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Kingsport Chamber and KOSBE Kick Off Global Entrepreneurship Week with Small Business Night School Nov 16 & 17


In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and KOSBE have teamed up to put on the Fall 2010 Small Business Night School, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 16 & 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Kingsport.

Kingsport, TN, November 11, 2010 --(PR.com)-- In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and KOSBE have teamed up to put on the Fall 2010 Small Business Night School, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 16 & 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Kingsport.

Primarily, the Small Business Night School provides free training, peer-to-peer networking, collaborative problem-analysis and problem-solving, and access to financing to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

On Tuesday, November 16th, attendees will learn:

* Networking Skills
-Networking No-No’s
-How to meet new people and expand your network
-How to take the focus off of yourself and put it where it belongs—on other people

* The Secret to Creating Agreement: Using Matching and Mirroring to Build Rapport
-Learn how the principles behind rapport-building helped one small business land the contract of their dreams

* Basic QuickBooks for Small Business
-Why use QuickBooks?
-How to track expenses, create invoices and sales documents, manage your tax-related entries, and pull financial reports

* Get Back on Track: What to Do When the Ship Is Going in the Wrong Direction
-How to stay focused on the things that matter
-How to get outside of your business (it’s harder to solve your own problem when you are immersed in it)
-Not to underestimate the size of a problem

On the 17th only, registered attendees will have the chance to apply for the SBA Community Express Loan for $5,000 to $25,000, during a group live loan application process facilitated by Sue Malone, the leading SBA Community Express Loan lender in the nation. Before the live loan event begins, attendees will hear from other lenders about other sources of capital for their small business. Loan applicants must be 18 or older. Loan program presenters will include representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Areawide Development Corporation, the State of Tennessee Economic & Community Development’s Business Enterprise Resource Office, Pathway Lending, and Superior Financial.

The Small Business Night School is designed with business owners and entrepreneurs in mind (including home-based), however, upper class high school and college students are encouraged to participate. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Therefore, advanced registration is required. Anyone interested can register online or call (423) 392-8811 for more information. A detailed program schedule is available online.

About KOSBE
KOSBE is a nonprofit economic development organization that represents a partnership between the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and a proud Strategic Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
For one week, millions of young people around the world join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.

From 16 - 22 November 2009, Global Entrepreneurship Week connected young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others participated in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings.

Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs are inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.

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Contact Information
Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship KOSBE
Aundrea Wilcox Executive Director
423-392-8801
Contact
www.kosbe.org

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