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.