Martin entrepreneur honored
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:01 pm
Bryan Castleman, owner of Castleman & Companies in Martin, recently received the Small Business Administration Regional Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Small Business Development Center gives the award annually to an individual or business that best contributes to the local economic environment.
Castleman, 27, started his first online shoe store in 2003.
His business, eventually becoming Castleman & Companies, was created to increase sales at his father’s store, The Shoe Shack, in downtown Martin.
Castleman has expanded from one to eight websites, which generate sales around the world. The Castleman family also opened a second retail store in County Marketplace in Union City earlier this year.
“Bryan is extremely deserving of this award and we at the TSBDC are very proud of his success,” said Landy Fuqua, interim director of the Tennessee SBDC at the UT Martin REED Center. “We would love to see more young adults like Bryan start their own small business.”