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Think Your Biz Plan has what it Takes?

The Development Corp of Knox County announces it's annual Business Plan Competition.  I was a participant last year, it was an amazing experience.  This is way more than an exercise in writing a biz plan.  Far from it.  The competition spans the entire startup process, getting funding, marketing, pitching to investors, and so on.  I came in 3rd place last year with my biz plan for Knoxville Robots.  That plan is on the back burner for the…


Added by Frank Podlaha on March 20, 2011 at 1:15pm — 2 Comments

Are You Guilty of Social Sabotage?

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, Twitter is a great place to be... if you're using it properly. If you're not, you may be guilty of social sabotage. For example:


It is possible to be too private.

Why would you want to protect your tweets? If you aren't revealing top secrets that only your closest friends should see, and you're not in any witness protection plan, let others follow with you! What is the harm? You can always unfollow or even…


Added by Kathi Browne on March 22, 2011 at 12:51pm — 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

EOK Becoming More Visible on Twitter

I have been asked to help promote EOK on Twitter and am excited to get started. I would like to tell you about some of the things EOK will be embracing,  and to ask for your support:

  • We will start live tweeting during our morning sessions. Theo Aukerman has agreed to be our first live tweeter and we hope to eventually have enough volunteers to have two or three live tweeting. Live tweeting stirs interest in what we do and also allows members to get the highlights when we are…

Added by Kathi Browne on March 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Video Contest for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

From the Knox Biz Journal: Local businesses have a chance to show off by entering the Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office and Tennessee Main Street Program's video competition.

Grab your video camera and show Tennessee what your business is made of. Participants are encouraged to show examples of their products and ideas and tell the world why they are an entrepreneur or small business owner.

There are these categories to participate: Main Street…


Added by Frank Podlaha on September 28, 2010 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Website Diagnosis: What you should do to improve your site's marketing potential

Website Self-Diagnosis


When we tell business owners, “Your website needs a facelift,” one of two things happens: either they nod or they get offended.

The ones who get offended probably think we are trying to create work for ourselves. They are right, of course. Bright Newt is always looking for ways to help people improve their businesses through marketing, especially web marketing. We also want to pay our bills and eat.

Those two aims inspired us… Continue

Added by Austin L. Church on February 9, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I Could Have Made a Million With My Sticky Note Idea

A few weeks ago I listened to an EOK Podcast on product development. My head was spinning. I know that I have a product or two or three that I can bring to market. Well today I discovered that I missed the boat completely on one of them.

I went to Office Max to by some office supplies. I saw a new line of organizing products designed by Peter Walsh (Clean Sweep and Oprah) called [in] place system.

These are items to organize action files and projects. He uses sticky notes for… Continue

Added by Karen Sprinkle on December 4, 2009 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

Knoxville Internet Marketing 101

Want to learn more about Internet Marketing for your small business here in Knoxville? Join us at the EOK Small Business Training - Wed. December 2nd @ 10:00 am. DrScot will show you the tricks for successfully using Internet Marketing to boost your Knoxville Business. Keywords! Website page structure. Web 2.0 linking strategies. Examples of Internet Marketing sites that rapidly nailed the first page of Google! We'll follow… Continue

Added by Scot T. Chrisman, M.D. on November 29, 2009 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Filled to the Brink…of Chaos

As an organizing consultant, I help my clients take control of their surroundings, their time and their information by designing custom organizing systems for them based on their habits and by teaching them the organizing principles that I have learned over the years. I believe that organizing is both an art (the design) and a science (the principles).

One principle that has been on my mind lately is what I refer to as the Preventative Principle or the three-fourths… Continue

Added by Karen Sprinkle on November 10, 2009 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Uploaded Photo Cruise Pics

Pics from the EOK Autumn Photo-Cruise on Nov. 3, 2009: http://www.eokhq.com/photo/albums/autumn-photocruise-2009

Added by Frank Podlaha on November 6, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments


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