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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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    • Shabarbara Best-Everett | Words from the Heart Publishing Company

      Shabarbara Best-Everett | Words from the Heart Publishing Company

      Ms. Best-Everett has authored 12 books, is a noted publisher, motivational speaker and an advocate for anti-bullying and suicide prevention. She attributes her success to the counseling and training provided by the TSBDC at Austin Peay State University. The TSBDC was instrumental in assisting this business primarily through the development of a comprehensive marketing plan.
    • 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 and recommended that Mr. Pointer
    • Lisa L. Bisese | Street Legal Industries, Inc.

      Lisa L. Bisese | Street Legal Industries, Inc.

      Founded in 1994, Street Legal Industries, Inc. is a woman-owned, Small Business Administration (SBA) certified HUBZone small business. The company provides Professional Infrastructure Support Services to federal and commercial entities. This year the company was able to secure contracts with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Highway Administration, Blue Ridge Parkway and Lackland AFB. In 2013,
    • 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 Market Square needed retail. Often

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