Did you know that on average, an estimated 1.3 million business trips occur each day in the United States? In fact, The Global Business Travel Association pegs the number of business trips taken annually in the U.S. at 488 million. It’s true. A staggering number of people hit the roads and fly the friendly skies for business purposes each year, but one of every seven travelers has missed a flight in the past 12 months. Why? Long airport security lines and delays relating to lack of preparedness on the part of travelers who say they missed their flight, or were unable to board and were left behind. What does this mean for small business owners? A missed flight is not just lost money, it can also mean lost time, lost opportunity, lost business, not making it to a client meeting, missing an important convention and, among other things, needless stress. Is there a way to make business travel hassle-free, cut losses and make it safely to your destination with energy and a positive outlook? Absolutely, there is! Kristi Haulsee, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development at Tri-Cities Airport Authority will help you save money, time and effort on your next business trip. Haulsee will discuss the ins and outs of: v Before booking the flight v Preparing for flight v Flying through security v Air travel safety tips A light and healthy lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Speaker(s): Kristi Haulsee - Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, Tri-Cities Airport Authority Co-Sponsor(s): The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), The Kingsport Chamber The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Aditi Bhave — 423.392.8825; firstname.lastname@example.org; 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660.