Do you want to be your own boss?
These workshops are for you!!!

Skyhawk Entrepreneurial Vision Workshops are designed to turn business ideas into companies.

Workshops begin on Thursday, October 5, 2017, every Thursday for 7 weeks at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The first session begins at 4 pm - 8 pm. Sessions thereafter starts at 6 pm until 8pm. Each workshop ends with a door prize drawing for attending participants. Participants attending ALL six sessions will be eligible for a $200 prize drawing.

All sessions are FREE, including a light meal, networking opportunities, workshop materials, and open to the public with your registration below.

**PARTICIPANTS HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A DOOR PRIZE AT EACH WORKSHOP **

Sign-up HERE

This high-energy workshop series is FREE and open to the public. They are hosted at the University of Tennessee Martin College of Business & Global Affairs Building, Room 33 (View MAP).

Fall 2017 Sessions will include:

  • The Power of a Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Preparing for Tough Questions
  • Smart Social Media Marketing
  • A Business Plan That Gets Results
  • Perfecting your Pitch

Thursday, October 5th
4 – 8 pm
Guest Speaker: William Donnell - UTM CAAS Alum, Founder of Sodium Halogen, Co-Founder of theCO, is giving a high-energy workshop on THE POWER OF A STRATEGY.

Thursday, October 12th
6 – 8pm
Guest Speakers: Dr. Todd Winters, Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, and Dr. Rachna Tewari - UTM College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, are outlining strategic plannig models.

Thursday, October 19th
6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: David Hart – Alexander, Thompson and Arnold, is discussing how to prepare for difficult questions from investors.

Thursday, October 26th
6 – 8 pm
Guest Speakers: Carol Reed - Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, and Dr. Tracy Rutledge -  Professor of Communications at UTM, are providing tools for the successful growth and expansion of small businesses through the TN Smart Start Guide and Social Media Marketing Practices.

Thursday, November 2nd
6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: Rachna Tewari – UTM Assistant Professor Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, is providing tips on how to write a business plan that gets results.

Thursday, November 9th**
6 – 8 pm
Guest Speakers: Frank Holbrook, President of the NWTN Angel Fund, and Carol Reed, Executive Director, NTEC – will review how to create an executive summary and elevator pitch.

Thursday, November 16th
6 - 8 pm
Business Plan Competition for workshop participants
Prizes:
$300 – 1st Place
$200 – 2nd Place 
$100 – 3rd Place

 **$200 Prize drawing for those who attend ALL SIX SESSIONS!!


Sessions will include:

  • The Problem.
  • Solution. Benefits. Competition.
  • Your Business Model
  • Team. Progress. The Ask.
  • Travel Study Week (no workshop)
  • Pitch Workshop
  • Pitch Review
  • Pitch Night!!

AGENDA

Thursday, Februray 9, 2017
4 PM - 8 PMSpring 2017 Skyhawk Paper ADTHE PROBLEM. HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
Guest Speaker: William Donnell, Founder of Sodium Halogen, Co-Founder of theCO

Thursday, February 16, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
SOLUTIONS. BENEFITS. COMPETITION.
Guest Speaker: Tom Hendrix, Founder of the UTM Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
GO TO MARKET. YOUR BUSINESS MODEL. HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU MAKE?
Guest Speaker: Brandon Kilburn - UTM Associate Professor of Management, and Ashley Kilburn - UTM Associate Professor of Marketing

Thursday, March 2, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
TEAM. PROGRESS. THE ASK
Guest Speaker: Chuck Doss, Owner of IncoAg

The Week of March 9, 2017
NO WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
PITCH WORKSHOP- with Carol Reed
Investor Pitch Deck

Thursday, March 23, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
PITCH REVIEW

Thursday, March 30, 2017
SKYHAWK VENTURE CHALLENGE
Boling University Center, Room 206, 6PM
Guest Speaker: Chancellor Carter
More information on rules of the challenge HERE.

Skyhawk VentureChallenge SLIDER compressed

This series is sponsored by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, Launch TN, and the Northwest Tennessee Angel Fund in collaboration with the UT Martin Tom Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise and the Gil Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

For more information, please contact us.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Guest Speaker: William Donnell, Founder of Sodium Halogen, Co-Founder of theCO

Download Presentation:"The Power of A Strategy"

Purpose Exercise

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Guest Speaker: Chuck Doss, owner Inco Ag Irrigation - "Know your Market - Know your Competition"

Download Presentation: Leader-preneurship

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Guest Speakers: Frank Holbrook, and David Hart - Alexander, Thompson & Arnold - "Business Formation"

Download Frank Holbrook's Presentation: Skyhawk Business Formation

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Guest Speakers: Clifford Ragsdale Lamar II - Attorney for Butler Snow LLP, and Richard Magid - UT Research Foundation - "Intellectual Property: What is IP? How do you protect it?"

Download Mr. Lamar's Presentation: What is IP?

Download Mr. Magid's Presentation: Technology Transfer

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Guest Speakers: Jim Cochran - CEO/Principal, and Mike Craft - CFO, Valley View Agri-Systems - "Due Diligence: Now you need an investor - Looking at your business through the eyes of an investor"

Download Presentation: Acquisition Due Diligence

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guest Speakers: Frank Holbrook, Carol Reed - Executive Director Northwest TN Entrepreneur Center - "What is a Pitch? Why do I need one?"

Download NTEC Investor Pitch Template


This series is sponsored by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center, Launch TN, and the Northwest Tennessee Angel Fund in collaboration with the UT Martin Tom Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise and the Gil Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

For more information, please contact us.

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