February 2011 Blog Posts (11)

EOK Members Get Discount on Twitter Workshop

After sharing my story last Wednesday, I told several of you about a hands-on Twitter workshop I am offering March 31. I have set up a special link to allow EOK members to take advantage of special pricing. Here's the link:  https://kathibrowne.com/blog/discount/

Added by Kathi Browne on February 28, 2011 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Crowd Sourcing

I have posted two short blogs about my becoming an entrepreneur, hoping the minor pitfalls I’ve encountered could be avoided by other newbies. I plan to write a few more segments chronicling my adventures and maladies thus far. However, in the true spirit of EOK Crowd Sourcing, I have a request of my entrepreneurial family.

At this time I am getting ready for the early golf season, which starts around mid – March. There are several golf magazines carrying ads about my product,…


Added by Carl Papa, Jr on February 25, 2011 at 10:10am — 3 Comments

Terry Frank of Oak Ridge Testifies Before Congress

Written Testimony of Mrs. Terry Frank

Owner, Nature’s Marketplace

Before the Small Business Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

February 16, 2011

Chairman Graves and Representative Velazquez, Congressman Fleischmann, members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on the state of small business today and specifically taxation of small business.

My name Is Terry Frank. Nearly 20 years ago, my husband and I sought…


Added by Walter Lounsbery on February 24, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Benefits of EOK

I wrote a blog post on Key Elements about the benefits of EOK. Here is the short version.

  1. EOK is truly collaborative
  2. EOK provides practical information
  3. EOK brainstorms with you
  4. EOK is a practice run for funding
  5. EOK is a great publication tool
  6. EOK can generate business
  7. EOK is free
  8. EOK is non-profit…

Added by Kerri Karel on February 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Why is Silicon Valley so Special? The Great Robert Scoble Provides Some Answers

I've lived in the valley since 1971 and my dad got moved here because of the tech industry (he got a PHd at Rutgers in New Jersey and since his family lived in NY and NJ I'm sure he would rather have gotten a job on the east coast, but Ampex hired him and moved him here. A few years later he moved to Lockheed, which shows that military spending is a major reason for geeks to move and stay here, at least in the cold war days where the government was spending billions to stay ahead of the…


Added by Walter Lounsbery on February 19, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Tax Warning: Don't sell anything to anyone in California....

.. or at the very least, add $800 to the price.

Usually, a company that has no presence in a state is not subject to its franchise and income taxes.   A foreign company should collect and submit sales taxes.  Some do, some don't.

California decided to take things up a notch by 'clarifying' (e.g., an executive act by the Secretary of State) that any foreign corporation or LLC doing any business whatsoever within the State of California is subject to its franchise tax,…


Added by Steve Drevik on February 14, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Congress Tries to Listen to You

Congress has established a new Website to collect information from "America's Job Creators".  Unless you have employed a lobbyist in DC, or travel there regularly to talk to them yourself, this may be your only opportunity to inform Congress on your opinions of the Federal government and its regulations.


From the Website: "Americans have a right to an efficient, effective government that works for them. American job creators deserve the opportunity to succeed and grow…


Added by Walter Lounsbery on February 10, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments

You can't put a lid on passion

Passion is important.  It is important in all areas of our lives – even in business. I have not yet met a small business owner who was not passionate about what he or she is doing.  If they did not have some level of passion they would not be doing it.


We all have our moments where our passion falters (some moments last longer than others). If you get bogged…


Added by Kerri Karel on February 10, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Twitter Flash Mob Planned

Some people were asking about the Twitter Flash mob that was mentioned at this morning's meeting.


In honor of Social Media Week (Feb 7-11), the first virtual flash mob will take place this Thursday from 4-4:15pm.  Participants are to change their profile pics to a solid black picture for the 15 minute period, mark all tweets with the hashtag #SMW2011, and tweet in binary. Here is a 3-minute video explaining how it will work:…


Added by Kathi Browne on February 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Need Patience

Once the legal process was underway to protect my product, I needed to refine the components of the swing aid so it could be tried and tested by golfers and instructors. The foot switch needed to be very low profile, and strong enough to with stand the force and weight of the golfer during the downswing. Nothing was sacred as I scoured the house looking for materials and shapes I could incorporate into the foot switch. I found a Christmas tree ornament and plastic box from an old toy that…


Added by Carl Papa, Jr on February 8, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Members in the Paper!

Our very own, Ellen Kern, is in the Knoxville News Sentinel.  Checkout the article here: … Continue

Added by Leonard Knight on February 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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