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July 25, 2012 | Tom Ballard

West Knox company wins TSBDC’s “Rising Star Award”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following release was provided by the Knoxville Office of  The Tennessee Small Business Development Center.)

The Knoxville Office of  The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, a division of Pellissippi State Community College, is proud to announce West Knoxville’s  as 2012’s Rising Star winner for business excellence. The Outlet Drive operation has grown from a start-up to a seven-person operation. Triple 8 sells diapers under the Swaddlebees and Blueberry brand names.

The company started with Casey McClure and his wife, Margarita, making diapers in the couple’s spare bedroom. Today, they offer a product line with different materials, accessories, and patterns. The company has sold more than 600,000 diapers in approximately 20 countries.

“Our Rising Star award is the biggest honor the TSBDC has to recognize growing small businesses in Knox County,” Rob Karpick, senior business specialist with the TSBDC said. “The success Triple 8 has found through hard work, dedication, and a passion for customer service is something we really need to celebrate as a community.”

TDBDC officials will present the McClures with the Rising Star award Tuesday, July 31 at noon. McClure will be available for interviews both before and after the announcement. Triple 8’s Outlet Drive facility is open to the media for video and photographs starting at 11 a.m. that day.

About the Tennessee Small Business Development Center

The TSBDC is a network of professional business consultants with 14 centers and 5 affiliate offices throughout the State of Tennessee. The TSBDC prides itself on providing expert business advice to all types of businesses whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, service provider, or a professional; we are here to help you help yourself.  We also maintain an international trade center. Find out more about TSBDC at   The TSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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