Who are the 2018 KOSBE Award winners?

Hank Hayes • Dec 24, 2018 at 8:18 AM

KINGSPORT – Thirteen local small business award winners have been recognized by the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) at an awards ceremony held at the Meadowview Marriott.

According to Ernie Rumbsy, KOSBE Awards Head Judge and 2018 IMPACT Award Winner, “All of these local companies have demonstrated exceptional leadership, decision-making capability, creativity, innovation, honesty, integrity, passion, high standards and best practices. I’m honored to be in the company of such prestigious people, people who make a difference in this community.”

The KOSBE Awards promote economic impact 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.

The winners are:

•2018 Food Business Excellence – Santa Fe Mexican Grill.

•2018 Franchise Business Excellence – Stanley Steemer.

•2018 New Business Excellence – Taylor’s Martial Arts Academy.

•2018 Retail Business Excellence – Just Dandy Boutique.

•2018 Woman-Owned Business Excellence – Moon Tuxedo Sales & Rental.

•2018 Service Business Excellence – Martin Dentistry.

•2018 Veteran-Owned Business Excellence – Tri-Cities Orthodontic Specialists.

•2018 Pillar of Excellence – Grant Tire & Auto.

•2018 Construction Business Excellence – Zion. Marine, Inc.

•2018 Young Entrepreneur Business Excellence – Haynie’s Lawn & Landscaping.

•2018 Innovation Business Excellence – Ripper Arts Studio.

•2018 Manufacturing Business Excellence – Zion Stone, LLC.

•2018 IMPACT Award – Ernie Rumsby.

The KOSBE Awards is sponsored by: Phil’s Dream Pit, Cumberland Marketing, Millennium Auto Collision Repairs, Eastman Credit Union, Eastman, Prendergast Construction Company, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Pathway Lending, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, Triten Insurance, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, AdviCoach, East Tennessee Eye Care, Hillhouse Graphic Design, Fanatics 101, Honda Kingsport, The Bagel Exchange, Powell Valley National Bank, Food City, Fish Window Cleaning, Sun Trust Bank and Bridge Pointe Real Estate. 

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