Tele-Optics, Inc. receives 2015 KOSBE Award


KINGSPORT, TN – On December 10, 2015, the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) recognized 14 winners out of 34 businesses competing during the 21st annual KOSBE Awards held at The Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport, TN. Tele-Optics was the proud 2015 recipient of the Veteran-Owned Category.  “We want to thank the panel of judges and KOSBE for allowing us to compete for this award and we are honored to be this year’s award winner in the Veteran Owned category,” said Jeff Hostetler, Director of Sales and Marketing for Tele-Optics, Inc. “Being among the exceptional businesses competing in these categories was something we were excited to take part.”

Aundrea Wilcox, KOSBE Executive Director said, “Small is definitely the new big.  Small businesses are the real job creators and economic developers.  Technology companies, in particular, have a tremendous impact on the local economy because they often bring in new dollars from outside of the community. Tele-Optics has maintained a large presence in East TN by changing its business model to meet the demand of changing technology.  Never on the bleeding edge, they strategically choose where to enter and master that niche and make it their own.  Tele-Optics has an evident strong commitment to service.”

About KOSBE Awards

The KOSBE Award Selections were made by an expert panel of judges based on an in-person interview and how well the entries meet the following applicable judging criteria – customer relationship strategy, story of success overcoming adversity, community involvement, financial strength, best practices, marketing creativity, and strategies for growth.

Inaugurated in 1994, the Annual KOSBE Awards is the longest running and most recognized small business-focused awards program in the Tri-Cities area.  To learn more, please visit


The mission of KOSBE is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by acquiring or creating and developing the right tools and resources (i.e.,, Mobile App KOSBE 2.0®, SBDCNet®, GrowthWheel®, ProfitCents®, ReferenceUSA®) and cultivating the right partnerships (i.e., Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Kingsport Office of Foreign Investment & Trade (KOFIT), AccelNow Northeast Tennessee Accelerator).

To learn more, please call 423-392-8811, or visit