6 Business Resolutions for 2014

At the beginning the year, resolutions are on every entrepreneurs’ minds—those annual commitments (and recommitments) that help businesses grow and succeed.

We recently asked six EO Nashville members what their business resolutions were to start 2014 off on the right foot. Read on to learn more.

Show Appreciation

Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

Too often quality work and support goes unrecognized. Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, made a resolution to thank the people that helped his personal and professional growth. This included mentors, employees, board members and even his wife who has allowed him to chase his passion despite the long hours. His goal was to let people know that their time and commitment is appreciated.

Embrace Flexibility

Julie May

Julie May

As Julie May, co-founder and CEO of bytes of knowledge, says, “the times are a changin’.” She has made it her resolution to become more comfortable with the idea of flexible hours and virtual working.

“This new culture of flexibility can be very difficult, making it hard to adapt to the new expectations—even though I enjoy them myself,” Julie said. “With an ERP in place and metrics for each employee, the numbers will speak for themselves. I can entrust management to the numbers and determine the resulting outcomes.”

Invest in Experienced Department Leaders

Shervin Eftekhari

Shervin Eftekhari

When transitioning from a startup to a revenue producing, growing company, you need to invest in experienced department leaders.

As Shervin Eftekhari, president of Zander Insurance, says, “As a founder of a startup, you’re responsible everyday for making decisions large and small. Sometimes this means making decisions about topics that are not your area of expertise. By using common sense and creative thinking, startups can muddle through most sticky situations.”

But, as the size of your company grows, at some point, investing in experienced department leaders ensures that no one spends valuable time on things that are not in their area of expertise, and your focus as a business owner remains on the growth of the business itself.

For Shervin, this means getting an HR manager with proper experience and training. “We made a resolution to do that one year and it changed the culture of our company. There is a science, theory and know-how in human resources that you can’t fake for too long. Getting the right HR expert helps with the difficult task of managing people,” Shervin said. “It also helps with company morale and with handling tough employee issues, freeing us up to focus more on growing the business and enhancing the customer experience.”

Align Your Team

Elliott Holt

Elliott Holt

Aligning your team can mean different things to different people, and for Elliott Holt, CEO of Medi-Copy Services, Inc., it means encouraging employee engagement without wasting resources to give necessary feedback to his management team.

Elliott plans to use the “Start.Stop.Continue.” exercise to find this alignment.

“I have made the resolution to begin the ‘Start.Stop.Continue.’ exercise on a monthly basis and to include all of my staff, not just the managers, on it so that we can get buy-in from all employees,” Elliott said. “In 2013, my managers completed this exercise and I learned what I needed to start, stop and continue. I learned that I needed to start trusting my decisions as an entrepreneur and not listen to all of the noise in the background. I learned that I needed to stop micromanaging every department within my organization and let my managers lead. I also learned that I should I continue to focus my time on the ingenuity and stratagem of the company so that current and potential clients will benefit from our services years to come.”

Take Immediate Action

John Huber

John Huber

It’s easy to delay tasks without pressing deadlines, but as we all know that’s not always a good thing in both our professional and personal lives.

John Huber, COO of Moo Creative Media, has found it easy in the past of push off non-time specific tasks indefinitely. So he made it his goal in 2014 to take immediate action.

“If I see something that needs attention or a process that needs adjusting I will take steps right away to get the situation resolved,” John said. “By challenging myself to take immediate action, I will find time to handle these tasks so I can focus my attention elsewhere without my to-do-list growing out of control.”

Give Back to the Entrepreneurial Community

Bill Faeth

Bill Faeth

This year, Bill Faeth, CEO of Inbound Marketing Agents, made it his resolution to give to the entrepreneurial community by incubating young entrepreneurs and providing ongoing mentorship throughout the year.

“I’ve extended free workspace in our company’s office, provided ongoing mentorship, and access to our staff to support the entrepreneur’s development. So far, the benefits have been fantastic—we hold office-wide strategy sessions, and ‘think tanks’ that provide an environment that most young startups don’t have access to,” Bill said. “Most of all, I love knowing that I’m able to make a real difference for aspiring first-time entrepreneurs while giving back and also learning from them.”

2013 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 19 EO Nashville member companies

Fifteen percent of the 131 members comprising the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the magazine announced today.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 42 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 22 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

“We consistently see a high number of EO Nashville member companies on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In 2011, 13 member companies made the list and last year 19 member companies were included,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and president of Music City Tents & Events. “This year, with 19 members honored, is our best showing yet, which demonstrates that EO companies are invested in growing their economic footprint in Nashville and beyond.

EO is a global network that connects business owners to improve and enhance their lives and businesses through learning and sharing experiences. The Nashville EO chapter has 131 members and is one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

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These 19 companies employ 1,569 individuals; grew at an average rate of 279 percent from 2009 to 2012; and have combined 2012 revenues of $362.7 million.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2009 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2012.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.

EO Nashville Members in the News: James Fields, Nashville Emerging Leader Awards, Martin Renkis, Mark Deutschmann, Hannah Paramore, Nancy Leach, David Waddell and Andy Bailey

Our week in review. Here’s a look at what EO Nashville members have been up to.

James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column in The Tennessean listed five places where you shouldn’t cut corners in your IT infrastructure.

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies who were highlighted for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards:

In partnership with Boeing, Smartvue [Martin Renkis] has been chosen to protect the US Open with remote video surveillance.

Village Real Estate and Core Development Services [Mark Deutschmann] won an ULI Nashville Excellence in Development award at the recent gala at Music City Center.

Paramore | the digital agency [Hannah Paramore] recently announced its move from the Gulch. Paramore has used EO Nashville member company Facility Planners [Nancy Leach] in the process. The Nashville Post published the news.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column was published in the Memphis Daily News today. This week’s column was titled “Glacial Job Creation Equals Glacial Stimulus Reduction.”

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] bi-weekly column for The Tennessean, published today, detailed his family’s economy plan, which was designed as an accountability system that includes his daughters in the business of operating a household.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Martin Renkis, John Arndt, Jeff Turner, Andy Bailey, James Fields, Elliott Holt and David Waddell

It’s time for our weekly wrap-up. Here’s a look at what’s been keeping EO Nashville members busy.

Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] recently won the contract to provide video surveillance for the Philadelphia Marathon and a chain of Toby Keith’s restaurants and bars across the U.S.

Congratulations to John Arndt [DWC Construction] who was featured in the Nashville Business Journal as one of the power leaders in Architecture/Construction/Engineering.

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National Storm Shelters [Jeff Turner] was mentioned in Monday’s Columbia Daily Herald for its partnership with several local small businesses to offer storm shelters. The Elk Valley Times also mentioned the partnership.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] column appeared in the Tennessean Sunday. In his column, Andy discussed the top apps to boost efficiency.

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Andy Bailey was also featured on SmallBizDaily.com where he contributes regularly. His most recent blog detailed the steps to make your daily meeting meaningful.

The Nashville Post and Nashville Business Journal mentioned Scout Staffing, a new information technology staffing company that James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Inc.] is launching.

James Fields’ column in The Tennessean ran last week. In his column, James provided tips on how to create strong passwords to protect your accounts.

Elliott Holt [Medi-Copy Services Inc.] was quoted in a Tennessean story Wednesday about a young Nashville entrepreneur who won $100,000 to focus on his startup — and drop out of college. Elliott was quoted praising the program’s approach, saying it’s better suited for the startup business.

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David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared on FBN Money with Melissa Thursday, May 23. The segment focused on Bernie Madoff speaking out from prison.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Tom Turner, Mike Rustici, Martin Renkis, Elliott Holt, Andy Bailey, James Fields, Nicholas Holland, Julie May, Charles May and Darek Bell

EO Nashville members stay busy. This week’s no exception.

Tom Turner [DSi] was featured in Document Media where he detailed the seven steps to building an information management policy.

Rustici Software [Mike Rustici] announced the launch of Tin Can API version 1.0 after three years of work.

At the 2013 International Security Conference, Smartvue Corporation [Martin Renkis] launched its Smartvue S9i cloud video surveillance server, powered by Intel NUC and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure.

Congratulations to Smartvue Corporation who won the 2013 Security Products’ Government Security award for cloud computing. The awards honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories.

MedCityNews reported last week that Medi-Copy Services [Elliott Holt] became a partner with BOX.

Congrats to Andy Bailey [Petra Coach], who was a Williamson County Impact Award winner.

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Andy Bailey’s regular column in The Tennessean appeared in today’s paper. Andy wrote about improving your focus so that you can get more done in less time.

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James Fields’ [Concept Technology] bi-weekly column appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. This week James discussed changes to Microsoft’s Small Business Server.

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The Nashville Business Journal reported Wednesday that Concept Technology plans to join Germantown’s fair share of techies. Concept Technology will occupy 8,700 square feet inside the renamed BowTruss Building. The article mentions CentreSource and Populr.me [Nicholas Holland] who lease space at 1312 5th Ave. North in Germantown. EO Nashville members Julie and Charles May [bytes of knowledge] were also noted. The company will be relocating to 1212 6th Ave. North in the next five weeks from its current location at 3310 West End Ave.

Bell and Associates Construction [Darek Bell] was mentioned by World Interior Design Network for being one of the three construction companies that completed the construction of the Music City Center.

Darek Bell [Corsair Distillery] was also featured on CBS today and was interviewed on the boom in craft spirits.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Nashville Post Tech 25, Andy Bailey, Charles Robert Bone, Phyllis Shelton, John Kepley, David Waddell, James Fields, Dan Hogan and Sam Sanchez

It’s time for another weekly roundup. This week’s entry is extra long as it covers the past two weeks. Lots going on for members of EO Nashville.

The Nashville Post recently named the 2012 Tech 25. The list is comprised of the Nashville area’s most distinctive and fascinating IT entities that will continue to help drive Nashville’s fast-changing tech scene. Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies for making the 2012 Tech 25:

Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] bi-weekly column appeared in last Sunday’s Tennessean. His column discussed the importance of making business personal.

Charles Robert Bone [Bone McAllester Norton] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal November 16. Charles Robert was one of four entrepreneur leaders speaking about the message of persistence and perseverance at panel discussion.

Catalyst member company Rhoades Car International was recently featured in The Tennessean. Rhoades Car, owned by Bill Pomakoy and wife, Phyllis Shelton, manufactures 10 residential pedal push models and eight industrial models from their Hendersonville warehouse, each with a sticker reading ‘Proudly Made in the USA’. Rhoades Car International was also featured in Daily Helmsman earlier in the month.

John Kepley [Teknetex] was featured in the Nashville Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 on November 23.

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column appeared in the Memphis Daily News on November 27th. The column can be read here. David Waddell was also quoted in a feature report in Barron’s on November 10. The special report on retirement focused on managed payout funds.

In his most recent weekly column for the Tennessean, James Fields [Concept Technology Inc.] raised the question, “Do Macs make sense for your business?” In his column James lists five hurdles companies may face when switching from Windows to Macs.

Medalogix [Dan Hogan] was featured in News-Line yesterday in a story that discussed Medalogix’ Predictive Modeling Software. The software helped a home health company decrease 30-Day readmissions by a 35.9% average rate from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter three of 2012. Medalogix was also featured in News-Line for Nurses and Home Health Care Today.

Sam’s Sports Grill [Sam Sanchez] was recently featured in the Gluten-Free Cat for its new gluten-free menu. You can read the full story here.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Dan Hogan, Jeremy Werthan, Elliot Holt, Michael Brody-Waite and James Fields

In last Tuesday’s Tennessean, Dan Hogan [Medalogix] discussed how Medalogix directly addresses the Affordable Care Act’s challenge to reduce hospital readmissions in the Tennessee Voices section of the paper. The Nashville Business Journal also addressed local companies, including Dan’s, that are innovating to meet the needs of the ACA. Read that story here.

Jeremy Werthan [Werthan LLC] was profiled in the September 14 edition of the Nashville Business Journal. Jeremy has seen a 35% increase in revenue after merging his countertop company with his brother’s tile business.

Elliot Holt [Medi-Copy Services] was also interviewed by the Nashville Business Journal for last week’s issue. You can read the interview here.

The Nashville Post once again covered Michael Brody-Waite’s [InQuicker] impressive growth. You can read that post here.

Lastly, James Fields’ [Concept Technology, Inc.] article about virtualization, a best practice for green IT, was featured in The Tennessean on Sunday.

20 EO Nashville Companies Recognized by Inc. 500|5000

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:

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.

EO Nashville Members in the News: bytes of Knowledge, Stratasan, Medi-Copy Services, Metova and The Catbird Seat

bytes of Knowledge [Charles May]: Over the last quarter, Charles and Julie May’s technology company bytes of Knowledge has been featured in a Nashville Post Q&A and a Business Journal Case Study, which focused on their one-stop tech shop status.

Stratasan [Jason Moore]: Stratasan’s national recognition at the 2012 Health Datapalooza was featured on the Nashville Post blog.

Medi-Copy Services [Elliott Holt] : Medi-Copy Services as recently named one of the Business Journal’s 2012 HealthCare Heros. Check out the whole list here.

Metova [Kevin Ross]: Metova landed the cover of the June edition of the Nashville Post magazine and secured a place in the publication’s Fast 15 list.

The Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg]: It seems you can’t turn around without seeing a mention of Ben and Max Goldberg’s newest successful restaurant. Most recently, The Catbird Seat turned up in a New York Times article on Nashville’s budding food scene.

Check out the linked text to read all these great clips and mentions.

EO Nashville membership tops 100 for the first time

EO Nashville is growing fast thanks to the efforts of our members. This year, for the first time in our history, we’ve exceeded 100 members. The new class of inductees brings our total to 112. Thanks to everyone for your recruitment efforts and for spreading the word about EO Nashville.

Here is the new membership class for 2012:

Bob Bernstein, founder of Bongo Productions, LLC: Bernstein’s company is a multimillion dollar enterprise comprised of five cafes — Bongo Java, Fido, Grins Vegetarian & Kosher Café, Hot & Cold and Bongo East — and two wholesale businesses, Bongo Java Roasting Co. and Fido Bakery. A former journalist, Bernstein grew up in Chicago, received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and his master’s from Northwestern University.

Michael Brody-Waite, founder and COE of InQuicker: InQuicker is an online emergency room, urgent care and doctor’s office check-in system. Before starting InQuicker two years ago, Brody-Waite spent seven years with a Fortune 30 company. He graduated from the University of California Davis.

Ed Brown, co-founder of ioStudio: ioStudio is a full service marketing agency with over 200 employees and offices in Nashville and Washington D.C., offering Web design, digital marketing and advertising services. Committed to helping America’s soldiers, ioStudio works for The National Guard, Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC, SAIC, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, GX Magazine and Foundations Magazine.

Patrick Burke, owner Seed Hospitality and Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen: Burk has run the Hillsboro Village area sushi restaurant since 2009. He previously worked as a summer associate at Merrill Lynch and DLA Piper. He is a Vanderbilt University graduate.

Greg Greenwell, president of TotalPrint: A printing company specializing in managed print services and supplies, TotalPrint has become an industry leader. Greenwell also owns a veterinary clinic and a small real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and an master’s from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Carl Haley, Jr., president and CEO, Grand Avenue: Grand Avenue provides ground transportation services for the Tennessee Titans and Vanderbilt University as well as clients in Middle Tennessee. Haley founded the company in 2009 and oversees business development, operations, reservations, marketing and fleet management. He is a graduate of George Mason University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Nicholas Holland, founder of CentreSource, Inc., Side hobby, LLC and Populr.me: Holland helped launch the annual Nashville StartUp Weekend as well as the city’s first micro-fund, JumpStart Foundry. He has served on the board of the Better Business Bureau, the Nashville Technology Council and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

Elliott Holt, founder Medi-Copy Services: Holt founded Medi-Copy as a way to improve patient care by providing better health information exchange, more accountability and faster turnaround times on authorized disclosures of health information. In 2010, Medi-Copy was named one of the Top 10 Best Employers in Middle Tennessee.

Kimberly Hunter, owner, True Blue Salon: One of the most popular high-end salons, True Blue Salon has been mentioned in the pages of Elle and Marie Claire magazines as one of the best places in the country for color, cut and style. Hunter has been a Nashville business owner for more than 20 years.

Bob Jacobs, co-founder and managing partner, Equity Express Settlement Services: Jacobs founded the mortgage software company Equity Express Settlement Services in 2011 after becoming a partner in Equity Solutions USA. He is the former director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and a current board member of the Sports 4all Foundation, Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation and Special Olympics of Tennessee.

Ben Mankin, founder, Mankin Media Systems: Mankin Media Systems provides audio/video design and installation of technical systems for some of the largest churches in the country. Mankin founded the company to provide design and leadership for organizations and churches pursuing technical and media ministries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University.

Max Sadler, CEO, Advanced Network Solutions (ANS): ANS provides IT services and network design, implementation and documentation. The company has been named to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Future 50 five times, the Nashville Business Journal’s Best in the Business and Best Places to Work and twice listed in Inc.’s 500|5000 list fastest growing companies.

Jeremy Werthan, chairman, Werthan, LLC: The Werthan family has been associated with entrepreneurship and business in Nashville since the 1800s. Founded in 2002 as a local fabricator of high quality granite countertops, Werthan is now a high-volume national supplier of tile, natural stone, quartz and solid surface materials.

Danny Whetstone, founder, DWP Live: Whetstone has worked closely with both artists and entrepreneurs alike to create onstage excitement through large-scale production and design. Whetstone has worked with musical legends such as Sting, Bon Jovi and Keith Urban, as well as and corporate giants like Lockheed Martin, ESPN and MTV to design and build quality productions for concerts, sports and corporate events.