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Founders Meetup: The Art of the Hustle w/Keddrain “KD” Bowen

July 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for our monthly Founders Meetup for pizza and an engaging topic geared towards startups and entrepreneurs!

Keddrain “KD” Bowen is truly a serial entrepreneur, and knows entrepreneurship is our future. Since graduating from Tusculum University, where he earned a degree in sports management, Keddrain came up with not one, but two separate ideas in which he started two new businesses. He founded Fanatics 101 in 2003, which now has two locations. He has a location in The Mall at Johnson City as well as a location in the Asheville outlets. Keddrain also co- founded Appville 101 which he operated for five years.

Keddrain’s first business, Fanatics 101 was founded strictly on faith. His idea to start his own company came after many unsuccessful attempts to secure his first “real” job upon earning his degree. He started his business out of the trunk of his car with the $300 he received as graduation gifts.

Seeing that he could have a larger customer base in selling sports attire and memorabilia, Keddrain changed his focus off urban wear and updated his inventory to focus on sports attire.

Keddrain will be speaking on the Art of the Hustle. His book, The Dream is Free: The Journey to Success is Sold Separately,” states it best. “Everybody has a dream, but not everyone is willing to put in the work to make those dreams a reality. You must be motivated, dedicated, and on a quest to be your best.”


Founders Meetup is all about bringing Entrepreneurs, and those curious about Startups, together to share ideas while learning from each other. Some sessions have guest speakers and others have a topic of discussion the attendees focus on.

FoundersForge is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization on a mission to build the Startup ecosystem in the Appalachian Highlands. We believe in underdog Entrepreneurs and helping them on their Startup journey. Follow us @myFoundersForge to get connected!

FoundersMeetup Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 828 8244 6506

Passcode: 484216


105 East Walnut Street
Johnson City, TN 37601 United States