EO Nashville Members in the News: Max Sadler, David Waddell, Charlie Brock, Michael Hodges, Alex Tolbert, Mark Scrivner, Will Newman, Ben Hanback, Andy Bailey, Darek Bell, Ben Goldberg, Julie May, John Huber

Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler] landed on the Nashville Business Journal’s list of Top Technology Employers.

David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about investors fears of a declining stock market.

The Nashville Post reported that Launch Tennessee [Charlie Brock] became one of 22 state and local economic agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to receive the FAST grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Charlie’s column for the Tennessean focused on the state’s Accelerator Program.

Advance Financial [Michael Hodges] was voted Best Place to Cash a Check in Maury County. The Columbia Daily Herald had the story.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will be opening its first retail store in Nashville, signaling another change in the insurance industry. Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] discussed how the move affects health care consumers in his latest Tennessean column.

Mark Scrivner [SnapShot Interactive] spoke to the Nashville Business Journal about how his company is preparing for large-scale growth.

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The Nashville Scene covered Edley’s [Will Newman] expansion at the 12 South location. The restaurant added over 900 square feet of space and 40 seats.

Ben Hanback’s [Regions Insurance] column for the Tennessean focused on how to build trust in business.

Andy Bailey [Petra] wrote an article for AllBusiness.com that was also picked up by Fox Small Business “bongo java.”

Corsair [Darek Bell] was featured on the cover of Beverage World Magazine and chosen as one of the breakout brands of 2014.

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TIME Magazine mentioned The Patterson House [Ben Goldberg] in its feature on 7 Great American Vacation Spots.

Julie May’s [bytes of knowledge] column for the Tennessean introduced a new marketing concept for retailers called Beacons.

Nick Palladino of Moo Creative [John Huber] wrote a guest blog for the Nashville Business Journal on four tips for working with freelancers.

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EO Members in the news: Julie May, Charles May, John Kepley, Mark Deutschmann, Alex Tolbert, Darek Bell, Clay Blevins, Greg Greenwell, David Waddell, J.J. Rosen, Tom Turner, Will Newman, Andy Bailey, Michael Brody-Waite, Nancy Leach, John Aron, Charles Bone, Carl Haley, Clint Smith, Scott Snoyer, Joe Freedman, JT Terrell, Evan Austill, Bryan Ansley, Dan Hogan

Last week was an eventful one for EO Nashville, with award nominations and extensive media coverage for many of our members. Take a look at what your fellow entrepreneurs were up to:

EO Nashville’s Moveable Feast was featured on the Nashville Lifestyles event page, check out photos from the event here.

Julie and Charles May [bytes of knowledge] gave a tour of the new b:ok headquarters to the Nashville Business Journal.  Julie was also quoted in a Tennessean article about the difficulty of finding venture funding in Nashville.

John Kepley [Teknetex] and Julie May shared their insights on starting a business at the Entrepreneur Exchange panel discussion, hosted by the Nashville Business Journal. John was also featured in the Journal’s last Call Section, offering his Pandora playlist to readers.

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The Tennessean published an article about Core Development’s [Mark Deutschmann] plans for a mixed-use redevelopment project in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] penned an article for Business News Daily about the five health benefit tips for startups, and wrote his column for the Tennessean on why employers will shift to individual health coverage. Alex was also quoted in a Nashville Business Journal article about health insurance exchanges.

Corsair Artisan Distillery [Darek Bell] was named Whisky Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year” for the second year in a row, adding to its list of awards in 2013. The Nashville Scene wrote an article on the company’s accomplishments.

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Distribution Center Magazine mentioned Comfort Supply’s [Clay Blevins] achievement as an Inc. fastest-growing private company on the cover of its October issue.

Greg Greenwell [TotalPrint] offered advice on how to successfully buy a business in this week’s edition of The Nashville Business Journal.

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In his monthly column for the Memphis Daily News, David Waddell [Waddell and Associates] gave his opinion on media coverage of the rising debt ceiling.

J.J. Rosen [Atiba] penned an article for The Tennessean that focused on maintaining the reputation of a business.

Tom Turner [DSi] wrote a morale column for the Nashville Business Journal titled “Three ways to keep your employees happy.”

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The Nashville Business Journal quizzed Will Newman [Edley’s Bar-B-Que] about his favorite places to eat and things to do in their Last Call section.
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In awards news, the Nashville Business Journal announced the nominees for “Most Admired CEO”. Congratulations to the following EO Members:

Private Companies with 10-25 Employees
Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker]
Nancy Leach [Facility Planners]
Julie May [bytes of knowledge]

Private Companies with 26-100 Employees
John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe]
Charles Bone [Bone McAllester Norton]
Carl Haley [Grand Avenue]

Private Companies with 101-500 Employees
Clint Smith [Emma Inc.]

The NEXT award nominees were also announced this week, and EO Nashville was well represented:

Products and Services
Scott Snoyer [Brand Imaging Group]
Joe Freedman, JT Terrell [Music City Tents]

Health Care
Evan Austill [Patient Focus]

Entrepreneur of the Year
Bryan Ansley [FNB Merchants]
Darek Bell [Corsair Artisan]
Dan Hogan [Medalogix]

EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Darek Bell, Nicholas Holland, Alex Tolbert, Amy Tanksley, Evan Austill, Julie and Charles May, Bob Bernstein, The Best of Nashville

It was a busy news week for EO Nashville. Let’s see what our members have been up to:

Ben Hanback [The Hanback Group] discussed insurance exchanges on Monday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom on Fox. Ben also penned his monthly column for the Tennessean with a focus on how to motivate and inspire employees as an effective manager.

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The Nashville Ledger published an article about City Saver‘s successful fundraising model and the vision of its founders, Tom and Kristin Beach.

Corsair [Darek Bell] was spotlighted in a USA Today article about touring Nashville distilleries.

Nicholas Holland’s [Populr.me] twitter presence was analyzed as part of a Nashville Business Journal feature on social media use by CEOs.

Alex Tolbert’s Tennessean column focused on five things you should know about the new health care exchange.

Amy Tanksley [Uncle Classic Barber Shop] offered her restaurant opinions in The Nashville Business Journal and was also featured in a Tennessean article about the expansion of McEwen Drive in Cool Springs.

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Alan Young [Armor Concepts] penned an article for The Nashville Business Journal about applying sports mantras to your business.

The Tennessean’s article on the Capital Unconference at Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center featured quotes by Evan Austill and a headlining photo of PatientFocus team members.

The grand opening of bytes of knowledge‘s [Charles and Julie May] new office was a part of “Working the Room” in The Nashville Business Journal.

Bob Bernstein [Bongo Productions] shared his book recommendation with The Nashville Business Journal.

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Jerry Baker [Conexess Group] shared his 1977 FJ40 Cruiser in the “Check my ride” section of The Nashville Business Journal.

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Nashville Scene’s “The Best of Nashville” winners were announced this week, and many of our EO members made the list:

First Place

  • The Catbird Seat [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best reason to be a reservation nerd”
  • The Patterson House [Benjamin Goldberg]: “Best bar that makes you feel you’re not in Nashville,” “Best original drink”
  • Burger Up [Miranda Whitcomb Pontes]: “Best french fries”
  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best place to get a growler filled”
  • Corsair [Darek Bell]: “Best distillery”
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que [Will Newman]: “Best barbecue”
  • Sam’s [Sam Sanchez]: “Best sports bar,” “Best trivia night”
  • Fido [Bob Bernstein]: “Best breakfast”

Second Place

Third Place

  • The Filling Station [Will Newman]: “Best craft beer retailer”
  • Bongo Java [Bob Bernstein]: “Best coffeehouse”
  • OZ [Tim Ozgener]: “Best place for a wedding reception”
  • Turf Managers [Nathan Brandon]: “Best lawn service”

Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization Announces Second Catalyst Class Membership

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

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

The second Catalyst class consists of 16 members. Members are founders, co-founders, owners and controlling shareholders of local companies. Catalyst companies employ a total of 72 individuals, with average annual gross revenues of $560,793.

“The new participants represent a great cross section of Nashville entrepreneurs,” said Andy Bailey, president of EO Nashville and founder of Petra. “We have businesses operating in industries like manufacturing and health care to event planners and a boutique law firm. Some of the companies are over 20 years old and some are still in their first year. Each Catalyst member brings a unique perspective, which is truly valuable for our program.

The second class of the EO Nashville Catalyst program includes:

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 with the first six meetings led by two EO Nashville members. Catalyst members will also engage in one-on-one mentorship with an EO Nashville member.

Catalyst participants can also take advantage of in-kind gifts totaling up to $37,000 from new program sponsors. Sponsors and benefits include:

  • NovaCopy: Free lease of copier equipment for the length of the program, $5,000 value
  • teknetex: Free technology and strategic planning, $20,000 value
  • First Payment Services: Ten-percent off current credit card processing expenses for 18 months, up to $10,000 value.
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP: Five free hours of consult or legal work during the first 90 days of the program, $2,000 value.

Results from EO Nashville’s Semi-Annual Economic Survey

A couple weeks ago, we shared with you a link to the Nashville Business Journal‘s coverage of EO Nashville’s Q2&3 Economic Survey.

This week, we wanted to share with you the raw data that makes up the survey. We have also included the EO global results to the same survey that was conducted at the same time. This way you can compare Nashville’s sentiments to the business sentiments globally.

Question 1

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  • 71% of EO Nashville respondents expect to increase their full-time staffs in the second half of 2011, that’s 10% more then the first half of 2011 and 3% more then EO global respondents.
  • None of the EO Nashville respondents expect to decrease their full-time staffs in the second half of 2011.

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Question 2 Charts

  • None of the EO Nashville respondents expect to decrease their part-time staffs in the second half of 2011, that’s compared to 9% of EO Nashville respondents who decreased them in the first half of 2011, and 10% of EO global respondents who plan to decrease them in the second half of 2011.

Question 3

Question 3 Graphs

  • 97% of EO Nashville respondents expect their net profits to increase or remain constant in the last six of 2011. That’s 15% more then the first half of 2011 and 6% more then EO global respondents.

Question 4

Question 4 Charts

  • Over the past six months, and during the next 6 months; EO Nashville respondents are decreasing their debt loads at a faster rate than EO global respondents.

Question 5

Question 5 Charts

  • A greater percentage of EO Nashville respondents (28%) find it easier to access credit now then EO global respondents.
  • EO Nashville respondents are significantly more wary about credit being accessible in the last six months of 2011, with only 33% predicting that access will increase.

Question 6

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  • Roughly three-fourths of EO Nashville respondents predict the economy will either improve or remain the same.

Question 7

Question 7 Chart

  • Roughly three-fourths of EO Nashville respondents indicate that they are likely to start a new venture in the future.

 

EO Members in the News: Michael Burcham & Jackson Miller

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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.”