TSBDC To Recognize Local Rising Stars And Small Business Person Of The Year During CEO Speaker Series On Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Precluding the CEO Speaker Series on Oct. 14, Sharyn Moreland, managing director, TN Small Business Development Center will recognize local Rising Stars and the TSBDC Small Business Person of the Year for 2015.

The Rising Star award is given annually by the TSBDC to the companies that best exemplify not only business success, but also an outstanding working relationship with the TSBDC and use of the services it provides. This year’s Rising Stars are Joe Bozich, president of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chattanooga, Kelsey Vasileff, owner, Southern Sqweeze, and Lynn Talbott, founder and owner, HR Business Solutions.

Named TSBDC Small Business Person of the Year and a Rising Star, Ms. Talbott, has more than 20 years’ experience in assisting small businesses with QuickBooks and bookkeeping services.  In 2012, she founded her own company, HR Business Solutions, and has since helped over 80 Chattanooga start-ups achieve real financial success. She is an energetic teacher, trainer, coach, and business advisor who is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Ivette Rios, TSBDC Certified Global Business professional and Sr. Business counselor will introduce Emerson Russell of ERMC, keynote speaker for CEO Speaker Series, “The Talk of the Town.”

With extensive training in criminal justice, Mr. Russell began his own security company in 1972. Within two years, he expanded the company to include janitorial and facility maintenance services. In 1975, he started ERMC (Emerson Russell Maintenance Company), a total facility services company known for meeting customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations. As a successful entrepreneur, Emerson will share his challenges and successes with the audience over breakfast, interviewed by broadcast journalist Rachel Oesch Willeford.

The CEO Speaker Series is a cooperative effort between The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, The Company Lab, Chattanooga State Community College, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration. The sponsors for the event include Cohutta Banking Company, a Division of Synovus Bank; Cornerstone Community Bank; Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC; SunTrust Bank, and the First Tennessee Foundation.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. The event will be $10 for all who pre-register, and $15 cash at the door. The registration deadline is Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Register at www.tsbdc.org/chscc (click “View Upcoming Training, Topic is “Managing a Business”).

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