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Thursday, August 30, 2012

ETSU Bluegrass streaming live from Broad Street

​KINGSPORT - Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Kingsport community have another chance to show their ETSU PRIDE at the celebration finale on August 31.

​The annual ETSU PRIDE Bluegrass on Broad Street will be the culmination of ETSU PRIDE events on August 31. A free bluegrass concert will take place on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport beginning at 7:00 p.m. This highly popular concert will feature the ETSU Bluegrass band.

​In addition to the concert, several ETSU administrators, athletes, coaches, cheerleaders will be on hand, as well as a special visit from Bucky.

​This year’s concert will be live streamed on the website. This service is available from the ETSU e-Learning division.

​The concert is sponsored by the ETSU National Alumni Association, Girls Inc of Kingsport and T.K.’s Big Dogs.

For more information about this event or ETSU PRIDE Week, please contact the ETSU National Alumni Association at (423) 439-4218 or to see a schedule of ETSU PRIDE events, go to

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ETSU: Where did the students come from? Fall 2011

Last year's data, but still a cool map prepared by Kingsport GIS.

Illustrates Tennessee + approved "in-state" border counties from adjoining states

Click map to enlarge:

Library Update: Coraline movie, job labs, computer classes & more





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Sunday, Sept. 16 @ 2:30
PG - 100 minutes
free movie, popcorn & drinks!
For dates and times for movies for the rest of the year - click MOVIES


Starting Sept. 12, every Wednesday @ 2:00
staff is available for assistance:
create a resume
apply for jobs online
post your resume online


799 children read 19,309 books
110 teens read 859 books

the library hosted 103 summer programs

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their sponsorship and to the schools for their support.






Library Visits


Internet Use


Wireless Use


Programs for all ages


Attendance @ programs


Computer Classes


Resume assistance sessions


Online genealogy resource uses


Downloaded ebooks/audiobooks


Kid/teen online book  use (Tumblebook)




Basics, Windows 7, Internet, computer care & maintenance, Office, Word, Excel





Game & Craft Nights

android phone

MANGO LANGUAGES mobile app is now available for Android(in addition to iPhones, iPods)





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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dobyns-Bennett Spirit Shakers Junior Camp and Tailgate

D-B Spirit Shakers Junior Spirit Shaker Workshop will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Dobyns-Bennett Dome.  The cost of the workshop is $35.00 (includes a t-shirt).  To sign up, please go to the DB website and download forms from the Spirit Shaker Web page.

Tailgate Dinner:
Spirit Shakers will be hosting the Tailgate dinner on Friday, September 14th.  Time:  5:00 - 7:15 p.m.  Cost of tickets is $8.00 and includes O'Charley's chicken tenders, smashed potatoes, potato soup, salad, roll, drink and dessert.  To purchase tickets, please check with any Spirit Shaker or you can buy tickets at the door.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Economic Indicators July 2012 (released August 23 2012)

City of Kingsport highlights (year-to-year):

Unemployment rate down 0.5%
Population up 5.5%
Labor force up 4.7%
#Employed up 5.4%
#Unemployed down 2.3%

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at 

Art Treasures Workshop

Contacts: Nancy Jane Earnest, KAG instructor, 423-773-1919
Leslie Davis, KAG class coordinator,


Art Trash to Treasures Workshop

Artists with a spirit of adventure can turn their throwaway canvases into wall candy. All it takes is magic—the magic of a discerning eye, good design, alternative color choices, and/or different painting techniques.

Respected artist Nancy Jane Earnest (MFA) will lead a workshop, “Trash to Treasures,” on Monday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., in Kingsport, TN. Held in the Kingsport Art Guild’s studio (room 313), the workshop is suitable for both beginning and advanced artists.

Contact Earnest at 423-773-1919 or to register. The workshop is $50 and participants will receive information about workshop supplies upon registration. Spaces are limited, so artists should register early.

Workshop participants will bring two or three canvases they have banished, perhaps to the garage or the back of the closet, but would like to salvage. With guidance from Earnest, they will learn to identify problems and how they affect the painting. Artists will discuss concept, color relationships and temperature, value, and atmospheric and linear perspectives, then work to improve one of their paintings using supplies they already have on hand.

Artists are welcome to bring in works in any media for critique, but the instructor will only address specific techniques for oil and acrylic painting.

This workshop is offered by the not-for-profit Kingsport Art Guild (KAG), a driving force for visual arts excellence in the greater Kingsport area. KAG welcomes artists in all media and at all levels of experience as well as art enthusiasts. The guild creates opportunities for its members and the greater community to explore and experience visual arts through instruction, lectures, special events, and exhibition and promotion.

Artist and musician Nancy Jane Earnest received her MFA at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She has studied painting with several nationally known artists and teaches art and creativity workshops throughout the Tri Cities area. As a member of the Johnson City Community Concert Band and the Woodnote Early Music Ensemble, Earnest satisfies her life-long love of musical performance, and she offers private lessons in both art and music.



Cindi Huss at Dancing Threads Studio
Innovative quilted art, beautiful hand-dyed fabric,
   and studio fiber art classes for all levels of experience


FREE Small Business Packaging Class - The Silent Salesman

Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office News Release

Friday August 24, 2012

David Schools
Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Ph: (423) 392.8811
Free Small Business Packaging Class – The Silent Salesman
For Startups and Expansions
KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU will host a FREE Small Business Packaging Class – The Silent Salesman on Tuesday, September 25 from 9 – 11 a.m., at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, downtown Kingsport.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Too many small businesses are unaware of the impact their packaging is having on their sales, operations, and financials. Flashy and complex designs can distract customers from the quality of the product itself. Packaging that is not production-friendly can take away from a small business's precious cash flow. However, when done right, packaging can sell the product all by itself.
This class will cover a volume of topics including but not limited to: best practices of packaging design and display, how to keep your packaging simple, how to reduce packaging costs, how to make a package production-friendly, POP displays, retail development, branding, and eco-sustainability.
"This class was designed to make small business owners think about how packaging is their silent salesman and what their packaging is saying about their company and products." 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.  "Packaging can make or break a sale, as we know, and unfortunately we do still judge a book by its cover, so the best packaging sells. This class is designed to help small business owners do just that - create greener, more attention-grabbing, and more cost-effective packaging."
Facilitating the class are industry experts, Tina Hogue, marketing manager, and Clint Estep, sales consultant, from Triad Packaging Design and Display headquartered in Bristol, TN. Triad Packaging has been successfully providing full-service packaging solutions since its inception in 1984.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Advanced registration is required and must be received by September 23, 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.
To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call David Schools at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,
For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825. We're social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE - The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.



David Schools
Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE
Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport TN, 37660

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport Police receive donations for K-9 officers

Wastewater Maintenance "Behind the Scenes"

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yadkin St

Kingsport, TN many generations of Yadkin Street residents and former tenants (1920-present) still the Model City!

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How Great Is Our God

Remember to invite friends to the musical at...
Jodi James Epps 2:25pm Aug 25
Remember to invite friends to the musical at Higher Ground Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. "How Great is Our God" is the name of it, and it talks about how God brings us through the fire. Hope to see all of you there. Bring your kids, too.

ETSU named one of the best colleges in Southeast

ETSU named one of the best colleges in Southeast

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dobyns-Bennett Students Outpace State & National Averages in ACT Results

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Date: August 22, 2012 5:12:45 PM EDT
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Subject: KCS MEDIA RELEASE:  Dobyns-Bennett Students Outpace State & National Averages in ACT Results

For Immediate Release – Kingsport City Schools

Contact: Andy True, Administrative Coordinator (423) 378-2130

August 22, 2012


Dobyns-Bennett Students Outpace State & National Averages in ACT Results


KINGSPORT – Dobyns-Bennett High School students once again outperformed state and national averages in all categories of the 2012 ACT exam.  396 D-B students took the exam, representing approximately 90% of the class of 2012.  Scores for Dobyns-Bennett students increased in three areas and remained steady in two others.


Average ACT Score:







21.9  (+0.2 from 2011)

19.6       (D-B +2.3)

20.5       (D-B +1.4)



19.1       (D-B +2.4)

21.1       (D-B +0.4)


22.4  (+0.3 from 2011)

19.9       (D-B +2.5)

21.3       (D-B +1.1)



19.6       (D-B +1.8)

20.9       (D-B +0.5)


21.9  (+0.1 from 2011)

19.7       (D-B +2.2)

21.1       (D-B +0.8)


Additionally, Dobyns-Bennett students continued a 6-year trend of increasing the positive gap between system results and state averages in all subject areas.


Dobyns-Bennett vs. State Average ACT Score:



Dobyns-Bennett Higher than State ACT Average


Dobyns-Bennett Higher than State ACT Average


















Dobyns-Bennett High School students also outperformed state and national averages in all categories for College Readiness.


College Readiness:







59%       (D-B +13%)

67%       (D-B +5%)



29%       (D-B +19%)

46%       (D-B +2%)



43%       (D-B +16%)

52%       (D-B +7%)



21%       (D-B +15%)

31%       (D-B +5%)

Meeting All Four


16%       (D-B +15%)

25%       (D-B +6%)


Kingsport City Schools has outlined improving college readiness measures as one of the system's top goals for the Race to the Top initiative. To reach this goal, the school system has implemented a system-wide science coordinator, a secondary curriculum coordinator, and a Project Lead the Way teacher at the middle school level. These positions actively seek ways to increase student achievement and prepare students for college and careers by improving instruction in core content areas.

"The current results make a clear argument for the need to continue on our mission of college and career readiness for all students," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School.  "We acknowledge the hard work that has gone into preparing all of our students for life beyond high school.  The percentage of Dobyns-Bennett students who were college and career ready in all four areas nearly doubled that of Tennessee.  This speaks highly to the focus of our staff and students.  While these results are a direct reflection on Dobyns-Bennett, they too, are a reflection of the hard work and effort of Kingsport City Schools and our community as a whole. Our work in this area is not complete and we will continue our journey toward preparing all of our students for postsecondary readiness."


Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, all 11th grade students in the state of Tennessee were required to complete the ACT.  Comparison of state and national averages should take into account that Tennessee is one of only nine states that require all 11th grade students to take the ACT, regardless of the student's intent to pursue higher education.


For more information, contact Kingsport City Schools Director of Performance Excellence Michael Hubbard at (423) 378-2125.





Andy True

Administrative Coordinator - RTTT Implementation/Communication

Kingsport City Schools

400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200

Kingsport, TN  37660

(423) 378-2130

Facebook:  Kingsport City Schools

Twitter:  @KptSchools



Kingsport City Schools getting TV program

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Do you want to know more about Economic Development in Kingsport?

Jeff Fleming's part of the presentation begins at the 29:00 minute mark.

The Business Beacon - KOSBE/TSBDC Newsletter - August 2012



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A Big Welcome!

KOSBE Awards Application!

*Client Success Story*


Problem Solved!

New Business Stand-Out



Quick Links






Window of Opportunity



Are you in the works of opening a coffee shop or do you know of anyone who is?! 

If so, there is an opportunity to purchase equipment for sale from a local business that is closing.

Please contact Dr. Audrey Depelteau at (423) 439.8535 for additional information.  






Looking for a few good men or women? 


Send us your current job openings and we'll post it here for you. 

E-mail the following to 


- Business Name

- Position

- Job description (100 words or less OR link to description)  

- Contact information



The Number


A noteworthy business statistic!

Key Indicators:

To date, we have met with 88 clients (cases).

Those 88 cases equate to over 191 counseling hours.

In total, we have trained through our events 264 small business owners or interested entrepreneurs!



Veterans, Women & Minorities Take Note



Have you heard of Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup?

The Boots to Business program uses a multi-phased approach to introduce transitioning service members to the fundamentals of small business ownership and to the SBA tools and resources available to them.

Building on lessons learned from the Boots to Business pilot program, launched in the Spring of 2012, the SBA aims to ultimately provide entrepreneurship awareness and opt-in training nationwide to the 250,000 service members from all branches of the military that transition each year.

Click for more information about the program!  



Did you know that women-owned businesses will account for one-third of the new jobs created by 2018... WOW! 

You'll enjoy the following article published by last October.

2011 Women Small Business Owners: Their Triumphs and Challenges.



Are you certified as an official Minority-Owned business?

Having a minority-owned business certification can help you tap into a bevy of public and private sector programs.

Corporations,  federal government and state agencies all want to do business with minority-owned companies.

Many states and cities also have minority-owned business programs, which are often referred to as Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) programs.

Contact Aundrea Wilcox at (423) 392.8825 to get your certification process underway!   



Small Biz


Did you know that women are 18% more likely than the baseline American to follow a brand on Facebook or other social media sties?


Women are also 12% more likely to use the Internet to purchase a product featured on TV.

Learn 12 Social Media Strategies For Marketing To Women HERE!

Information provided by: BLUE - Powered by Cox Business.



The Office Depot Program 


Kingsport Chamber Members receive DEEPER DISCOUNTS THAN EVER BEFORE with the Office Depot National Chamber Program.

No strings attached.

Contact Kim Jones at
(423) 392.8805
for details!



Take 5 Series! 


KOSBE's original  

Take 5 Series was such a hit last year, we're doing them again! 


Take a look back at our 2011 past KOSBE Award Winner's interviews before we start our new interviews for 2012!






Get To Know Us! 

A. Wilcox headshot

 Aundrea Wilcox  

Executive Director, KOSBE

Senior Business Counselor, TSBDC @ ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office


M.McLain headshotMarybeth McLain

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC @ ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office

David Schools

Small Business Services Marketing Manager, KOSBE

Administrative Coordinator, TSBDC @ ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office 

Issue #0002 - August 2012


Dear Jeff,


You are receiving this e-mail because of your relationship with either the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) or the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office.

Each issue will be distributed monthly and will shine a light on a successful small business located within our region.

Thank you for your interest in our local small businesses and small business-related events, issues and information.



A Big Welcome!

Introducing new hire, David Schools  


Please welcome David Schools to the KOSBE/TSBDC team as he will be working with KOSBE clients, Chamber members and non-members and staff starting August 1, 2012.


Schools will take on a temporary position assisting KOSBE with the annual KOSBE Awards event and training programs as well as day to day activities.  


A native of Port Jervis, NY,Schools is a recent graduate of Grove City College, Grove City, Pa. and holds a degree in entrepreneurship and communication studies.


He has a passion for helping small businesses overcome their challenges and succeed.


Schools was an active member throughout his college career being a member of various student organizations and clubs including: Student Government Association, Crimson and White Society, Homecoming Committee, president of Sigma Phi Omicron, founder of Surrender, an on-campus religious group, and Inner City Outreach.


Both Grove City graduates, he and his wife, Stephanie, re-located to our region after her acceptance into the Nursing Program at East Tennessee State University.


The couple's long term goal is to join the Peace Corps where he will teach English and businesses courses and she will administer medicine in third world countries. 


Schools and his wife reside in Johnson City.





The Hot Dog Hut Opens Another Location!

Client and 2011 KOSBE Award Runner-Up for Under 10 Employees Award, Ken Carrigan started his professional journey as a chemical salesman for more than 18 years touting cleaners, solvents, greases, lubricants, etc.  


He has always wanted to start a business for himself, so he saved money and kept his eyes open for the right opportunity. In 2004, he embarked on his first major entrepreneurial adventure-a state-of-the-art self-storage complex at the site of the former Paty Lumber Company on East Stone Drive, which had sat vacant for six years until that time. Over a two-year period, he took the business from zero dollars in revenue, to over $30,000 in revenue per month. He sold that business in 2007 for a profit, which put him in a position to acquire Hot Dog Hut in 2009.  


Since acquiring Hot Dog Hut, sales have steadily increased every year; and Ken purchased a new building connected to the new parking garage in downtown Kingsport for a second location which opened June 20th, 2012. 


What's new and different about this location? The Hut opens at 7:00am and closes at 7:00pm. The different hours are due to breakfast now being served. For those who are looking for a more health-conscious meal, the Hut implemented a salad bar for lunchtimes. Popular meals the Hot Dog Hut has introduced are the nacho salad, the bean soups and the fresh cornbread.


Customers can park in 8 reserved parking spots in the 300-space parking garage behind the Hot Dog Hut. For more information see below.


Hot Dog Hut 

Ken Carrigan, Owner

145 West Center Street

Kingsport, TN 37660 

New Website: 




The Cash Corner

Seeking capital for your business? 


Good... great news! SBA has a microloan program through the Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) for entrepreneurs and small businesses in rural Tennessee for amounts of $500 - $10,000. This loan is easier to secure, does not require much capital, but is meant only for rural-located small businesses. To see if your businesses qualifies as rural, visit this link and click 'Accept' on the 'Property Eligibility Disclaimer' and enter your business address.  Also, if you want to meet these lenders face-to-face, save these important dates or register for one of our upcoming borrower events below:


 Tuesday, November 13: FREE Small Business Fall Night School in Kingsport. (Borrego Springs)


 SBA Small Loan Advantage Fact Sheet  





Upcoming Events & Training Classes


Find all upcoming events at

and register for the below events by clicking on each!  



Download your 2012 KOSBE Awards Application Now! 

Friday, September 7 at midnight

DROP OFF completed applications at your Kingsport Chamber 

FAX to (423) 392.8834 or E-MAIL application  


Free Small Group Hands-On Training: Facebook for Business

Tuesday, September 18, 9 - 11 a.m., Kingsport Chamber 


Free Small Business Product Packaging Class

Tuesday, September 25, 9 - 11 a.m., Kingsport Chamber   


Tennessee Main Street & Tennessee Downtowns  

Creative Community Summits

Thursday, September 27, 2012, Greeneville, TN 

A statewide series presenting innovative solutions for Home Grown  

Economic Development. Visit for  

registration and more details!


Contracting Counseling with Paul Middlebrooks

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, TBD

Call (423) 392.8825 to schedule your free appointment.


Free Small Group Hands-On Training: Search Engine Optimization 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 9 - 11 a.m., Kingsport Chamber  


Free Small Group Hands-On Training: Facebook for Business

Tuesday, October 23, 9 - 11 a.m.  Kingsport Chamber  


Small Business Counseling in Hamblen County 

Thursday, October 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Morristown Chamber

 Call (423) 392.8825 to schedule your free appointment.  




Problem Solved!

The Importance of Business Certifications...

The benefits of business certification are enumerable, including access/inclusion, education,opportunity fairs/networking, and working capital loans. One such certification is the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification which ensures a "level playing field" when competing for DOT-assisted contracts.  


PROBLEM: Client, Mr. John Harrison owner of Ford Janitorial System in downtown Kingsport wanted to attain the Small, Women-Owned, and Minority certification in Virginia. However, before he could do so, he needed to secure his DBE business certification in Tennessee.
SOLUTION: Harrison turned to KOSBE/TSBDC for assistance after learning we helped past KOSBE Award Winner, Dykes Trucking secure a TDOT DBE certification in December 2011.

After working with Aundrea, Ford Janitorial System now has  received their Tennessee Governor's Office DBE certification and can now apply for the SWaM certification in the State of Virginia to contract out work.  

Contact Ford Janitorial System for janitorial supplies and services at (423) 247.4107, visit them in person at 402 East Sullivan Street, downtown Kingsport or online at




By: Marybeth McLain

KOSBE Marketing Manager


Did you know that small businesses often make the mistake of not putting effort into their powerhouse team?

Sure, I still have Olympic fever... don't judge. What is the powerhouse team you ask? Easy, that's public relations, marketing and advertising... essentially, COMMUNICATIONS!

Communicating one's self is just as important to small businesses as it is to the big dogs. Why do you think those Fortune 500 companies are where they are today? Now, your budget, creativity and man-power may be limited, but it is critical that you promote your daily business by being engaged in your community and with your clients/customers.

Shine the light on yourself for once and let others know about your core values, products/services, uniqueness, successes, new hires, specials/promotions and anything else that makes your business stand out from the rest. You may have a mascot or pet that everyone identifies with your business... work it!

TV, radio and print ads can be costly and add up over time, so look into more creative vehicles such as social media and even the traditional news release and media spots.

Social media has amazing power to promote a brand for free, but do it right; be sure to create a Facebook Business Page and not a profile and keep your posts relevant to your business and engage with those who follow/like you. Remember, it's a two way conversation. Also, take an hour out of your day and contact your local paper, radio and TV stations and ask who your contact would be to send news releases to. Another free service you might not be aware of is that most radio stations offer certain spots where you can plug your business - take advantage of these free opportunities.

Another thing, get involved in your community! Community service is a great way to get your name out there. If your not already a member of your local Chamber of Commerce, consider joining. There are a multitude of networking opportunities available. The more effort you put in (irregardless if you paid for it or not) the more you get out of it.

Remember, just because you know how great your business is, doesn't mean everyone does. It's your job to educate them through communication - go for the gold! 



New Business Stand-Out

KOSBE/TSBDC Client Profile


Quality, Professionalism and Dependability! 


Kingsport owner, Richard Keen prides himself on the quality of painting and restoration services he provides his customers and guarantees your satisfaction.  

Available to work both commercial and residential jobs!


Contact Xtreme Painting for your estimate today at (423) 967.2925, email or visit




We hope you enjoyed this issue of The Business Beacon and found it informational. We are always looking for new ideas and welcome your feedback.


Feel free to forward this issue to your friends, family, employees and/or colleagues.




Your KOSBE and TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office Staff


To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,


Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship

TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office


400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100, Kingsport, TN 37660

 Phone: (423) 392.8825 * Fax: (423) 392.8834 *


KOSBE/TSBDC | Kingsport Chamber of Commerce | KOSBE | 400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 100 | Kingsport | TN | 37660

Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.