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Ron & Sonja Bennett of Elite Manufacturing & Professional Services

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Ron Sonja Bennett KOSBE 2014 Success Story

Founded in late 2011 by the owners, Ron and Sonja Bennett, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services specializes in recruiting and staffing to provide flexible workforce solutions for clients in the manufacturing, construction and professional industries. The owners have over 45 years combined experience in the industry and are natives of the Kingsport area.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office has been working with Elite since the startup stage, when the company was still just a little more than an idea. The owners had signed a lease, but had not yet decided exactly what products or services would be offered.

The TSBDC worked with Elite to help them develop their business plan, find the right customers, and learn what it takes to build a lasting business. After the company was established, the TSBDC further helped the client to become a Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise through the Tennessee Uniform Certification Program.

Recently Elite was awarded the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce KOSBE – New Business Award. After only 18 months, the company currently has more than 30 regular customers and more than 100 employees. Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services is now eager, ready and able to pursue both corporate and government contracting opportunities in the State of Tennessee.

“There are a number of exciting opportunities on the horizon for Elite and our employees and we continue to be passionate about our business, our employees, our customers, our community, and The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office.”

There are a number of exciting opportunities on the horizon for Elite and our employees and we continue to be passionate about our business, our employees, our customers, our community, and The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office.

Ron & Sonja Bennett

Owners, Elite Manufacturing & Professional Services

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