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  • Congratulations to Our 2015 NEXT Awards Finalists

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 31, 2015
    The Nashville Area Chamber and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center are proud to announce the finalists for the fifth annual NEXT Awards. These awards recognize outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Middle Tennessee.

    The NEXT Awards honor companies and individual entrepreneurs in five business categories that are vital to the Middle Tennessee economy: health care; technology; digital media and entertainment; social enterprise and sustainability; and products and services. Individual awards will also be given for Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Please join us Thursday, Sept. 17, for a celebration of these finalists. Winners will be announced during the NEXT Awards event Thursday, Nov. 19.

    2015 NEXT Award Finalists

    Digital Media & Entertainment
    • Make It Pop Creations, LLC
    • Talkapolis
    • The Mountain
    • Titan Web Marketing Solutions
    • Caddis Interactive
    • FoxFuel Creative
    • SnapShot Interactive
    • StyleBlueprint, LLC
    Market Mover
    • DWP Live
    • Nashville Armory
    • Nashville Ballet
    • Rural Media Group
    Health Care
    • Atlas Health Technologies, Inc.
    • Healthcare MarketMaker
    • MEDarchon
    • Nashville TMS
    • Jones Therapy Services
    • MediCopy
    • ProviderTrust, Inc.
    • Stratasan
    Market Mover
    • Addiction Campuses
    • EnableComp
    • Entrada
    • Neighborhood Health
    Products & Services
    • 6th Man Movers
    • Batch Nashville
    • Joyride
    • Montgomery & Associates Insurance and Financial Services
    • A Head For Profits
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  • Member Spotlight - Provista

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 27, 2015

    Q: What has been the most valuable aspect of your Chamber membership?  
    A: The Chamber is willing to help promote my company and provide creative ideas to let other members know about my services.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee? 
    A: The people. I love the people of Tennessee. They are all so friendly and inviting when I visit. I am from Texas and have always valued the warmth and kindness of my fellow Texans. Tennessee folks give me that same feeling. Every time I visit my customers in the Nashville area, I feel like I’ve made new friends.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year? 
    A: To help my customers and prospective customers understand how my company can provide great value to them. Because we are a group purchasing organization, many companies outside of health care and education are not aware of who we are or what we do. My job is to simply educate those who are unfamiliar with group purchasing and, hopefully, save them considerable money on their day-to-day spending.   

    Q: How do you define success? 
    A: My idea of success is not monetary. I feel ...
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  • Study: Health Care Contributes Nearly $40B Annually To Regional Economy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 18, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council today released an economic impact study, completed in partnership with the Business and Economic Research Center (BERC) at Middle Tennessee State University, to examine the local health care industry and its impact on the regional and national economy. The report, a follow-up to one commissioned in 2010, shows significant growth in terms of the financial scope and geographic reach of Nashville’s health care industry over the past five years.

    The health care industry contributed $38.8 billion to the region’s economy in 2014, according to the findings. That number, which accounts for direct, indirect and induced business revenues, marks a 32.9 percent increase from the 2010 study. The study also shows Nashville’s health care industry accounted for 249,345 local jobs in 2014, up 18.14 percent compared the previous study.

    The study’s findings also show Nashville’s tremendous impact on the national and worldwide economy. The city’s 16 publicly traded health care companies* employ more than 500,000 people globally — more than three times any other city’s public health care cluster. These 16 companies* see a combined revenue of $73 billion each year.

    “The importance of the health care industry to ...
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  • Chamber East Leads Community Place-making Initiative

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 17, 2015

    A series of murals is taking shape in East Nashville as part of a multiphase community place-making project.

    The project has been a core initiative of our Chamber East Area Advisory Council since 2013. The goal is to brand the unique business districts of East Nashville and support the many local businesses in the area, while bringing additional character to one of the most diverse parts of town.

    The project started with a logo design contest, which was then open to public voting. T-shirts and bumper stickers with the winning logo are now available for purchase, with 100 percent of the proceeds dedicated to artists' fees. The project has received generous donations from Gibson, Sherwin-Williams, Project615, Joyner & Hogan, Jet's Pizza, Center 615, building owners and other East Nashville businesses. Sponsors are highlighted in all media and potentially on the murals themselves.

    The first mural on the Joyner & Hogan Building (600 Main Street), which depicts the new East Nashville logo, was completed in May by Tinsley Dempsey. It has had thousands of likes and shares on social media and was featured in The Tennessean's Sunday business section. The second mural, titled "Corners of Lockeland," is in progress on ...

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  • New Rankings Continue Bringing Good News

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 13, 2015
    With a thriving economy and a booming startup scene, our state and region continue to build momentum. Here's a look at a few recent national rankings.

    Best Cities for White-Collar Job Growth published a list of cities where white-collar job growth is climbing. Nashville is No. 4 on the list; business service employment has soared 41.4 percent here over the past five years. Much of this growth is tied to health services, entertainment and staffing services.

    Hot Startup Cities
    magazine placed Nashville on its list of nine hot cities "where startup dreams come easier and cheaper, but can still pay off big."

    Best State for Auto Manufacturing, Tech Skills Training
    Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and tech skills training programs, according to the 11th annual rankings report published by Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication. In the report, Tennessee also received top accolades for business climate, infrastructure, workforce training and automotive employment.

    Top Metro for Economic Growth Potential
    The same Business Facilities report shows Nashville leading U.S. metros in economic growth potential. The listing cites Nashville's geographical advantages, low cost of doing business and the ...
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  • It's Time To Provide Feedback On the Future Of Transit

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 07, 2015

    This week, the Nashville MTA/RTA will be holding meetings to provide a way for residents to get engaged in deciding how the area’s transit system will meet our region’s growth. 

    On Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12, representatives from Nashville MTA/RTA will provide an update on the most recent developments with nMotion 2015, a process to update the Nashville MTA/RTA Strategic Plan, and present an overview and initial set of strategies to improve the Nashville area’s transit system. At each meeting, residents will be divided into small groups and asked for feedback on strategies that could be used to improve the system.

    Nashville MTA/RTA has published a new report detailing some potential ways to improve transit services. Read the report and share your thoughts on what strategies Nashville MTA/RTA should prioritize.

    Yesterday, MTA/RTA also released the first three reports in the “Transit Strategies Series.” These reports describe how three approaches are used in other cities and how they could potentially be implemented in Middle Tennessee. Follow the links below to read them and share your thoughts:


    In April, the Nashville MTA/RTA kicked off nMotion 2015, a 20-year comprehensive ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Book'em

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 27, 2015

    Q: What is Book’em?
    A: Founded in 1989, Book’em is a local nonprofit children’s literacy organization whose mission is to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children from birth through high school discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers. We fulfill our mission by making children and teens proud owners of new books and bringing volunteer readers into the classrooms of at-risk preschool and elementary-aged children.  

    Our highest priority is serving Nashville’s disadvantaged children during their preschool and elementary school years. We believe that developing strong literacy skills from an early age is essential for academic and lifelong success. Book’em provides vital resources so that Nashville’s underprivileged children can build their literacy skills. Our programs include Books for Nashville Kids, Reading Is Fundamental and Ready for Reading. Book’em envisions a future in Nashville where all children own books and know firsthand the joy and value of reading. For more information, please visit 

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: For a children's literacy nonprofit, a huge donation of new books is something you need to find a way to say "yes" to. Last spring, we received ...

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  • Nashville Health Care Council Announces Additions to Board of Directors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 23, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    The Nashville Health Care Council announces the appointment of new and renewing members to its 2015-2016 board of directors. William Gracey, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will serve as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Gracey, the board’s former vice chairman, succeeds William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Health, who served as Council chairman from 2013 to 2015, and who remains on the board as a director. C. Wright Pinson, M.D., deputy vice chancellor, health affairs and CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, was selected to begin a two-year term as vice chairman of the board.

     Click here to view headshots of the new and renewing Council board members.

    Click here to view a list of the full Council board.

    “The Council’s role in supporting and enhancing Nashville’s health care industry is important now more than ever. I look forward to collaborating and working alongside other industry leaders to advance the organization’s mission and further establish Nashville’s position as the nation’s health care industry capital,” Gracey said.

    New and renewing at-large directors include Neil de Crescenzo, president and CEO, emdeon; Samuel N. Hazen, ...

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  • Member Spotlight - UpDesk

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 20, 2015
    Q: Tell me about UpDesk.
    A: Born in Nashville, UpDesk believes people's space shouldn't define them, but they should define their space. Our height-adjustable desks are designed by the minds that have created other ergonomic supplies for the health care industry for more than 40 years. Most importantly, we consider our customers family and strive for excellent service.

    Q: What is unique about UpDesk?
    A: Company culture, customer interactions, and how we listen to the marketplace are few ways that make the UpDesk brand unique. Not to mention, we offer a wide variety of ergonomic solutions to fit everyone's need and budget.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for UpDesk in the next year?
    A: UpDesk's primary goal is to become known as the "one-stop shop" for large and small companies as well as individuals to find a large selection of ergonomic solutions at the best possible price.

    Q: What has been the best part about having a location in Middle Tennessee?
    A: Nashville is home to some of the world's most influential companies, and UpDesk has already had the pleasure of doing business with several of them. We look forward to sustaining those business relationships and expanding our awareness even ...
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  • Thanks To Our Sponsors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 14, 2015
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    Category: General