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  • Jason Duncan | Future Vision Energy Inc.

    Jason Duncan | Future Vision Energy Inc.

    Jason Duncan contacted the TSBDC at Volunteer State Community College for assistance in growing a new business startup. Jason had recently started Future Vision Energy and was looking for business development assistance including information on business structure and marketing and hiring personnel.

    Future Vision Energy specializes in lighting retrofits and HVAC…click to read more

    Anthony Evans | Evans Painting and Pressure Cleaning Systems

    Anthony Evans | Evans Painting and Pressure Cleaning Systems

    After several years of mentoring and encouragement, Anthony Evans started his own professional painting business in 1989. He expanded his business with a shop for painting cabinets and furniture and for housing equipment and supplies. With no written business plan, no marketing plan and only what business management skills he…click to read more
    Lisa Davidson | Sweetberry, Inc.

    Lisa Davidson | Sweetberry, Inc.

    Lisa Davidson first became a client of TSBDC at Austin Peay in June 2010. She opened her first shop, Sweetberry, in June 2011. It is a self-service frozen yogurt business in Clarksville, Tennessee, located on the main business thoroughfare, Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

    Sweetberry, Inc. became so popular that Lisa opened a…click to read more

    Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel | Bliss and Bliss Home

    Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel | Bliss and Bliss Home

    Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel have never been ones to let obstacles slow them down. The married owners of bliss and bliss Home opened their first shop in 2003 at the height of Market Square infrastructure reconstruction. However, they wanted to be part of the revitalization of downtown Knoxville and…click to read more

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