EO Members in the News: Michael Burcham & Jackson Miller

Michael Burcham

Michael Burcham

Jackson Miller

Jackson Miller

EO Nashville members, Michael Burcham (Nashville Entrepreneur Center) and Jackson Miller (Bizen and Plato’s Closet), were interviewed and included in the August edition of Entrepreneur Magazine.

The article, “Finding Customers Ahead of a Startup Launch,” talks about ways entrepreneurs can fine-tune their business models prior to launch to garner customer interest. Jackson talks about his experience working with the Entrepreneur Center, and Michael repeats his mantra, “refine, refine, refine.”

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JOIN US to learn about EO Catalyst

Catalyst The first of two information sessions about EO Nashville’s Catalyst program will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 12, 5:30-7 p.m. at the The Entrepreneur Center, 105 Broadway, Suite 200.

We’ll describe this brand new EO program geared toward helping owners of local businesses get up and over the $1 million mark. With the program launching August 30, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to light a fire under your business.

RSVP to EO@EONashville.com

EO Nashville Member: Benjamin Goldberg in the News

“Bites,” the Nashville Scene food blog, announced Tuesday that EO member Benjamin Goldberg and his brother, Max, are opening a new fine-dining restaurant. The Catbird Seat will be on the second floor of The Patterson House, the Goldberg’s “cocktail palace” at 1711 Division St.

“The new place… will have two chefs in the kitchen: Patterson House veteran Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson, a James Beard Award nominee who
comes to Nashville from the restaurant Sea Change in Minneapolis,” the blog notes. Click here to read more.

Congratulations and best wishes to Ben and Max on this new venture, which we are sure will be spectacular.

Catalyst News Coverage

In case you’ve missed the recent media coverage of EO Nashville’s inaugural Catalyst program, the Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post wrote great Web stories on Friday about the announcement. The Tennessean followed-up on Sunday with a feature in the business section. Venture Nashville Connections also included the information in its July 5 NewsBits.

Links to all the articles below!

NBJ, Nashville EO launches new entrepreneur program

Post, Entrepreneurs helping others gain a foothold

Tennessean, Boot camp helps businesses reach million-dollar mark

VNC, NewsBits, July 5, 2011

Catalyst Program Will Help Businesses Reach $1 Million in Revenue

Catalyst

If there is a defining symbol of the first decade of the 21st Century, it is the entrepreneur. As the old business model moves to China, entrepreneurs are creating a new breed of capitalism in America with tech start-ups and reinventions of traditional business models. They are rapidly reshaping the way we live – and doing very well during one of the deepest and longest recessions in our nation’s history.

It seems everybody wants to be an entrepreneur these days. And in this town, the highest concentration of this rockstar archetype is found here, in the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization. Problem is, your business must generate at least $1 million in annual sales to join EO. So how do budding entrepreneurs get invited to the party?

Now there’s a way.

To serve entrepreneurs whose companies have not yet reached $1 million in annual sales, EO Nashville has partnered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create a new program called “Catalyst.” The inaugural 18-month Catalyst program will begin Aug. 30.

This program, modeled on EO’s own brand of educational programs, experience sharing, and team problem solving, is designed to assist these small business owners grow their companies with the help of others in this community who’ve already done so. The best way to correct a mistake is to learn from someone else’s and avoid the problem altogether.

The first Catalyst class will consist of 20 members. To qualify you must be the founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a local company grossing between $250,000 and $999,999 in annual revenue.

The program will cost $2,500 and participation will offer three distinct benefits: education, experience sharing and mentorship.

Education

The program will kickoff with 12 biweekly classes taught by EO Nashville member Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. Other EO Nashville members will take part in each class to share experiences with participants.

The first six months of the program will allow small business owners to refine their business model, and establish a roadmap to get over that $1 million revenue mark.

Experience Sharing

At the conclusion of the classes, Catalyst participants will be broken into smaller peer-to-peer forum groups. The groups will meet monthly for 12 months with the first six meetings led by two EO Nashville members. Catalyst participants will also be invited to EO members-only learning seminars and social outings.

Mentorship

Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

Interested business owners can attend one of two informational meetings hosted by the Entrepreneur Center on July 12 and August 9 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP instructions can be found on this blog under the “Catalyst Schedule” tab.