FoundersForge announces revival of entrepreneurial pitch competition

FoundersForge announces revival of entrepreneurial pitch competition

A Shark Tank-style pitch competition for entrepreneurs in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia will return this spring following a COVID-mandated one-year hiatus. The former ...

Hall joins the staff of Business Journal, News & Neighbor

Hall joins the staff of Business Journal, News & Neighbor

Kirsten Hall has been involved in many forms of media, from television to radio to magazine sales. Now, Hall is bringing her expertise as an account executive to the Business Journ ...

P&G brings Tide brand sponsorship back to NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Dirt Race with Petty Motorsports and Food City

P&G brings Tide brand sponsorship back to NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Dirt Race with Petty Motorsports and Food City

It seems obvious in retrospect. With the NASCAR Cup Series running a dirt track race for the first time since 1970, a cleaning product would make a perfect sponsor. Proctor & G ...

Two-year federal grant to fund behavioral health care through Frontier Health

Two-year federal grant to fund behavioral health care through Frontier Health

Frontier Health, a mental health services provider in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, has been awarded a two-year, $4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental ...

The Business Journal Q&A: Dr. Scott Fowler

The Business Journal Q&A: Dr. Scott Fowler

Holston Medical Group (HMG) garnered headlines in the region in 2020 for taking part in the Pfizer COVID vaccine clinical trial. But behind the headlines, HMG was dealing with COVI ...

Johnson City mayor: Working with SyncSpace on FoundersForge project makes sense for all

Johnson City mayor: Working with SyncSpace on FoundersForge project makes sense for all

As the March 1 deadline for applications to the FoundersForge entrepreneur bootcamp nears, the partners funding the program are eager to see the benefits it will provide. Under a m ...

East Tennessee State University launches ETSU Research Corporation

East Tennessee State University launches ETSU Research Corporation

by Scott Roberston East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland announced on Jan. 25 the launch of the ETSU Research Corporation. “With all of the many opportunities ...

Region AHEAD Insights on Consumer Attitudes Toward Vaccinations Announced

An extensive survey of consumer attitudes on COVID vaccinations in the region was shared with members of the RegionAHEAD alliance this week. A survey of 768 consumers in the 22-county region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will help the team craft a public service campaign to help those considering a vaccination to be informed and encouraged to be inoculated against the virus. The survey was c ...

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Rambler Wood Products to bring 73 new jobs to Russell County

Rambler Wood Products will establish a new wood products manufacturing facility in the former Bush Furniture Industries building in St. Paul, Va., creating 73 new jobs in the process. Rambler plans on making an initial private investment of $7.6 million. Within 12 months, Rambler plans to make a total private investment in the project of $21.8 million. In addition, a $2.5 million loan from the Virginia Coal ...

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Bank of Tennessee begins implementing executive management succession plan

Above: Dale Fair, Grant Summers and Will Barrett Bank of Tennessee has announced the promotion of three top executives. In a release dated Jan. 17, BancTenn Chairman William B. Greene said Dale Fair, Grant Summers and Will Barrett will each be taking on new responsibilities in 2021. Fair, president and CEO, has been promoted to chairman of the board of Bank of Tennessee. He will retain his CEO duties until ...

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Game changer

Above: Dr. Natalie Kuldell (second from right), president of BioBuilder, meets with teachers at MIT. PHOTO COURTESY BIOBUILDER The Niswonger Foundation’s $8 million plan to revolutionize STEM education by Scott Robertson It started with word from the U.S. Department of Education that $185 million in grants would be awarded in December 2020 to school districts, higher education institutions and not-for-profi ...

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Appalachian Grains brings back barley in southwest Virginia

by Scott Robertson When Will Payne headlined the event introducing InvestSWVA 16 months ago in Abingdon, he talked about creating, “big idea projects.” One of those big idea projects is coming into its own. In economic development terms, it’s known as “Operation Calypso.” In real world language, it’s Appalachian Grains, an attempt to make southwest Virginia a player in the craft beverage supply chain for al ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Jeff McCord

Above: McCord testifies at budget hearings. FILE PHOTO Tennessee Commission of Labor and Workforce Development The Business Journal: When you took this job, you had no way of knowing you would end up dealing with the fallout from a pandemic. Now, it falls to your department to help Tennessee citizens and businesses in an environment of relatively high unemployment rates and improvable workforce participatio ...

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Kingsport joins Boyd baseball family

Boyd Sports, LLC has announced it will assume the management contract of the Kingsport franchise in the Appalachian League. Boyd Sports, which also owns the Tennessee Smokies, Johnson City Baseball, Greeneville Baseball, and Elizabethton Baseball will assume all business operations of Kingsport Baseball. “We are ecstatic that upper-level baseball will continue in Kingsport with the new look Appy League. We ...

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Crowe to chair Health & Welfare Committee in Nashville

Tennessee State Senator Rusty Crowe of Johnson City will chair the Health & Welfare Committee during the 2021 legislative session. Crowe’s name was on a long list of committee chairs announced by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally’s office Wednesday. “Rusty Crowe’s leadership of the Health and Welfare Committee has been outstanding. Rusty's steady hand and experience will continue to keep the committee on course,” ...

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