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June 26, 2022 | Tom Ballard

This week’s “News & Notes” feature spotlights recognitions and opportunities

From Knoxville:

  • Angelique Adams, local author, executive coach and mentor, has been named one of the 10 “Most Influential People in Leadership Consulting” by a publication named CIO Views. The former corporate executive (see our September 2021 article hereis involved with a number of local organizations these days as well as her business that is focused on helping scientists and engineers become influential leaders. Click here to see what CIO Views wrote about Adams.
  • The Knoxville edition of The Ledger spotlighted Erika Biddix, Owner of Aught, a shared working space for female business owners, and Biddix Meetings and Events, a planning company. As described in several previous posts on, Aught, initially branded as Girl Boss Offices, has two Knoxville locations. The Ledger article can be found here.

From Chattanooga:

CO.LAB has announced that it is recruiting for a Rural Outreach and Programs Manager. Responsibilities (see job description here) include strategic outreach to rural counties in the entrepreneur center’s rural service area, event management, and support for CO.LAB activities in areas including programs, capital access, and marketing. As noted in the position description, there is no deadline to apply. “Interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled.”

From Johnson City:

STRIVE, the acronym for “Start-up Training Resources Inspiring Veteran Entrepreneurship,” is now accepting applications for the next eight-week course that begins September 6. It is free and designed for veterans, Reserve and National Guard members interested in business or idea development. The course consists of evening meetings with online coursework between classes.  East Tennessee State University is the second institution in the country selected to host a STRIVE program through a partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). For more information, click here. Application deadline is August 1.

From Cookeville:

The Highlands Economic Partnership (HEP), a four-county economic development partnership operating under the purview of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, is launching the “Highlands Training Center” later this year. One of only six non-profit, accredited training centers across the state, the new eight-week program will focus on focus on workforce reentry.

From Nashville but with Statewide Implications:

The University of Tennessee’s (UT) Center for Industrial Services officially launched its new resource named “CONNEXTM Tennessee” last Wednesday. Developed in collaboration with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it is described as “a powerful online manufacturer-supplier database and connectivity platform provided as a no-cost resource for Tennessee manufacturers and suppliers.” CONNEXTM Tennessee is the only supply chain tool specifically promoting the capabilities of Tennessee’s manufacturing industry.

From Washington, DC but with Oak Ridge Ties:

At the recent “Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) National Summit,” the organization awarded its 2022 “Corridor Champion Award” to Bill Tindal and Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC (CNS) for their outstanding individual and organizational leadership and support of the TVC. Tindal is a Past Chair of the organization who was recently named as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of CNS.

From Tullahoma:

The UT Space Institute (UTSI) has selected John Schmisseur as its new Executive Director and also as an Associate Dean at the Tickle College of Engineering at UT, Knoxville (UTK), its administrative home. Schmisseur first came to UTSI in 2014 after spending 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory and has numerous other Air Force and aeronautics accolades. UTSI recently opened a Research Center in Cummings Research Park in nearby Huntsville, AL to enhance collaborations with enterprises in the community.

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