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April 09, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Sky City “COVID-19 Business Roundtable” draws 20 participants with many questions

Twenty people participated in yesterday’s Zoom-delivered “COVID-19 Business Roundtable” hosted by Blount County’s Sky City Entrepreneur Center.

Moderated by Jeremy LaDuke of Epic Nine Web Design and Marketing and a member of the Sky City Board of Directors, the event featured a robust Q & A session focused on the specifics of federal programs available for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Panelists were Keeli Boyce, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Express Employment Professionals in Maryville; Cliff Caudill, Chairperson of the SCORE Greater Knoxville Chapter; Regina Jennings, Senior Vice President at Pinnacle Financial Partners in Maryville; and Chris Trump of Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis.

Ironically, the discussion included questions from several members of the Sky City Board who were trying to better understand the evolving rules related to areas like the “Economic Injury Disaster Loan” and the “Paycheck Protection Program” and documentation needed to comply. There were also questions around various deadlines and eligibility criteria.

The session was recorded and will be available soon on the Sky City website.

The 75-minute event was the first in an expected series of discussions that Sky City will be hosting to support entrepreneurs and other small businesses during the challenging time.

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