KOSBE Announces Region Winners, 2017 KOSBE Awards

December 21, 2017

Kingsport, TN—The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 KOSBE Awards:

2017 Food Truck Business Excellence – Me & K’s (Gray, TN)

2017 Franchise Business Excellence – Fish Window Cleaning (Kingsport, TN)

2017 New Business Excellence – C & C Restoration (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Retail Business Excellence – Olive Oil Divine (Johnson City, TN)

2017 Woman-Owned Business Excellence – Cassia’s Salon & Spa (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Service Business Excellence – Wilson Worley PLC (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Veteran-Owned Business Excellence – PRO Tint (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Food Business Excellence – Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Construction Business Excellence – Jackson Jones Construction (Blountville, TN)

2017 Young Entrepreneur Business Excellence – Flight Athletic Academy (Kingsport, TN)

2017 Gazelle Business Excellence – Auntie Ruth’s Donuts & Pretzels (Chuckey, TN)

2017 IMPACT Award – Kayla Marie Hernandez (Jonesborough, TN)

The award winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport on December 14th. Several contenders and winners also received bonuses including print and radio advertising, marketing, co-working space, memberships, financial analysis, legal aid, training, and expert coaching.

The KOSBE Awards promote economic impact for the Tri-Cities by recognizing small businesses that are leading by example and making an extraordinary contribution to the communities they do business in. The winners exemplify leadership and excellence in overcoming adversity, and a passion for helping others succeed. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to other local small businesses, and they model best practices that will progress the region as a whole.

KOSBE Awards is sponsored by: Eastman, Phil’s Dream Pit, Cumberland Marketing, Millennium Auto Collision Repairs, Eastman Credit Union, Prendergast Construction, Drive18, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville TVA Credit Union, Pathway Lending, GAAM Wealth Advisors, NETWORKS, SunTrust, Triten Insurance, Food City, East Tennessee Eyecare, Honda of Kingsport, Fanatics 101, F&L Limo & Livery, Bridge Pointe Real Estate and Auction, Hillhouse Creative, AdviCoach, The Bagel Exchange, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, Oliver Coal Sales, Holston Valley Broadcasting, The Business Journal, VIPSeen, and Times-News.

For more information about KOSBE Awards, please visit www.kosbeawards.org.


KOSBE is a program of the Kingsport Chamber, and proud to be the Kingsport Affiliate Office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). The TSBDC Network is comprised of 15 locations throughout the State of Tennessee, whose primary function is to provide counseling services and educational opportunities to entrepreneurs and “for profit” new and existing small businesses.

Through its affiliation with TSBDC at ETSU, the Kingsport Affiliate Office has access to additional and unique resources and programs of a major regional university, enhancing services available to client businesses as well as certified TSBDC counselors.

In partnership with TSBDC at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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.