Hendersonville Café named 2012 Rising Star

Submitted on October 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College has awarded Café Rakka of Hendersonville the 2012 Rising Star award. The Rising Star award goes to a small business that has had great success utilizing TSBDC resources. Owners Riyad Rakka and Linda Alkasem visited local TSBDC Director Charles Alexander just after they opened, gaining insight through classes and consulting.

"We came here not knowing what to expect," said Chef Rakka. "We found Mr. Alexander with a lot of good ideas and advice to get us started. Those words of advice, from that first workshop, we still use today. We always run to him when we have questions."

Attendees of the presentation were served dishes from the Mediterranean restaurant, including Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, Hummus and Baklava. Musician Ricky Skaggs, a longtime fan of the restaurant, showed up to congratulate Alkasem and Rakka.

In 2011, the TSBDC at Vol State worked with 215 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: The Rising Star award presentation at Vol State. Pictured left to right: Charles Alexander, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president, Riyad Rakka, Linda Alkasem, Ricky Skaggs, and Hilary Marabeti, assistant vice president for Continuing Education and Economic Development.

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