SBA Tennessee District Office Announces Small Business Week Award Winners

Green Cube Solutions (GCS), LLC of Blountville, TN Named Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year
Release Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018
Release Number: 
TN 18-2

SBA Tennessee District Office Announces Small Business WeekAward Winners


Green Cube Solutions (GCS), LLC of Blountville, TN Named Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year


Nashville, Tenn- The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) Tennessee District Office is proud to announce this year’s Small Business Week award winners for the State of Tennessee.

The winners are Joseph Powers of Green Cube Solutions (GCS), LLC, Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year; Ann Miller of Glitz-Nashville, Tennessee Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year; and  Christopher and Brenda Newton of Epic Event Centre and Chef Christopher’s, Tennessee Rural-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Small Business Person of the Year: Mr. Powers started GCS in 2012 as regional company doing business from a local level. The business provides services for many different uses of the containers to the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern portions of the United States. These large containers can be seen on the backs of trucks, trains, and on large ships. GCS takes pride in assisting their customers in by designing the perfect solution to meet their needs. This propelled the business to the next level of success. Some GCS custom projects range from “tiny home” builds to containers with multiple doors that allow a platform for self-storage facilities. 


Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: In April of 1996, Ms. Miller purchased Glitz, a rental business for prom and bridal gowns in Nashville, Tennessee. Soon after, Ann realized that the wear and tear on the gowns plus the added cost of alterations was not profitable.  She decided the business would become a strictly retail business with one full- time employee and seasonal help during the first few years. Ann marketed Glitz to high school students by participating in prom fashion shows and purposely not selling the same dress to any of the young ladies attending the same prom. In 2006, Ann purchased property to house the business, which allowed the increase of space creating 16 prom dress fitting rooms and 2 bridal fitting rooms.


Rural-owned Small Business of the Year: In 2002, Christopher and Brenda Newton started Chef Christopher’s Catering. The business managed to be kept debt free, grew to 20 employees, and became the top catering company in Sumner County, Tennessee. Chef Christopher’s Catering is a family business with the Newtons and their three sons working together.  In 2011, the Newtons wanted to expand the beyond Chef Christopher’s Catering and opened Epic Event Centre. This business is devoted to hosting special events from charity fundraisers and corporate outings to weddings.


Regional Subcontractor of the Year:  The SBA Office of Government Contracting awarded a Tennessee firm, TEVET, with this award. Tracy D. Solomon, President of TEVET, founded the company in 2004. This Greenville, Tennessee, veteran owned company provides goods and services to U.S. Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. National Small Business Week is being held from April 29-May 5 and is an annual event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions. Every day they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. For more information on National Small Business Week, please visit


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. To learn more about SBA, visit