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Southwest TN Community College TSBDC executive director, Rory Thomas, selected by network as 2014 State Star Award recipient. Find out more
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  • Donna Burks | DLB Cleaning Services LLC

    Donna Burks | DLB Cleaning Services LLC

    “Every day, I still feel like I’m living out my dream,” says Donna Burks, owner of DLB Cleaning Services LLC. Her Ooltewah-based business has clients in Cleveland, Chattanooga, and surrounding communities. With a background in healthcare, Donna decided to form a business providing public and private sector cleaning services in…click to read more
    Evelyn and Donald Bonds | Pour Vous Spirits, Wine & Beer

    Evelyn and Donald Bonds | Pour Vous Spirits, Wine & Beer

    Don and Evelyn Bonds came to the TSBDC in February of 2013. They were preparing to open Pour Vous Spirits, Wine & Beer in the Indian Lake Area of Hendersonville, TN. They wanted to discuss marketing their business and review their financial pro forma review.

    The TSBDC made the recommendation to…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 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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