Here’s the EO Nashville wrap-up for this week and last.
James Fields’ [Concept Technology] column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. In his column, James discussed how Internet users can protect their privacy online.
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville companies who were honored with Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work awards:
In his most recent Tennessean column, Andy Bailey [Petra] discussed how inspiration is a catalyst for growth. Read his story here.
Andy Bailey’s bi-weekly column on SmallBizDaily.com detailed the importance of understanding your team members’ strengths to grow your business.
In his recent column in the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] discussed how it has been a particularly tough stretch for sage taxicab investors.
John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] was quoted in Campaigns and Elections. Read what he had to say here.
It’s time for this week’s wrap up. Take a look at what your fellow EO Nashville members have been up to. A few congratulations may be in order.
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for being named Nashville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work honorees:
Congratulations to the following EO Nashville and Catalyst members for being named to the Nashville Post’s 2013 In Charge list.
Emma [Clint Smith] and Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] were mentioned in last week’s Nashville Post story titled “A network of hard-charging startups has the potential to remake Nashville as the next big tech city.” Click here to read the full story.
Clint Smith was also mentioned in the Nashville Business Journal’s article last Thursday. Clint was one of a few panelists at last week’s Nashville Business Journal Entrepreneur Exchange event. He, with the other panelists, agreed that to make a sale, try giving it away first.
Patterson House‘s [Ben Goldberg] cocktail, Smoking in the Armchair, was named Esquire‘s cocktail of the week Feb. 18. The cocktail includes Nashville’s own Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] spiced rum.
NovaCopy‘s [Darren Metz] 3D printers made it on WKRN-TV News 2 Nashville. Click here to watch the indepth report on 3D Printers with NovaCopy’s Melissa Ragsdale and Jamey Tucker.
Comfort Supply [Clay Blevins] was featured in HVACR Business’ January/February issue. The article focused on why and how to use YouTube to expand your brand awareness.
Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was highlighted in Caring Magazine’s recent issue. The article was an exploration of three leading health care technology innovators who have responded to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Jeff Turner’s [National Storm Shelters] game plan for staying safe this storm season with the right shelter appeared in Acreage Life Magazine this month.
WKRN recently visited National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] to learn about the increase in customer calls and storm shelter sales after the latest wave of tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee. Watch the video clip here.
Once again, EO Nashville members had a solid showing on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This year, 20 EO Nashville member companies were included on the list. That represents 40% of Middle Tennessee companies on the list, and 23% of all Tennessee-based companies on the list. Not bad, when you consider that EO companies represent just 0.7% of the 15,000 businesses in Nashville.
EO Nashville members who made the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list are:
- #416, Bill Kimberlin, Medicare.com
- #485, John Kepley, Teknetex
- #797, Peter Hermann, Belmont Software Services
- #1003, Adam James, Wyndham Group
- #1133, Martin Reed, RANDA Solutions
- #1165, Michael Hodges, Advance Financial
- #1498, Brian Prentice, Ingenuity Associates
- #1614, Kevin Ross, Metova
- #1665, Elliot Holt, Medi-Copy Services
- #2577, Ben Mankin, Mankin Media Systems
- #2884, James Fields, Concept Technology
- #3281, Nicholas Holland CentreSource
- #3679, Tom Turner, DSi
- #3706, Max Sadler and Sonny Clark, Advanced Network Solutions
- #3924, Justin Crosslin, Crosslin & Associates
- #4160, Jerry Bostelman, Vaco
- #4445, Darren Metz, NovaCopy
- #4718, Steve Curnutte Allen Printing
- #4956, Jeremy Werthan, Werthan
- #5000, Hannah Paramore, Paramore | The Digital Agency
These 20 companies employee 1,326 individuals; grew at an average rate of 199% from 2008 to 2011; and have combined 2011 revenues of $287 million. Furthermore, of the three Tennessee companies that made the Inc. 500, two were EO member companies: Medicare.com and Teknetex.
According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2008 to 2011. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2008 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2011.
The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000.
Yesterday, the Nashville Business Journal revealed finalists for its 2012 Best Places to Work.
According to the Business Journal, “Employees of nominated companies were asked to complete an online survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. The employee survey measures 10 key engagement categories, including team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders and manager effectiveness. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated. Companies are ranked and winners are chosen in each size category according to their overall composite score.”
EO Nashville companies honored include:
Small companies (10 – 25 employees)
Concept Technology Inc.
Rustici Software LLC
Medium companies (26 – 100 employees)
Advanced Network Solutions
Three winners from each category will be recognized on May 22.
1 in 4 Nashville Area Companies to Make the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 List are EO Nashville Members
Of the current 88 EO Nashville members, 15% have been named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
EO Nashville member companies also make up 25% of Nashville-based companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 12% of Tennessee-based companies on the list.
Member companies who made the Inc. 500|5000 list are:
- Advanced Network Solutions (#3232), Sonny Clark, Founder and President
- Concept Technology, Inc. (#2516), James Fields, Founder and President
- Crosslin & Associates (#3763), Justin Crosslin, Principal
- Document Solutions, Inc. (#1662), Tom Turner, Co-Founder and President
- Emma (#1610), Clint Smith, Co-Founder and CEO
- Fastsigns (#2055), Scott Snoyer, Owner
- LetterLogic (#2682), Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, Founder and CEO
- Metova (#492), Kevin Ross, President and Founder
- Midsouth Consulting Group (#3923), Jason Carpenter, CEO
- OptiMech (#3911), Tim Page, Executive Vice President
- Paramore-Redd Online Marketing (#2974), Hannah Paramore, President
- Randa Solutions (#388), Marty Reed, President and CEO
- Vaco Resources, LLC (#3895), Jerry Bostelman, Founder
According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2007 to 2010. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2007 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2010.
The full list can be accessed here.
Join me in congratulating the following EO Nashville members in being named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “2011 Best Places to Work“
EO Sponsors Redpepper, KraftCPAs PLLC and Pinnacle Financial Partners were also awardees.
Employees of nominated companies were asked to complete a survey, which ranked sentiments about team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits.
EO members Sonny Clark (Advanced Network Solutions) and Arnie Malham (Malham Leverage Group) were featured in yesterday’s City Paper for the role they are playing in creating a new downtown district — The “Cummins Station District.” Sonny and Arnie both recently bought or leased buildings in the area and rehabbed them, and Arnie created a new “environmentally sensitive” parking lot. Check out the text of the article, here. The photo that accompanied the article is below.
City Paper, Jan 8-10 2011
(That’s MLG’s new headquarters on the right)