KOSBE Creates Environment for Women to Connect, Share, Learn and Create
January 24, 2017
Introducing WOW Women of Worth Tri-Cities Tennessee
KINGSPORT, Tenn., January 23, 2017 — The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) has created an environment (Woman-Owned Wednesday) for women to get together regularly, to connect with mentors and mentees, share resources and best practices, continue to learn, be creative and have fun. The WOW Women of Worth Tri-Cities Tennessee kick-off event will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 5:30 PM EST, at the Kingsport Chamber. Light refreshments will be served. Regular meetings will occur once a month, on Wednesday, with specific dates and times to be announced, since meeting dates and times will depend on the host. Women business owners are encouraged to showcase their business and move the event around the region from month to month, which gives others an opportunity to be introduced to or learn more about their business.
The agenda will be heavy on networking and issues pertaining to women in business and female entrepreneurs, and light on speakers and sales pitches. At each meeting, following a structured icebreaker activity, attendees will discuss an article or case study highlighting best practices. Participants can pick up business cards from the Exchange Place and leave information they would like to share within the network on the Information Island. Resources will be available physically on site and electronically online. All participants will be asked to complete a profile to facilitate matching and assess business needs and goals.
Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director said: “I keep hearing women say that they don’t have enough time to network at our events. Networking is a top priority of this new initiative. I want women to talk to each other and help each other. I have said over and over again that entrepreneurship is problem-solving. We have created an environment where women can get comfortable describing the products or services they sell, and brainstorm ways to grow their business. Networking should not be considered an afterthought or something to do only if time permits. Here we will make the time and we will make it count.”â€‹
KOSBE has established a Facebook support group for participants: WOW Women of Worth Tri-Cities Tennessee. A related online directory of women-owned businesses is in motion.
There is a $10/person donation requested for this event, with proceeds benefiting the KOSBE Women of Worth project. RSVP at the KOSBE event page: www.kosbe.org/events.
The event is open to all women business owners and female entrepreneurs from across the Tri-Cities (including the region comprising the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol and the surrounding smaller towns and communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia).
ABOUT WOW WOMEN OF WORTH TRI-CITIES TENNESSEE
WOW Women of Worth is a program of KOSBE. WOW is about supporting existing and aspiring female entrepreneurs and business owners. KOSBE has created an environment (Woman-Owned Wednesday) for women to get together regularly, to connect with mentors and mentees, share resources and best practices, continue to learn, be creative and have fun.
The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships.
KOSBE is proud to be the Kingsport Affiliate Office of the TSBDC at ETSU. The TSBDC Network is comprised of over 40 locations throughout the State of Tennessee, whose primary function is to provide counseling services and educational opportunities to entrepreneurs and “for profit” new and existing small businesses.
The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s 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 learn more, please call 423-392-8811, or visit www.kosbe.org.