SBA’s Walter Perry To Keynote Bedwell Award Luncheon In Cleveland

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Walter Perry
Walter Perry

Walter Perry, district director for the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Tennessee, will offer the keynote address at the 2013 Mel Bedwell Small Business Person of the Year Award luncheon on Monday, May 6.

The luncheon kicks off Small Business Month celebrated by the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Perry was appointed as the senior representative for the SBA in Tennessee in January 2010. With a staff of 12 based in Nashville and Memphis, Mr. Perry leads the Tennessee District in facilitating loans to small businesses through lending institutions, advocating federal government contracting opportunities for small businesses, and working with local communities in all 95 Tennessee counties on entrepreneurial development and growth opportunities.

Mr. Perry is a veteran of over 20 years of federal experience, most recently serving in East Tennessee for the past 15 years at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge complex. During this time, he held the positions of deputy director of public affairs and community relations manager, where he was responsible for advocating science, environmental management and national security mission activities to the public, media and elected officials for a federal operation employing over 13,000 people with an annual budget of over $3 billion.

Mr. Perry holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. While operating a small business, he also earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of education degree, both from North Carolina State University. He also holds an associate of applied science degree from Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tn.

The Bedwell Award luncheon also honors an outstanding small business person in Cleveland and Bradley County for their success in six areas: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and evidence of contributions to the community.

This annual event, sponsored by the Chamber’s Small Business Committee, will be held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. The Chamber Board renamed the Small Business Person of the Year Award to honor the memory of Mel Bedwell, who was known for his energy, determination, ingenuity, honesty, enthusiasm and loyalty—all traits necessary for a successful small business owner. Mel was an owner with Jack Smith of Cleveland Business Machines.

Tickets to the event are available by calling the Chamber office at 472-6587 or by registering online through the events calendar at www.clevelandchamber.com. Single tickets are $20, and corporate tables of eight are $175. 


New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: 4 SEASONS LANDSCAPE & LAWN CARE LLC 9006 POTOMAC DR CHATTANOOGA, TN 37421 A+ INSULATION 5071 OOLTEWAH RINGGOLD RD #401 OOLTEWAH, TN 37363 A1 SURPLUS LLC 402 DIRECT CONNECTION DRIVE ROSSVILLE, GA 30741 AC CONSTRUCTION OF TN LLC 225 WEST BROW RD LOOKOUT MTN, TN 37350 ACCEPTANCE ... (click for more)

Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments On Challenge To Electrocution, Six Other Cases

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week regarding whether a death row inmate can properly challenge the constitutionality of electrocution as a possible method of execution. The Court will consider only one issue of many that are part of a lawsuit by 34 death row inmates challenging Tennessee’s death penalty protocol. The electrocution issue is before ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Dies In East Brainerd Crash Sunday Night

A motorcyclist died in a crash in East Brainerd on Sunday night. At approximately 10:07 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 8776 Igou Gap Road. It was found that t he motorcyclist left the roadway for unknown reasons. T he rider was pronounced deceased on scene by HCEMS. I nvestigators are working to determine the cause of the crash. (click for more)

Erlanger Chooses Epic Software For New $100 Million Electronic Medical Records System; CEO Judy Faulkner To Visit Chattanooga

Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel announced that the Chattanooga hospital has chosen Epic Systems for a new electronic medical records system that he said will cost close to $100 million over 10 years. He said Cerner was the other finalist for the major hospital expenditure. Mr. Spiegel said the new system will mean some 100 more jobs at Erlanger. He said Epic will bring up to 200 ... (click for more)

Injustice Is Terrible, But Shouldn't Lead To Rioting - And Response (2)

Injustice is terrible.  Period.  I am totally wowed, amazed, and grateful that the six officers have been charged in Baltimore.  Justice will be done like with the officer that shot the man in the back.   That being said,  I don't understand why, when atrocities like this happen, protests and marches can evolve into terrible rioting.  Fortunately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Red Meat To A Mob’

The city of Milwaukee is among the Top 20 Most Violent in the United States. It ranks No. 4 in poverty for cities its size, and is home to the most “make sense” sheriff in the world. I spent most of my morning reading to find out more about Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke because his is a voice we should have been listening to some time ago. He startled all of us on Friday ... (click for more)