Success Story: Ha.Le’ Mind and Body

Success story: Ha.Le Mind & Body

Entrepreneur changes clients’ lives one movement at a time at integrative healthcare practice Janice Cathey immigrated to America from Vietnam at young age. Growing up, her mom was always offering soups and broths and tinctures and all sorts of salves to cure coughs and ward off illness. “I didn’t see it as medicine at the

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Success Story: Quinn Appliance

Success Story: Quinn Appliance

Mother and son duo cook up small business success at East Tennessee appliance store John Burcham spent five years as a sales rep for a high end kitchen appliance brand. But he dreamed of going into business for himself. “I’ve always been a free-spirit entrepreneur,” says John. “All the time I’d be driving around town

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HOW TO: Tap Into the Veteran Entrepreneurship Network

how to: tap into the veterans entrepreneurship network

An overview of support services available for veteran business owners It begins with an idea. You have a great vision for a business venture, but may not know where to start. Or, you’re already a veteran business owner with big plans to continue growth. Regardless of your status – veteran, service member, National Guard, Reserve,

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Success Story: First Cumberland Properties

Success Story: First Cumberland Properties, a Pathway Lending Multi-Family housing partner

Developers partner with Pathway Lending to retain and renovate affordable multifamily housing in Tennessee Nearly 30 years ago, Phil Owen and Robert Trent founded First Cumberland Properties “to provide working families with extraordinary housing.” Now affordable housing industry leaders, Owen and Trent have utilized Pathway Lending’s Tennessee Affordable Multifamily Housing Fund on three projects to

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Success Story: Aenon Auto Recycling & Parts

Success Story: Aenon Auto Recycling & Parts

Business owners prove success runs in the family at Cookeville salvage yard For Leonardo Vazquez, owning an automotive repair company was always the dream. From the age of 12, he’d learned the ropes of automotive body work, and became a master by 15. Working from a home-based garage in Mexico, Leonardo learned that as an

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Ways to Fund Your Business: Bootstrapping

Sources of Business Funding: Bootstrapping

How to bootstrap your business Bootstrapping means starting or growing your business with the resources you already have, without the use of outside funds. Here is a helpful article from Intuit QuickBooks on how to bootstrap a small business. Methods of bootstrapping your business include: -Personal Savings/Debt Many entrepreneurs budget carefully to build up their

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Success Story: The Catering Companies & Bell Mill Mansion

Success Story: The Catering Companies & Bell Mill Mansion

Solar farm at event hall marries lower energy bills and environmental stewardship Tara Plumlee grew up in the food industry – helping at her father’s barbecue restaurant from the age of 13. After trying her hand at owning and operating a restaurant, she started The Catering Companies in Chattanooga to give her a more flexible schedule

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Ways to Fund Your Business: Find an investor

Sources of business funding: Contact an investor

Why investors seek small business owners to invest in and the risks you’ll face If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank, you may think this is how investors operate. While investors are great when looking to fund your small business, typically, it’s difficult to maintain control over the future direction of your business. Investors buy ownership

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Success Story: Intrinsic Balance Chiropractic & Health Services

Success Story: Intrinsic Balance Chiropractic & Health Services

Alabama woman makes adjustment from franchise manager to chiropractic practice owner Dr. Morgan Fountain first named her business “Intrinsic Balance” as part of a project during her final year of chiropractic school. “Opening your own practice and being an entrepreneur is the end goal for most chiropractic students, but for me it was this amorphous

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How to: Government Contracting for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Government contracting for Veteran-owned businesses

Government contracting and procurement tips for vetrepreneurs GWACs, IDIQs, T&M – oh my! To a new business owner, these acronyms look like alphabet soup. To government entities, they look like work. But to a veteran business owner competing for a government contract, “GWAC, IDIQ, and T&M” look like opportunity. To start off, the terms, “GWAC,

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