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7 Tips to Build and Love Your Business


There is no reason why business and satisfaction should be separate concepts. Building a career with success should bring with it a sense of fulfillment, so if you’re making a living but dread your daily commute or traveling too often, it’s time for a career change.

Building a new business or career and loving what you do are not mutually exclusive. As an Alternative career coach, I help guide dozens of professionals out of their mundane jobs and into businesses that…


Added by Max Jones on July 5, 2017 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

Trello Acquired by Atlassian!

We've always LOVED trello! Since came on the scene back in 2011, it has been super popular with many EOK members. If you haven't tried it, definitely check it out. It's great for projects, document management, task lists, and more! It's simplicity is what makes it so powerful and effective! Also, check out their story on…


Added by Leonard Knight on January 23, 2017 at 7:11am — No Comments

Research on Women Entrepreneurs

Hi All:


I am a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee and have recently joined the College of Business at the California State Polytechnic University as a college professor. During my awesome time in Knoxville, I attended a few gatherings of EOK and was always impressed by the entrepreneurial…


Added by Nastaran on October 17, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Look at this Great TED talk on a skill we often overlook

She really knows her stuff, the ten minutes to be inspired to listen.…


Added by Buzz Jellett on September 6, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Essential Benefits of Fellowship and social networking.....

Hey fellow EOKers et all. We have had an awesome lineup of fellowship pub nights the last four months, but they have been poorly attended. This has been a great entry point for our friends and visitors to check out what we are about. 

    Fellowship events are the lifeblood of any entrepreneurial group as they grow, we grow to buildup…


Added by Buzz Jellett on July 8, 2016 at 5:27pm — No Comments

[ BETA Trial Available ] Reviewbox

My former co-worker James Horey, has created a new company so I wanted to help him get the word out.

We help brands monitor products reviews across all major Amazon sites and other specialty retail sites. Key features include:

* Email alerts for new reviews to multiple team members

* Ability to monitor user questions, sales rank, and price

* Ability to export all reviews, questions, price, and…


Added by Jason Roberts on May 12, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pitching for Investment

Pitching for an investment is not an easy thing to do.  It is part art and part business acumen.  The short version is the pitch should mimic a great business plan in structure and flow, but be told as a story.  It ultimately depends on your style of presentation, but the most straightforward delivery is…


Added by Leonard Knight on April 21, 2016 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

The Green Tie Event April 28th 2016

As you know, Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, or SEEED is a local non-profit whose mission is to create pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills. Over the last two sessions SEEED has served 23 young…


Added by Stan Johnson on April 13, 2016 at 7:24am — No Comments

What's your topic?

We believe the collective experience of all our members is priceless! No one has seen the world through your are super unique and we can all learn from you! So, please take a few minutes to share your ideas for topics.

I've attached the list we have compiled so far. Please use the EOK Topic…


Added by Leonard Knight on April 11, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments

Continuous Improvement (CI) / Lean Sigma ~ Crowd Learning ~


I’m looking to acquiring certification in Continuous Improvement (CI) / Lean Sigma and was wondering if others here would be interested in this as well.  Besides the obvious classroom/web-based learning, applying the skills…


Added by Mark McClinton on February 18, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Necessary Evil of Timesheets

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…


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

Time Management- email

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.

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

SEEED Presents The Green Tie Event

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.…


Added by Stan Johnson on November 6, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

There Are No Unicorns in Knoxville

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…


Added by Walter Lounsbery on November 1, 2015 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Knoxville Salesforce User Group - Thursday October 22nd 2015

Date and Time

Thursday, October 22, 2015

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


Cirrus Insight

117 Center Park Drive

Suite 100

Knoxville, TN 37922


Please join us for our next Knoxville Salesforce user group meeting that will be held at Cirruspath, Inc. 117 Center Park Drive Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37922

- Introduction / Summary of Dreamforce '15 -…


Added by Jason Roberts on October 16, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

October is Estate Planning Month

In 2008 Congress proclaimed the third week of October as Estate Planning Week which makes it Estate Planning Month. HMMM….. I wonder how much that has to do with Tennessee vs Alabama? Anyway as with any successful financial strategy Estate Planning is critical to give loved ones a peace of mind. It should be done as a team: the owners of the asset, the financial advisor, trustee, accountant and attorney. This helps ensure that your wishes are carried out…


Added by Thierry V Sommer on October 9, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Copyright in the Happy Birthday Song Gets Thrown Out

This month, a federal judge has ruled that the company that has been charging for millions of dollars of royalties for use of the Happy Birthday Song never had the right to do so. Find out more at

Added by Roby Robinson on September 28, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Private Equity - Angels, VCs, and Funds...Oh my!

As many of you know, in addition to founding Entrepreneurs of Knoxville and Entrepreneurial Collective, I serve as the President of ACG Knoxville Chapter. As Chapter President, my responsibilities include educating the Knoxville area about Early Stage Investing. I also recruit new Angels to the membership and look for Entrepreneurs to pitch to the Angels for capital.

So, here's a crash course in equity investing…


Added by Leonard Knight on September 5, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fall Finances


Added by Thierry V Sommer on September 3, 2015 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Three Mistakes When Selecting a Trademark Specimen

Here is a discussion regarding three common mistakes when someone selects a trademark specimen to file with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. ;

Added by Roby Robinson on August 26, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments

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