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December 02, 2015 | Tom Ballard

Sam and Carol Jane Weaver helping other start-ups succeed with Sizzle TechStart

Proton Power

Talk about a wonderful way to give back to a community.

Sam Weaver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proton Power Inc. in Roane County, and his wife, Carol Jane, have created a new entity named Sizzle TechStart that will help launch new companies in the very same building where Proton Power was started.

Sizzle TechStart is housed in an old farmhouse at 487 Sam Rayburn Parkway in Lenoir City. It was this building within the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park where Proton Power was started in 2007. It was also the location where I interviewed Sam Weaver for a multi-part series for that posted in early 2013. Here are the links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.

Randy Boyd, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee, will be joining representatives from Proton Power, the Roane Alliance and Chamber, and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning at the farm house.

According to an announcement from the Roane Alliance, the building has six separate offices that can be leased to start-up entrepreneurs or existing business owners. Sizzle TechStart even has its own webpage.

“When you think about a steak, it’s the sizzle, not the meat, that creates the excitement,” Sam Weaver said in describing how he and his wife created the name and concept for the business incubator. “I think I know what entrepreneurs need. They need the space to set up and work.  Sizzle TechStart will make it easier for them to get started.”

The Roane Alliance is working with KEC on programming and other support services.

To learn more, read the Roane Alliance news release (Sizzle TechStart News Release 11-19-15).

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