Knoxville start-up does not win its category in “Dream Big Awards” finale

Being one of 24 finalists in a national competition with a record number of nominees – more than 700 – is an accomplishment. It is even more significant when you are competing with two other companies in one of the eight categories.

So, the region should celebrate that Rolling Storage LLC of Knoxville was one of the trio of finalists in the “Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award” during yesterday’s “Dream Big Awards” ceremony hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, the company, founded by Kaleb Winders, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville student and described in this teknovation.biz article, was bested by Teen Hustl of Broomfield, CO.

As described on its webpage, Rolling Storage assists “both events and venues by creating a secure storage solution that enhances the event-goer’s experience. We help event-goers store their valuables not allowed inside venues so that they can better enjoy their experience at events. Any live sporting events, music festivals, marathons, or any other events would benefit from our mobile storage options. Currently, we service the southeastern United States, but are expanding rapidly all over the country.”

Yesterday’s “Dream Big Awards” event spotlighted six other categories of small businesses and named the “Dream Big Small Business of the Year” – Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory of Ham Lake, MN. The recognition came with a $25,000 cash prize.

Other categories and the winners were:

  • “Community Support and Leadership Award,” recognizing exceptional service during the pandemic – InclusivCare of Avondale, LA;
  • “Emerging Business Achievement Award,” recognizing start-ups in business three years or less and with fewer than five employees – South LA Café of Los Angeles;
  • “Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award” – Waterlust of Miami;
  • “Minority-owned Business Achievement Award” – Dulan’s Soul Food, also of Los Angeles;
  • “Veteran-owned Business Achievement Award” – Aptive Resources of Alexandria, VA; and
  • “Woman-owned Business Achievement Award” – JJPR Agency of Daphne, AL.

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