Nearly 30 people showed-up at Vienna Coffee in Downtown Maryville Monday night for the “Beer, Books and Business Experience” meet-up.
It was the latest event organized by the Blount County-focused “Sky City Initiative” and featured a discussion of The E-Myth book. Written by Michael Gerber and with the subtitle of “Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It,” the book provided a great backdrop for a more than 90-minute lively discussion facilitated by K.C. Williams, Director of the Blount County Public Library.
This was the latest event in a series of activities sponsored by the “Sky City Initiative” team that launched its efforts a year ago. In an article last April in teknovation.biz announcing the effort, Jeremy Laduke, Founder of Epic Nine, a local Maryville business, said, “Our goal is to build a culture of awareness and connectedness for entrepreneurship in Blount County. We just want to know what entrepreneurs need to thrive.”
During a large group discussion and later within smaller groups, the attendees shared ideas on a variety of topics that stifle or accelerate the growth of small businesses. Pictured below are: (1) Lane Shuler of LeConte Realty kicking-off the event; (2) Williams facilitating the discussion, sometimes just managing a number of people who wanted to talk and at other times cajoling attendees to respond; and (3) Rachel Buchanan of the Blount Partnership (center right) making a point.