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-Newsletter,'Cumberland E-News', and have about 1,300 E-newsletter subscribers. We sponsor two Home & Health Fairs each year, at the beautiful Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center in Cumberland County.  We also publish an Annual Resource Directory, with a 10,000 distribution in Cumberland County Distribution begins each March and continues throughout the year,' notes Blackburn.

Blackburn credits a great portion of her success to the assistance she received from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) in Cookeville, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The TSBDC has also nominated Blackburn for an SBA Tennessee Small Business Week award. She is also a member of the Crossville Chapter of Business Network International (BNI).

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