EO Nashville Members in the News: Nicholas Holland, David Waddell, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Charles May, Julie May, Joe Freedman, Benjamin Goldberg, Tom Turner, James Fields, Jeff Turner

Here’s what EO Nashville members have been up to this week:

  • Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] has been accepted into the next class at 500 Startups, a renowned Silicon Valley-based business accelerator. The Nashville Business Journal covered the announcement this week in its NashvilleBizBlog.
  • David Waddell [Waddell and Associateswas quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the benefits of rock-bottom interest rates for higher-yielding stocks. David’s column “The Worldly Investor” ran in The Memphis Daily News this week and focused on Federal Reserve policy.
  • Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] was featured in Small Business Opportunities with an article about small business strategies in the face of health care reform. Another member of the Bernard Health Team, Brent Whitaker, penned an article for PropertyCasualty360 about the company’s online benefits administration software, BerniePortal. Southern Alpha also shared some news about BerniePortal. Finally, the September issue of Nashville Medical News shared Bernard Health’s news of its third retail store.

Bernard nashville medical news

  • Bell and Associates Construction [Darek Bell] has been contracted to work on the Nashville riverfront upgrades. The Tennessean reported on the plans, which include a new pedestrian bridge, an outdoor amphitheater and a new park along the west bank.    Image
  • Congratulations to Charles and Julie May [bytes of knowledge] who took home two Stevie Awards medals from the American Business Awards in San Francisco last week. Their achievements in Web design included a silver medal in the food and beverage category and a bronze medal in the real estate category

Image

  • Julie May also had a column run in the Sunday Tennessean on e-commerce.

092913 Tennessean Gotta pay by the rules

  • In event news, bytes of knowledge recently hosted a panel moderated by Nashville author Joe Calloway that included EO Nashville members Joe Freedman [Music City Tents & Events], Benjamin Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality] and Tom Turner [DSi]. Bernard Health also hosted its third annual panel discussion on health care reform. You can find pictures from both events here.
  • James Fields [Concept Technology] penned a column for the Sunday Tennessean as well. In a Q&A with Interactive Systems CEO Adin Lara, James answered questions about home automation.
  • As part of the EO/NBJ partnership, Jeff Turner [National Storm Shelters] wrote a column for Friday’s Nashville Business journal on team morale.

092713 NBJ Boost your teams morale to boost your business

Advertisements

EO Nashville Members in the News: Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, J.J. Rosen, The List, Alex Tolbert, Ben Hanback, Julie May, Darek Bell, Fastest-Growing Companies

Last week, we welcomed in the first day of fall with beautiful weather here in Nashville. Let’s recap what else happened for EO Nashville members last week.

In a blog for the Wall Street Journal, Dan Hogan [Medalogixdiscusses how to attract top talent on a shoestring startup budget.

In the Tennessean, Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote a column on tips to make sure you finish out the year strong, because just like the fourth quarter in a football game, it determines the winners and losers. Andy also ran a column in Smallbizdaily.com on tips to get more done in less time.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] also wrote a column in the Tennessean about the impending end of desk phones. You can read the article here.

Paramore | the digital agency [Hannah Paramore], Facility Planners Inc. [Nancy Leach] and Smart Data Strategies [Susan Marlow] all made “The List” of the top regional women-owned businesses.

The List

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned a column for the Tennessean on how health reform changes the playing field for hospitals.

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] wrote an article for EO’s Overdrive blog on staying productive in the office. You can read the article here.

On Sept. 15, Julie May [bytes of knowledge] ran a column in the Tennessean about Square mobile credit card processing. You can read the clip here. b:ok also won the Interactive Marketing Awards’ Outstanding Achievement Award for its work on Nashville Sporting Goods’ website.

In other awards news, Corsair [Darek Bell] won “Innovator of the Year” in Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whiskey awards for the second year straight.

And lastly, Advance Financial [Michael Hodges], NovaCopy [Darren Metz] and Vaco [Jerry Bostelman] all made the Nashville Business Journal’s list of the Top 25 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Advance FinancialNovaCopyVaco

EO Nashville Members in the News: Darren Metz, J.J. Rosen, Mark Deutschmann, Small Business Awards, Nicholas Holland, James Fields, Julie May

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s what your fellow EO Nashville members were up to last week.

Darren Metz [Novacopy] was quoted in an AP story about the TVA’s solar energy program.

In J.J. Rosen’s [Atiba] mobile column for the Tennessean, J.J. wrote about marketing via mobile devices.

The Nashville Post published an article about Village Real Estate Services [Mark Deutschmann] selling cottages in Salemtown.

On Friday, the Nashville Business Journal printed profiles and Q&As with its recent batch of Small Business Awards finalists. EO Nashville members Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group], Jerry Baker [Conexess Group], Chris Corby [School Facility Management], Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health], John Kepley [teknetex], Mike Rustici [Rustici Software] and James Fields [Concept Technology] were featured.

091313 TKG Small Business Awards Baker clip Corby clip Tolbert clip Kepley clip Rustici clip 091313 NBJ Concept Technology SBA

Nicholas Holland [Populr.me] was also featured in Friday’s Business Journal. The publication’s cover story focused on startup enterprises including Popular.me.

Holland clip

James Fields [Concept Technology] penned a column for the Sunday Tennessean on business applications. You can read the clip here.

In her technology column in Sunday’s Tennessean, Julie May [bytes of knowledge] tackled the issue of whether or not businesses should use the “Square” mobile device to process credit card transactions. The paper followed up with a story on Monday about the thousands of Nashville businesses using the Square.

Julie May | Square

Third Catalyst Class Launches

The Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization announces membership for its business growth program

Logo - Catalyst newNashville EO and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced today the local business owners who will partake in the third Catalyst class, a program designed to help entrepreneurs grow their companies past the key benchmark of $1 million in annual sales.

The third Catalyst class consists of 30 members, which is nearly double last year’s class of 16. The inaugural Catalyst class graduated 20 members.

Members are founders, co-founders, owners or controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 161 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $526,222.

“The business owners who joined this year’s Catalyst class are a diverse group. We have members as young as 25-years-old, to members who’ve been in business for 20 or more years,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and co-owner of Music City Tents & Events. “Each member needs to better understand how to control and drive the growth of his or her company, and how to avoid the many pitfalls of rapid growth. Catalyst can teach these skills.”

The EO/EC-organized 18-month Catalyst program began last month.

The third class of the EO Nashville Catalyst program includes:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

EC President and CEO Michael Burcham will again lead the 12 biweekly classes that kick off the program. 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 and be led by EO Nashville members. Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

“Catalyst participants start by taking classes. Then they break into discussion groups, which are led by Nashville business leaders. The following week, participants meet with topical experts in a mentorship capacity and work through how to best apply the previous week’s lesson to their specific businesses,” explained Bryan Ansley, president and CEO of FNB Merchants. Ansley and Alex Tolbert, owner of Bernard Health, are the EO Nashville board members responsible for the Catalyst program.

The Nashville business community has also rallied behind the Catalyst program, providing in-kind gifts and sponsorships. For example, sponsors and benefits include:

  • NovaCopy: Free lease of copier equipment
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings: Free legal work
  • Century II: Free human resources consulting

“Like EO, Catalyst provides a sounding board and a place to connect with and learn from business leaders right here in Nashville,” said Ansley. “We all can use some business coaching, mentoring and advice to grow smart, stable organizations.”

EO Nashville Members in the News: David Waddell, Darek Bell, Ben Hanback, Julie May, Bob Bernstein, George Uribe, JJ Rosen, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, Debbie Gordon, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Martin Renkis

David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] most recent columns for The Memphis Daily News include an August 28 piece on the rising federal funds rate, and a September 6 piece on emerging markets economies.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was featured on the cover of this month’s Whisky Advocate. The distillery was also included in four articles within the publication: “10 Influential Craft Distillers to Watch,” “Craft Whiskey Moving On Up,” “Craft Nation” and “Craft Whiskey Stills.”

Whisky Advocate

Corsair also recently received press from Story Magazine, the Shanken News Daily (here and here) and on News Channel 5. You can watch that video here. Darek’s other company, Bell & Associates Construction L.P., also recently won two ENR Southeast 2013 ‘Best Projects’ Awards: one for the Music City Center and the second for the Foothills Parkway Bridge. You can read the full list of award winners here.

Ben Hanback’s [The Hanback Group] monthly Tennessean column ran September 1. The column reminded us to enjoy the present moment.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] also ran a column in the Tennessean. Her piece asked, “Is a virtual team right for your project?”

090113 Tennessean Is a virtual team right for your project?

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Java] will open a new coffee shop in the Omni Nashville hotel. Bob was also included in today’s Nashville Business Journal in the cover story about interview questions. Fellow EO Nashville members George Uribe [Guestbooker.com], JJ Rosen [Atiba], Ben Hanback, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes [Burger Up] and Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] were also quoted in the article.

Interview question storyInterview question story pg2

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] most recent Tennessean column gave tips on purchasing swag.

Andy column

The Nashville Business Journal also covered InQuicker [Michael Brody-Waite] landing its first local client, Saint Thomas Health.

InQuicker clip

Additionally, congratulations to Martin Renkis [Smartvue], which won a New Product of the Year award from Security Products Magazine for its Cloud Video Surveillance product.