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July 13, 2015 | Tom Ballard

Spark Plaza, PYA to host “Start-up Stories Knoxville” on July 30

StartupStories-KnoxvilleSpark Plaza, a Johnson City-based co-working space, and Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA) are joining forces to host something called “Start-up Stories Knoxville.” The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Avenue (entrance is through the left side doors off the flagpole courtyard area of the building).

It will be a combination reception, networking opportunity, and discussion with a handful of entrepreneurs who are at different stages of development.

“We have found this format very successful in Northeast Tennessee,” Jose Castillo says. The motivational speaker and entrepreneur is President and Spicy Guy at thinkjose, LLC, and Co-Founder of Spark Plaza. In a previous post on, Castillo discussed his interest in opening at least one co-working space in the Knoxville community where he grew-up.

“Our success in the Tri-Cities has been directly related to community, events, and space,” he said at the time. “Over the next three months, we will have three to four events in different locations around Downtown Knoxville and start to gauge interest, listen to feedback, and build a community of possible members.”

The July 30 “Start-up Stories” session is one of those events Castillo referenced.

There is no fee to attend, but those planning to do so are asked to register. Click here to do so.

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