KOSBE Announces 2015 KOSBE Impact Award Nominees

November 09, 2015

KINGSPORT, Tenn. –The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today announced four nominees for the 21st Annual KOSBE Impact Award. At a special recognition event onThursday, December 10th, from 6 to 9 PM, at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, Tennessee, the winner will be revealed.

The Impact Award is specifically for an outstanding individual and small business advocate who has made an impact on the business scene through years of hard work. Impact Award nominations may only be made by current applicants and past winners.

The 2015 KOSBE Impact Awards nominees:

Brad Magnus, Brad Magnus Design – nominated by Wendy Wilgus, Prestige Aesthetics

Jeff Lane, Kingsport Credit Union – nominated bySherri Monroe, F&L Limo and Livery

Sherrie Bacon, Sher Extensions – nominated by Krista Wharton, Monkee’s of Johnson City

Tony Barton, TABCO, Inc. – nominated by Mack Fletcher, NatMat, Inc.

Tickets to the celebration event are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance in person at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce or by visiting kosbeawards.org; tickets may also be purchased by calling (423) 392-8811. This event has been sold out for the past five consecutive years. Seating is limited and early ticket purchases are highly recommended. All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsors include: AccelNow, Boehm Landscape, Inc., Branded., Camellia Digital, CenturyLink, Cumberland Marketing, Dyke’s Trucking, Eastman Credit Union, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil’s Dream Pit, ChamberZone, East Tennessee Eye Care, Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Fish Window Cleaning, Hair Bender’s Salon, Holston Valley Broadcasting, Hunter, Smith and Davis, Kingsport Times-News, Mickey Baker Photography, Millennium Auto Collision Repairs, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, VIP Seen Tri-Cities Magazine, AdviCoach Tri-Cities, Elite Manufacturing and, Professional Services, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Pathway Lending, Prendergast Construction Company, SunTrust Bank, TC-MAC, and The Angel Roundtable.

Event Partners include: Action Rentals, Express Signs, Flowers by CopperCreek, Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Pristine Springs Water, and Meadowview Marriott.

About KOSBE Awards

Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area. To learn more, please visit www.kosbeawards.org.


The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by acquiring or creating and developing the right tools and resources (i.e., KOSBE.org, Mobile App KOSBE 2.0®, SBDCNet®, GrowthWheel®, ProfitCents®, ReferenceUSA®) and cultivating the right partnerships (i.e., Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Kingsport Office of Foreign Investment & Trade (KOFIT), AccelNow Northeast Tennessee Accelerator).

To learn more, please call Katie Prendergast at 423-392-8811, or visit www.kosbe.org.