PYA Announces the Ballard Innovation Award Competition, Seeking Emerging Entrepreneurs to Compete for $50,000 Investment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PYA, one of the largest certified public accounting and professional services firms in East Tennessee, is pleased to announce the Annual Ballard Innovation Award Competition in honor of Chief Alliance Officer Tom Ballard.  

The Ballard Innovation Award Competition is open to any early-stage company in the East Tennessee area that has established a “proof of concept” with accompanying revenue. Applicants must be able to present a business plan to optimize existing business operations by reducing costs, increasing revenues, and/or gaining new efficiencies, while demonstrating clear innovations to improve the business and empower the consumer.

The award is named in honor of Tom Ballard, PYA’s Chief Alliance Officer and well-respected member of the East Tennessee entrepreneurial community. Ballard spent more than four decades building relationships for the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory throughout the region, state, and

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