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June 11, 2023 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Regional events top the list

CO.LAB hosting two events - one in Dayton, another in Cleveland, while Sync Space and several other organizations are partnering for a "Business & Arts at the Ballpark" event.

From Chattanooga:

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is hosting two free events that are open to the public. Both are outside Chattanooga.

  • From 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 12, the entrepreneur center will host a “MainStreet Mixer” at 379 2nd Avenue in Dayton. To register, click here.
  • From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15, there will be a “Community Cookout” at City Fields, 1075 Blythe Avenue Southeast, Suite #2, in Cleveland. Click here to register.

From Kingsport:

The Sync Space Entrepreneur Center is collaborating with other area organizations to host a unique event from 7 to 10 p.m. June 16 at the Hunter Wright Stadium. It’s called “Business & Arts at the Ballpark” and is co-sponsored by Create Appalachia, Holston Business Development Center, The Inventor Center, KOSBE, and PEAK with support from Launch Tennessee.

According to the announcement, each partner will have a table where attendees will have the opportunity to learn how the collaborators can help turn their ideas into a thriving business. “From building prototypes to finding customers and markets, this event has got you covered,” the announcement reads. “Let our experts guide you as you take the first steps towards building your dream business. You don’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity, so mark the date, bring your A-game, and let us help you do the thing.”

To register, click here.

From Johnson City:

Skincare company Crown Laboratories has added a 60,000-square foot addition to its manufacturing facilities, bringing the total space to about 250,000-square feet. Readers might not recognize the company name itself, but you no doubt know some of its brands that include PanOxyl® acne wash, Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen, StriVectin® anti-aging skin care, and the recently launched BIOJUVETM brand, a living microbiome technology serum.

From Oak Ridge:

Last week was one that generated a number of news items about technologies being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In addition to this one about Holocene licensing an innovative and sustainable chemistry for capturing carbon dioxide from the air, the lab also announced that scientists:

  • Found that a small tweak created big performance improvements in a type of solid-state battery that is considered vital to broader electric vehicle adoption (click here to read the article);
  • Invented a coating that could dramatically reduce friction in common load-bearing systems with moving parts, from vehicle drive trains to wind and hydroelectric turbines. It reduces the friction of steel rubbing on steel at least a hundredfold (click here to read the article); 
  • Collaborated with Enginuity Power Systems to demonstrate that a micro combined heat and power prototype (mCHP) with a piston engine can achieve an overall energy efficiency greater than 93 percent. Designed to replace a backup generator or traditional gas hot water heater, the mCHP switches between natural gas, hydrogen, or biogas and combines battery storage and solar energy (click here to read the article); and
  • Worked with Magotteaux, a global materials and castings company serving the mining, cement, and aggregates industries, used a RevV grant from the State of Tennessee to develop a more durable composition and a new 3D-printing process for creating abrasion-resistant materials (click here to read the article).

Speaking of Holocene, the company hosted an open house on Friday evening at  its new offices on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Co-Founder Anca Timofte told us the company has grown fast, now having about a dozen employees including interns.

From Nashville:

Jumpstart Health Investors (JHI) has launched a new weekly podcast featuring Co-Founders Vic Gatto and Marcus Whitney. According to a recent email, they “review and unpack the happenings in U.S. healthcare, finance, technology and policy. With a firm belief that our healthcare system is doomed without entrepreneurship, they work through the mud to find the jewels, highlight headwinds and tailwinds, and bring on the smartest guests to fill in the gaps.” Those interested can subscribe here.

From Memphis:

The city known as the “Home of the Blues” is one of five selected for the Comcast RISE program, a multi-year initiative designed to help small businesses grow and thrive in Baltimore, Detroit, Portland, Philadelphia and Memphis. The program provides valuable resources, tools, and support to address the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the small business community. According to an announcement from Epicenter, another of the Launch Tennessee-supported entrepreneur ceneters, the program provides assistance in these areas:

  • Technology Makeovers: Upgrade a small business’ technology infrastructure with computer equipment and internet, voice and cybersecurity services for 12 months. (Taxes and other fees may still apply for tech makeover services.)
  • Marketing and Advertising Services: Increase a company’s visibility and reach with production of a 30-second TV commercial, plus a media strategy consultation and 180-day media placement schedule.
  • Business and Educational Resources: Gain invaluable knowledge and insights from industry experts through virtual workshops, webinars, and one-on-one coaching sessions.
  • Monetary Grants: Eligible applicants have the chance to receive a $5,000 monetary grant to invest in growth and sustainability.

There’s an online application with a deadline of June 30.

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