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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What Is the First Step In the Patenting Process?

A common question I receive is, "What is the first step in the patenting process?"  The answer to the question depends on a number of factors. Here is some information to help answer the question: http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/ ;See More
Thursday
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Three Common Mistakes Made by Startup Companies

Startup companies face a number of challenges and potential pitfalls right out of the gate. Here are a few common mistakes made by startup companies . . . http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/ See More
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Roby Robinson's blog post was featured

Indirect Patent Infringement and Component Manufacturers

Component manufacturers beware:  You may be on the hook for patent infringement. Even if a component product does not meet every limitation of a patent claim, the component product manufacturer may still be liable for patent infringement under a theory of indirect patent infringement. Find out more here:  http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/  See More
Jun 2
Roby Robinson posted a blog post

Indirect Patent Infringement and Component Manufacturers

Component manufacturers beware:  You may be on the hook for patent infringement. Even if a component product does not meet every limitation of a patent claim, the component product manufacturer may still be liable for patent infringement under a theory of indirect patent infringement. Find out more here:  http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/  See More
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May 11
Roby Robinson posted a blog post

Patent Protection Is Not Always the Best Option

When a new technology is developed, it is often assumed that a patent application covering the technology should be filed. That is not always the case, however, as discussed here: http://www.robinsoniplaw.com/blog/ See More
Apr 30

Questions to ASK when preparing a Business Plan



80
Questions Every Business Plan Should Answer





1.      Why will this
business succeed?



2.      Why is this product
or service useful?



3.      What will the product
do for the user?



4.      What is the expected
life cycle of the product?



5.      How do advances in
technology affect your product and business?



6.      What is the product
liability?



7.      What makes this
business and product unique?



8.      Does the product meet
a specific need or perceived need of the customer?



9.      Does the product have
brand-name recognition?



10.    Are there repeat uses
for the product?





11.    Is this a high quality
or low quality product?



12.    Is the consumer the
end user of the product?



13.    Are there any
substitutes for your product?



14.    Do you lease or own
the property/facilities?



15.    What are the terms of
your lease?



16.    How much do you owe on
the mortgage?



17.    Are the facilities
adequate for expansion based on your business plan?



18.    Will the expansion
require relocation?



19.    Who owns the patent?



20.    What licensing
arrangements have been made between you and the patent company?





21.    Does anyone else have
a licensing arrangement? If so, how does this impact your biz?



22.    Why does this business
have high growth potential?



23.    What makes this
business situation special?



24.    Does this product have
mass appeal or single large buyers?



25.    How large is the
customer base?



26.    What is the typical
demographic of your customer base?



27.    What are the current
market trends? 28. What are the seasonal effects in your industry?



29.    What advantages does
your competition have over you?



30.    What advantages do you
have over your competition?





31.    Compared to your
competition, how do you compete with price, performance, and service?



32.     What is the lag time between initial buyer
contact and the actual sale?



33.
    How does your company and product fit
into the industry?



34.
    What are the keys to success in your
industry?



35.
    How did you determine total sales of
the industry and its growth rate?



36.
    What industry changes most affect
your company's profits?



37.
    Who is your competition?



38.
    Do your competitors have an advantage
due to equipment?



39.
    What makes your business different?



40.
    Why will your business succeed when
it must compete with larger companies?





41.       How do you expect the competition to
react to your company?



42.
      If you plan to take market share,
how will you do it?



43.
      What are the critical elements of
your marketing plan?



44.
      Is this primarily a retail or industrial marketing strategy?



45.       How important is
advertising in your marketing plan? 46. How sensitive are sales to your
advertising plan?



47.
      How will your marketing strategy
change as the product or industry matures?



48.
      Is direct selling necessary?



49.
      If any, what is the capacity of your
facility?



50.
      Where do you see bottlenecks
developing?





51.
      How important is quality control?



52.
      What is the current backlog?



53.
      Is the product assembly line based
or individually customized?



54.
      What are the health and safety
concerns in producing this product?



55.
      Who are your suppliers and how long
have they been in business?



56.
      How many sources of suppliers are
there?



57.
      Currently, are there any shortages
in components?



58.
      How old is your company's equipment?



59.
      What is the yearly maintenance
costs?



60.
      What is the current research and
development?





61.
      What is the annual expenditure on Research
and Development (R&D)?



62.
      How does R&D impact future
sales?



63.
      What type of business experience
does the management team have?



64.
      Are the members achievers?



65.
      What motivates each team member?



66.
      Can the team accomplish the job
outlined in the business plan?



67.
      How many employees do you have?



68.
      What is the anticipated need in the
immediate future?



69.
      Where does the labor supply come
from?



70.      What is the employee break down, i.e. full
time, part time, managerial staff, support staff, production / service?





71.       What is the cost of training?



72.
      Is the labor force primarily skilled
or unskilled workers?



73.
      Is there a union and what is the
company's relationship?



74.
      What are your capital requirements
over the next five years?



75.
      For what will the capital raised via
the plan be used?



76.
      What is the exit strategy? (How will
investors get their money out?)



77.       What return on investment can the investors expect?



78.       Have you reviewed your personal credit worthiness? (should you
not qualify for a business loan)



79.       Have you research for start-up grants and loans from economic
development agencies?



80.       Have you looked for any assets you or someone
you know that are worth             liquidating?

















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