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.

    The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 21 at noon at the Karns Senior Center (8042 Oak Ridge Hwy).  Speaker: J.D. Faulconer, CTE (Career and Technical Education) Facilitator for Knox County Schools.  He will speak about the programs available for students in the trades and how local businesses can get involved.

    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.  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.

    NWKBPA Officers

    President: R. Larry Smith
    Vice-President: Cassie Kiestler
    Secretary: Scott Shoffner
    Treasurer: Andrew Hartung, CPA