Write Up The Road chosen for honor
The Messenger 06.02.08 This year’s recipient of the Rising Star Award for the northwest Tennessee area is Write Up The Road Publishing & Media of Kenton, owned by Timothy D. Brady and Terri Jenkins-Brady. The Rising Star Award is sponsored by the 14 Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC), which have contributed greatly to the success of over 79,000 small businesses within state borders. The TSBDC and the award also recognize the tremendous effort that small businesses and the people working within them put forth, noting the long hours and work concentration demanded by any business, small or large. The Bradys began working with Dr. Jamie Frakes at the TSBDC at Dyersburg State Community College when they needed to reconfigure their original business plan, develop a wider marketing system and get a strategic plan in place. Dr. Frakes worked with them in a series of consultations and hands-on assignments as the business grew to the next level and beyond. Write Up The Road Publishing & Media has now exceeded sales goals, increased market share and improved gross cash flow while developing training programs for owner/operator trucking companies, writing the three bestselling trucking business books in the USA and teaching hundreds of truck drivers how to run their truck like a small business through a unique remote learning system. The company also has expanded its Internet presence, with Web sites including www.writeuptheroad.com, a social and business networking site for truckers; www.thepolarclub.com; and its recently-launched 24-hour podcast site, www.americanrigradio.com. The crystal TSBDC Rising Star Award was presented to Write Up The Road and its owners recently at The Messenger office in Union City. Also on hand to congratulate the Bradys was Pat Fligor, director of business development with the Obion County Chamber of Commerce, of which the Bradys’ business is a member. Dr. Frakes said he appreciates the Obion County Chamber of Commerce and its staff, which he characterized as “fantastic partners.” “We couldn’t do our job without Pat and the Chamber of Commerce,” he said. The Bradys expressed appreciation to Dr. Frakes and the TSBDC for the services they provide free of charge and confidentially for anyone in small business who needs assistance. Dr. Frakes said the Rising Star Award provides an opportunity to recognize the hard work, resilience and diligence of the state’s small businesses. One award is presented each year in each of the state’s 14 service center areas. Award details will also be outlined in a special section of Business TN magazine, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Dr. Frakes, of Portageville, Mo., serves as the director of the TSBDC at Dyersburg State Community College. He is responsible for counseling with small business owners and entrepreneurs, developing practical training programs for the small business community and overseeing the management and day-to-day operations of the TSBDC-Dyersburg State service center. He has 14 years of experience in higher education and is serving in his 10th year as director of the TSBDC-Dyersburg service center. He has prior business experience and is also certified to provide a variety of training programs to businesses and industry. Dr. Frakes earned a doctoral degree in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis in 2005. He holds a master of science degree in public administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a bachelor of arts degree from Arkansas State University. He is among a number of West Tennessee business leaders who have been named to the University of Tennessee at Martin Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center advisory board.
KENTON BUSINESS HONORED — Dr. James T. Frakes (left), Ed.D., director of the TN Small Business Development Center at Dyersburg State Community College, presented the Rising Star Award for the northwest Tennessee area to Write Up The Road Publishing.
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