Come One Come All for the 1st Annual Breakfast of Champions!

July 20, 2011

A KOSBE Award Winners Reunion Event

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host its First Annual KOSBE Award Winners Reunion event, Breakfast of Champions on Friday, August 12 from 7:30 – 9 a.m., at Golden Corral, 1910 N. Eastman Road, Kingsport.

Attendees will hear from 2011 Ned. R. McWherter Leadership Award winner, David McClaskey, president and co-founder of Pal’s Business Excellence Institute (BEI).

McClaskey will be speaking on, “Implementing Small Business Processes in 30 Minutes!” which highlights the importance of quality and standards as key drivers in any operation – large or small.

“Each year hundreds of leaders and managers from all types of businesses come to Kingsport from all over the country and Canada,” said McClaskey. “They learn from BEI how to improve their organizations based on Pal’s 7 Baldrige Categories, world-class performance excellence practices and see one of the best managed companies in the country.”

McClaskey is also an independent consultant, Baldrige expert and one of the few individuals to have the privilege of assisting seven companies to win eight Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards.

“We are very excited to have David speak to our past KOSBE Award Winners and clients about small business processes that they can easily implement in their own businesses,” said KOSBE executive director, Aundrea Wilcox. “Most importantly, we wanted to host a reunion event to get our past winners together again, to network and continue learning some valuable information!”

Past KOSBE Award winners are: Picsee Studio LLC (2010), STYLE Custom Framing (2010), Sonali Dayspa Medspa & Salon (2010), The Hair Benders Salon (2010), Performance Medicine (2010), Cumberland Marketing (2010), Patient Scrubs (2010), Lifeforce Glass, Inc. (2010), Dava Snyder of The Village at Allandale (2010), Edo Sushi Bar & Grill (2009), Phil’s Dream Pit LLC (2009), Maxwell Coach Company (2009), Clean + Safe Janitorial Services (2009), Joyce Grills of The Haggle Shop (2009), Elixir Media Group (2008), Café N’Orleans (2008), Flowers by CopperCreek (2008), Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards (2008), Interim Healthcare of East Tennessee (2008), Charlie Dotson of TCI Group (2008), Dr. Jerry Miller of Holston Medical Group (2008), Discovery Ice Cream (2007), Trigger Beeler's Salsas & BBQ Sauces (2007), Tutoring Solutions (2007), AYP Automotive Service Center (2006), Greenbelt Bicycle Rentals (2006), Lucent Glow (2006), (2006), Clean & Safe LLC (2005), Landmark GIS (2005), Max Max Coffee (2005), Decor Exchange (2004), Tennessee Valley Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (2003), Professional Industrial Solutions LLC (2002), Effective Fitness (2001), MR Cleaners (2000), Creative Solutions Design Group (1999), Carter Chiropractic (1998), Tactical Systems Inc. (1997), Warranty One Mobile Mower Repair (1996), Wellness Revolution (1995), Auto Masters (1994).

Cost to attend event is the cost of breakfast. All KOSBE clients and past winners are encouraged to also attend but this event is open to the public and open to Kingsport Chamber members as well as non-chamber members. Attendees are asked to pay for their breakfast at the door. There is a special KOSBE breakfast buffet discount for $7.44 which includes your drink and tax.

Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by Monday, August 8. Anyone interested can R.S.V.P to Marybeth McLain at or call (423) 392-8825 for more information.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

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