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2017 KOSBE Awards

Thursday, December 14, 2017 • 6 — 9 PM EST

Meadowview Marriott
1901 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, TN 37660

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


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

... and here are the 2017 Contenders!

  1. PRO Tint Kingsport – Automotive Window Tinting (Kenneth Jackson)
  2. Beyond Engagement – Social Media Solutions (M. Valentina Escobar Gonzalez)
  3. Shipshape Solutions — Professional Organizing (Angie Hyche)
  4. Perserbid – Online Platform for Homeowners and Contractors (Edwin Williams)
  5. Taylormade Barbershop – Barbershop (Micah Taylor)
  6. Zion Marine– Commercial Diving & Marine Construction (Lori Templeton)
  7. Faces by Ren – Makeup & Body Paint Studio (Ren Allen)
  8. Olive Oil Divine – Gourmet Retailer (Shirley & Greg Mueller)
  9. Me & K's — Food Truck (Melissa Gleason)
  10. Beef 'O' Brady's – Sports Bar ( Sheree & Michael Austin)
  11. Rowan Tree Care – Tree Care (Ed Sheffey)
  12. Auntie Ruth's Doughnuts – Food Truck (Ruth & Roman Kauffman)
  13. Morgan Tire Services – Tire Dealer & Repair Shop (Dale Patterson)
  14. Petite Sweets – Bakery (Rachael Little – Holmes)
  15. C & C Restoration– Restoration Services (Cory Martin)
  16. Lotus Girl Towing – Towing Service (Tennille Shipley)
  17. Fish Window Cleaning — Window Cleaning (Debbie Pencarinha)
  18. 423 Cleaning – Cleaning Service (Jeff Allen)
  19. Storybrook Farms – Bed & Breakfast | Event Venue (Diane Vogt, Brittany Jorgenson & John Vogt)
  20. Rae Design – Graphic Design & Marketing (Chelsie Rae Gregory)
  21. High Rise Medical – Medical Supplies (Terry Ayers-Ryan)
  22. Cassia's Salon & Spa - Beauty Salon (Angela Braan)
  23. Medley Vegan & Vegetarian – Restaurant (Sam Nathan)
  24. Flight Athletic Academy of Gymnastics Cheer & Dance – Gymnastics Center (Victoria Cunningham)
  25. Sensational Seasonings – Food Products Supplier (Rob Batot)
  26. Jackson Jones Construction – Contractor (Jamie Jackson)
  27. Wilson Worley Attorneys at Law – Legal Services (Andrew T. Wampler)
  28. Grip Outdoor Kingsport – Sports & Recreation (Craig Widner)‚Äč

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