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Start-Up TN

The Oakland Regional Chamber has taken a leadership role in the Greater Memphis Region offering accelerator classes through The Greater Memphis Accelerator Consortium. With over 90+ participants in the Greater Memphis Region’s Rural Areas two businesses are currently in start-up and those are both Oakland businesses. Both of these attended Oakland’s accelerator sessions.

The Oakland Regional Chamber helps existing businesses excel and accelerate as well. They are currently helping a local business Kindred Spirit Style expand. Kindred Spirit Style has recently gotten orders in the 10’s of thousands and the Oakland Chamber is connecting KSS to resources needed to take the business to the next level. Kindred Spirit Style is committed to creating jobs in the United States.

Kindred Spirit Style bags and accessories are custom design pieces, each with it's own unique personality and flare. At Kindred Spirit we believe your accessories should have as much charisma as you do. Every limited edition bag, hat, bow, or apron is individually hand crafted in the USA! We find fabulous fabric; the creative ideas just seem to flow! At Kindred Spirit Style we believe your accessories should have as much charisma as you do! When you buy American made - you create jobs for America!

If you would like information on starting a business or growing your existing business please email Pattie Krepela, Executive Director at chamber@oaklandtnchamber.com

About Start-up TN

Join StartupTN.com to plug-in with Tennessee’s startup business ecosystem, and accelerate the creation of new businesses. Joining StartupTN.com is free and connects you with the Startup Tennessee Accelerator that is working to assist the Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Investors & Business Partners in your region.

Startup Tennessee is leading entrepreneurship across the state, as part of Governor Haslam’s initiative to create high growth businesses in Tennessee. Three out of five new jobs come from companies that are less than five years old — “startups”!

As part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN Proposal, funding was allocated to provide for the formation and support of nine accelerator programs in the nine regions of Tennessee. The regional accelerators are local entrepreneurs’ primary resource to connect with the resources they need to launch their business. As the coordinating partner, Startup Tennessee provides the regional accelerators with consulting on best practices to engage their entrepreneurial ecosystem and connect Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Investors and Business Partners.

In 2011, Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the formation of Startup Tennessee, a public-private partnership designed to connect and align entrepreneurial efforts across Tennessee.

“Business startups are an important generator of new jobs in our state,” said Governor Haslam. “There are many Tennesseans today who have innovative ideas for creating a successful business, and Startup Tennessee is one of the steps we’re taking to put the infrastructure in place to help these entrepreneurs find the support, mentoring and capital they need to make their business a reality.“

“Our research tells us that a significant number of jobs in Tennessee come from people starting new companies,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “If we can create a system which helps entrepreneurs develop a sustainable business model and grow their company, we can make a significant impact on job growth in our state.”