TSBDC earns Eagle Award for small business loans

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TSBDC director Larry Rossini, left, with Walter N Perry of the U.S. Small Business Association and L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College.
TSBDC director Larry Rossini, left, with Walter N. Perry of the U.S. Small Business Administration and L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College.

Knoxville’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Pellissippi State Community College have been recognized for their excellence in facilitating working capital loans to small businesses.

The TSBDC and Pellissippi State recently received the Eagle Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee District, in recognition of the TSBDC having the highest number of clients assisted with small business loans among all 14 regions within the TSBDC network. The Eagle Award launched in 2013; Pellissippi State’s TSBDC has won the award two of the past three years.

In 2015, TSBDC Knoxville directly assisted seven clients who obtained a cumulative total of more than $4 million in Small Business Administration loans. As reported by the small businesses receiving funding, a cumulative total of 13 jobs were created and 32 jobs retained as a result of the firms receiving SBA loans to finance their capital needs. Four businesses were started with the loans.

“Pellissippi State’s leadership is evident to identify sources of capital for small business owners” said Walter Perry, District Director of SBA’s Tennessee District Office. “And it is through their relationships with East Tennessee lenders that dollars are available to start or expand a small business.” 

 “Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center has always been committed to helping businesses in our community find the resources they need in order to be successful” said L. Anthony Wise Jr., president of Pellissippi State Community College. “This recognition by the Small Business Administration is an affirmation of that good work.”

The SBA guarantees small business loans and through a cooperative agreement with Pellissippi State and the TSBDC, provides counseling and training to small business owners. A key component of this assistance is helping small business owners acquire capital through SBA-guaranteed loans made by area lenders. 

 A number of small businesses benefited from this funding, including a veterinarian, winery, restaurant, retail store, transportation services firm, research and development firm and a temporary services agency. Participating East Tennessee lenders assisting Pellissippi State clients included Commercial Bank, Pathway Lending, Peoples Bank, Renaissance Bank and UT Federal Credit Union.

Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center serves Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties.  In 2015, it served 466 clients for a total of 2,135 counseling hours. The TSBDC helped 30 new businesses start up, create 183 new jobs and retain 1,280 jobs. The firms TSBDC aided went on to create more than $11 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center, visit www.tsbdc.org or call 865-246-2663. For more information about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.

 

Download this press release: TSBDC Eagle Award 2016

Country Music Television brings Morgan Myles to Pellissippi State

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Morgan Myles

Pellissippi State Community College, in partnership with Country Music Television, invites everyone to hear up-and-coming country music singer Morgan Myles at a free concert March 18.

Myles is a rising country music singer whose lead single, “Whiskey Dreaming,” helped land her at No. 22 on the iTunes country music chart. She has also been identified as an artist to watch by Nashville Lifestyles and Country Weekly magazines and www.tasteofcountry.com.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Although the event is free, tickets are required to ensure seating availability. Tickets are available at locations on each campus.

Pick up your tickets at these locations:

  • The main offices at the Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Marketing and Communications, Goins Administration Building, Room 264 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Community Outreach, Goins Administration Building, Room 207 on the Hardin Valley Campus
  • Student Life, Goins Administration Building, Room 141 on the Hardin Valley Campus

The concert also will feature a performance by Pellissippi State’s own Hardin Valley Thunder bluegrass ensemble, as well as testimonials from Pellissippi State students.

The concert is presented by Pellissippi State in partnership with CMT’s Empowering Education initiative. Empowering Education works with colleges to capture student success stories, support local recruitment and foster local economic development.

For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/concert or call Patricia Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement, at 865-539-7242.  To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State nominates DENSO for 2015 Corporate Philanthropist

The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee as its 2015 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, based on a nomination by the Pellissippi State Foundation. DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee has been a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State Community College, donating funds for equipment and student scholarships. Pictured in front row, from left, are Bob Booker and Emilie Denson of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee with L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement. Also pictured are representatives from Pellissippi State and its Foundation.
The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recently named DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee as its 2015 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, based on a nomination by the Pellissippi State Foundation. DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee has been a longtime supporter of Pellissippi State Community College, donating funds for equipment and student scholarships. Pictured in front row, from left, are Bob Booker and Emilie Denson of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee with L. Anthony Wise Jr., Pellissippi State president, and Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation and vice president of College Advancement. Also pictured are representatives from Pellissippi State and its Foundation.

Pellissippi State: Y-12 machinists complete classroom portion of apprenticeship program

 

Y-12 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony
Pictured, in no order, are students in a Pellissippi State Community College and Y-12 National Security Complex apprenticeship program: Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady.

Ten employees of Y-12 National Security Complex have completed the classroom training at Pellissippi State Community College as part of the first class of an apprenticeship program that grows talent from within Y-12.

The students — Rachel Bachorek, Jason Brown, Jeff Bryant, John Bryant, Justin Dupas, Rashaad Gibbs, Brice Graham, Rachel Henley, Ryan Johnson, and Michael Lovelady — received classroom instruction and hands-on training at Pellissippi State on topics related to working in an advanced technological workplace.

The completion ceremony was at Marble Springs, the historic home of Governor John Sevier. The apprentices built and donated a lawnmower and informational kiosk to the site.

“Our apprenticeship program has been a big investment at CNS Y-12,” said Beth Green, senior staff to the director of infrastructure, at the ceremony. “We wanted to make an investment in growing our employees into journeyman-level positions, and I’m proud to see the results in the work on these projects.”

The apprenticeship program is a four-year investment: the apprentices still must complete the remainder of their fourth year of actual on the job learning at Y-12 in order to finish.

 “It’s the end of one phase and the beginning of the next,” said Lovelady. “We’ll finish up this year, and once that is done we’ll be journeyman machinists.”

The program allows students the opportunity to earn substantial credit hours toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, plus the opportunity to finish additional coursework, including 15 credit hours of general education courses required to complete an Engineering Technology degree, with a concentration of the student’s choice.

“You’re giving yourself the best opportunity to grow in the company,” Lovelady said of those who participate.

 “Anything in life is worth working for,” said Bachorek. “I’m setting a grand example for my daughter. Once you have your education, no one can take that away from you.”

The participants also make up the first class of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union apprentices at Y-12. The partnership between the college, Y-12 and the union makes training more convenient and affordable.

Pellissippi State’s Engineering Technology faculty and Business and Community Services Division developed the curriculum for the program. BCS works with employers to create customized training and development solutions. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 539-7167.

For more about Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call (865) 694-6400.

 

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