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Entrepreneurship to be encouraged in new space!


ANDRE TEAGUE/BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Believe in Bristol Executive Director Christina Blevins talks with volunteers Friday as they prepare the agency"s new office space on Moore Street.
December 12, 2012
Check out this article in the BHC — Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 2:15 pm | Updated: 10:27 am, Tue Dec 11, 2012.

Entrepreneurship to be encouraged in new space BY DAVID MCGEE | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER TriCities.com


New office space for the Believe in Bristol organization will also serve as a small-business incubator for budding entrepreneurs and a downtown visitor’s center.

Believe in Bristol, the downtown development and promotional organization, began moving into the highly visible space at 36 Moore St. –– formerly occupied by Healing Arts Center –– a few weeks ago. Volunteers busied themselves Friday installing a projector, furniture, shelving and tidying up the 2,700-square-foot building in the shadow of the future Birthplace of Country Music museum.

It replaces the cramped 500-square-foot upstairs offices on the Tennessee side of State Street. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Tuesday.

“We needed a nice place that looks like we’re helping with economic and community development,” said Christina Blevins, Believe in Bristol’s executive

director. “We were very

thankful to have that [previous] location. It was donated for our first couple of years and then we paid a very minimal monthly rate to be there. We were able to leverage the money we saved to focus on what we wanted to become, our promotional activities and building our organization. We grew up there.”

However, that cramped space typically had boxes stacked from floor to ceiling and the meeting space was limited.

The organization applied for and received a $20,000 Virginia Enterprise Initiative grant. That money is being used to outfit a resource center for prospective and existing business owners and to host seminars and meetings.

“We want entrepreneurs and the existing businesses to believe in their business and know there are people who care and want to help,” Blevins said. “We partner with People Inc., SCORE, the colleges, the Bristol business resource center, but this is unique because it is a community-owned center.”

Anyone wishing to start a downtown business or an existing merchant can access a color copier, iMac computer and projector, or use the meeting space.

Visibility played a “huge” role in the decision to move, especially with a location next to the country music heritage center that is expected to open in August 2014.

“Throughout the week and weekends, we’re hoping to get volunteers to come in here and be that welcoming, Bristol-style, ‘How can we help you?’ kind of place,” Blevins said. “Once the museum opens, hopefully we’ll have a hotel, hopefully we’ll have a parking structure and this will be someplace to help make downtown a cool place to be.”

Entrepreneur Week
Wednesday

»Job fair, 10 a.m., Foundation event facility, 620 State St.

» Entrepreneur basics workshop, 4 p.m., 36 Moore St.

Thursday

» Mobile marketing workshop, 6 p.m., 36 Moore St.

Friday

» Believe in Bristol Christmas party, 6 p.m. 36 Moore St.

» Call (276) 644-9700 or visit http://www.believeinbristol.org for more details.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Pen's Floral to Host a Customer Appreciation Day

December 18, 2012
Pen's Floral invites everyone to drop in on Tuesday, December 18 for a Customer Appreciation Day! They will be serving cider, cookies and lots of holiday goodwill to their customers, neighbors and friends. Be sure to join them anytime between 9 am to 5 pm at 32 Moore St. in Downtown Bristol, VA.

Bristol Senior Show Choir presents MERRY CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 18, 2012
On Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30pm, the Bristol Senior Show Choir returns to the Paramount for their Christmas show that is fun for all age groups. From Santa and his friends, a snowball fight, and a toy parade, there is something in this show for everyone to enjoy. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Also encouraging donations of non-perishable food items.

Journey's End in Downtown Bristol


Journey's End 2011 Pic
December 18, 2012
On Tuesday, December 18th (inclement weather date is Thursday, December 20th) at 6:30 PM, Journey’s End will again take place in Historic Downtown Bristol! Starting at the Downtown Center and ending at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Journey’s End is our local interpretation of the Latino tradition of Las Posadas (The Inns). Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is recreated as they go from inn to inn seeking lodging. The final inn welcomes them in and celebrates their arrival. This Believe in Bristol event lasts a little more than an hour; hot chocolate, cider, cookies and gingerbread will be served. Restaurants will be taking dinner reservations, several of the downtown shops will be open and The Paramount will be host to an event. Come and celebrate Christmas in the heart of our community!
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Bristol Virginia Fire Department Presents Pride & Ownership

December 16, 2012
The Bristol Virginia Fire Department will present Pride & Ownership, a one-day leadership session by Chief (ret.) Rick Lasky, author, trainer and a 34-year veteran of the fire service. The presentation will be held on Sunday, December 16 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Bristol Virginia School Board Auditorium, 220 Lee Street, Bristol, Virginia. “While primarily focused on motivating and inspiring fire service professionals, the messages Chief Lasky delivers will also strike a chord with anyone who desires to rekindle a passion for their profession,” said Bristol Virginia Fire Chief, J.C. Bolling. **Admission to Pride & Ownership is free with a canned food donation for a local food bank. Seating is limited and registration is required. To RSVP, contact Peggy Brown, Bristol Virginia Fire Department, (276) 645-7304, via email: peggy.brown@bristolva.org.

First Christian Church presents THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 16, 2012
Celebrate the season with the beautiful sounds of First Christian and Woodlawn Baptist Church Choirs on Sunday, December 16, 7:00pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Admission is free. Patrons are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.

"It's A Wonderful Life" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

December 16, 2012
Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is sponsoring the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life" at the Paramount Theatre, Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. Mr. Rex Ward, on the Mighty Wurlitzer, and the Sullivan East Bluegrass Band and Sullivan East Barber Shop Quartet will provide music beginning at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the show. Admission is free, however, tickets are required and may be picked up at the Paramount Box Office (423-274-8920).

Appalachian Express presents A Merry Little Christmas at the Paramount

December 15, 2012
Since 1968, the Appalachian Express Chorus has been entertaining audiences with the sounds of four part Barbershop harmony. The men who comprise the Appalachian Express come from all areas of the greater Tri-Cities, and their talents have allowed the Chorus to become one of the most respected singing organizations in the region. **Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior/Students; $6 Children 12 and Under.**Show starts at 7:00pm on December 15th at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

Breakfast with Santa at K P Duty's Bank Street Location

December 15, 2012
Come hang with the Big Guy: Breakfast at 9:30am with Santa at K P Duty's Bank Street location on Saturday, December 15! You can enjoy our tasty menu: Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy, French Toast Casserole, Potatoes, Fruit and lots of fun! A family tradition since 1995. **By reservation only — call 423-764-3889. Cost is $7.95 (for children 12 and under) and $12.95 (for adults) + tax and tip.

Theatre Bristol presents Peter Pan The Avenger

December 14, 2012
Peter Pan The Avenger will be showing at Theatre Bristol on the following dates: Friday, December 14, 8pm — Saturday, December 15, 8pm — Sunday, December 16, 2pm. Directed by Daniel Potts. Starring Daniel Freeman as Peter Pan, Katelyn Morrell as Wendy, Mike Musick as Captain Hook. For more information, please check Theatre Bristol's Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheatreBristolTN?fref=ts.

P. Buckley Moss Media Event/Unveiling at the BCM/BRRR Office


"Jammin' on Piedmont" by P. Buckley Moss, 2011
December 14, 2012
Renowned artist P. Buckley Moss returns to the Tri-Cities to unveil her third and final rendering in the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion fine art series. A media event in her honor will take place at 10:30am on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Birthplace of Country Music/Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion office located at 416 State Street, Suite A, in Bristol, TN. The public is also invited to attend. **"Music at The Mural" completes the Bristol Rhythm trifecta in true P. Buckley Moss style, following 2010's "Music on State Street" and last year's "Jammin' on Piedmont". Giclee prints will be sold for $95, fine art posters are $60. For the past three years P. Buckley Moss has graciously donated her talent to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion as a fundraiser; proceeds on the sale of each print are given back to the organization. "Music at The Mural" should not be confused with the festival's annual poster artwork.
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Appalachian Authors Book Fair at the Bristol Public Library

December 14, 2012
Appalachian Authors, a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, will be having a Book Fair at the Bristol Public Library on Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, 10am-4:30pm each day. Come visit the authors and talk to them about their work. Are you a budding author? If so, bring a sample of your work. Talk to the authors about writing, publishing, and editing your work.

Believe in Bristol's Annual Christmas Party at the new Entrepreneurial IdeaSpace!

December 14, 2012
The Believe in Bristol IdeaSpace is hosting Believe in Bristol’s Annual Christmas Party. This event is open to those entrepreneurs who want to jump right in and hear firsthand about the movement happening in Historic Downtown Bristol. Meet and mingle with Believe in Bristol Board and Committee Members and see where you fit in! **Believe in Bristol office, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA, at 6pm on Friday, December 14, 2012.

Astrophotography students to exhibit work and share their enthusiasm about VI and BCM-hosted program


Andromeda Galaxy, NASA/JPL/California Institute of Technology
December 14, 2012
Birthplace of Country Music® partnered with two Virginia Intermont College professors this fall to present “Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos,” a six-week astrophotography program developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and aimed at engaging middle school children. For the past six weeks, Drs. Pearson and Turner, with the assistance of interns at the college, have worked with students from Virginia Middle School and Vance Middle School in Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. These students were introduced to a wide variety of resources in the Smithsonian’s Micro-Observatory Telescope Network, including the ability to control the robotic telescopes via the Internet and use its software to capture their versions of the cosmos. The once-a-week, two-hour sessions featured engaging astronomy and astropoetry lessons.**VI Physics Professor Chuck Pearson and Cultural Heritage and Public Arts Professor Jessica Turner will host a reception to honor the students and exhibit their work on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 5:00 pm in Harrison Jones auditorium at Virginia Intermont College. The media and public are invited to attend.The students’ chosen images, as well as their captions, poems, and reflections on the program, will be on display during the reception. Refreshments will be served. **For more information on the program and its reception, please contact Dr. Jessica Turner at jessicaturner@vic.edu or 276-466-7191.

Theatre Bristol & YMCA of Bristol TN present THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 13, 2012
The Night Before Christmas on stage on Thursday, December, 13, 5:00pm! With a cast made up of over 30 children involved in the After School Enrichment Program hosted by the YMCA, this nineteenth-century poem describes a visit from St. Nicholas to a family home and the joy that ensues from this visit. A magical show is sure to leave each audience member touched by the Christmas spirit! Admission is free although donations are always appreciated. Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.

Believe in Bristol IdeaSpace: Mobile Marketing for Today's Business Workshop

December 13, 2012
The Believe in Bristol IdeaSpace presents “Mobile Marketing for Today’s Business,” a workshop presented by Sandy Ratliff, Virginia Department of Business Assistance, at 6pm on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Small and local businesses use every tool available to grow their leads and increase business....except the one in their purse or pocket...the cell phone! The one device that people have with them everywhere can be an advantage in reaching new customers. 84% of mobile phone users use their devices to look for information about local businesses and organizations. Today’s consumers use mobile search in almost every area of their lives. Many of them use their mobile phones to find information on prices as well, even if they plan to make the actual purchase offline at your store. The challenge for area small businesses is to make sure that their online marketing efforts are “mobile friendly”. Come join us for this course and discover the different means of connecting with a prospect through a smart phone, learn how to integrate mobile marketing into your current web site, and develop a mobile marketing strategy and executive plan. **Workshop held at Believe in Bristol office, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. **Remember all events during this LAUNCH week are FREE, and there will be a drawing for a free Amazon Kindle on Thursday night!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on Sale for $40

December 12, 2012
Buy your Weekend Passes to the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion NOW at the special price of $40 through December 31, 2012. Weekend passes are $70 at the gate. BRRR will be held on September 20-22, 2013. Check out www.bristolrhythm.com for more information.

Believe in Bristol Entrepreneurial IdeaSpace: Entrepreneur Basics Workshop

December 12, 2012
The Believe in Bristol IdeaSpace presents “Entrepreneur Basics” workshop with Becky Nave, People Inc, at 4pm on December 12, 2012. Becky will discuss financing, business plans, credit and managing expenses in this workshop.This workshop is to assist you in your new business endeavor or help you run your currentbusiness more profitably. We will discuss the importance of a business plan — every business, from startups to existing businesses, has a need for business planning. Businesses that write a business plan have a 50% greater chance of success than businesses that do not. We will discuss credit and finance. What are lenders looking for? The process of managing your income and expenses is a learned financial skill. With a budget, you can make informed choices about spending and saving money. This workshop will provide insight on how to improve your credit score and the importance of usingcredit wisely. **Workshop held at the Believe in Bristol office, 36 Moore Street, Bristol, VA. **Remember all events during this LAUNCH week are FREE, and there will be a drawing for a free Amazon Kindle onThursday night!

Greater Bristol Job Fair at Foundation Event Facility

December 12, 2012
Jobs seem to be at the top of everyone’s list for Christmas. Everyone is talking about jobs, where are they, what do you need to acquire one or who can you talk to about a job. Christmas has arrived early for job seekers in the Tri-Cities in the form of a job fair. On Wednesday, December, 12, 2012 the Greater Bristol Job Fair is being hosted at the Foundation Event Facility, located at 620 State Street and is being offered free to the public. No pre-registration is required. The fair begins at 10:00 a.m. and will close at 3:00 p.m. Various employers will be on hand looking for qualified applicants to fill their many available positions; companies include Bell Helicopter, Eastman, Wellmont Health Systems, US Solutions, and many others. There will be job counselors on site to review resumes and provide recommendations to individuals for resume improvements. **Many local colleges will be on hand in the event attendees are interested in possibly entering a new field and need new skills to do so. . The Bristol Public Library’s Adult Learning Lab will also be participating in the event offering help with GED preparation, computer skills, English as a second language, college entrance exams, and more. **Skilled professionals will be present to assist and offer advice to those interested in starting their own business in today’s economy. **Scott Tollett, the bestselling author of “Bounce Forward” will be speaking at the event. Tollett has successfully navigated six major career crises while also increasing his job responsibilities, influence and compensation at the same time. He will be sharing his first-hand experiences and will outline his job search formula in a clear, yet practical way. Tollett will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. **Prepare for success and wear proper business attire, remember first impressions count, bring copies of your resume, and arrive with a positive attitude. **For more information about the event contact Kristi Haulsee 423-652-0184 or Michael Parker at 423-279-7193.

BCM Enters the Blogosphere

December 12, 2012
From outer space to cyber space, Birthplace of Country Music is taking its Smithsonian affiliation — and its brand — to astronomically creative heights. In January the BCM catapults into the blogosphere, chronicling a new frontier of goings-on and behind-the-scenes progress being made by the organization working to complete Bristol's Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The new blog will launch with the New Year, appearing weekly on Fridays starting January 4, 2013 on the BCM's website, www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org. Sarah Tollie, former Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion intern and new BCM employee, has been on the ground floor of development for the Museum for the past several months. Tollie will serve as the blog's voice, chronicling her experiences every step of the way.
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BRRR's 2013 Holly Jolly Christmas Reveal of BRRR artists for 2013!

December 12, 2012
Remember Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion begins its daily reveal of artists playing the 2013 festival on Wednesday, December 12. Don't forget to log on to www.BristolRhythm.com, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, daily through December 23rd and add a bit of musical cheer to your holiday season!

Upcoming Events

Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery: Pat Lehmkuhl and Carl Jenkins

December 01 - 31, 2012

Solo show by King College photography student Jessany Bowman at CityMug

December 01 - 31, 2012

December Holiday Storytime, Various Youth Activities, and the Nevermore Book Club at the Bristol Public Library

December 01 - 31, 2012

Pinterest Project Saturdays starting at blowfish emporium

December 01 - 31, 2012

City Mac Workshops Every Day!

December 01 - 31, 2012

King College's 2012 High School Photo Contest Exhibition at Bristol Public Library

December 03 - 29, 2012

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Passes on Sale for $40

December 04 - 31, 2012

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Day Passes on Sale Now

December 06, 2012 - August 31, 2013

Theatre Bristol presents Peter Pan The Avenger

December 07 - 16, 2012

BRRR's 2013 Holly Jolly Christmas Reveal of BRRR artists for 2013!

December 12 - 23, 2012

Greater Bristol Job Fair at Foundation Event Facility

December 12, 2012

Believe in Bristol Entrepreneurial IdeaSpace: Entrepreneur Basics Workshop

December 12, 2012

Henry Lingarud at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 13, 2012

Theatre Bristol & YMCA of Bristol TN present THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 13, 2012

Believe in Bristol IdeaSpace: Mobile Marketing for Today's Business Workshop

December 13, 2012

Appalachian Authors Book Fair at the Bristol Public Library

December 14 - 15, 2012

Well Dogs at O'Mainnin's

December 14, 2012

Folk Soul Revival at 620 State

December 14, 2012

Believe in Bristol's Annual Christmas Party at the new Entrepreneurial IdeaSpace!

December 14, 2012

P. Buckley Moss Media Event/Unveiling at the BCM/BRRR Office

December 14, 2012

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

December 14, 2012

Astrophotography students to exhibit work, share enthusiasm about VI and BCM-hosted program

December 14, 2012

Wine Tasting at Inari Wines

December 15, 2012

Wolf Creek at 620 State

December 15, 2012

Appalachian Express presents A Merry Little Christmas at the Paramount

December 15, 2012

Lonley H at O'Mainnin's

December 15, 2012

Breakfast with Santa at K P Duty's Bank Street Location

December 15, 2012

"It's A Wonderful Life" at the Paramount Center for the Arts

December 16, 2012

First Christian Church presents THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 16, 2012

Bristol Virginia Fire Department Presents Pride & Ownership

December 16, 2012

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 17, 2012

606 State Street Jammers at 606 State Street Gallery

December 17, 2012

Unplugged Open Mic at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 18, 2012

Pen's Floral to Host a Customer Appreciation Day

December 18, 2012

Bristol Senior Show Choir presents MERRY CHRISTMAS at the Paramount

December 18, 2012

Journey's End in Downtown Bristol

December 18, 2012

Last Call at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 19, 2012

Ryan Ward at O'Mainnin's Pub

December 20, 2012

Beer Tasting at Inari Wines

December 21, 2012

James Meadows at State Line Bar & Grille

December 21, 2012

The End of the World Party with Farmhouse Ghost at O'Mainnin's

December 21, 2012

Barlow Gin at Borderline Billiards

December 22, 2012

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