For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: October 17, 2013

Bikes Plus, Inc. Lands Top Entrepreneurship Award from TSBDC

The owners of Bikes Plus, Inc., Steve Malagorski, Glen Hixson, and Karen Malagorki, were awarded the 2013 Memphis Rising Star Award from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Rory Thomas, executive director of TSBDC at Southwest, presented the award during the Greater Memphis Chamber Breakfast held on October 15 at Hotel Memphis. The Rising Star award is given annually by the TSBDC to the company that best exemplifies not only business success, but an outstanding working relationship with the TSBDC, utilizing the services it provides.

Steve Malagorski stated, "TSBDC provides exceptional service and advice. Recommendations resulted in financing to expand one of our stores threefold!" This year, the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) has recognized Bikes Plus as one of the Top 100 Dealers in the U.S.

In giving the award, the TSBDC is also recognizing the entrepreneurship spirit and the company's contribution to the local business and economic environment. "Bikes Plus has grown from a tiny store in Millington to multiple locations, allowing them to better serve the increasing number of cyclists throughout the Mid-South area," said Thomas.

For more information about Bikes Plus, Inc., call 901-385-8788 or visit www.bikesplus.net. For more information on TSBDC, visit www.tsbdc.org or call Rory Thomas at 901-333-5085.

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Photo caption: Pictured (left to right) are TSBDC at Southwest Counselor George Colgate, Glen Hixson, Karen Malagorski, Steve Malagorski, and Rory Thomas.

For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247, bjrayner@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134