ETSU Innovation Lab TCAT Elizabethton students interested in starting their own business got a primer today on how to do just that from the director and assistant director of the ETSU Innovation Lab.  Audrey Depelteau, director, pictured at right, assists Chasity Blevins, Administrative Office Technology student from Mountain City, develop a business plan for her “Nifty Thrifty Boutique” she plans to open.

In the other photo, Liz Lewis, assistant director, reviews a business plan outline with, from left, Mason Noah of Washington County, Joseph Willett of Greene County, both students in Diesel Power Equipment Technology, and Naklon Ryans of Washington County, welding student, during the “start your own business” presentation to some 75 TCAT ElizabethtNew Business Startupson students at the Main Campus on Wednesday. Depelteau and Lewis explained the various aspects of opening and operating a successful business during the 90 minute presentation and interaction with TCAT students who are enrolled in various training programs that take 12 to 20 months to complete. Graduation for the current term at TCAT Elizabethton will be held Aug. 11.