Step aside musicians, it’s time for Nashville’s entrepreneurs to take center stage. Leadership from the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization announced today that the city has been chosen to host NERVE, the east coast regional conference for the organization.
During NERVE, more than 500 entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern U.S. will gather in Nashville to share ideas, energy and friendship. The event is set to take place Sept. 16-18, 2015 at the Music City Center.
“Nashville has a long history of being an entrepreneurial community and increasingly is receiving national recognition as one of the best places in the United States to start and grow a business,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Our city has one of the fastest growing Entrepreneurs’ Organizations chapters in the world, and I want to thank the Entrepreneurs’ Organization for selecting Nashville for its 2015 Nerve Conference. We look forward to showing off Nashville and all that our vibrant downtown has to offer to this great organization and its members.”
In the first quarter of 2013, the global EO organization honored EO Nashville as having the most new members in all 131 chapters, ranking Nashville as the fastest growing EO chapter in the world. For the third consecutive year, the EO Nashville chapter also earned “Rock Star” designation for it 2012-2013 year, placing Nashville within the top tier of EO.
“Nashville is becoming a city known not just for its music, but also for its entrepreneurs. This is one more big validation of Nashville as an entrepreneurial center, building on the success of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Southland Conference sponsored by Launch Tennessee,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and co-owner of Music City Tents & Events.
Freedman continued, “We’re in the process of putting together a list of keynote speakers, learning programs, networking opportunities and social events that will show off the amazing minds, talent and venues that make Nashville unique. For example, the conference will take advantage of the Music City Center’s new convention facilities and the new Omni Hotel.”
Dan Hogan, EO Nashville’s incoming president and founder of Medalogix added, “Not only is downtown Nashville a vibrant urban center, it is also laid out nicely for EO
NERVE attendees to easily move from their hotel, to restaurants, honky-tonks, the convention hall and back. EO NERVE 2015 will be weekend full of once-in-a-lifetime events and activities for entrepreneurs from throughout the eastern United States.”
The 2013 NERVE Conference took place in Charlotte, N.C. in April, and the 2014 conference will be June 11-14 in Philadelphia. Nashville beat out a bid from Boston to host the 2015 conference.