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Burgeoning local startup seen as guide for other fledgling companies

One of Andy Clark’s latest projects started when he learned a co-worker was using lavender oil to temporarily relieve pain caused by his shingles. “He would put some lavender oil on the tip of his finger and then hold it against the lesion, and when he did that it...

Nonprofit supporting local startups seeks funding from Johnson City

With entrepreneurs seeking a helping hand as novel coronavirus (COVID-19) decimates small businesses, a local nonprofit established to assist regional startups is raising funds from private and public sources, including the city of Johnson City. FoundersForge, which...

Rodolphe Pierre-Louis says “Johnson City kind of hooked me,” now growing ActionVFX there

“Johnson City kind of hooked me,” Rodolphe Pierre-Louis says of the community that he now calls home. The native of Haiti moved to the U.S. when he was 12 years old, lived in Knoxville for a few years, and spent his senior year in high school in Johnson City before...

Tennessee Secretary of State: Increase in new entity filings shows strong economic growth

A trend that officials say is auspicious for the state’s economy, Tennessee is continuing to experience growth in the number of new entity filings, according to numbers released by the Tennessee secretary of state’s office last week. “Tennessee welcomes new business...

Rebranded FoundersForge touts positive momentum during summit meeting

Less than a month after StartupTri rebranded as FoundersForge, the entrepreneurial support effort held a summit at BrightRidge on Feb. 20. The event featured an update on BrightRidge’s broadband rollout and provided entrepreneurs with the opportunity to share their...

FoundersForge announces dates for standing monthly meet-ups

FoundersForge, the rebranded organization formerly known as Startup Tri-Cities, has announced one upcoming annual event and standing dates for its expanded programming. The second annual “Entrepreneur Summit of the Appalachian Highlands” is set for 7:45 to 9 a.m....

StartupTri rebrands as FoundersForge, reprioritizes entrepreneurship support efforts

One of the leading entrepreneurial support efforts in the region is making major changes in an effort to gain greater relevance and expand its ability to serve to a regional scale. The former StartupTri announced at a news conference at Spark Plaza in Johnson City...

Formerly ‘Startup Tri-Cities,’ non-profit ‘FoundersForge’ hopes to grow new local tech Startups

As part of an enhanced effort to serve tech entrepreneurs in Northeast Tennessee, a regional resource for startups has relaunched as a nonprofit under a new name. During a kickoff at Spark Plaza on Jan. 30, Startup Tri-Cities announced it is rebranding under a 501(c)3...

Startup TriCities has a new name – FoundersForge – and a more defined and targeted focus

It’s a new name – FoundersForge – and a more defined and more targeted focus for the organization that until last night was known as Startup TriCities. The new brand, greater emphasis on technology start-ups, and expanded programming were unveiled at a celebration...

New nonprofit ‘FoundersForge’ launches to help entrepreneur startups across the region

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A local entrepreneur network is re-branding into a nonprofit that hopes to shape the region’s economic future. The Startup Tri-Cities network will now be known as ‘FoundersForge.’ Members of this new organization believe the region has the...