How Does a Small Business Make It in a Big Business World?

In a large sense, that’s what the 2019 Maker City Summit was all about. Today’s small makers will become tomorrow’s small businesses and, some of them, will eventually become Knoxville’s newest large businesses. The headwinds, however, are stiff. Odds are heavily stacked in favor of large businesses and chains. It can be daunting. Mayor Rogero […]

The 2019 Maker City Summit is This Sunday: Why Does It Matter?

In 2016, Etsy named Knoxville one of the thirteen cities recognized in the U.S. for their maker culture. In 2017, Knoxville branded itself as The Maker City. An annual conference or summit was established to bring the Knoxville maker and entrepreneurial communities together for a day mixing inspiration and practical advice for those aspiring to […]

Carpetbag Theatre: 50 Years Under Knoxville’s Radar, Five Decades on a National Stage

Quick: Name the oldest Knoxville organization you’ve heard of, but really don’t know much about. The Carpetbag Theatre might be a contestant for most of us. What other local organization has been around for half-a-century and, yet, somehow, we just don’t know much about them? In an interesting twist, that very organization is well known […]