By Gary Nelson
Officials with Roane State Community College, city of Crossville, Cumberland County, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce recently gathered at the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) for an open house and to honor one of CBI's early pioneers, Dr. Carl Mueller.
Dr. Mueller was honored by the group for his extensive work in support of the incubator concept. Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III said that Mueller served as his consultant on technology for the project in the beginning and all along. Mueller retired in Fairfield Glade after a 37-year career with the Department of Defense.
When asked about advice for those pursuing their dreams, Mueller said, "Conceptualize and go for it. Don't say you can't. Don't look down, look up. You can do anything if you pursue it with all of your heart."
Mueller gave credit to God for helping him get through many extreme medical challenges and issues in dealing with stage four cancer.
"With faith and hope you can get through anything," Mueller said.
He thanked everyone in attendance for honoring him and his dream of developing a business incubator.
Mueller was presented with a plaque honoring him for his service to the project and a conference room inside the CBI was named the Mueller Conference Room in his honor. The plaque also hangs in the conference room.
Mayor Graham also thanked all those involved in working to get the project moving including science and technology consultant Dr. Mueller, RSCC professor Robbie Safdie and the CBI director Brad Fox.
Developing the CBI was a partnership that also included support from the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland County Schools, ETHRA Workforce Development, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville, Tennessee Technological University, and U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development.
Speeches of congratulations and thanks were also given by Graham, Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr., and Holly Hanson, current CBI director.
Dr. Chris Whaley, RSCC president, thanked previous CBI directors RSCC professor Robbie Safdie and Brad Fox for their leadership in the beginning of the CBI and former RSCC president Dr. Gary Goff. Whaley said that under Hanson's direction, the CBI has served 59 clients, hosted more than 30 events and presently hosts numerous networking groups for businesses.
"It is the center of the universe for this region," Whaley said.
CBI staff members thanked all who have been involved with CBI and its development including the numerous volunteers, tenants, clients and entrepreneurs.
CBI offers advice and information for business start-ups and development.
The CBI is at 2569 Cook Rd. on the Cumberland County campus of RSCC. For more information about CBI, visit http://2013.cumberlandincubator.com/2013/, or call 456-4910.