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Use Sketch-up to...well...SKETCH your idea

Google Sketch-up allows just about anyone to create a 3-D drawing of their product or idea. I've used it to explain designs to vendors and partners. It's easy to use and has a huge community to help you at every turn. And, like many of the google applications, IT'S FREE! Check it out at… Continue

Added by Leonard Knight on July 16, 2008 at 10:55am — No Comments

9 Pro Tips for Entrepreneurs on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is more than a handy way to sort through connections and make introductions — it's also a powerful platform to supercharge your content marketing efforts (even if you're not a LinkedIn Influencer just yet).



Added by Jason Roberts on August 6, 2013 at 1:44am — No Comments

"Should We Stay or Should We Grow" - Event Topic - Comments & Suggestions Needed

Attention EoK members!

We need your help!

We need members to give their ideas regarding the last quarterly event topic "Should We Stay or Should We Grow". Give us some good discussion ideas and topics for our meetings.

Meeting Topics…


Added by Jason Roberts on August 9, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

I'm Now Officially an Entrepreneur


This past week I have opened my own law practice, ROBINSON IP LAW, PLLC. Now I can truly empathize with the entrepreneurial spirit because I'm in your shoes. The new address is 800 S. Gay St., STE 700, Knoxville, TN 37929. The phone number is 865-766-4023, and I can be reached at my e-mail address of RRobinson@RobinsonIPLaw.com. After being a shareholder at a large IP firm, it became clear to me that it was time for the move. So, here we go. As always, you can find me on…


Added by Roby Robinson on July 20, 2013 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

25 Tech Terms Every Entrepreneur Should Know

An industry's jargon can be hard to decipher, and tech-related terms can be particularly perplexing. Here are 25 terms every small business owner needs to know:

Server Hosting

Servers are devices that support a company's computer and Internet networks. Servers…


Added by Jason Roberts on June 29, 2013 at 1:17am — No Comments

"Entrepreneurship is a rollercoaster..."

Added by Jason Roberts on May 15, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

Gig-Tank: 12 Week Business Accelerator Program in Chattanooga

Here is an article about a 12-week business accelerator program in Chattanooga that is drawing people from around the globe.  I thought others within EOK might want to see it.

Gig-Tank:  12 Week…


Added by Chris Austin on May 28, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A Side-By-Side Photo Comparison Of Apple’s iOS 6 And iOS 7

By John Yong12 Jun 2013

Yesterday, Apple unveiled its latest operating system for iPhones and iPads, the iOS 7

Headed by Apple’s lead…


Added by Jason Roberts on June 12, 2013 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Education and Business in TN: Alert!

The State Board of Education is considering a change to teacher's salary schedule that will effectively eviscerate any reward for higher degrees (Master's, PhDs).   Looking back, I particularly remember the influence certain teachers I had in high school in math and science, and all of the ones that were most influential, I remember, all had "Dr." in front of their name.

My understanding is that the long-term move is to 'dumb down' teaching so it's much akin to the low-level tech…


Added by Steve Drevik on June 19, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments

2nd Annual Empowered Teen Entrepreneurship Camp

On Sunday afternoon July 14th a special group of teens interested in owning their world will arrive at UT for a whirlwind week of entrepreneurship. They will have interactive sessions with successful entrepreneurs and business professionals, take tours to see entrepreneurship in action and compete for $600.00 in cash in the Business Plan Competition.


Who can attend? Any teen between 15-19 years old who is curious and wants to investigate entrepreneurship. Teens will live in a…


Added by Donna Walker on June 18, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Start Up - Car Dealership

So, after spending literally my entire life in and around the used car dealership my family founded and still run here in Knoxville. I have garnered the courage to take the leap and chase my dream of starting my own dealership, which is a dream that has been in me since I was arranging my hot wheels to look like  a car dealership. That's right my hot wheels where for…


Added by David Hensley on May 22, 2013 at 8:35am — 6 Comments

Free, Awesome Launch Splash/Squeeze/CalltoAction Pages

So I forgot to share this earlier, but if you haven't checked out LaunchRock.com you need to.

In 5 minutes, I created a splash page/signup page for one of my projects:


For free, in 5 minutes, and it looks great, it's mobile responsive, has a direct plugin to Google Analytics.

Oh ya, and it's…


Added by Michael Erwin on May 7, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Best Twitter Accounts for Entrepreneurs

Small business owners and entrepreneurs who use Twitter only as a marketing tool for their businesses are missing out. The microblogging service can also be a huge resource for them in the day-to-day operation of their business. However, business owners must know the right accounts to…


Added by Jason Roberts on April 30, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

5 Books Entrepreneurs Should Read

As entrepreneurs, we know that self-education never stops. One of the best ways to expand our knowledge is by reading books.


Thankfully, entrepreneurs have a wealth of information and resources available to help further their learning. Over the last few months, I’ve done quite a bit of reading myself.




Added by Jason Roberts on March 28, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Depression for Entrepreneurs ( via Chris Brogan )

I run a publishing and media company dedicated to helping the DIY learner crowd (folks ages 35-75 who want to learn stuff in less-traditional ways). My business is based on professional speaking, creating online and offline courses, and a lot of personal interaction with the…


Added by Jason Roberts on March 22, 2013 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Get Early Adopters to your Startup

EOK folks, you NEED to check out this new service called ErliBird!  It's a company that helps start-ups by bringing quality new users to your site.  These are "early adopter" users that are interested in innovative technology, entrepreneurs, new apps, and so on.  ErliBird has a gaming system within their app to make it fun and rewarding for their members to become part of new start-ups. …


Added by Frank Podlaha on March 20, 2013 at 10:31am — No Comments

Put your best face forward | What does your on-line profile image say about you?

We've all heard the saying about 'putting your best face forward', but what does that really mean? I consulted the one place I know I could find the answer, the Urban Dictionary. Apparently to put your best face forward is the same as to '…

Added by Lisa Gifford Mueller on February 26, 2013 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

the Why?


A very special thanks to Chris Coyne, our Director of Education, for sharing this wonderful TED Talk at our…


Added by Leonard Knight on January 31, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

StreetJelly makes the press in Wyoming

StreetJelly musician Damian Trujillo featured in his city newspaper, The Sheridan Press, Sheridan, WY.

SHERIDAN — Damian Trujillo isn’t your typical street musician. The Americana-inspired instrumentalist and vocalist may…

Added by Frank Podlaha on January 28, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Entrepreneurship for breakfast ( via Richard Branson )

It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That is certainly the case for an entrepreneur, as it can set you up for a busy 24 hours’ work.

To be successful in business, you need to be prepared to grasp an opportunity wherever you are, whatever the situation. With that in mind, I am going to take part in a breakfast…


Added by Jason Roberts on January 31, 2013 at 3:59pm — No Comments


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