Millans receive Rising Star Award from Small Business Development Center

Lorneth Peters, director of Austin Peay State University’s Small Business Development Center, hosted an event inside downtown Clarksville’s “The Press” Wednesday morning, to present local entrepreneurs Leo and Lillie Millan with SBDC’s Rising Star Award.

The Millans started Millan Enterprises in 1999, elevating it to a successful residential and commercial real estate company, based in Clarksville.

Peters talked about SBDC and the Millans before the presentation ceremony began:

“On average, SBDC helps between 300 and 400 entrepreneurs and small businesses every year,” Peters said. “We have offices at APSU and here at The Press. We can help with anything from start-up to development, to selling your business. We’re available to our clients throughout the entire process.

“Today, we’re honoring rising stars Leo and Lillie Millan. This award is about businesses that are making a difference in the community. The Millans are all about community involvement and innovation, which is how The Press came about. They’re also about making sure that money stays in the community. The economic impact they are making is second to none, “Peters said.

Dr.  Lorneth Peters presents this year’s SBDC Rising Star award to Leo and Lillie Millan

The Rising Star Award is an annual award, but has not been presented in the past two years due to COVID-19 concerns. Peters said, in a first, Wednesday’s ceremony would be a surprise to the Millans as they were not told of the honor in advance.

She said a number of things are considered when choosing each year’s Rising Star award recipient (s), among them; working relationship with the local Tennessee SBDC, community involvement, economic impact, jobs created, and jobs retained.

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