Rory Thomas is 2014 State Star!
Southwest TN Community College TSBDC executive director, Rory Thomas, selected by network as 2014 State Star Award recipient. Find out more
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of Tennessee Affected by Recent Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding. Find out more... Find out more
So, You Want to Start a Business?
This video covers the basics of starting a business, and outlines how the Tennessee Small Business Development Center nearest you can help with the process! Find out more
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  • 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
    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
    John L. Pointer | Sears Home Town Store

    John L. Pointer | Sears Home Town Store

    Mr. Pointer first contacted the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) in Columbia in February 2013. The owner of the Columbia Sears Home Town Store wanted to sell the store after her husband’s death. She and her husband had opened the store three years earlier and had used TSBDC services…click to read more
    Lynda Miller | Magnolia Manor

    Lynda Miller | Magnolia Manor

    Magnolia Manor Retirement Home, an assisted living facility, is at 242 Magnolia Avenue West, McKenzie, Tennessee. The original structure was built in 1941 as a personal residence in the style of a Grecian villa. In August 2009, Lynda Miller and her husband purchased the property for $225,000. The building needed…click to read more

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