Just released — 2014 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 16 EO Nashville member companies

inc5000Inc. magazine released its highly regarded Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America today, and 16 EO Nashville member companies made the cut. That’s 10 percent of the 168 members that make up EO Nashville.

These 16 companies employ 2,118 individuals; grew at an average rate of 247 percent from 2010 to 2013; and have combined 2013 revenues of $380 million.

EO Nashville members also make up 31 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 20 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

EO Nashville members who made the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

Companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2010 to 2013. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2010 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2013.

You can access the full list here.

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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.

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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:

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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.”

EO Nashville Members in the News: Alex Tolbert, JJ Rosen, Dan Hogan, John Rowley, Ricky Scott, Andy Bailey, Tom Beach, James Fields, Fastest-Growing Companies, Inc. 500|5000

In this week’s roundup:

Alex Tolbert [Bernard Health] and JJ Rosen [Atiba] both had columns run in Sunday’s Tennessean. Alex’s piece discussed the insurance options available on the new health care exchange, while JJ talked about turning your idea for an app into a reality.

Alex was also featured in two articles on Becker’s Spine Review. The first asked “What Spine Surgeons Need to Know About Insurance Premiums Next Year” and the second set up “6 Expectations for Spine Surgeons After Health Insurance Exchanges.

On Friday, two EO Nashville members had columns run as part of EO Nashville’s partnership with the Nashville Business Journal. Dan Hogan’s [Medalogix] column gave advice on launching a startup in Nashville, while John Rowley’s [Fletcher Rowley Inc.] piece listed five ideas to apply the political playbook to corporate branding. You can read both columns below.

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Rowley clipRanking 148th, The Kingston Group [Ricky Scott] made Remodeling magazine’s 2013 Remodeling 550: Full-Service Remodelers list.

Andy Bailey [Petra Coach] spoke about his Aligntoday.com software on the SouthernAlpha blog. You can read the interview here. Andy’s Aug. 21 column in the Tennessean reminded us all that we need more gratefulness in our lives.

The Nashville Post recently reported that City Saver [Tom Beach] would soon launch its product in Seattle, the company’s sixth market.

On Aug. 18, James Fields [Concept Technology] published a column in the Sunday Tennessean on protecting our online and mobile conversations. You can read the column here.

Earlier this month, the Nashville Business Journal announced its 2013 25 Fastest-Growing Companies winners. The list included EO Nashville members:

And finally, though we already told you about the 19 EO Nashville members who were included in the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list, a few of those members shared the secrets of their success with the Tennessean on Sunday. You can read their interviews below.

Reboot Marketing [Allen Baler]

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Advance Financial [Michael Hodges]

Advance Financial clipTeknetex [John Kepley]

Teknetex clipConcept Technology [James Fields]

Fields clipRustici Software [Mike Rustici]

Rustici clipMankin Media Systems [Ben Mankin]

Mankin clipVaco [Jerry Bostelman]

Vaco clipComfort Supply [Clay Blevins]

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2013 Inc. 500|5000 recognizes 19 EO Nashville member companies

Fifteen percent of the 131 members comprising the Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) have been named to the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, the magazine announced today.

EO Nashville member companies also make up 42 percent of Middle Tennessee-based companies on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list. Statewide, EO Nashville members account for 22 percent of Tennessee-based companies on the list.

“We consistently see a high number of EO Nashville member companies on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list. In 2011, 13 member companies made the list and last year 19 member companies were included,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and president of Music City Tents & Events. “This year, with 19 members honored, is our best showing yet, which demonstrates that EO companies are invested in growing their economic footprint in Nashville and beyond.

EO is a global network that connects business owners to improve and enhance their lives and businesses through learning and sharing experiences. The Nashville EO chapter has 131 members and is one of the fastest growing EO chapters in the world. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

EO Nashville members who made the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 list are:

 

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These 19 companies employ 1,569 individuals; grew at an average rate of 279 percent from 2009 to 2012; and have combined 2012 revenues of $362.7 million.

According to the magazine, companies are chosen for the list by comparing revenue growth from 2009 to 2012. Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit and not a subsidiary or division of another company. Revenues in 2009 must have been at least $100,000 and at least $2 million for 2012.

The full list can be accessed at inc.com/inc5000/list/2013.

EO Nashville Members in the News: Ben Hanback, Tom Beach, Max Sadler, Julie May, Charles May, James Fields, Tom Turner, Andy Bailey, Mike Rustici, Alex Tolbert, Michael Brody-Waite, Dan Hogan, Darek Bell, JJ Rosen, Nicholas Holland, Darren Metz, John Aron, Charles Bone, David Waddell and Benjamin Goldberg

A week in review. Here’s the latest news on EO Nashville members.

The Tennessean published Ben Hanback’s [the Hanback Group] guest column titled “Businesses must have plan to deal with unexpected.”

Ben Hanback

The Tennessean featured an article about City Saver‘s [Tom Beach] 10 year anniversary last Friday.

Last week, the Nashville Business Journal quoted Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler], DSi [Tom Turner], bytes of knowledge [Julie May, Charles May] and Concept Technology [James Fields] in an article titled “Protecting your data.”

DSi, BOK, CTI, Advanced

The Nashville Business Journal mentioned Andy Bailey [Petra] in an article titled “Learn to control your cell phone–before it controls you.” The article published last Friday.

Andy Bailey

The Nashville Business Journal published Mike Rustici’s [Rustici Software] guest column titled “Top 7 ways to create a culture that attracts top talent.” Mike’s column is part of the partnership between EO Nashville and the NBJ.

Mike Rustici

The Nashville Business Journal also featured Rustici Software in an article published Wednesday. The article discussed Rustici’s unique company benefits, which include the services of part personal assistant, part company concierge Jena Lawing who facilitates and schedules her coworkers’ errands.

The Tennessean published Alex Tolbert’s [Bernard Health] column Sunday. This week’s column was titled “Rising costs spur rush to opt out of health reforms.”

BNH

Daily Progress.com featured InQuicker [Michael Brody-Waite] this week as the free online service responsible for Stafford Hospital’s reduced ER wait times.

Healthcare Call Center Times published an article written by Dan Hogan [Medalogix] in it’s July issue.

Travel + Leisure Magazine named Corsair Distillery [Darek Bell] to it’s list of America’s Coolest Distilleries.

The Nashville Business Journal named DSi [Tom Turner], Atiba [JJ Rosen], Centresource [Nicholas Holland], Advanced Network Solutions [Max Sadler], Concept Technology [James Fields], bytes of knowledge [Julie May, Charles May] to the list of top technology service firms in Nashville. The Nashville Business Journal also named NovaCopy Inc. [Darren Metz] to the list of top technology product firms in Nashville.

EO NBJ The List-Technology firms

The Nashville Business Journal also ran a special piece online on the top 5 tech service firms, which included DSi.

John Aron [The Pasta Shoppe] appeared on WRKN Nashville July 9.

The Nashville Post published a story about Bone McAllester Norton’s [Charles Bone] launch of a criminal defense and government investigations practice.

The Memphis Daily News published David Waddell’s [Waddell & Associates] column Thursday. This week’s column was titled “Two Acts Remain in Bernacke’s Screenplay.”

The Nashville Scene’s food blog mentioned Strategic Hospitality [Benjamin Goldberg] as the newest team members of Green Hills’ The Food Company. The Food Company owner Jackie Daniel recently turned over some of the daily restaurant operations to Strategic Hospitality.