KOSBE Announces 2014 KOSBE Impact Award Nominees

November 04, 2014

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) today announced three nominees for the 20th Annual KOSBE Impact Award. At a special recognition event on Thursday, December 11th, from 6 to 9 PM, at The Club at Ridgefield’s 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 2014 KOSBE Impact Awards nominees:
Derrick Hudson, Fanatics 101 – nominated by Keddrain Bowen, Fanatics 101
Carl Matherly, The Nutty Java – nominated by Jodi Lynn Jenkins, The Eclectic Handywoman
Jeremy Williams, Indian Springs Armory – nominated by Troy Wade, No7 Designs

Tickets to the celebration event are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance in person at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, or by calling (423) 392-8811. Impact Award Nominees receive one free ticket. This event has been sold out for the past four 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: CenturyLink, Cumberland Marketing, Dyke’s Trucking, F&L Limo & Livery, Phil’s Dream Pit, ChamberZone, East Tennessee Eye Care, Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Hair Bender’s Salon, Holston Valley Broadcasting, Hunter, Smith and Davis, Kingsport Times-News, Mickey Baker Photography, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership, The Business Journal, Thompson Metal Services, Times Digital Group, Triten Insurance, VIP Seen Tri-Cities Magazine, AccelNow, AdviCoach Tri-Cities, Elite Manufacturing and Professional Services, Fish Window Cleaning, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Pathway Lending, SunTrust Bank, and The Angel Rountable.

Event Partners include: Action Rentals, Express Signs, Flowers by CopperCreek, Holston Distributing, Lake Pointe Advertising & Awards, Pristine Springs Water, and The Club at Ridgefield’s.

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 423-392-8811, or visit www.kosbe.org.