| Oct 21, 2011
From the perspective of the Chamber's mission of facilitating economic prosperity, supporting entrepreneurial companies is a perfect fit. A solid base of growing companies is an essential ingredient for any thriving economy, particularly in Nashville, where some of our largest industries - such as health care and entertainment - have such a strong entrepreneurial component.
When the Chamber founded our Future 50 Awards in 1992, our mission was to commemorate the 50 fastest-growing privately held companies in Middle Tennessee. We continued this tradition for 19 years before revamping the annual awards program in collaboration with the Entrepreneur Center
this year. We held our first-ever NEXT Awards
this week, and it was a hit on several different levels.
It's always energizing to be in a room full of some of the most successful businesspeople driving our regional economy. That energy and vitality, combined with the great buzz the NEXT Awards generated in the community, made the event a true celebration of some of our homegrown success stories.
Personally, as someone who has been closely involved in the NEXT Awards since the program's inception, it has been rewarding to help revitalize the Chamber's tradition of honoring entrepreneurial success in an updated format ...