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April 21, 2017

The annual Mel Bedwell Small Business Person Award luncheon and Small Business Showcase, slated for May 1, will take place at the Museum Center at 5ive Points at 11:30 a.m. Pinnacle Financial Partners is presenting sponsor for the event.

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the contributions of small business to the local economy at this luncheon and other events throughout the month of May.

Recognition of an outstanding small businessperson in the community highlights the award luncheon. The individual is recognized for his/her success in these six areas: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and evidence of contributions to the community.

The Chamber board of directors renamed the Small Business Person of the Year Award to honor the memory of Mel Bedwell, known for his energy, determination, ingenuity, honesty, enthusiasm and loyalty—all traits necessary for a successful small business owner. Bedwell was co-founder with Jack Smith of Cleveland Business Machines.

Charlie Brock will present the keynote address at the Bedwell luncheon.

Brock is president and CEO of Launch Tennessee, a statewide public-private entity charged with developing Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. During Brock’s four years as CEO, the organization has developed and implemented many new initiatives to bolster the state’s standing as a great place for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors.
Prior to Launch Tennessee, Brock served as CEO of CO.LAB, the Chattanooga entrepreneur center that runs the GIGTANK accelerator program and is part of the Launch Tennessee network. Brock is a founding general partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Chattanooga’s first organized angel group, and was an early partner in FourBridges Capital Advisors, a lower-middle market investment bank. Kicking off his entrepreneurial journey, Brock helped establish Foxmark Media in 1998 and served as CEO before selling the company in 2006 to an Australian-based media company. 

Brock serves on several business as well as philanthropic boards with a particular emphasis on education and increasing opportunities for those in underserved areas.

Luncheon tickets are available through Thursday, April 27. Visit the Chamber’s community calendar at www.clevelandchamber.com to purchase a ticket or call the Chamber at423-472-6587 to determine if you have membership credits to apply toward attending the event.

To participate in the Business Showcase with a tabletop exhibit, contact Bernadette Douglas at bdouglas@clevelandchamber.com. The $75 cost for a tabletop exhibit includes one ticket to the luncheon and a six-foot table to display your products and services.


Nancy Neal, Vice President, Communications
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