KOSBE Announces Propel Mentor/Protégé Pilot Program Class Members

KOSBE Announces Propel Mentor/Protégé Pilot Program Class Members

Photo above: Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE executive director The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) has announced the inaugural Propel Mentor/Pr ...

Tennessee  Recognized Nationally for Effective Use of Data

Tennessee Recognized Nationally for Effective Use of Data

Tennessee was listed this week among five states that are leading the way in the use of data to create evidence-based results for citizens, in a report issued by the national nonpr ...

British kayak maker to open distribution center in Unicoi County

British kayak maker to open distribution center in Unicoi County

Pyranha, a maker of roto-molded canoes and kayaks based in the United Kingdom, has announced the relocation of its North American distribution facility to Erwin. Pyranha has led th ...

Northeast State names Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs

Northeast State names Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs

Northeast State Community College has named Dr. Sam Rowell vice president for Academic Affairs. Rowell has served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs since January 2017. ...

Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

It was announced on Thursday morning that Covenant Transportation Group has completed its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, CTG purchased all ...

The Business Journal Q&A: Jerry Caldwell, Andy Dietrich and Bob Feathers – Chairs, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce

The Business Journal Q&A: Jerry Caldwell, Andy Dietrich and Bob Feathers – Chairs, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce

Photo above: Jerry Caldwell, Bob Feathers and Andy Dietrich at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, June 12. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson On June 12, representatives o ...

Inside the  numbers: Ballad Health

Inside the numbers: Ballad Health

Photo above: Alan Levine, photo by Scott Robertson Better bond rating, merger mechanics and timing save Ballad $20 million a year By Jeff Keeling Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine is t ...

KOSBE Awards fete Tri-Cities entrepreneurs

Photo above: The 2017 KOSBE Award winners Photos by Linda Coffey, Coffey Shots Photography The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) honored a dozen area businesses at the 2017 KOSBE Awards Dec. 14 at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center. Special guests Fred Cooper and Rick Jennings of Dickinson, which recently purchased Kingsport Book, shared ...

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Heeere we go!

By Scott Robertson The table is set for a remarkable year. Nationally, the tax package has been signed into law, so money that has been on the sidelines should start flowing back into the economy. The stock market is strong. Unemployment is low. We are told our trade situation will begin improving as existing agreements are modified or scrapped. Senators Collins and Alexander say they have been told the hea ...

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RCAM Academy at Northeast State poised to open

An expansion of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM) is nearing completion as Northeast State Community College enlarges both its technical training capabilities and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students around the region. The new facility known as the RCAM Academy at Northeast State prepares to open its door and welcome students in the Spring 2018 semester. The two-story, ...

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25th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala

The 1,000th member of the Tri-Cities’ class of 40 Under Forty honorees was named at the 25th Annual 40 Under Forty gala Oct. 6 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. “The 40 Under Forty program, initiated by what was then The Business Journal of Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in December, 1993, has taken note of individuals who have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs, C-suite executi ...

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Region’s governments unite behind Aerospace Park: Up next: TDOT grant application

Photo above: Bristol Mayor Jack Young, Johnson City Mayor David Tomita, Kingsport Mayor John Clark, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge and Tri-Cities Airport Authority Chairman Dr. Jon Smith at a Regional Partnership Agreement signing ceremony at Tri-Cities Airport Nov. 8. Photo by Dave Ongie By Dave Ongie and Scott Robertson The mayors of five northeast Tennessee ci ...

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BTES wins Baldrige Award

Photo above: (L-R top row): Supervisor of Customer Service Diane Smith, Supervisor of Networks Michael Parker, System Engineer Chris De Troye, Supervisor of Electric Engineering David Hacker, Supervisor of Purchasing and Stores Cody Johnson, Customer Relations Representative Leslie Blevins, (L-R bottom row) Business Development Manager April Eads, General Accountant Heather Jenkins, Network Specialist Jesse ...

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KIA dealership the first confirmed tenant at Tri-Cities Crossing

By Scott Robertson The long-awaited first tenant in the Tri-Cities Crossing development at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81 has been announced. Local automobile dealer Chantz Scott says he will open Tennessee’s largest KIA dealership on the northwest corner of the intersection, across Interstate 81 from the area designated for retail development. “We’re looking at going through the permitting proce ...

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Financial Empowerment Network making $2.25 million investment in Southwest Virginia

By Scott Robertson In Southwest Virginia, nearly 59 percent of the population does not have high enough income to afford a basic household budget that includes housing, child care, food, transportation and health care, despite a statewide unemployment rate of only 4.5 percent. That means almost three in five southwest Virginians fall into the categories of “below the federal poverty line though employed” an ...

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This was the year that was…

By Scott Robertson One nice thing about The Business Journal is that we don’t exist merely as what comedian Flip Wilson once referred to as a “church of what’s happening now.” The Business Journal, having covered business news in this region since 1988, also serves as historic record.   You can go back and find in our pages the stories of the birth of Eastman (as a stand-alone company aside from Kodak), Mou ...

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