For entrepreneurs of all stripes, developing a growth strategy is tough. In health care, it can be especially challenging to access the industry, even though building partnerships with potential customers of your product -- or maybe your company -- is crucial. But as two recent deals with Na…

After a trip through Jumpstart Foundry's business accelerator, securing $2 million in Series A funding and signing a lease for space at downtown's CET Life Sciences Center, InvisionHeart is ready to be one of Nashville's next big things. The Vanderbilt-born company has developed wireless ele…

The health care industry is facing greater challenges now than ever before: decreasing reimbursement, demanding patients, talent shortages and the continuously blurring lines between partners and competitors. The U.S. consumer today expects health care to become more effective, less expensiv…

As president and CEO of Educational Services of America, Mark Claypool spends his days as the private half of many public-private partnerships, bringing alternative and special education services to school districts. Claypool argues in his new book, We're in this Together, that partnerships …

Gavin Ivester designed Apple's original PowerBook more than two decades ago and after that ran his own industrial design firm, was creative director at Nike, GM of Puma's international footwear group, and chief creative officer at Gibson Guitar. Since 2011, he has been CEO of branding firm f…

The franchise industry in Nashville is -- like the city itself -- gaining momentum. More than ever, franchising companies are establishing a regional presence here, while, simultaneously, the number of franchisees in the greater Nashville market continues to increase.

Stuart McWhorter took over from Michael Burcham as the second CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on April 9. The co-founder and ex-chairman of investment firm Clayton Associates and the former leader of Medical Reimbursements of America and OrthoLink Physicians Corp., McWhorter said he…

In a startup world militantly focused on minimum viable products, Series A raises and pivots, it's almost gospel that superheated growth is a goal to be pursued above all else. But at Launch Tennessee's 36|86 entrepreneurship conference held in early June at Marathon Music Works, executives …

The September 2010 sale of Brentwood-based Corporate Board Member to the owner of the New York Stock Exchange included a small footnote stating the local company's sister publication, Bank Director, was not part of the transaction.

At Smartvue -- a Nashville-based tech company that soon could have more patents than employees -- a culture of innovation and a business plan that envisions nothing less than transforming the video surveillance and security industry has attracted a board of directors with remarkable firepower.

The modern-day entertainment personality no longer has to sign with a label, go on a world tour or star in a feature film or TV show to be famous.

The Franklin-based business-to-business project management software company raised $10.5 million during a two-year span -- with little fanfare -- following its founding in 2011.

In the world of social enterprise, the standard for mission-based organizations is to become a B Corp, or benefit corporation. The B Corp certification is to business what the LEED designation is to environmentalism or the Fair Trade label is to coffee or chocolate.

Amidst the entrepreneurial community of app developers, product designers and software engineers, there is a growing league of startups focused on creating a different kind of capital. To that end, social entrepreneurs from Nashville and across the country are applying their business smarts …

When retired Army Ranger Dean Wegner purchased Smithville-based Omega Apparel in 2012, few could have predicted that he would soon be an integral piece in the machinery propelling Tennessee's fashion community into a profitable industry.

In January, Google announced it was pulling its smart eyewear product, Glass, from the commercial market and graduating the device from Google X, the company's research division. But early reports suggesting the move marked the death of Glass turned out to be premature, as the company is sti…

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has quickly established itself as a place for visionary executives and companies -- and for its hall of fame recognizing local entrepreneurs. (Our past profiles of its honorees are available here.) This year's group comprises two folks with vastly different …

The back cover of Jeff Goins' The Art of Work says "a calling is not some special opportunity reserved for an elite class of people. Meaningful work is available to anyone who dares to find it. The path before you is a perilous one, full of difficulty and challenges, but it leads to a legacy…

In his latest work, Do Over, local author Jon Acuff focuses on the fact that people spend more than 18 years studying and preparing for college but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers up a tool he calls the Career Savings Account to help reader…

When Paula Lovell launched Lovell Communications in 1988, she didn't think of herself as an entrepreneur. Instead, she was focused on creating a stable career so that she could provide a good life for her young son.

Most people are aware of the need for creating a healthy work-life balance, but talk to Renata Soto and you might rethink that entire concept. Soto doesn't try to balance the demands of her professional and personal life; she merges them.

The Post team hosted its fifth annual Most Powerful Women luncheon in April, moving the event to the main hall of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the first time. Moderated by 2013 honoree Stacey Garrett, our four honorees discussed a range of topics, including how they think of the word…

Whether they are building a smartphone app or opening a grocery store, all entrepreneurs in Nashville can get a boost from having access to educational resources. From those who need millions in capital to those who need a good deal on a loan, small business communities thrive on a supportiv…

Maria Contreras-Sweet was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. From the time she was young, her grandmother and mother encouraged her to become well educated and set high goals. Contreras-Sweet came to America knowing neither English nor, as she says, "the language of business." Her mother worked in…

"This is a group that so often gets forgotten," says José Gonzalez. "But from the beginning, Conexión Americas identified that immigrant entrepreneurs are bedrocks of economic growth."

Sammy Loudermilk, the founder of 100 Girls of Code and Tennessee Code Academy, and an all-female advisory team that features names such as Kate O'Neill, Lindsey Frost and chapter advisor and trainer Katy Capen have a badass plan for young women interested in math and science.

The Nashville Software School has grown a lot since 2013. The team led by founder and instructor John Wark and including instructors Eliza Brock, Chyld Medford and Dale Rogers has collectively graduated 142 students and placed people at more than 60 companies. The school's track record and g…

A former nanny for Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro and his wife, Tamara Williams, alleges in a lawsuit that the NHL veteran repeatedly made unwanted advances and "sexually assaulted" her over roughly five years, including a period of time when Ribeiro and Williams were divorced.