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APSU-TSBDC announces Rising Star Award winner

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, headquartered at APSU, announced that Paige King is the winner of the Centers first Rising Star Award.
King, owner of Hodgepodge, a home accent store on Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville, will receive the award during a ceremony at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, in the Cumberland Room of the Morgan University Center, APSU. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, headquartered at APSU, announced that Paige King is the winner of the Center's first Rising Star Award.
King, owner of Hodgepodge, a home accent store on Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville, will receive the award during a ceremony at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, in the Cumberland Room of the Morgan University Center, APSU.
The TSBDC Rising Star award is given to one small business client from each of the 12 TSBDC service centers across the state. The award recognizes the client's dedication, early success and economic impact on their local community and region.

“Each of our Rising Star Award winners has not only succeeded in terms of economic impact, but each has also succeeded through hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Gregory Sedrick, TSBDC state executive director.

King logged 36 individual counseling sessions totaling more than 40 hours at the Center before Hodgepodge's grand opening in November 2004. As the Rising Star Award winner, she will receive a commemorative plaque and a one-year membership to the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The APSU-TSBDC, a non-profit funded by the Small Business Administration, serves Montgomery, Houston, Humphreys, Stewart, Robertson, Cheatham and Dickson counties.
—Rebecca Mackey