NTEC recently announced they will offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. CO.STARTERS programs will be held in Martin, Union City, and Dyersburg, TN.

From Courtney Corlew for Launch Tennessee's The TENN:

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 2, 2014 – Launch Tennessee today announced the 10 companies chosen to participate in this year’s cohort of The TENN, its unique master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators. The TENN is sponsored by UBS, a global financial services firm with a presence across Tennessee, including the recently opened UBS Business Solutions Center Nashville.

NORTHWEST TN— In mid-September, the Northwest TN Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) launched a small business building program called CO.STARTERS in Martin, Union City, and Dyersburg. Although CO.STARTERS has only just reached its halfway point, the hopeful entrepreneurs in the program have already learned valuable insights and made vital decisions for the success of their business ideas.

NextFarm graduate and current The TENN accelerator team Stony Creek Colors was just awarded a $450,000 SBIR Phase 2 grant from the USDA!

From the Stony Creek Colors webpage: "Stony Creek Colors is an emerging company based in Nashville, TN, seeking to deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based colorants to the textile industry worldwide. The company currently monitors dye growing operations at three farms in Tennessee and Kentucky and processes waste stream dye products from agricultural sources throughout the Southeast U.S.

Local entrepreneurs and small business owners are vital to our economy. This Saturday, November 29, is Small Business Saturday across the country.