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February 18, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Events dominate weekly listings

Also, Knoxville entrepreneur Travis Howerton, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RegScale, penned an opinion piece for the KnoxNews touting the virtues of the local ecosystem.

From Knoxville:

  • The next edition of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center‘s (KEC) “In the Room” series is from 8 to 10 a.m. EST on February 22 at KEC’s offices on Market Square. February’s topic is “Life Cycle of a Deal” with Attorney Gera Grinberg covering everything from non-disclosure agreements and letters of intent to the “main” documents (investor/purchase agreements), transition, etc. and everything in between (e.g., leases, purchase orders, etc.) including the “gotchas” along the way. To reserve your spot, click here.
  • And, if you are trying to get your calendar well-organized, you can place the first Maker Mingle of 2024 on the books. It is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. EDT on March 20 at Pop Fizz studio, 800 Luttrell Avenue in the Fourth & Gill neighborhood. e are looking forward to catching up with everyone who can join us. Registration is encouraged at this link.
  • Knoxville entrepreneur Travis Howerton, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RegScale, penned an opinion piece for the KnoxNews touting the virtues of the local ecosystem. He started the column by writing the following: “With easy access to the great outdoors, affordability and a welcoming community, Knoxville is gaining national attention as a perfect place to live. It’s also growing as a hub of innovation, an ideal location for entrepreneurs and startups to launch. Based upon my entrepreneurial experience, I can affirm that East Tennessee is the place to be, and we should broadcast that message loud enough for the investor community to hear.” The opinion piece can be found here.

From Maryville:

  • The Knoxville Technology Council and its Women in Tech group are hosting their next “Women in Tech Happy Hour” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. EST on March 6 at Bella in downtown Maryville. The meet-up is sponsored by Patriot Talent Solutions. To register, click here.
  • The Sky City Entrepreneur Center is accepting applications through February 28 for the Spring 2024 cohort of its “CO.STARTERS @Sky City” program. It is a 10-week course that takes business owners, or those with a great idea for a business, through the process of developing a solid business plan. To apply, click here.

From the Oak Ridge Corridor:

The East Tennessee Economic Council has announced the date for the sixth annual “Nuclear Opportunities Workshop.” The event will be held July 30 and 31 in the conference area of the Hilton Knoxville Airport Hotel. More details will follow.

From Crossville:

Tiffany Anton, Founder of Powered By Her, will bring its programming to Crossville on February 20. The two-hour event, titled “Where’s my Seat?,” and will be held on the campus of Roane State Community College on Cook Road. Powered By Her was started by Anton in 2019 as a podcast and grew into hosting sessions such as the one in Crossville. She also serves as Vice President of The Biz Foundry, the Upper Cumberland entrepreneur center. To register, click here.

From Chattanooga:

Chattanooga Presents! and SoundCorps have issued a call for local bands to participate in the 2024 Road to Nightfall band competition, made possible by Yuengling Flight. Up to 30 participating bands will take place in the series scheduled for March 15-23 at The Granfalloon.

To be considered, applicants must have a minimum of three performing band members with at least one member playing a live musical instrument such as keyboards, drums, bass, or guitar. Applicants may have a DJ on stage playing backing tracks, but there must be at least one other accompanying instrumentalist, as well. All bands must reside within 50 miles of the City of Chattanooga.

Up to six bands will compete in the preliminary rounds each night, performing a 15-minute set of primarily original music. One cover song is allowed per performance. The winner for each preliminary night will be chosen by audience vote, receive a cash prize of $300,  and advance to the finals on April 6. The winning act will be chosen by a panel of music industry professionals and Nightfall Concert Series representatives. The winner will receive $1,000 as well as other prizes.

Registration can be found here.

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