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 ...

How NETWORKS networks: It’s who they are and what they do

By Scott Robertson (Editor’s note: When Clay Walker, CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership met with The Business Journal for this article on Jan. 21, there was half a foot of snow on the ground outside the NETWORKS offices and Walker was, in his own words, “eating cough drops like candy.” Shortly thereafter, he entered the hospital, missing the Pure Foods grand opening he’d worked so hard to facilitate, Jan. ...

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The octogenarian on the assembly line: Charles Bowers is celebrating a quarter-century at BTL Industries at the age of 85

By Sarah Colson and Scott Robertson Charles Bowers rises at 3:58 every morning to make it to his manufacturing job by 5 a.m. He works four ten-hour shifts each week and loves his work. The same could be said of all his co-workers. But the difference between Bowers and his colleagues is Charles Bowers is 85 years old. Bowers could teach a master class in work ethic, if there were such a thing, and Greenevill ...

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Career Technical Education: Making a good thing better

By Jeff Keeling By the time some of his peers are receiving their bachelor’s degrees, Ethan Lyle is likely to be earning a pay packet in the mid-five figures – perhaps more if he’s willing to travel. Many of those who took the four-year (or five, or six) route will be starting to think about student loan debt coming due. Lyle may be starting to think about a starter home. I met Lyle late last month in Scien ...

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Sprint closing call center in Blountville Feb. 5 — 444 to lose jobs

By Jeff Keeling Since December, Sprint employees everywhere had known the mobile phone company was planning job cuts in the near future. Today, more than 400 workers at Sprint's Blountville call center learned they would be among the casualties. The center will close Feb. 5, Sprint spokeswoman Roni Singleton said in an emailed statement. Sprint leaders spoke in December of plans to take up to $2.5 billion o ...

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Legislators return to state capitals with shorter business-related agenda

By Scott Robertson The National Federation of Independent Business has a great line about the need for businesses to be well represented when state legislatures start to meet: “You are either at the table, or you are on the menu.” As rhetoric goes, it’s an appeal to fear, so it’s not quite as strong with business owners who are naturally confident, or with those who are already well-represented by their loc ...

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First Tennessee Development District a quiet force in regional economic development

By Scott Robertson Under Director Susan Reid the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) hasn’t chased headlines. But behind the scenes the organization has been a regional economic development player for years. It’s not unusual for companies to issue press releases and hold ground-breakings or ribbon-cuttings when they make major hires or purchase a new facility. But what’s rarely said in the releases ...

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Alliance for Business and Technology assisting former CSX employees

Pierce’s empathy, experience benefit 300 who were laid off  By Sarah Colson When CSX Transportation announced it would close its Erwin, Tenn., operations, laying off around 300 employees, Kathy Pierce and the Alliance for Business and Technology (AB&T) began working to help those 300 individuals re-enter the workforce. Pierce, AB&T’s executive director, immediately oversaw the opening of a temporary ...

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Northeast State hits 50: Anniversary celebration to begin January 11

By Thomas Wilson   A U.S. education act long ago breathed life into Northeast State. The simple charge: provide “education for persons of substantially varying needs.” Through the years, there have been name changes, five presidents, several new buildings, and a thousand other transformations. But Northeast State has always lived up to that original mission of serving individuals with diverse needs. Wh ...

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Area farmer Aiken elected Tennessee Farm Bureau president

By Jeff Keeling Jeff Aiken stood outside a barn at his Bowmantown farm in the crisp December air, one of his most crucial tools in hand. Unlike many of the important implements in his agricultural career to date, this one won’t show its usefulness through a weathered combination of grease, dirt and feed. In fact, exposure to any of those ubiquitous elements of farm life would spell big trouble for Aiken’s s ...

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