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Square One co-working space opens in Erwin

Photo above: Brian Tapp and Tyler Engle     The town of Erwin Tuesday opened its first co-working space, branded "Square One."     "When you combine Erwin fiber and a really cool workspace, you get Square One," said Lee Brown, general manager of Erwin Utilities, which partnered with the Joint Economic Development Board of Unicoi County to create the town's first co-working environment.     "So many people w ...

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Ballad begins eliminating redundant positions

Photo above: Ballad Health Chairman Alan Levine   Ballad Health is in the process of eliminating around 150 jobs.  The positions affected by elimination of duplicative jobs include senior-level executives as well as middle management and front-line team members.  An additional 49 empty positions have already been eliminated through attrition. At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Ballad Chairman and ...

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NFIB: Small business optimism historically high

The small business optimism index reached its 16th consecutive month in the top five percent of 45 years of survey readings, according to the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends survey, released today. The 104.7 March reading, down from 107.6 in February, remains among the highest in survey history and for the first time since 1982, taxes received the fewest number of votes as the number one problem. Taxes ...

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VCEDA Closes up to $600,000 Loan for Apex Leasing

Photo above: VCEDA Executive Director/General Counsel Jonathan Belcher, right, presents a ceremonial check for the Apex Leasing project in Buchanan County. From left are Jay Rife, Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority; Joe Gary Street and Pete Savage, West River/Apex Leasing; and Belcher.   On March 29 VCEDA closed an up to $600,000 loan for Apex Leasing Corporation, an affiliate of West Riv ...

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Sunset Digital Opens Office in Tazewell County

Rural broadband service provider Sunset Digital Communications announced recently it will open a new branch office in Tazewell, Va., to house support teams for its Virginia customers in the Tazewell, Russell, Buchanan, Wythe and Bland county areas. The new project in Tazewell is expected to create at least 50 new jobs. The announcement was made by Sunset's Paul and Ryan Elswick at the Tazewell Town Office. ...

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Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities Chapter announces Food City 500 Fundraising Events

The Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC-Bristol) is geared up for the upcoming Food City 500 race weekend. SCC-Bristol will hold numerous fundraisers throughout race week to benefit thousands of children in the community. Some of SCC’s opportunities include Track Laps, the annual SCC dinner presented by Tele-Optics, Meade Tractor Cornhole Classic, Bristol Ultimate Experiences Online Auctio ...

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New River Hardwoods to invest $3.8 million in Carter County facilities

New River Hardwoods, Inc. officials recently announced the lumber company will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain. New River plans to create around 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. The company will install new equipment and convert its Roan Mountain log yard into a lumber manufacturing facility. “I’d like to thank New River Hardwoods for investing in Roan Mountain a ...

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Outstanding Branding: What several of the region’s best brands do better than the rest

Photo above: Wynne Tyree, CEO Smarty Pants By Scott Robertson Most people know great branding from merely good branding. And in our media-savvy culture, even kids can tell good branding from bad. The tough part – especially for a business owner trying to brand a product, service or company – is knowing how to create a great brand. For most of us, great branding is analogous to the late U.S. Supreme Court Ju ...

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The increasingly senior-centric economy: What today’s demographics mean for business in the region

First in a two-part series by Don Fenley and Scott Robertson This is not your father’s economy. Well, actually, if your father is a Baby Boomer, it is. It is the economy his generation is about to dominate. And few places in America is that more true than Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In examining demographics and economics, it first must be stated that the population is growing worldwide. The ...

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From outdated to state-of-the-art: Master Precision Machining brings heritage Kingsport tool and die operation up to speed

Photo above: Tim Stanley and Adam Newsome Photos by Gabriel Logan By Gabriel Logan Taking a look at Master Precision Machining (Master) today, it’s hard to recognize the 30-year-old tool and die operation that was slogging along in Kingsport’s Regional Park just a few months ago. “This place has been here since 1988” Tim Stanley, COO says. “We came in last year, bought it, closed in August and made a bunch ...

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