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KINGSPORT – Public Art Kingsport and the Carousel Project are seeking volunteer painters to help with painting of scenes for the Rounding Boards of the Carousel.‚  ‚  Scenes from the Kingsport area will be included in 24 different boards mounted on the rounding boards at the top of the carousel.‚ 

‚ Ellen Elmes and Cindy Saadeh will share duties as lead artists for the rounding boards.‚  Ellen Elmes is the artist for the Kingsport history mural and Pals mural and has completed many community projects throughout the region.‚  Cindy Saadeh is owner of the Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery in downtown Kingsport, well recognized for her own art and art classes. 

Ellen and Cindy will host an orientation and workshop on Saturday, March 3 12:30 PM at the Lynn View Community Center Cafeteria.‚ The first hour of the meeting will be an orientation session for getting acquainted with one another and with the rounding boards volunteer painting project. For those who are interested and able to stay longer, a workshop session will begin, following orientation, that will include a hands-on exercise of painting foliage and, time permitting, participant involvement in the preparation of the rounding board canvases. This workshop session will conclude no later than 4:00 PM.

The Lynn View Community Center is located at 257 Walker Street just off Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport, TN.‚  Participants will be asked to pay $50 (tuition) per student to‚ offset the costs of paints and other materials. Volunteers will need to furnish their own brushes.  Volunteer painters will be eligible for a refund of their $50 tuition when their rounding board has been sponsored.‚  Volunteer painters along with the sponsors will‚ be recognized prominently in the finished carousel building.Carousel_News_1 

For more information call 423-392-8416 or www.EngageKingsport.com

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KINGSPORT – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a free Small Business International Trade Class ‚¬ Overcoming Trade Barriers on Tuesday, March 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, 300 W. Market Street, Room #332, downtown Kingsport.

The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.

About 30 percent of non-exporters say they would export if they had information on how to get started, such as best markets, potential buyers, and export procedures, said Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office. Exporting is another way to substantially increase revenue, profits and customer base.‚  Foreign companies are already competing in your domestic market, so why limit your sales to local and national markets?‚ 

Whether you sell widgets or services, exporting can be a viable option to help you gain access to new markets.‚ 

For instance, the top four exports for the State of Tennessee are Transportation Equipment, Chemicals, Computer and Electronic Products, and Miscellaneous Manufactured Commodities, but professional services, technology, engineering, law and architectural firms export services around the world every day also.‚ 

This course for beginners will address some of the primary challenges faced by those wishing to source and sell goods around the world.‚  In addition, you will learn about assistance available at little or no cost through the U.S. Commercial Service, chambers of commerce, other government agencies and private partners.‚ 

This course will provide an overview of the TNTrade Market Access Program (MAP), a new statewide initiative created by the State of Tennessee Office of Economic and Community Development to help small- and mid-sized companies expand into new markets.‚  Information will be distributed on how businesses can receive grant funds for expenses related to export sales and marketing activities.

You will benefit from the advice of industry leaders, who have expertise in international trade, market research resources, and finance.

Presenters include: Iliff McMahan, junior regional director northeastern region with State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development; SunTrust Bank; and Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by March 5, 2012. Anyone interested can‚ register online at kosbe.org or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit kosbe.org.

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your‚ free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail, mmclain@kosbe.org.‚ ‚ 

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe ‚¬ The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.

Green and Growing

Lunchtime Gardening Seminars

First 3 Thursdays in March

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Kingsport Public Library, Mead Auditorium
Free Admission
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March 1 – From English Cottage to Italian Gardens, Create the Space of Your Dreams with help from Kerrie Sluder, Agriculture/FFA instructor at Dobyns-Bennett High School and Kingsport Times-News gardening columnist.

March 8 – Hydrangea Cultivars Roy Odom, who holds a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape and is a Kingsport Times-News gardening columnist, will offer information on the new hydrangea cultivars that have been released in recent years, as well as tips on their successful cultivation.

March 15 – Invasive Plants in our Gardens Learn about non-native invasive plants and native plant alternatives with Dr. Kathleen Beine, family physician and researcher, consultant and advocate for healthier communities.

Presented by:

Keep Kingsport Beautiful

Kingsport Public Library

Southern Appalachian Plant Society

Sullivan County Extension

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For more information about this event, contact Robin Cleary at (423) 392-8814 or rcleary@kingsportchamber.org.

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KINGSPORT – The Downtown Kingsport Association would like to invite you to attend “Spring for Downtown” on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 10:00am until 5:30pm. During this event, all of the shops in Downtown Kingsport will be holding sales promoting spring items. So, come out for Spring for Downtown and help support downtown Kingsport businesses.

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host a free Small Business Sources of Capital Class – Show Me the Money! on Thursday, March 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Morristown Chamber of Commerce, 825 W. 1st North St., Morristown.

The workshop is offered free of cost, but registration is required.

Too many small businesses are undercapitalized from the onset, and too many fail because they underestimate their short-term and long-term cash needs. This short-course is a quick introduction to the different types of small business financing options available to startups and existing businesses looking to expand.‚ 

This class will cover traditional sources of financing such as personal and business loans via local banks, as well as unconventional options such as retirement savings, grants, competitive awards, leasing options, purchase order financing, credit arrangements, peer-to-peer lending, venture capital firms, angel investors and more.‚ 

One big mistake small business owners make is pursuing business financing too soon and asking for too much or too little said, ‚ Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE. ‚ We will show you how to calculate your needs using free online business tools and calculators that will help you prepare for backing whether youve been in business 10 weeks or 10 years.

Loan programs to be discussed will include but are not limited to: SBA 7(a), Microloan, and CDC/504 Loan Guaranty Programs; State of Tennessees Rural Microloan Loan Programs, and Pathway Lending Small Business Loans and Energy Efficiency Loans.

Presenters include: Jacqueline Merritt, economic development specialist with the U. S. Small Business Administration, Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE and Phil Black, program director for Pathway Lending.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by March 12, 2012. Anyone interested can‚ register online at kosbe.org or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit kosbe.org.

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your‚ free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail, mmclain@kosbe.org.‚ ‚ 

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe ‚¬ The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.

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KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Athletics Department will be holding a Free Throw Contest for city elementary school students at the V.O. Dobbins Sr Complex March 6 – March 13.

WHO: 4th & 5th Grade Boys and Girls

WHEN:‚ 

First Round

Tuesday, March 6th‚¬â€ 4th Graders (Boys & Girls)

Wednesday, March 7th‚¬â€ 5th Graders (Boys & Girls)

Thursday, March 8th‚¬â€‚  First Round Make Up Date for those who‚ could not make Tuesday or Wednesday

Championship Round

Tuesday, March 13th‚¬â€ The top shooters from each school will be selected from‚ the First Round and will compete for the City Championship

LOCATION: V. O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex

TIME: 6:30pm ‚¬â€ 7:30pm:‚ ‚  Each Night

EQUIPMENT: 28.5 Ball

To register for this event please click here.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ Repair of a water line affixed to the Fort Robinson Drive Bridge will require a water outage Wednesday, February 22, 212 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. In addition, Fort Robinson Drive will be closed to through traffic between Union Street and Center Street. Residences in the immediate vicinity of Amber Street and Fort Robinson Drive may experience low-pressure or no-water pressure during repairs, which will be assisted by a team from the Kingsport Fire Department. Homeowners are advised to consider turning off their water heaters during the time period of repairs, and as always, motorists are asked to use the utmost caution in the work zone. Local traffic to Bridge Street will be permitted, but all others should seek alternative routes.

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KINGSPORT – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU and the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host two free Small Business Certification classes on Tuesday, February 21 from 9 ‚¬ 11 a.m., at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education – 300 W. Market Street – Room #130, downtown Kingsport and Friday, February 24 from 1 ‚¬ 3 p.m. at the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce, 107 E. Main Street, Suite 100, downtown Rogersville.

The workshops are offered free of cost, but registration is required.

Small Business Certifications ‚¬ Get Certified!: In this introductory course, you will learn about the different types of small business certifications and why you should get your business certified‚¬â€whether your business is minority-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, woman-owned, located in a historically underutilized business zone (HUB-Zone), or youre just plain SMALL with diminished capital and credit opportunities, i.e., an economically disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE).

The course focuses on eligibility requirements for various kinds of certifications and gives you action items to do after self-certifying or getting certified by a third-party, to improve your chances of possibly winning a government contract for your business.‚  You will also have access to real experts who will share practical tips, examples, checklists, web sites and business tools that are easy to use.

This class will be facilitated by Jacqueline Merritt, economic development specialist with the U. S. Small Business Administration and Aundrea Wilcox, sr. business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE.

Getting certified enables you to compete for significant contracts in a limited, competitive environment, said Wilcox. A true certification success story is recent KOSBE Award Winner, Dykes Trucking. In December 2011, Dykes achieved TDOT certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and immediately had the opportunity to bid on work which she was not eligible to previously.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by February 20, 2012 (Kingsport location) and by February 23, 2012 (Rogersville location). Anyone interested can‚ register online at kosbe.org or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit kosbe.org.

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBAs funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your‚ free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail, mmclain@kosbe.org.

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit tsbdc.org and kosbe.org or call (423) 392.8825. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe ‚¬ The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE – The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.

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KINGSPORT ‚¬ After several months of research and preparation, Chief Service Officer Clarence Bunky Seay unveiled Impact Kingsport Friday at the Kingsport Kiwanis meeting, issuing a challenge for recent professional retirees and other interested parties to step up to the plate to help Kingsport bolster its economic recruiting efforts.

Introduced by Mayor Dennis Phillips, who appointed Seay to the position of Chief Service Office in September, Seay presented the community with a 19-page report outlining strategies and impact metrics that will guide and gauge the upcoming volunteer effort.

Over the past five years, three of Kingsports largest employers, Eastman Chemical Company, American Glass Company, and Domtar Paper Mill have seen over‚  1,300 individuals retire, Seay noted from the report. Available data suggests that more than 200 highly-educated recent retirees from the past few years are residing in the area.‚  By linking qualified volunteers with interested companies, it is anticipated that Kingsport will have a competitive advantage in recruiting new businesses or assisting in the expansion of existing businesses.

Seay, a retired engineer from Eastman Chemical Company, noted that the basis of such volunteer service will be short term, with a major potential impact.

We are primarily interested at this time in retired engineers and business executives who would like to be involved. It would require a minimum amount of time and be on an ‚¬as needed basis. As a situation develops with a potential new or existing business, you would be contacted and invited to participate in meetings with our economic development staff and or discussions with the prospective company.

Seay noted that Kingsports Higher Education Initiative, which has resulted in a number of industry-specific programs being offered in the Academic Village in downtown Kingsport, positions the City positively, assuring potential employers of a competent, educated workforce.

Our economic development staff‚ work successfully with a broad array of industries but do not always have‚ detailed knowledge about a specific product or processes, as well as manufacturing suppliers and customers who would be logical recruiting opportunities for Kingsport, Seay said. This is where the volunteer comes into play. The purpose will be to use their personal knowledge, friendships, contacts and business knowledge to promote Kingsport as a location for the particular business.

The initiative is designed to support existing economic development initiatives, including efforts by NETWORKS Sullivan County Partnership and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

In particular, the tapping of key volunteers to impact on economic development is designed to dovetail with Gov. Bill Haslams new Jobs4TN economic development strategy, focusing on six key business clusters where Tennessee has substantial competitive advantages, while also strengthening the recruitment process and leveraging the ability of existing industries to lead the state in job creation.

The Chief Service Officer is a volunteer position, and a part of the Cities of Service program. In Kingsport, the effort is also supported by AARP.

Anyone with an interest in helping the project should drop an email to Seay at BunkySeay@kingsporttn.gov or call the citys main phone number at 229-9400 and ask for Scalf or Baker.

ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE

Founded in New York City on Sept. 10, 2009 by 17 mayors from cities around the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to working together to engage citizens in a multi-year effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. The coalition includes more than 100 mayors, representing nearly 50 million Americans. Cities of Service supports mayors to leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. All Cities of Service efforts are characterized by a concept called impact volunteering — volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress. The coalition builds on the work of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who created the nations first service plan in April 2009 and appointed the nations first municipal Chief Service Officer.

ABOUT AARP

AARP was founded on the principal of service. Since its establishment in 1958, AARP has been dedicated to delivering value to its members through service. Now, with the heightened interest in civic engagement and a new vitality around service, including the passage of the Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, AARP is well-positioned to tap into the strength of its millions of members to help solve pressing problems at the community level through the Cities of Service ‚¬ AARP Volunteer Chief Service Officer Initiative.

ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE ‚¬ AARP VOLUNTEER CHIEF SERVICE OFFICER INITIATIVE

Through collaboration between Cities of Service and AARP, the Cities of Service coalition will expand to cities with less than 125,000 residents by providing an opportunity to appoint a highly-skilled volunteer to serve as Chief Service Officer for one year, many of whom come from AARPs membership. Chief Service Officers are senior members of the mayoral leadership team and are responsible for the development and implementation of a high-impact service plan that leverages citizen service to address the citys most important challenges. In addition to appointing a volunteer Chief Service Officer, participating cities receive a $5,000 Recognition Award from AARP and technical assistance from Cities of Service to develop and implement their high-impact service plans.