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VOL. 38 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 06, 2014

Resources for female small business owners

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Local and state agencies and orgaizations offering practical help and encouragement for small business owners.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center


By partnering with various chambers of commerce, local organizations and some of the area’s best business minds, the EC support entrepreneurs with information, education, and connections to help them accelerate their growth. Programs like Advance Nashville help people learn how to foster good relationships and communicate effectively. A funding boost from Google’s #40Forward program in March is meant to increase the number of women in entrepreneurship programs as well.

Advance Nashville


An initiative by the EC, Advance Nashville helps connect entrepreneurs by encouraging effective collaboration and engaging young business owners just starting to grow their brand and business.

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


Not only does the group work to draw large businesses to the area, they also offer resources for small area startups as well. Look to them for help on all the logistics, from zoning and code requirements to permits and tax guidance.

Nashville CABLE


One of the oldest organizations dedicated to connecting women, CABLE was founded in 1978 as a part of the YWCA. Women are encouraged to grow relationships with other female business owners and develop their unique strengths through mentorship and networking events.

Nashville NAWBO


The area’s branch of the National Association of Women Business Owners provides networking opportunities as well as guidance and education about services that can help increase growth. Regular meetings help members stay connected and introduces startups to more established area business owners.

Evolve Women


Founded by Connie McGee, this community resource provides profiles, interviews, and development opportunities for all businesswomen. Sign up for master classes like the one being presented by Kimberly Pace, CEO of Executive Aura, for building your executive presence and personal brand, showcasing your strengths before even saying a word.

Startup Tennessee


A partnership with the Governor’s Economic and Community Development team and the Entrepreneur Center, this free program connects entrepreneurs and startups with advisors, mentors, investors, business partners, service providers and government organizations to help make the startup process work more smoothly.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center


The TSBDC works to empower small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing various services like free confidential counseling and training seminars, both public and private, on many business related topics.

Launch Tennessee


The goal is to make Tennessee the absolute best place in the country to start and grow a company. There are nine business accelerator programs across the state that focus on areas of expertise ranging from health care and medical devices to technology and agriculture.

Southland Conference 2014


Combining technology, entrepreneurship and Southern culture, this weekend’s Southland is the state’s largest technology and entrepreneur conference. Speakers at the Marathon Music Works event June 9-11 include Al Gore, PayPal president David Marcus, Evernote CEO Phil Libin, Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn, Coatue Senior Managing Director Thomas Laffont and Walker and Company Brands CEO Tristan Walker.