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UT Martin REED Center to host free speaker series Oct. 3-Nov. 14


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center will host a free seminar series called “Small Business Basics – Ask the Expert” for local business owners from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 14. Seminar costs are covered by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

Beau Pemberton, an attorney with Bradberry and Pemberton, will begin the series with a session titled “Your Attorney Knows Best” on Oct. 3. Pemberton is a 2005 graduate of UT Martin and a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He began his private practice shortly after finishing law school and focuses on estate planning and probate, elder law, criminal defense, domestic relations, real estate, and business and municipal law.

Landy Fuqua, director of the REED Center, will host the Oct. 10 session titled “What is in a business plan?” She assists small and prospective business owners by providing a comprehensive source for solutions to create, manage, expand and sustain local businesses. Fuqua is a certified small business counselor and a UT Martin alumna, as well as a graduate of both the WestStar and Weakley County leadership programs.

Elizabeth Pritchett, director of sales and marketing at Center Point Business Solutions in Union City, will focus on “Money-Making Marketing Strategies” during the Oct. 17 session. Pritchett has 18 years of experience working with various types of businesses, from publicly-held corporations to small business partnerships. She is a UT Martin alumna, a member of the Martin Business Association, and a graduate of both the WestStar and Weakley County leadership programs.

Darlene Adkins, lecturer of accounting at UT Martin, will facilitate the Oct. 24 seminar on “Your CPA – A Key to a Better Return.” Adkins has more than 20 years of experience in various accounting and auditing positions and has served as senior auditor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. She joined the UT Martin faculty in 2011 after spending two years accounting at the first all-women’s college in Kuwait. She has also worked in the health-care, non-profit and retail industries.

Dr. Sean Walker will host a session Nov. 7 on “Ending the Cold War in your Workplace: Practical Tips for Resolving Conflict.” Walker is an associate professor in the UT Martin Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems and focuses primarily on the impact of psychological phenomena on human resources and organizational behavior. He is also both a licensed minister and mediator and has extensive experience helping parties reach mutually acceptable agreements when faced with conflict.

Dr. Joey Mehlhorn, Gilbert Parker Chair of Excellence at UT Martin, will discuss “Finding and Profiling Customers” on Nov. 14. This session will focus on using traditional sales calls, client referrals and product pitches to attract new customers and close a deal. Mehlhorn joined the UT Martin faculty in 2003 and teaches a variety of subjects, including strategic and risk management for the graduate program in agriculture and natural resources.

All sessions will be held at the REED Center at 406 S. Lindell St. in Martin. There will be no seminar Oct. 31.

Visit to register for any session. For more information, contact the center at 731-587-7333.


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