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KOSBE Launches New Website

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is proud to announce the launch of a new and improved website

Kingsport, TN, August 25, 2011 --( Created and developed by Cumberland Marketing’s creative division, the highly useful and comprehensive site provides vital and up-to-date tools and resources small business owners and entrepreneurs need to stay afloat. There are five main interactive sections: Tools and Resources, Financial Assistance, Continuing Education, Counseling and KOSBEConnection’s YouTube Channel.

“The new KOSBE website will be a valuable asset to the small business community,” Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said. “The site highlights the small business services, certified-counseling and continuing educational opportunities that our KOSBE program offers.”

Each section is geared to help and/or enhance small business owner’s wants and needs. Our interactive Tools and Resources section has seven stages for you to choose from depending on your business status. Each stage then goes to other pages with information on useful downloads, recommended readings and various stage relevant links pointing users in the right direction.

“The new KOSBE website is modern, highly informative and a very user friendly site that allows small business owners and entrepreneurs to seek the information they need for their small business,” said Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE executive director.

The site provides news, promotes the organization’s annual KOSBE Awards and the many other small business services, certified-counseling and educational opportunities KOSBE provides free of charge.

Social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and a RSS feed are also prominent informational sources on the site, allowing site users to follow and receive the latest information.

“With our new site and social media channels, we are able to provide an instantaneous communication vehicle to enhance communication between the small business community, current and potential KOSBE clients,” said Marybeth McLain, KOSBE marketing manager.

“The KOSBE program does so much to propel small businesses forward and hopes the new website will do the same for the organization’s online presence,” Burdine commented.

Wilcox and McLain had high praise for Cumberland Marketing and its creative division who created the new site, saying, "Chris Bowen (Founder & CEO) has done an outstanding job putting together his creative team. We are incredibly pleased with their level of creativity, professionalism and willingness to listen to our sometimes, crazy ideas. We had the pleasure of working with Kevin Jones on developing our new site and he did a fantastic job!"

Founded in 1987 by CEO Chris Bowen, Cumberland Marketing is a 360 degree marketing solutions firm, serving an extensive and diverse global clientele base. Headquartered out of downtown Kingsport, Cumberland Marketing is a customer service and results-oriented marketing firm that leverages creative resources to take client product sales and exposure to the next level by integrating cutting-edge campaigns using the latest state-of-the-art marketing technologies.

It is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships.

In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and resources, visit

The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.

To schedule your free confidential counseling appointment in a private setting by TSBDC-certified counselors in person, online by phone or e-mail call Marybeth McLain at (423) 392.8825 or e-mail,

For more information about the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office and your Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), visit and or call (423) 392.8825. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook, Kosbe – The Small Business Connection, Twitter, @KOSBEConnection, LinkedIn group, KOSBE - The Small Business Connection and our YouTube Channel, KOSBEConnection.

Contact Information
Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship KOSBE
Marybeth McLain, Small Business Services Marketing Manager
(423) 392.8811

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