5S for Offices

5S is a system to organize a workplace and execute tasks that provides the highest levels of convenience. Typically it involves identifying, storing, maintaining and arranging tools and materials to create a more organized and productive workplace.

5S is the nickname for a series of 5 Japanese words that all begin with S along with their English close translations: Continue reading

Economic Development the CBI Way

On February 18th I will celebrate my fourth anniversary with Roane State Community College’s Cumberland Business Incubator. It’s been a great experience working with entrepreneurs and businesses in the greater Upper Cumberland region. Our clients come from far and wide – from West of Putnam County, Morgan County, Fentress County, Bledsoe County, Anderson County, Roane County, Sevier County, Sequatchie County, White County ….and others. Continue reading

Do You Need Office Space? 5 Questions to Ask First

If you are considering leasing office space for your business, curb your enthusiasm and excitement long enough to ask yourself these five questions: Continue reading

Not Good with Numbers? Are You Good with That?

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just not a numbers person”? Have you ever been that person? It’s a common expression and an easy escape hatch to fall through when you’re staring at spreadsheets full of numbers and formulas. But it’s a phrase, and an attitude, that’s ultimately unproductive and stopping you from taking your business to the next level. Continue reading

Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet with an Annual Plan – PART 2

Many businesses have been in business 3, 8, 12, or more years, yet each year is a repeat of any other prior year.  Why?  Because everyone is so caught up in the day to day work of the business (working IN the business) that they don’t take the time to step back and take an assessment of where the business is  and intentionally do things differently to move forward toward the vision for their business (working ON the business).  Continue reading

The Fourth Industrial Revolution


The first industrial revolution spanned from about 1760 to around 1840, triggered by the construction of railroads and the invention of the steam engine and ushered in mechanical production. The second industrial revolution, starting in the late 19th century made mass production possible, fostered by the advent of electricity and the assembly line. The third industrial revolution began in 1960’s, with the digital revolution and the development of semiconductors, mainframe computing, personal computing and the internet. Continue reading

The Entrepreneurial Mindset


“Long before the word ‘entrepreneur’ became popular, the concept still existed.” – Clifton Taulbert

What is the mindset of successful entrepreneurs? What underlying beliefs and behaviors enable them to succeed? How do they recognize opportunities the rest of us overlook? What is it that leads them to accomplish so much with so little? Were they born with a unique ability or is an entrepreneurial mindset something we can all learn to apply? Continue reading

A Blast from the Past


Not all business ideas are new!

Do you remember the era where you could sign up for a membership and every month a vinyl record was delivered right to your door? It’s that time again! Vinyl Me, Please is a record of the month club that believes in the power of the album as an art form. Each month they press an LP album exclusively for their members. It arrives with an album-inspired art print and pairing recipe. They claim to be a great way to build your vinyl collection. They highlight new artists, essential releases from artists you may never have heard of before, as well as a healthy dose of must-have reissues from decades past. If you have missed your vinyl collection and need to start one again, or need new material to add to your collection, this back-again business may be for you. www.vinylmeplease.com Continue reading

Congratulations on 20+ Years!


Terry and Delores Owens are a local success story for Roane State Community College and the Cumberland Business Incubator. In 1993 Delores rented a space on Peavine road and began Nature’s Way Herb Shop providing herbs and iridology, the study of the iris to improve systemic health. In 1996 the business grew with the addition of massages provided by a nurse. In 1997 Delores graduated from the Roane State Community College Somatic Therapy Program and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. The business name was changed to Nature’s Way Center for Alternative Health and the resulting growth has been phenomenal. (www.natureswaymassage.com) Continue reading

Campers Everywhere!

MAKE Camp 2016 CollageThe Cumberland Business Incubator was full of young life last week. We hosted two different youth camps – Make Camp, our 3rd annual week long camp, and Maker Girl, a special 3D printing camp for 1st grade to 6th grade girls. Continue reading