TSBDC at Vol State Names 2011 Rising Star

Submitted on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College has awarded Andy and Julie Yant of P.E.S.T. Inc. in Robertson County with the 2011 Rising Star award. The Rising Star award goes to a small business that has had great success utilizing TSBDC resources. Local TSBDC Director Charles Alexander helped the Yants create financial projections, research purchasing competitors, develop a customer loyalty agreement and find ways to market new products.

"We started in June 2001 out of our home in Cheatham County with Andy as the only technician and I worked the office stuff at night," said Julie Yant. "Within a year we secured office space, relocated to Robertson County and hired our first employee. Today we employ 14 people."

In 2010 the TSBDC at Vol State worked with 210 small businesses, offering free and inexpensive classes, and counseling. For more information and a list of classes contact Charles Alexander at Charles.alexander@volstate.edu or call 615-230-4780.###

Pictured left to right: Charles Alexander congratulates Andy and Julie Yant of P.E.S.T Inc. for their Rising Star award during a presentation at Vol State.

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