EO Nashville Members in the News: Best Places to Work Honorees, Nashville Post 2013 In Charge, Clint Smith, Nicholas Holland, Ben Goldberg, Darek Bell, Darren Metz, Clay Blevins, Dan Hogan and Jeff Turner

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Catalyst Program Prooves Big Resource for Small Businesses

Logo - Catalyst newGreat write up in Sunday’s Tennessean about our Catalyst program. The article featured Amy Tanksley who joined Catalyst to boost her small business, Uncle Classic Barbershop. By the end of the program, Tanksley said she felt more confident as a business owner, and has even gained the momentum to open up a third location. The article also included quotes from EO member Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants].

The Tennessean article has been posted below for your viewing.

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A chance encounter in her commercial real estate broker’s office lobby helped Nashville entrepreneur Amy Tanksley put her business on the fast track.

It was in that lobby that Tanksley met James Fields, owner of Concept Technology and a member of the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

When he learned she also was a small-business owner, Fields invited her to visit the EO group, which targets high-growth entrepreneurial companies. The organization has more than 120 chapters worldwide; Nashville is one of the organization’s fastest-growing chapters.

Tanksley, owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, was too small to join the group initially (companies need at least $1 million in annual revenue to join), but she seemed the perfect fit for the group’s new Catalyst program, an 18-month program aimed at helping grow fledgling startups into fast-growing companies.

She was interested right away, but also skeptical about what she could learn from other small-business owners like herself. “I wondered if this was just going to be a case of the blind leading the blind.”

Instead, she found a roomful of entrepreneurs who knew her struggles.

“Regardless of industry, we all were having some of the exact same problems,” Tanksley said. “I don’t feel like I’m out here on an island anymore.”

Most importantly, Tanksley said the program helped contribute to her bottom line. Overall, companies involved in the chapter’s first Catalyst program grew annual revenue by 53 percent.

Now, a second group of entrepreneurs is going through the program, and EO is taking applications for a third group that will start this August.

Bryan Ansley is co-chairman of the Catalyst program, which is unique to the Nashville EO chapter.

“If (entrepreneurs) take time to sharpen the saw, it’s going to definitely pay dividends,” Ansley said.

Still, Ansley said the program does require a big commitment. Over an 18-month period, a company must commit to about 100 hours of meeting time, and a fee of $2,500.

“That 100 hours is an intimidating number, but that’s what it takes. And if you asked most people, ‘Would you be willing to sacrifice 100 hours of your time to see your income grow by 50 percent?’ I think you’d get a lot of takers.”

He said the program’s participants had annual revenue between $250,000 and $1 million before the program started. By the end, more than 40 percent had crossed the $1 million mark.

He said the program’s fee was designed to be affordable, but substantial enough to make business owners get serious about the program. “If you just give something away for free, it’s not as appreciated as much,” Ansley said.

The Catalyst program begins with a series of classroom lessons with Michael Burcham, head of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center.

“We are trying to teach them the habits that will allow them to work on their business, rather than just in their business,” Ansley said.

Following the intensive series of classroom sessions, the next several months focus on group meetings where entrepreneurs share their experiences and give each other feedback and support.

For Tanksley, entrepreneurship was an entirely new experience. As the daughter of a doctor, she always thought her path would be to get an education and go work for a corporation for her entire career.

“I grew up in a low-risk, no-risk household,” Tanskley said. “Risk was just not in my family’s DNA.”

But when she thought about returning to school to get her MBA, Tanksley and her husband decided to pursue a dream of opening up a barber shop. Instead of using the money for graduate school tuition, they used it as seed money to launch her business (her husband remained in his corporate job after the launch).

“We were moving forward, but going at a very slow pace,” she said. “I was making lots of insecure decisions.”

By the end of the program, Tanksley said she felt more confident as a business owner, and has even gained the momentum to open up a third location.

“It was worth taking the risk,” she said.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Hannah Paramore, Alex Tolbert, James Fields, Bob Bernstein, Ben Goldberg, Michael Brody-Waite, Dan Hogan, David Waddell, Clint Smith, Charles Bone and Andy Bailey

It’s not a surprise that we have lots of news to share with you this week. EO Nashville members have been busy!

In last week’s Nashville Business Journal, Hannah Paramore [Paramore | the digital agency] discussed the significant impact DISC profiling had on her business.

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Bernard Health [Alex Tolbert] was highlighted in last week’s NBJ as one of the companies taking the cue from the retail world and changing how they connect with customers.

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James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] bi-weekly column appeared in The Tennessean on Sunday. In this week’s article, James discussed the benefits of versioned replication as a means to backup your files.

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Nashville Scene posted a “How did Nashville get to be the it city” timeline which mentioned two EO Nashville members’ companies:

  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein] which, in 1993, opened as the first coffeehouse to establish a lasting foothold in Nashville. The Scene also noted 1996 as the year Bongo Java’s “Nun Bun” made national headlines.
  • Catbird Seat [Ben Goldberg], which opened in the fall of 2011, for getting immediate acclaim from The New York Times, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and more.

InQuicker.com [Michael Brody-Waite] has gotten lots of press recently. Last Friday, the Nashville Business Journal featured the company twice. Click here and here to see the stories. The Phoenix Physicians group invited members of the company on their radio program to do a Q&A. Listen to a replay of the show here. CBS covered InQuicker’s launch in San Antonio. Click to read more here.

News-Line for Home Care Professionals featured Medalogix‘s [Dan Hogan] new software, Medalogix 2.0. The newly-released software is the newest version of the company’s post-acute specific predictive modeling software.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] appeared in this week’s Nashville Ledger. In his column, David discusses the saying “As goes January, so goes the rest of the year” and the likeliness that a strong January predicts a strong annual return.

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Clint Smith [Emma] and Charles Norton [Bone McAllester Norton] were panelists today at NBJ’s Entrepreneur Exchange where attendees were able to get in the minds of real business owners and learn what works…and what doesn’t.

In his column in today’s Tennessean, Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] discussed his love for quotes and how they can have a positive impact in the workplace.

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Andy Bailey quotes offer wisdom in workplace

EO Nashville Members in the News: Steve Curnutte, Debbie Gordon, JT Terrell, Kevin Ross, James Fields, Nicholas Holland and Clinton Smith

It’s time for this week’s roundup. Here’s what EO Nashville members have been up to this week.

According to a story in the Nashville Post on February 2, Allen Printing [Steve Curnutte] recently bought Nashville Bindery Co., a venerable player in Nashville’s printing sector.

Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management & S3 Consulting] will be presenting at the Nashville Business Journal’s Crash Course on Advancing Through Leadership on March 20, 2013. Learn more here.

Music City Tents & Events [JT Terrell] was featured in a Nashville Business Journal story about new event venues recently popping up in Nashville. JT Terrell was quoted saying he anticipates the events market to grow by as much as 50 percent in part because of developments including Music City Center, the new Omni hotel and the Country Music Hall of Fame expansion.

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Nashville tech firms Metova [Kevin Ross], Concept Technology Inc. [James Fields], CentreSource [Nicholas Holland] and Emma [Clinton Smith] appeared in The Tennessean on Sunday. Click here to see how the firms are finding ways to fill tech jobs.

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EO Nashville Members in the News: Best in Business, Steve Curnutte, John Rowley, George Uribe, James Fields and Andy Bailey

The good work never stops for EO Nashville members. Take a look at what they’ve been up to this week…

Congratulations to the following EO Nashville member companies who were named Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 Best in Business Awards finalists. Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], Bernard Health LLC [Alex Tolbert], Farmington Financial Group LLC [Hart Weatherford] and Vaco Resources LLC [Jerry Bostelman].

Steve Curnutte [Tortola] was featured in The Tennessean’s Executive Q&A section Sunday. To read to Steve had to say, click here.

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John Rowley [Fletcher | Rowley] appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show Saturday morning to discuss GOP lines on immigration reform and the history of America as an immigrant society.

George Uribe [GuestBooker.com] announced the launch of his new business, MyDailyRunDown, an innovative new Web product tracking television news. For more information, check out https://mydailyrundown.com/.

Sunday’s Tennessean featured James Fields’ [Concept Technology Inc.] column about cloud migrations. To read more, view the full article online.

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Petra Coach‘s Mandy Burage also appeared in Sunday’s Tennessean. The article discussed Mandy’s vast knowledge of DiSC personality assessment.

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Andy Bailey’s [Petra Coach] column “Make the Decision to be Decisive” appeared in MWorld Magazine this month. The column can be read here on Petra Coach’s blog. Andy also had a column in The Tennessean today. In today’s column, Andy discussed how Nashville, now nicknamed “Nowville,” is growing and you need to be prepared.