Thank you to the 200+ individuals, members, and our sponsors for helping us put on and attend the 9th Annual: Small and Diverse Business Forum 2024.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Music City Center, and First Horizon Bank held an engaging forum, bringing together a variety of major Middle Tennessee corporations, companies, and industries. Attendees were involved in thought-provoking conversations with local and state economic development experts on how to be part of the progress taking place in our community. Additionally, there was the opportunity to network with industry professionals and construction firms in the region in between the different breakout sessions.

Speakers included:

  • Freddie O’Connell, Mayor
  • Roger Ligon Sr. and Roger Ligon Jr., I.C.F. Builders & Consultants
  • Johari Matthews, Tennessee Titans Foundation
  • Ralph Schulz, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Carol Yochem, First Horizon

Breakout Sessions:

Strategic Plays- Small Business Strategies for Success in the Titans Stadium Build

Featuring: Susan Vanderbilt, Tennessee Builders Alliance, Entree Savvy, Founder & President

Building Bridges- Small Business & Statewide Construction Leaders in Dialogue

Featuring: Brasfield & Gorrie, Denark Construction, Hensel Phelps, Layton Construction, Messer Construction, Skanska

Small Business, Big Impact- How Economic Development Experts Plan for the Future


  • Bistany Bass, WBEC South (Moderator)
  • Dr. Isaac Addae, Nashville Mayors Office
  • Lyndi Berrones, TNECD (Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)
  • Patrick Cammack, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Joann Messey, EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis & Shelby County)


Pivotal Partners:

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc.

Gresham Smith

Community Health Systems

Regions Bank


First Horizon Bank

Music City Center





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