TN-China Network Blog


Status of Tennessee’s startup environment

Check out this article on Teknovation.biz for good news on Tennessee’s startup and angel/venture investor environment. Ken Woody, President of Innova Memphis, sums it up well at the close of the article: “We are definitely seeing more deals in Tennessee and the quality has improved substantially. The entrepreneurial landscape has created more educated entrepreneurs who […]

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New Non-Credit Chinese Language Courses Starting Next Week at Confucius Institute – UT-Knoxville

Do you do business with China? Then learning at least a little bit of Mandarin is a must in order to strengthen your business relationships and better navigate intercultural communication. The Confucius Institute at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville is offering a new series of Chinese language and culture courses starting the week of […]

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Taiwan Photography Exhibition Opening in Knoxville January 9

On January 9 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta will present the opening of an exhibition entitled “A Narrative of Light and Shadow,” featuring photography by three Taiwanese female photographers. According to […]

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Startups Thrive in Tennessee, Providing Opportunities for Investors from China

In a May 2014 ranking by NerdWallet.com of the best US cities to start a business, two out of the top 10 cities were located in Tennessee – the only state to have more than one city in the ranking. Nashville ranked fifth and Memphis came in 10th. The study ranked cities according to accessibility […]

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“Ni Hao, Y’all: US hinterlands Woo Chinese Firms”

In case you missed it in June, check out this article on Chinese investment in small town America, particularly in the South. It also includes a quote from the chairwoman of a Chinese company that recently opened a factory in Tennessee, Footwear Industries of Tennessee (FIT): “Being close to the marketplace is good for everybody,” […]

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US Departments of Commerce and Energy Announce Smart Cities Trade Mission to China

From April 12 to 17, 2015, the US Department of Commerce and US Department of Energy will lead a Business Development Mission to China, focusing on industries that support Smart Cities and Smart Growth, including: Green buildings Building energy retrofitting Building management Green data centers Carbon capture utilization and storage Energy efficiency technologies Clean air […]

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Sister Cities of Nashville seeks host families and students to participate in student exchange with Taiyuan, China

From February 22 to March 3, 2015, Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) will be hosting students and teachers visiting from Nashville’s sister city in China – Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in northern China. The visiting delegation is part of the SCN 2015 Student Ambassador Program, which according to the SCN website, “typically bring(s) […]

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Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office visits Nashville

On November 14, 2014, Steve Barclay, the director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) in New York, visited Nashville. The HKETO located in New York is an office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and is charged with promoting and strengthening economic and trade links between Hong Kong and 31 […]

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Event on Demystifying the Export Process – Dec 4

Are you a mid-size company that is looking to start exporting or to boost your current export levels? Then you might want to attend a lunch event on “Demystifying the Export Process”, held by the Tennessee State Economic and Community Development (TNECD) department in coordination with several partners.* The lunch event will take place Thursday, […]

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Chattanoogans Doing Business with China Network at Inaugural TNCN Happy Hour

Last Wednesday, about 25 Chattanoogans met at St John’s Meeting Place for the inaugural TN-China Network (TNCN) Happy Hour. The group ranged from local manufacturing companies that export/import to/from China, to accounting, consulting, and other service providers specializing in China, to educators in secondary and higher education. Representatives from the Chattanooga Chamber International Business Council, […]

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