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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
City Offers Small Business Workshops

November 8, 2006 - The Small Business Workshop Series, developed by the city's Equal Business Opportunity Program (EBOP), will assist in increasing the capacity of minority, women and small business employers.

The series is free, but registration is required. Register by calling Joshalyn Hundley at 865-215-3867 or 865-215-3966. You can also fax your basic information to 865-215-2085 or send an email to jhundley@cityofknoxville.org.

Listed below are dates and times for the series.


Are you aware of the basic laws regarding owning a business? Should you operate as a sole proprietor, a corporation , or an LLC? What is an LLC any way? What is an S Corporation and what does it have to do with your business? This workshop will answer these and other questions , and will let you know about resources available in Knoxville to get legal help for your business.

November 14, 2006
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SunTrust Bldg. on Hill Ave.
2nd Floor Boardroom

January 18, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SunTrust Bldg. on Hill Ave.
2nd Floor Boardroom

These workshops will be taught by Associate Professor Paulette J. Williams . She has many years as a legal aid attorney in New York City before joining the UT College of Law faculty. She has also worked in a corporate general counsel’s office and as a housing development attorney. Professor Williams has agreed to offer her time and knowledge as a service to the business community.

Every business needs capital. Have you established a successful banking relationship? Are you aware of the various types of business loans available? You invest more than money into your company and these workshops will enlightened or validate your efforts. Do your homework before meeting with a banker

December 5, 2006
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SunTrust Bldg. on Hill Ave.
2nd Floor Boardroom

January 25, 2007
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SunTrust Bldg. on Hill Ave.
2nd Floor Boardroom

Ron Nesbitt Vice President of Business Banking will facilitate these workshops. Mr. Nesbitt has been in banking for 10 plus years. As a servant leader, Ron’s objective is to provide information that will assist you in growing your business.

The City and HUD will host a seminar on Doing Business with the Federal Government. The US Government buys more than $800 billion of products and services each year making it the world’s biggest customer.

"According to Sher Valenzula a government contracting expert with Grow USA , only 5% of America’s small businesses call the government their client. The figure is so small she says because most small businesses either don’t know about the opportunities that are out there or they think they’re too small to be taken seriously. (Black Enterprise August 2006 p.65 "Get Your Bid Noticed")."

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Mark J. Brezina, HUD Field Office Director, and the City of Knoxville are designing the seminar with the understanding that a successful strong business community is an integral component of the City’s and the Federal Government’s overall mission of job creation , community empowerment and economic revitalization.
For Immediate Release
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