TSBDC names Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 ‘Rising Star’

Tennessee Small Business Development Center Knoxville Director Bruce Hayes, left, with Blue Slip Winery owner Linn Slocum, center, and Pellissippi State Community College President L. Anthony Wise Jr.

The Knoxville office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center has named Blue Slip Winery as its 2017 Rising Star winner.

The Rising Star award is the highest honor TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in the Knoxville area. The award honors business owners who have achieved sustainability and success and who contribute to the growth and development of Tennessee’s economy.

“The Blue Slip Winery has come so far from its beginnings as a hobby for Linn Slocum,” said Bruce Hayes, director of Knoxville TSBDC. “Originally housed in only a small basement in the Old City, Blue Slip Winery expanded to become Knoxville’s first urban winery in 2014.”

“The restoration of an iconic landmark in the Southern Railway Station, mixed with Blue Slip Winery’s advancements in the wine industry has created a commodity for historic downtown Knoxville that locals and visitors can enjoy and watch grow,” Hayes said. “In recognition of her achievements and of the passion that allowed her to pursue her dreams, we’re honored to name Linn and the Blue Slip Winery as winner of the Rising Star Award.”

Pellissippi State’s Small Business Development Center serves Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union counties. In 2016, it served 454 clients for a total of 1673 counseling hours. The TSBDC helped 28 new businesses start up, create 107 new jobs and retain 183 jobs. The firms TSBDC aided went on to create more than $11 million in new capital investment into the local economy.

The Small Business Development Center is affiliated with Pellissippi State and partners with the College on training opportunities and workforce development. TSBDC is a network of professional business consultants with 13 centers throughout Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tsbdc.org.

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