Made for Knoxville: Tanika Harper

Maker and Change Maker: Meet Tanika Harper, Founder of Harper’s Naturals Tanika created an entire skin care line by hand just to keep her own skin healthy, and in the process realized that she could help others who wanted pure, chemical free, handcrafted products.  But helping others didn’t stop with skin care. Tanika is a […]

Made for Knoxville: Samantha Lane

Balance-seeker and Guide: Meet Samantha Lane, Founder of Origami Day Life is short, and Samantha Lane is determined to make the most of it – but not in the typical “always on” 24/7 culture that people like Steve Jobs made famous. After a life-changing surgery, Samantha Lane made the difficult decision to leave the corporate […]

Made for Knoxville: Marcus Hall

Style Icon and Craftsman: Meet Marcus Hall, Founder of Marc Nelson Denim. KEC is excited to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by sharing stories of innovation and inspiration from Black founders in our community, beginning with Marcus Hall. The love of making is woven through Marcus’ history. His family worked at the Levi’s factory on Cherry Street, only […]

Chris McAdoo joins Leadership at KEC

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  Chris McAdoo, well-known professional artist, designer, and nationally-booked corporate speaker, has been named Director of Strategy and Engagement at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). A self-professed “recovering advertising agency creative director,” the Sevier County native and Carson-Newman University graduate said his first year priorities include directing a new KEC brand rollout, “and drawing attention to […]

10 Great Entrepreneurial Resources in Knoxville

Starting and maintaining a business can be hard, especially during unprecedented times. Support from other entrepreneurs and those who want to see your business succeed can help make everything a little bit easier. At Knoxville Entrepreneur Center we know how important it is to support one another. Check out these ten local entrepreneurial resources that we […]

Red Stag Fulfillment Laying Deeper Roots in Knoxville with Fulfillment Center Expansion

Red Stag Fulfillment was founded by two successful entrepreneurs who vowed to give ecommerce businesses the enterprise-level fulfillment solution they wished they’d had for their businesses from the beginning.    It’s been 6 years since then. Today, Red Stag Fulfillment employes over 100 Tennesseans in various positions at our main east coast fulfillment center in […]

2019 What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch

What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch Hear about KEC’s annual competition straight from previous contestants and mentors.   KEC talked with previous WTBI contestant, Samantha Lane of Origami Day, and WTBI mentor, Jeff Gotcher of ResQue, to get their takes on the weekend-long accelerator program. Check out what they had to say about their experience […]

How to Choose the Right Target Keywords

This is a guest post written by SEO expert and digital marketing consultant, Frank Ramey. You can learn more from Frank by signing up for his SEO Crash Course at KEC here.   Knowing the right keywords to target on your website is a critical step to search engine optimization. Before you can begin optimizing […]

Innov865 Week Recap

Innov865 Week 2017 is officially in the books! This week-long celebration featured local innovation and technology, summits for young professionals and makers, and a pitch competition with a cash prize of $10,000 (plus much, much more). KEC was proud to be a part of making this week happen and supporting the thriving entrepreneurial community in […]

Quips & Tips: FedEx CEO Fred Smith

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