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Ignite program receives $250,000 GO Virginia grant: Funds to bridge gap between worlds of education, employment

Photo above: Southwest Virginia teachers spend a day working at Mohawk Industries as part of the Ignite program. Photo courtesy United Way of Southwest Virginia By Scott Robertson The Ignite program of the United Way of Southwest Virginia received a $250,000 grant from Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) April 10 in Richmond. The funds will be used to fund an internship project as part of a co ...

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Choosing the right incubator or accelerator: Business is less daunting when you know where to start

Photo above: Heath Guinn, Mars Reid and John Campbell at Sync.Space. Photo by Anne Newton Part one of a two-part series By Anne Newton From business incubators that help you get started - to business accelerators that identify what you need to go to the next level - to coworker and makerspaces that offer access to equipment, technology and expertise, whatever your needs, the goal is the same: to develop a s ...

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Angela Braan: Exploiting a gap in the market – with care

Photo above: Angela Braan Photo courtesy Cassia’s Salon & Spa By Gabriel Logan In a region with a relatively low percentage of young entrepreneurs, fewer female entrepreneurs, and very few minority entrepreneurs, Angela Braan, who is a U.S. Army veteran to boot, stands out. Those uncommon qualities haven’t driven the growth of her two-and-a half year old business, Cassia’s Salon & Spa, though. That ...

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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 ...

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The increasingly senior-centric economy: How professionals are navigating the opportunities and challenges caused by the graying of the region

Second in a two-part series By Don Fenley and Scott Robertson The only major age category that is seeing notable population growth in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is the 65+ category. As was pointed out in this space in the April 2018 issue, by 2028, it is projected that one in every four residents of this region will be over the age of 64. Those numbers do not merely reflect the graying of Am ...

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Lasting impact: McGlothlin unveils latest fundraiser to benefit Mountain Mission School

Photo above: Jim McGlothlin and Tim Finchem Photos by Dave Ongie By Dave Ongie Fifty-four years ago, a young attorney showed up at Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va., to help start a basketball team. Jim McGlothlin learned three things that day, and the third lesson has made a lasting impact on countless lives. “First of all, the Mountain Mission kids didn’t know anything about basketball,” McGlothlin s ...

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YWCA honors 2018 Tribute to Women Award recipients

Nine exceptional women who actively better the quality of life for thousands in the region were honored by YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Nominated by area organizations and chosen by an independent panel of judges, the nine award recipients exemplify those working to enrich the region and were honored in categories which reflect the impact of the YWCA in the region: Nurture, Empower, and ...

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About those bills…

By Scott Robertson Back in late February and early March, publications like this one were spilling a lot of ink regarding two bills being considered in the Tennessee General Assembly. The first was a bill put forth in the Senate by District 3 State Senator Rusty Crowe. Senate Bill 2048 (and its House companion legislation, HB 2020) sought to keep the Ballad Health COPA monitor from releasing to the public i ...

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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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