Northwest Knox Business and Professional Association

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    Northwest Knox Business and Professional Association

    Welcome to the website of the Northwest Knox Business and Professional Association (NWKBPA)!  The mission of the Association is to promote the common interest of businesses in Northwest Knox County, Tennessee, by strengthening business and community relationships and supporting activities that promote this area as a desirable place to live, work, and shop.

    Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at noon at Karns High School (2710 Byington Solway Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931).  We will be getting a tour of the Karns High School Culinary Department and a meal prepared by the students.  The cost is $10.00 cash per person and reservations will be capped at 30 people.  There will be no walk ins.  Meet at noon in the main entrance and you will be escorted to the classroom.  Alisa Pruett must hear from you and anyone in your offices who plan on attending NO LATER than Sunday, 4/15 at 5:00 p.m. as the final number for participants must be turned in first thing Monday morning.  To attend, you need to reply to Alisa Pruett at, so she can get you on the list.

    What is the NWKBPA?

    The NWKBPA is active in organizing and promoting events that showcase local businesses and benefit the entire community, including the annual Karns Community Fair and Parade, local community and beautification projects, networking events, the Businessperson of the Year Award, and the Karns Christmas Parade.  Building on the work done previously by the Karns Business Association, the NWKBPA has branched out to now include support for business, school,  and community improvements in not only Karns, but also Ball Camp, Cedar Bluff, Solway, and Hardin Valley.


    As a NWKBPA member, you have many opportunities to interact with your target audience, build strong relationships with others, and expand your own knowledge and skill set.  By building connections with other members and the community at-large, you can increase sales, create strategic alliances and broaden your sphere of influence.


    The NWKBPA monthly meetings are held every third Thursday of each month (except August).  Check this website or the outdoor sign near the Karns Library to find out where the next meeting will be held.  Meetings typically start at noon, though they sometimes begin at 6 p.m. to accommodate people who cannot attend a lunch meeting. Meetings tend to last an hour. Time is available before and after the meetings to network, build relationships, and share ideas.

    Want to become a member?

    If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit our membership page to print and mail your application with a check.  Questions?  Call R. Larry Smith at (865) 679-4106.