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WKRN: Young Tennessee Entrepreneurs Use Coffee to Help Students with College Debt
“Coffee4College is a social enterprise trying to help students lower the cost of college by selling coffee bags,” CEO, Gregory August stated. The business model won a $1000 grant through the Oasis Center.

Memphis Business Journal: Memphians Start Crowdfunding Site for African-Americans
Urban Fundr, started two years ago, has raised almost $34,000 to fund campaigns that help the surrounding community. “The whole key here is creating jobs, circulating income, creating investment and being able to spend,” creator Todd Harris said, “The plan is to help create an environment controlled by the people that live in that environment.” 7 Tips for Funding Your Veteran-Owned Small Business
 “Military veterans often face challenges when it comes to funding their business with a veteran small business loan, but finding capital that works for you is not impossible especially when you have help…”

The Tennessean: Advice to Entrepreneurs from Former Twitter Engineer: Diversify
… Lori Feinsilver from UBS also spoke and noted that, “while women are building companies at faster rates, they are building small companies with limited revenue instead of high-growth businesses…”

PRWeb: The World’s Most Creative Students to Showcase Innovative Solutions
Over 8,000 students from more than 15 countries showcased their, “innovative solutions in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)” in Knoxville, TN during the 17th annual Global Finals Competition. 

The Index: Lessons on Leading a High-Growth Business
Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, “shares insights on taking risks, scaling at Google, and working through differences with Mark Zuckerberg.”

Knoxville News Sentinel: TN Veterans Business Association Relaunches at Villa Collina
Founded in 2010 by Navy veteran Jonathan Williams…. Based in Knoxville, Williams is looking to, “open chapters in Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis, Clarksville, Johnson City, Powel and many other places.”

U.S. Small Business Administration: Where to Find Small Business Loans Online
 “Small businesses have more choices and options for loans and financing than ever. And the good news is you have access to a wide range of resources at your fingertips, without leaving your office—…”

IRS: Home Office Deduction Often Overlooked by Small Business Owners
…in light of National Small Business Week. “The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small business owners who work from a home office that there are two options for claiming Home Office Deduction.”

Forbes: 15-Year-Old Mo’s Bows Founder Hustles His Way Into NBA Partnership
…NBA Vice President, Lisa Piken Koper, says, “Moziah’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are an inspiration, and we are thrilled about the launch of the Mo’s Bows NBA Collection.”

Bizwomen: Shoptiques: The Website for Independent Boutiques
Olga Vidisheva, founder of Shoptiques, created a business that connects small boutiques to women all over the world enabling them to compete with big corporations like Macy’s and Amazon.

Forbes: 5 Secrets Revealed: How This Startup Crushed Their Crowdfunding Goal
…Raising capital for your startup is hard enough when you have an idea the world has never seen before. Stilform, recipient of the Red Dot Design award in 2016, met its funding goal on Kickstarter in 24 hours…


Entrepreneurship: Zero Barriers Movement (video)
The Zero Barriers Movement works to increase the success of startups regardless of race, age, or gender. “You should be able to start a business quickly, inexpensively, without confusion and without barriers.” 

High Ground News: MIT Trains Memphis High School Students in Launching Their Own Businesses Before They Even Go to College
… MIT Launch, wants Memphians to know that young people can bring a special edge to the startup community.

The Knoxville Chamber: Diversity Champions
Diversity Champions is a group of 60 Knoxville-area business leaders focused on communicating the importance of a diverse workforce. Click here for a video on the Diversity Champion mission

CNBC: Women are Combining Profit with Purpose to Create a Better World
…As more women pursue social entrepreneurship, women investors are stepping up to provide funding. The investment group Pipeline Angels was launched in 2011 to allocate more angel investing dollars to women, particularly minorities…

U.S. Business Leadership Network: Global Disability Employment Summit
This event will bring together businesses to discuss the importance of disability inclusion in their workforce, marketplace, and supply chain. Co- Hosted by U.S. Business Leadership Network and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce…

EBV Foundation: Daniel Spangler – A Dog’s Dream and A Dog’s Dream Dreamer’s Foundation
Retired U.S. Marine Corps technician, Dani Spangler started his own business upon his return to the states.
…since inception, A Dog’s Dream’s sales have risen on average 15 percent each year.

The Atlantic: Latino Entrepreneurs May Be the U.S. Economy’s Best Bet
… the study’s poll of 1,800 Latino entrepreneurs concluded that Latino-owned businesses are small and slower-growing than the national average. If they generated as much revenue as other U.S. businesses, […], they could add $1.4 trillion…

The Paris Post-Intelligencer: Teen Entrepreneur’s Health Food Stocked at 180 Stores
Starting out at the local farmer’s market, Abby Kircher started a business before many kids had taken their SATs. Abby’s Better Nut Butter is on the shelves of more than 180 stores across [NC, SC, VA, NY and TN]…

BizJournals: Three Girl Entrepreneurs Win Big in Firt-Ever ‘Girl Starter’ Competition
Girl Starter is a revolutionary transmedia entertainment and technology company that activates, amplifies, mentors and funds the next generation of female business leaders and innovators.

Entrepreneur: Grants and Loans for Women-Owned Businesses
When researching grants specifically for a woman-owned business, start at the state level. Most states offer grants for women-owned businesses in some capacity. Each state website has a business section where you can find grant and funding opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses.

BizJournals: For Women and Minority-owned Firms, Certification Can Be a ‘golden ticket’
Though the process was somewhat time consuming and arduous, Jennifer Persico said she’s glad she did it, and encourages women and minority business owners to pursue the certification, despite how daunting it may seem...