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Success Stories

Woman-Owned Small Business Cultivated in Business Incubator and Nurtured with Small Business Development Center Counseling


HR Business Solutions, LLC (HR Biz), was started in 2012 by Lynn Talbott after consulting with her MBA advisor who recommended that she turn her consulting business into an official company.


After exploring the INCubator located in the Hamilton County Business Development Center (BDC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, HR Biz became a tenant. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals who were in early stages of business, HR Biz benefitted significantly. With low-cost rent in the INCubator and business counseling services through the BDC, HR Biz never had to obtain a loan as a start-up.


As a solo entrepreneur, the SBA provided accountability and a sounding-board whenever Lynn needed it. The triad partnership of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in... Read More

Nautilus Pottery

Lakeland,Tenn--Rose Conway, a retired Veteran from the U.S. Navy, began her company, Nautilus Pottery as a hobby. After serving in the military for 24 years, Conway decided she should pursue a hobby or two and maybe start a business. She established a reputation for her superior artwork and pottery after using a kiln supplied to her by a nearby community center.

In 2014, Rose Conway attended a Boots 2 Business training event in Millington at the U.S. Navy installation there. SBA and its resource partners, the TN Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Starkville, MS support the two-day training course for active duty in transition and retired Veterans--and their families. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is a national SBA partner in this training program which also includes a one-day program called ReBoot.

Rose Conway displayed her pottery during the two-day training... Read More


Crossville,Tenn.-- Irene Blackburn developed an important niche in the advertising market in one of Tennessee's most scenic and most tourist-traveled areas--the Cumberland Plateau in and around Crossville. A retired school principal, she and her husband Steve started building an advertising and directory business in 2010 and now have a circulation base of over ten thousand clients.

'We began as a small local advertising company, Fairfield Glade Resource Directory, in September 2010 as an effort to connect residents to quality businesses...it was a challenge determining which local businesses were of high quality,' says Blackburn. The Glade Resource Directory has become the most successful local business guide in the region.

Now entering its seventh year in business, Blackburn's firm also promotes businesses that serve Cumberland County and nearby counties in the Plateau area through a group of publications.

'We publish a weekly E-... Read More

Women Owned Video Production Company Grows and Thrives With SBA Assistance

Nashville, Tenn. Alba Gonzalez Nylander and Jennifer Goldstein Fritz started AJ Media Services (AJMS) as an outgrowth of their long tenure as seasoned broadcast video and editing professionals. Their 30 combined years of experience, top-notch skills and passion for media services led them to start their own company to serve government, businesses, universities and organizations nationwide with top video productions; including multicultural and bi-lingual media. Since launching in 2010, AJMS, a 100% woman-owned small business, has enjoyed a rich history of satisfying clients including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), USDA, University of Notre Dame, Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue, Toyota Sports Center Los Angeles, Amazon, Cracker Barrel Country Store and Marriott Hotels and Resorts.

When they started in 2010, the SBA Tennessee District Office invited AJMS to attend its first Annual... Read More