• Entrepreneurship is for all majors!
  • Explore entrepreneurship as a career.
  • Experience what it is like to start or own a business!

Skyhawk Venture Challenge Workshop Series

100 Business Administration

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7227


Dr. Ross N. Dickens, Dean

Skyhawk Venture Challenge Workshop Series

  • Entrepreneurship is for all majors!
  • Explore entrepreneurship as a career.
  • Experience what it is like to start or own a business!

Please register for the program by clicking this link. This will allow us to plan to have enough meals available.



The Skyhawk Venture Challenge Workshop Series begins September 27. This is the latest series of free workshops that will provide a platform for gaining a more comprehensive understanding of how to create a sustainable, growing, and scalable business.
Workshops begin on Thursday, September 27, 2018, and will continue every Thursday until November 15 (excluding October 11 and October 25) at the University of Tennessee at Martin, College of Business and Global Affairs, Room 33. The first session begins at 4pm ending at 8pm, with each session thereafter beginning at 5:30pm, ending at 8pm.

To set the stage for the series of workshops, the first night will feature a high energy workshop – "The Power of Strategy" presented by William Donnell, Founder of Sodium Halogen Web Design and UTM College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences alumni. His workshop exercises are similar to those he recently gave to White House staffers.

Each workshop will close with a door prize drawing for attending participants. Participants attending ALL six sessions will be eligible for a $200 prize drawing.

Each session includes a light meal, networking opportunities, workshop materials, and is open to the public. To register please click on the link above.

The final night (November 15) will feature the Skyhawk New Venture Business Plan contest. The spirit of the contest is to give the workshop participants feedback concerning their business ideas while in the early stages of business model development. The contestants will have expert feedback and the opportunity to fine tune their ideas, ultimately leading to the successful creation of a new business.

Over the span of six meetings, participants will learn from expert presentations from experts in entrepreneurial operations. Topics will include how to: identity the target market; determine the capacity of the business to survive in this market; branding a business; social media supporting branding; cash flow as a part of planning for a business; and how to view a business through the eyes of potential investors. The presentations will explain how to move from an idea to a functioning business.

“We have a strong group of speakers who want to lead entrepreneurial groups in setting a course of success in operation of a company,” said Tommy Cates, the Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise at University of Tennessee at Martin.

These entrepreneurial groups will receive beneficial information to help create high-quality business ventures that will benefit our rural communities’ economic development” said Dr. Joseph Mehlhorn, Parker Chair of Excellence.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Tommy Cates
Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence In Free Enterprise
216A Business Building

Dr. Joeseph Mehlhorn
Gill Parker Chair of Excellence in Agriculture
254 Brehm Hall