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  • Member Spotlight - Dabble Studio

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 08, 2016
    Q: It looks like Dabble Studio has a lot of different class options. Tell me more about what people can participate in if they come visit you.
    A: We have painting classes, cooking classes and combination cooking/painting classes! Our painting classes feature stenciled canvases and encourage creativity, while our cooking classes are intimate and hands-on, featuring 4-5 courses you help create with your team! Our combination classes include a simplified cooking lesson such as pizza-making or bolognese sauce, as well as a simplified painting lesson on an 8x10 canvas that takes place while the food cooks. Our classes are BYOB, but we also sell a variety of wine and beer. We're conveniently located in Germantown near the new Sounds stadium.

    Q: What's the best thing about doing business in Middle Tennessee?
    A: We'll never get tired of hearing Nashville being referred to as the "It City"! The diversity that comes with living in a city of transplants, the growth that we experience in our neighborhood every day, the inspiration that comes with living in such a creative and supportive city...what's not to love?

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your company in the next year?
    A: Our goal is, first, to ...

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  • Member Spotlight - Project Return

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 28, 2016
    Q: Tell us more about Project Return.
    A: Project Return is in its 37th year of service to Nashville and Middle Tennessee, dedicated solely to the success of the men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration. We propel people into employment – by the hundreds each year – while meeting their immediate, critical needs after prison. Our focus is job readiness and workforce development, and our specialty is connecting motivated job seekers with good employment opportunities at Middle Tennessee companies – changing lives, benefiting businesses, and making our community a better place to live and work.

    Q: What's your biggest goal for your nonprofit in 2016?
    A: Project Return's biggest goal for this year is to reach more people in every sense. We want to reach more people who are returning from incarceration; reach more people in the business community who are in need of a motivated workforce; and reach more people who don't know about the important work we are doing in Nashville, and why it benefits everybody in our city.

    Q: Describe a recent challenge and how you addressed it.
    A: Our challenge has been solving the riddle of connecting the motivated, well-meaning people ...
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    Category: General
  • Haslam Highlights Legislative Priorities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 26, 2016
    Tennessee's strong economy and vibrant business environment were the focal points of Gov. Bill Haslam's annual address to Chamber members on Jan. 26.

    Citing the more than 100 active construction projects in Davidson County alone, Haslam said the rapid growth Tennessee and Nashville have been experiencing is no accident. "People are making smart decisions in the private sector," he said. "Let's double down on what has led to that success."

    Our state is operating with a budget surplus, and Haslam said he plans to dedicate the increased revenue toward education. Noting that Tennessee has continued to make great strides in this area, Haslam said we "can't back up" in terms of education reform.

    Haslam's Drive to 55 plan, which aims to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025, will be a major emphasis of his administration during this legislative session. "Drive to 55 will continue to stoke our economy," he said.  

    Governor's Address - Jan. 26, 2016
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    Category: Legislative Issues
  • Public Meetings Scheduled For Review of Regional Transportation Plan

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 22, 2016
    Courtesy of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Beginning later this month, residents will have the opportunity to review the update to the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), and provide mayors from Middle Tennessee with valuable feedback as they finalize and adopt the plan.

    Prepared by the Nashville Area MPO on behalf of its member jurisdictions, the RTP, titled Middle Tennessee Connected, represents the collective transportation goals of city and county governments, transit agencies and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The plan outlines how those partners intend to invest federal funds to improve mobility across Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.

    The RTP is extremely important to Middle Tennessee, as it is the gateway to federal dollars and offers an opportunity for city and county governments, the state and transit agencies to develop a comprehensive document to unify priorities for transportation investments. The plan includes both short- and long-range projects and strategies that come together to build an integrated multi-modal transportation network for the region. Specifically, this plan recommends federal funds for projects developed through local comprehensive planning processes or by transit agencies such as Nashville MTA and RTA’s nMotion process.

    The public meetings will be structured in ...
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    Category: Transit
  • Help Shape Tennessee's Growth

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 20, 2016

    Courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

    The future of Tennessee’s economic success is directly tied to our high-speed Internet access. Having broadband access leads to an increase in educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, which helps our state build a better workforce and accelerate job creation.

    A lack of broadband access may hurt future economic development efforts, particularly in more rural areas of our state. To ensure that every community in Tennessee has the tools to succeed economically, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is conducting a statewide assessment of broadband access and usage in Tennessee. This survey will measure who in our state has broadband Internet access, and how they are using it. 

    Through March 15, businesses and residents may take the online assessment at

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  • ScaleUp Nashville Names First Cohort of Small Businesses

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 12, 2016
    The Nashville Area Chamber has announced the small businesses selected to participate in the first cohort of ScaleUp Nashville, the local version of ScaleUp America, a Small Business Administration-funded program designed to support entrepreneurs with business training and networking.

    Our small business initiative, Business Studio, was awarded an initial grant of $218,000 from the SBA in November to launch ScaleUp Nashville, with the potential for funding of more than $1 million over five years. Business Studio will partner with Pathway Lending’s Women’s Business Center, Refinery Nashville and the Entrepreneur Center on the 12-week accelerator program.

    The 2016 ScaleUp Nashville first cohort includes:
    • AJ Media Services, which provides compelling professional video-media and skilled editing services for government agencies, corporations, small businesses, nonprofits and universities.
    • Batch Nashville, a retail and gift company which helps individuals and corporate customers discover and give the tastes and products from their favorite Southern cities.
    • The Dailey Method Nashville, a fitness studio using spinal alignment and orthopedically safe movement for a full-body workout, incorporating elements of yoga, Pilates and ballet.
    • Diamond Restoration, which provides infection prevention and control services to the health care industry.
    • Finnley’s Good Findings, a women’s apparel and accessories boutique for the trendy young ...
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  • ScaleUp Nashville to Host Small Business Networking Reception

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 08, 2016
    On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Nashville Area Chamber and Refinery Nashville will host a networking reception in honor of the 18 small businesses selected to participate in the first cohort of ScaleUp Nashville.

    ScaleUp Nashville is a Small Business Administration-funded program designed to support local entrepreneurs through business training and networking. Our small business initiative, Business Studio, will partner with Pathway Lending’s Women’s Business Center, Refinery Nashville and the Entrepreneur Center on the 12-week accelerator program.

    The ScaleUp Nashville networking reception is free and open to the public. Register here.

    Applications for the second cohort of small business participants will be accepted until Tuesday, March 15, and will be announced later this year. To apply, visit

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  • Rankings Propel Music City into 2016

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 07, 2016
    Nashville continues its momentum to kick off 2016, with a variety of national rankings celebrating our vibrant economic climate and quality of life. Here are a few highlights:

    The Hottest U.S. Cities for 2016

    Nashville is on Business Insider's list of the hottest American cities for 2016. To compile this list, researchers looked at job growth, population growth, affordability, livability, and the health and well-being of each city's residents. They also considered each city's "coolness" factor.

    Destination of the Year

    Nashville was crowned "Destination of the Year" in Travel + Leisure magazine's annual Readers' Choice poll. Receiving 15.8 percent of the votes -- nearly double the amount received by the second-place destination, Charleston -- Music City topped the list of international and domestic locations among the magazine's readership.

    Nashville a top city for businesses owned by women, millennials

    Among large cities nationwide, Nashville has one of the highest rates of millennial and female entrepreneurs, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation.

    2015 Best-Performing Cities

    The Nashville MSA holds the 18th spot in the Milken Institute's 2015 "Best-Performing Cities" index, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.


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    Category: General
  • Thanks To Our Sponsors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 05, 2016
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    Category: General
  • Nashville Health Care Council, Sen. Frist Announce 2016 Fellows Class

    by Lindsay Chambers | Dec 07, 2015
    Courtesy of the Nashville Health Care Council

    Today, the Nashville Health Care Council, along with Fellows co-directors former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., and health care economist Larry Van Horn, announced the 2016 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The 30 senior leaders from various sectors of the health care industry will address challenges facing the nation’s health care system and collaborate toward transformative solutions.

    “Today’s health care decision-makers must be able to draw upon a diverse set of skills to effectively lead their organizations through the unprecedented changes our health system is facing,” said Frist. “This year’s curriculum will provide a rare opportunity for the class to collaborate with innovators who are truly shaping our health care system. I am excited to see what we learn together.”

    The members of the 2016 Fellows class are:

    • Tim Bewley, first vice president, SunTrust Bank
    • Hamilton Bowman, COO, EnableComp
    • Barbara Brennan, COO and chief nursing officer, Alive Hospice
    • Denise Burke, partner, Waller
    • Chip Chambers, M.D., senior medical director, Cigna-HealthSpring
    • Sam Chang, M.D., professor of urologic surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    • Mike Coggin, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, LifePoint Health
    • Jana Dreyzehner, ...
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