Success Stories

Nashville,Tenn--Monchiere Holmes-Jones is the founder and Chief Brand Curator of Mojo Marketing + PR,LLC in Nashville, Tennessee. She has over 14 years experience in the public relations field and is, according to her bio, 'a passion-driven entrepreneur, professional speaker, idea maven, and an advocate for women business owners Tennessee.'


Monchiere launched Mojo Marketing + PR in 2011 as a boutique marketing + communications company that assists growing small businesses--who may only have grass root marketing budgets--with big brand strategies. Mojo has specialized in brand launches, content strategy and development, and social media marketing.


'We create brand magic--that is our Mojo,' says Monchiere.


When asked about giving advice to other entrepreneurs, Monchiere (who is also a mentor) says to consider if their brand and product or service line will still be relevant after seven years.


'Plan and brand for the... Read More

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 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