Small Business Winners Announced for the 2014 KOSBE Awards

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KINGSPORT  The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) recognized 12 winners during the 20th annual KOSBE Awards held at Ridgefields Country Club, on Thursday, December 11.

The winning businesses and the categories in which they won were:

• Appville 101, Multi Business
• Bakers Jewelry, Business Excellence Under 10 Employees
• Boehm Landscape Management, Business Excellence Over 10 Employees
• Branded., Young Entrepreneur
• CrossFit Kingsport, CrossFit Johnson City, & Fit Life Fundraising, Expanded Revenue Model
• Jennings Group, Gazelle Growth
• Johnson City Ballroom, New Business
• Landmark GIS, Emerging Technology
• Millennium Auto Collision, Woman-Owned
• Sleepy Owl Brewery, Small Manufacturer
• Carl Matherly of The Nutty Java and Kings Korner, IMPACT
• Sam Anderson, Caped Crusader

*Photograph of winners taken by Mickey Baker Photography

“Congratulations to all the winners and contenders who voluntarily put themselves under the microscope of our panel of judges. Our judges deliberated for many hours before reaching their decision, which is never easy  especially when everyone is putting on their best show in the panel interview,” said Aundrea Wilcox, executive director of KOSBE. “Once again, they have done a fabulous job choosing the best businesses to represent our region.”

Gerald OConnor, Founder and President of Impact Plastics in Ewrin, Tenn., spoke at the event.

KOSBE Awards sponsors included CenturyLink, Cumberland Marketing, Dykes Trucking, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil’s Dream Pit, ChamberZone, East Tennessee Eye Care, Eastman Chemical Co., Food City, Hair Benders Salon, Hunter Smith & Davis Attorneys at Law, Mickey Baker Photography, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, Pathway Lending, Kingsport Times-News, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, VIP Seen Magazine, Holston Valley Broadcasting Group, AccelNow, Advicoach, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Fish Window Cleaning, Hillhouse Graphic Design, SunTrust Bank, and The Angel Roundtable.

KOSBE Awards event partners included Action Rentals and Sales, Express Signs, Flowers by Coppercreek, Holston Distributing, Lake Pointe Advertising and Awards, Pristine Springs, and The Club at Ridgefields.

About KOSBE Awards

Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area.  To learn more, please visit www.kosbeawards.org.

About KOSBE

The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by acquiring or creating and developing the right tools and resources (i.e., KOSBE.org, Mobile App KOSBE 2.0®, SBDCNet®, GrowthWheel®, ProfitCents®, ReferenceUSA®) and cultivating the right partnerships (i.e., Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Kingsport Office of Foreign Investment & Trade (KOFIT), AccelNow Northeast Tennessee Accelerator).

To learn more, please call 423-392-8811, or visit www.kosbe.org.