New Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Small Business Entrepreneurial Resources in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Roane State Community College, provides free resources for local small businesses and entrepreneurs  

Oak Ridge, Tenn.  August 10, 2020 – Oak Ridge’s office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) has announced a new advertising campaign to draw attention to the resources available for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the counties of Anderson, Campbell, Cumberland, Loudon, Morgan, Roane and Scott. The center, which operates in partnership with Roane State Community College, points to the recent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as cause to launch the campaign, ensuring the local business community is aware of tools available to help them navigate the extraordinary circumstances.  

“The expertise available at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center is second to none,” says Dr. Chris Waley, President of Roane State Community College. “Their advice and assistance with business planning can make a world of difference for entrepreneurs, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.” 

While COVID-19 might have motivated the new campaign, TSBDC has a long history of supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state. In the more than 30 years of its existence, TSBDC has assisted hundreds of thousands of Tennessee businesses, from manufacturers, to retailers, to service providers, and entrepreneurs who have a business idea. Oak Ridge’s TSBDC Center provides myriad services for entrepreneurs to take advantage of free confidential counseling as well as public training seminars on many business-related topics.  

“Potential and existing businesses benefit from free and confidential counseling and training tailored to their needs,” says Center Director Jutta Bangs. “This free assistance is important especially during these challenging times.” 

Local businesses such as Falcon Company Tactical of Greenback took full advantage of the TSBDC’s 
business resources in the development of their business. 

“TSBDC gave our company a roadmap to help navigate so many topics in uncertain times” says Jennifer Gilmore, CFO/Government Sales of Falcon Company Tactical. “They have been patient and wise mentors to hear our struggles and celebrate the wins! TSBDC has been here to help shape our goals as we continue down our path as a small business.” 

Whether you want to start a business, grow a business, or sustain a business, TSBDC advisors are here for you. To contact the Oak Ridge TSBDC center, call 865-483-2668. More information about TSBDC’s resources can be found at

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About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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