2017 KOSBE Awards

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6 PM to 9 PM EST

Meadowview Marriott • 1901 Meadowview Parkway • Kingsport, TN 37660

Individual tickets: $85 per person • Reserved table: $800 (8 seats)


Choose ONE category, which is included in $75 application fee. Additional categories $25 each (optional).

  1. Locally-owned and operated franchise
  2. New business (in business 3 years or less)
  3. Young entrepreneur (majority owner under 40)
  4. Woman-owned (majority owner woman)
  5. Veteran-owned (majority owner veteran)
  6. Gazelle (high growth—job creator)
  7. Food excellence (independently-owned and operated, including food trucks)
  8. Service excellence
  9. Manufacturing/fabricating excellence
  10. Retail excellence
  11. Construction excellence
  12. Impact award (must be nominated by a past winner or current contender)

Motivational Speakers

Fred Cooper & Rick Jennings

Founders of Kingsport Book

About the Speakers

Kingsport Book, an old school book manufacturer tracing its roots to what was once considered the largest book printing operation in the world, is turning out hardcover pieces of classic literature with gold-edged pages and stunning artwork.

The operation’s leaders are CEO Fred Cooper and Chief Financial Officer Rick Jennings, who worked at the old Kingsport Press that first started producing books in 1922.

When they left Quebecor, a subsequent acquirer of the Kingsport Press plant and its Hawkins County operations, in the fall of 2002, Cooper had worked for the book plant for 25 years, while Jennings had been there 27 years. Both had risen through the ranks — Cooper on the production side and Jennings on the customer service side.

Read the full story by Kingsport Times-News ...

Winner Bonuses

This year, contenders have a chance to be selected to receive the following bonuses:

  • Professionally directed and produced 3-minute “Tell Your Story” video
  • New logo design or existing logo makeover
  • Social media assessment and strategy session
  • 3-month Kingsport Chamber trial membership
  • Financial analysis
  • Mobile app design and development, and upload to Android or iOS
  • One hour of pro bono legal consulting
  • Full-page published magazine article with photo
  • One year co-working space membership
  • GrowthWheel® program participation and membership for one year
  • Facilitation of John Maxwell’s Leadership Game for up to 10 employees
  • On-site (at your place) business planning and strategy session with KOSBE Advisory Council
  • New product development coaching (includes assisted use of 3-D printer)
  • Web site redesign
  • Print advertising
  • Radio advertising

Live Entertainment

JV Squad Rhythm & Blues

JV Squad


Founding Sponsors

New Sponsors This Year

Buy Tickets

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