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100Knoxville | Laura Faye is the next big luxury handbag brand

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Jessica Robinson loves all things fashion. “I actually fell in love with fashion in high school,” she said. “In 11th grade, I was nominated for best dressed.” She got a degree in fashion merchandising, went back for a master’s, and ended up at an internship with…

100Knoxville | Sybil Bailey wants to pop your pimples

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Sybil Bailey is a native Knoxvillian. She’s married. She has cats. She’s happy. And she’s most proud of her reputation. “I think the older I get the more mellow I am. So my impact is mostly warm,” she said. Warm is how you feel in her…

100Knoxville | Doula Alexis Alsup wants mothers to feel empowered by birth

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA If there’s one thing Alexis Alsup knows very well, it’s how to help birth a baby. “Over 23 births thus far,” Alsup said. Twenty-five if you count the two kids she gave birth to herself. Alsup is a doula. She owns Empowered Doula Services and…

Latest cohort of “100Knoxville” program announced

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) has announced the sixth cohort of its “100Knoxville” program, and this group of five founders is sponsored by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The five-week sprint, which begins in early November, matches the entrepreneurs with mentors who will help them clarify strategy, make connections across the…

100Knoxville alum hopes Dream Beauty Academy will draw more people to the hair industry

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another article on a participant in Cohort 4 of “100Knoxville,” an initiative from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. The program aims to help Black-owned businesses grow by $10,000,000 in five years. Look for more stories in upcoming issues of teknovation.biz and find our previous coverage here.)  By…

Newest cohort of “100Knoxville” program announced

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) has announced participants in the next cohort of its “100Knoxville” program. Five founders have been matched with mentors for a five-week sprint that kicks off this month to help the entrepreneurs clarify strategy, make connections across the entrepreneurial community, improve operations, and, most importantly, increase…

“100Knoxville” alum Jarius Bush wrote his first rap in the third grade

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another article spotlighting a participant in the “100Knoxville” program, an initiative that aims to help Black-owned businesses grow by $10,000,000 in five years.)  By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA Jarius Bush wrote his first rap in the third grade as part of a competition…

Cohort 4 of “100Knoxville” program underway

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As the fourth cohort of the “100Knoxville” program kicks-off, look for articles on each of the participants who completed Cohort 3 in the next several weeks.) It’s another five-week sprint for the fourth cohort in the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s “100Knoxville” initiative. The program, which is patterned after the…

Kandis Troutman adds her own touches to the “100Knoxville” program

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA Cohort 3 of 100Knoxville recently graduated from the five-week program. But this time, the initiative had a different structure after the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) brought in Kandis Troutman, a local Purpose and Prosperity Coach, to be the Lead Facilitator. Through her…