• KOSBE Announces Winners, 2018 KOSBE Awards

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    December 18, 2018
    Monday, December 17, 2018
    Contact: Aundrea Wilcox
    Phone: 423-392-8801

    KOSBE Announces Winners, 2018 KOSBE Awards
    Kingsport, TN—The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 KOSBE Awards:
    • 2018 Food Business Excellence – Santa Fe Mexican Grill
    • 2018 Franchise Business Excellence – Stanley Steemer
    • 2018 New Business Excellence – Taylor’s Martial Arts Academy
    • 2018 Retail Business Excellence – Just Dandy Boutique
    • 2018 Woman-Owned Business Excellence – Moon Tuxedo Sales & Rental
    • 2018 Service Business Excellence – Martin Dentistry
    • 2018 Veteran-Owned Business Excellence – Tri-Cities Orthodontic Specialists
    • 2018 Pillar of Excellence – Grant Tire & Auto
    • 2018 Construction Business Excellence – Zion Marine, Inc.
    • 2018 Young Entrepreneur Business Excellence – Haynie’s Lawn & Landscaping
    • 2018 Innovation Business Excellence –Ripper Arts Studio
    • 2018 Manufacturing Business Excellence –Zion Stone, LLC.
    • 2018 IMPACT Award – Ernie Rumsby
    Thirteen local small business award winners were announced at an awards ceremony, at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport on December 13th.
    According to Ernie Rumbsy, KOSBE Awards Head Judge and 2018 IMPACT Award Winner, “All of these local companies have demonstrated exceptional leadership, decision-making capability, creativity, innovation, honesty, integrity, passion, high standards and best practices. I'm honored to be in the company of such prestigious people, people who make a difference in this community.”
    The KOSBE Awards promote economic impact by recognizing small businesses that are leading by example and making an extraordinary contribution to the communities they do business in. The winners exemplify leadership and excellence in overcoming adversity, and a passion for helping others succeed. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to other local small businesses, and they model best practices that will progress the region as a whole.
    KOSBE Awards is sponsored by: Phil's Dream Pit, Cumberland Marketing, Millennium Auto Collision Repairs, Eastman Credit Union, Eastman, Prendergast Construction Company, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Pathway Lending, NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership, Triten Insurance, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, AdviCoach, East Tennessee Eye Care, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Fanatics 101, Honda Kingsport, The Bagel Exchange, Powell Valley National Bank, Food City, Fish Window Cleaning, Sun Trust Bank, and Bridge Pointe Real Estate.
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations: the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; STREAMWORKS; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.