It's Back! KOSBE' 2nd Annual Breakfast of Champions Event!

July 24, 2012

A KOSBE Award Winners Reunion Celebration

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) will host its Second Annual KOSBE Award Winners Reunion event, Breakfast of Champions on Friday, August 10 from 7:30 – 9 a.m., at Food City – Press Room, 300 Clinchfield Street, downtown, Kingsport.

This event is open to the public.

Attendees will hear from a panel of the industry’s local leading marketing pros via a, “Get Down to Business – Sales & Marketing Small Business Panel” where panelists will be sharing the latest trends, case studies, best practices and advice for small businesses no matter how big or small your business is.

Panelists include: Carolyn Pierson Cook, president/CEO, Absolute Communications; Chris Bowen, founder/CEO, Cumberland Marketing; David Cate, creative director, Times Digital Group and Steve Willinger, marketing advisor/facilitator, SCORE-Bristol.

In addition to the panel discussion, this is an excellent opportunity for networking and there will be a special recognition for past award winners.

“Marketing, sales and social media training classes are the most desired classes small business owners and entrepreneurs are asking for,” said Aundrea Wilcox, senior business counselor with the Tennessee Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University Kingsport Affiliate Office and executive director of KOSBE. “We are offering a very unique event by providing this valuable and insightful information from some of the most talented marketing professionals in our area – in one room!”

“Most importantly, we wanted to bring back our very popular reunion event to get our past winners together again and remind the public and business community who our winners are. The impact of these businesses on our local economy cannot be ignored,” continued Wilcox.

Past KOSBE Award winners are: Tal’s Auto and Truck Repair (2011), Rasnick Family Chiropractic (2011), The Village at Allandale (2011), Hillhouse Graphics Design (2011), Aldebaran Financial (2011), F & L Limo & Livery (2011), Lake Pointe (2011), Kathy Richards with AdviCoach (2011), Picsee Studio LLC (2010), STYLE Custom Framing (2010), Performance Medicine (2010), Cumberland Marketing (2010), The Hair Benders Salon (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), 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), Trigger Beeler's Salsas & BBQ Sauces (2007), Tutoring Solutions (2007), AYP Automotive Service Center (2006), Lucent Glow (2006), (2006), Clean & Safe LLC (2005), Landmark GIS (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, $15 per person. The event is open to the public, Kingsport Chamber members and non-chamber members and all KOSBE clients and past winners are encouraged to attend. Attendees are asked to pay for their breakfast at the door. There is a special KOSBE breakfast buffet discount for $15 which includes your drink and tax.

Seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by August 7, 2012. Anyone interested can register online 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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