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A series of workshops that provide faculty, students, and community members with tools to start and grow their own businesses kicks off February 5 at UT.

The Vol Court spring 2013 program will run through March 12. The workshops will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 102 of the James A. Haslam Business Building.

The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the College of Business Administration, is hosting the program. Vol Court will offer students, UT employees, and the community the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs and business experts about the essentials of getting a company off the ground.

Workshop presenters are from various organizations throughout Tennessee, and all have experience with entrepreneurial companies.

The March 12 session will include a pitch competition in which the top presenting individual or team will win $1,000 and the second-place team will win $500. Students attending Vol Court will have the opportunity to better prepare themselves for the upcoming campus-wide Undergraduate Business Plan Competition.

Session topics are:

  • Feb. 5: How to Develop a Business Model
  • Feb. 12: Marketing to Your Customers
  • Feb. 19: Determining Your Legal Structure
  • Feb. 26: How to Choose and Set Up the Business Structure
  • March 5: Understanding Financial Statements
  • March 12: Pitch Competition

Vol Court is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union, the UT Research Foundation, Morehous Legal Group, Tennessee Alumnus magazine, and Pershing Yoakley and Associates.

To learn more about the presenters, sponsors, and each session, visit


Joy Fisher (865-974-0520,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,