EO Members in the News: Ashlyn Hines, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, David Waddell, Tim Ozgener, Dan Hogan, Andy Bailey, Arnie Malham, Debbie Gordon, Alex Tolbert, Nicholas Holland, Julie May, Ben Goldberg

Ashlyn Hines [bristol development group] was quoted in a Tennessean article about the popularity of “Cottage Developments” in Nashville.

Josephine, Miranda Whitcomb Pontes’ new restaurant, was featured in a Nashville Scene article anticipating the restaurant’s grand opening.

David Waddell [Waddell & Associates] penned his column for the Memphis Daily News about “Keeping Your Eye on the Ball” when it comes to the financial market.

Tim Ozgener’s Oz, a new contemporary arts and special event center, was covered on the front page of The Tennessean in an article titled “For Art Lovers, There is no Place like Oz in Nashville”. Tim was also interviewed by WSMV on their 6 o’clock broadcast.

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Dan Hogan’s [Medalogix]partnership with IBM was written up  in a Nashville Post article and was featured as a profile story in their 2014 Entrepreneurs Issue .

dan-hogan-nashville-postAndy Bailey [Petra] write a blog for smallbizdaily.com about creating a winning game plan and was quoted, along with Arnie Malham [cj advertising], in The Nashville Post Entrepreneur Issue article about letting your company go, whether in selling or in turning over control. nashville-post-entreprenuer-issue

Debbie Gordon [S3 Asset Management] was also prominently featured in the Entrepreneurs Issue with contributions to an article titled “Don’t Fear the F-Word”, which focused on the benefits of failure in a business venture.

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Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] provided insight into President Obama’s announced change to the health care reform law in a Nashville Business Journal Biz Blog and was quoted along with Nicholas Holland [populr.me] and Julie May [bytes of knowledge] in this week’s Nashville Business Journal Cover Story. The three EO Nashville members explained what they would do if they were mayor for a day.

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Ben Goldberg [Strategic Hospitality], and his brother Max, were featured in The Nashville Business Journal’s photo of the week section.

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EO Members in the news: Amy Tanksley, Jeff Turner, Taylor Milliken, Andy Bailey, Julie May, Joe Freedman, Ricky Scott, Darek Bell, Michael Brody-Waite, James Fields, JT Terrell

Check out what your fellow EO members have been up to this week:

Uncle Classic Barbershop [Amy Tanksley] hosted a “Shave the Date” event with the Nashville Predators this week. The Tennessean blogged about the event in which Brent Peterson, Nashville Predators hockey operations advisor, shaved his mustache to kick off “Movember” month of men’s health awareness and fundraising.

Jeff Turner [National Storm Shelters] penned an article for the Tennessean about the dangers of the fall storm season.

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Lawn and Landscape featured an article on the successful process of rebranding Taylor Milliken’s [Elite Landscaping/Milosi Landscaping] company.

Andy Bailey’s [Petra] Tennessean column focused on the benefits of priority management over time management.

Julie May [bytes of knowledge] was mentioned in a Southern Alpha blog post highlighting 28 powerful women in Nashville that you should follow on Twitter. She was also featured in another Southern Alpha article, this one by Moontoast founder Marcus Whitney, about why we should build a technology bridge between Nashville and London.  Julie wrote an article for Small Business Opportunities about the discontinuation of Google’s Postini spam filter, a column for The Nashville Business Journal about how to improve your e-commerce operations and a column for The Tennessean about the blueprint of software development

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Julie is also a finalist in the Stevie Awards “Woman of the Year” technology category and will attend the awards dinner in New York on November 8. The Tennesseean highlighted this accomplishment and provided details about the event.

A Nashville Business Journal article titled “Nashville Entrepreneurs Feel Confident about the Economy” focused on a recent study conducted by the Global Entrepreneur Organization and featured quotes from Joe Freedman [Music City Tents] and Ricky Scott [The Kingston Group].

Men’s Journal Magazine named Corsair Artisan [Darek Bell] “The Next Great American Whiskey” and penned an article about the company’s success.

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Entrepreneur Magazine’s online section “10 Questions” featured input from Michael Brody-Waite [InQuicker] about how to prepare for a trade show. Michael was also spotlighted in The Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” editorial series.

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James Fields  [Concept Technology] focused his Tennessean column on how to hire smart technology employees.

The EO Nashville Moveable Feast was featured in The Nashville Business Journal’s “Working the Room” section.

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In fun, entertainment news,  Jenny Terrell, wife of JT Terrell [Music City Tents] landed a starring role on the new TNT television series “Private Lives of Nashville Wives.”  JT was mentioned in The Tennessean article about the cast.

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.
edleys 10.18 nbjAndy Bailey’s [Petra] weekly column in The Tennessean gave advice on how to be a good leader.

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]

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:

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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.”

All signs point to a healthy, growing EO Nashville

EO NashvilleFor the third consecutive year, the Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) earned “Rock Star” designation for it 2012-2013 year, and was honored by the global EO organization.

This is the fifth time since 2008 that Nashville has been named a Rock Star chapter. Additionally, 90 percent of existing EO Nashville members renewed their memberships this year.

Placing Nashville within the top tier of EO, Rock Star status is given to chapters that achieve overall excellence by successfully completing 27 benchmarks in the areas of chapter health, including growth, renewals, learning, communications, forum and finance. The benchmarks are a set of common metrics that the most successful chapters consistently hit when growing vibrant, valuable organizations.

“Global EO developed the Rock Star program to provide EO chapters with an organized way to measure success within the organization,” said Joe Freedman, EO Nashville president and president of Music City Tents & Events. “We appreciate global EO’s recognition of our hard work and success, none of which could have been possible without the EO Nashville board, Past President Andy Bailey and last year’s Membership Co-Chairs John Kepley and Jackson Miller.”

In the first quarter of 2013, EO Global also honored EO Nashville as having the most new members in all 122 chapters, ranking Nashville as the fastest growing EO chapter in the world.

“We appreciate the hard work that the Nashville chapter board has done throughout the year, and we hope that this accomplishment motivates the incoming board to continue your Rock Star performance,” said Dana Bradley, regional director for the EO U.S. East region and principal of Performance Holdings in Huntersville, N.C. “Once again, congratulations on your Rock Star status.”

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of more than 8,700 business owners in 122 chapters and more than 35 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The organization’s vision is to build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, which aligns with its mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

For more information about EO Nashville, contact Sameera Lowe, executive director, at eo@eonashville.com, or visit our website at www.EONashville.com.

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.

EO Nashville Member in the News: Aimee Johns

Fashion expert Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame recently came to Nashville to tape an episode if his new show, The Revolution, at EO Nashville member Aimee Johns’ boutique Flavour / Flavour Men on Demonbreun Street.

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Aimee Johns and Tim Gunn in Aimee's Nashville store

The episode will air Thursday, April 26 on ABC.

Congratulations Aimee — Hope everyone can tune in on the 26th to support.