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Future Vision Energy Named 2014 Rising Star

TSBDC Rising Star Award to Future Vision EnergyThe Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College has awarded Future Vision Energy (FVE) of Gallatin the 2014 Rising Star award. The announcement came during a reception at the college recently. The Rising Star award goes to a small business that has had great success utilizing TSBDC resources. The company was co-founded by a former Sumner County school teacher who decided to start his own business. FVE is an energy efficiency consulting and project management company. Earlier this year, Jason Duncan and his business partner, Mike Henry, launched H&D Capital Partners as a vehicle to provide funding for energy efficiency projects.

"Charles Alexander at the TSBDC was one of the first names I heard when people knew I was starting my own company. The services of TSBDC have been invaluable in helping me get FVE up and running," said Duncan. "But more importantly, it helped me to become profitable."

“The TSBDC has worked closely with FVE for the last three years,” said TSBDC director, Charles Alexander. “In that time, FVE has shown tremendous potential and growth, primarily due to their hard work and creativity. They have created quite a bit of economic impact in a short period of time and they really understand their niche.”

"The free workshops and seminars provided by the TSBDC were great," said Duncan. "As a new business owner, they provided me with information that I otherwise would have either had to pay to find out or would have simply never known about."

In 2013 the TSBDC at Vol State worked with 201 small businesses and clients, offering free and inexpensive classes, and counseling. That led to 17 business starts.  In all, the projects raised $2.82 million in capital and created or retained 93 jobs. For more information and a list of classes contact Charles Alexander at Charles.alexander@volstate.edu or call 615-230-4780.

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Pictured: The Rising Star award presentation at Vol State. Left to right: Charles Alexander, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, Vol State president, Jason Duncan and Hilary Marabeti, assistant vice president of Continuing Education.