Client Profile: Bristol Skateway

The opening of Bristol Skateway in September 2018 was the realization of a long-held dream for the Bristol community and neighboring cities as much as for its owner-operators Gary Easmunt and partner Debbie Williams. Easmunt and Williams first learned of the property in 2016, a neglected rink that operated for four decades before it closed

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Success Story: Ha.Le’ Mind and 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

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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Ways to Fund Your Business: Find 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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Ways to Fund Your Business: Launch a crowdfunding campaign

Explore a modern way to fund your business in crowdfunding Crowdfunding is a newer form of funding that puts some excitement into raising money for new products and/or business ideas. This kind of lending allows for the account creator to gain funds by asking for the support of family, friends, and fans. Websites like Kickstarter.com and

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Ways to fund your business: Apply for a loan

When and how to use a small business loan to grow your business The bank is the first place many small business owners go for startup capital or a line of credit to grow their business. Before you pursue an online loan or launch a crowdfunding campaign, talk to your personal banker to learn what

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Success Story: Collins & Co. Barber Shop

Experienced stylists make the cut as first-time business owners Longtime stylist Tabitha Parsley and master barber Robert Collins worked for years at the original location of Red’s Class Barbershop in Indianapolis. After relocating to Nashville to help run the second location, these young entrepreneurs dreamed of owning their own shop. “One day we looked at

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Travis Hughes Joins Pathway Lending Team

Pathway Lending hires Memphis-based business lender and certified business advisor as VP of Commercial Lending and Client Relations Pathway Lending is excited to welcome Travis Hughes as the newest member of our staff. As our Vice President of Commercial Lending and Client Relations, Travis is leading our efforts to bring funding, education, and support to

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How to buy an existing business in 8 steps

Want to buy an existing business? Here’s what you need to know. Buying an existing business has many advantages over starting an entirely new one. Existing businesses typically already have employees, clients, inventory, processes, cash flow, and historical financial performance. While operations can begin right away, buying an existing business presents several challenges that should

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