East Tennessee small business stays invested in community after 24 years

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — An East Tennessee businessman has been making a big mark on his community. The location of his business is intentional.

Shanklin and Sons opened more than 20 years ago in a predominantly black community in Knoxville. Since then the owner, Frank Shanklin Jr., has been working to build a lasting legacy reaching beyond the walls of the showroom.

“It was a conscious decision that we made, to be a part — really integrate and be part of this community. And it’s important for young Black males and females, to see someone who looks like them being successful in business,” Shanklin said.

Shanklin started the business with his father and brother in 1996. Over time, they pursued other ventures and Shanklin became the sole owner and operator. Over the years, the company has done the flooring for many large and prominent buildings in the Knoxville area.

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