured

Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
Mar 27
Leonard Knight posted a blog post

Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
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Leonard Knight left a comment for Clifton Goodgame
"Welcome!"
May 11
Smita Deshmukh left a comment for Leonard Knight
"Thank you Leo! Excited to be part of EOK. Will be there on 9th April meeting.  - Smita"
Mar 31
Leonard Knight's blog post was featured

Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
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Leonard Knight posted a blog post

Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
Mar 27
Leonard Knight left a comment for Valentino Constantinou
"Valentino! Welcome to EOK! I'm glad you're here and look forward to working with you and Michael on your startup! ~Leo"
Mar 26
Leonard Knight posted a status
"Looking forward to our next meeting! Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 11:30 am! We're changing the world! If you want to be successful, join us!"
Mar 25
Leonard Knight left a comment for Kyle Hohman
"Welcome to EOK, Kyle! We are very glad you're here! Let me know how I can help. ~Leo"
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Christine Maentz left a comment for Leonard Knight
"Thank you Leonard!"
Jan 7
Leonard Knight left a comment for James Horey
"James, Congratulations on your exit to CirrusPath! That is awesome. I remember when you were just a humble software developer pitching at the EOK pitch contest ;-) Now...you're a successful entrepreneur with an exit under your belt! Well…"
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"Welcome back, Erica! You've been missed. I'm here for you...just let me know if you need anything. ~Leo"
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"Welcome to EOK, Todd! We're VERY glad you're here! If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. ~Leo"
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"Welcome to EOK, Christine! We're VERY glad you're here! Please let me know how I can be of assistance. ~Leo"
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Dec 31, 2014
Leonard Knight's discussion was featured

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
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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, 2014
Leonard Knight left a comment for Nicholas Voyles
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E.O.K. Founder

Profile Information

How did you find EOK?
Founder
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...
Startup Name
Neighborhood Nerds
Revenue Model (Who are your clients? How do you make money?)
We provide technology consulting/concierge services for a small monthly fee. We have both residential and small business clients. Members get a number of requests for their monthly membership fee.
What are your goals for this startup?
We are currently testing the model in our first store. We will soon be opening a second store with plans to have 10 stores in Knoxville with each serving around 1000 clients. We will then franchise the model to leverage other people's capital to expand.
Why are you the best choice for this startup?
I believe technology is a growing part of our lives. I believe most technology is designed/built by technical people for technical people (not normal people). I believe I can help people reduce their stress, be happier and use their technology in a more productive manner.
Email, Phone, Website, Social, etc. (Shared with all visitors)
Email: leo@eokhq.com
Voice: 865-484-6481
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
How has EOK helped you?
Launched New Business
Annual Revenue of your Business(es)?
$1M+

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At 2:33pm on March 31, 2015, Smita Deshmukh said…

Thank you Leo! Excited to be part of EOK. Will be there on 9th April meeting. 

- Smita

At 9:01pm on January 7, 2015, Christine Maentz said…

Thank you Leonard!

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

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

Austin

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.

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