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Mass Decentralization Mass Decentralization

By Phil Gibbs on July 14, 2015

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Fashion is notorious for wild swings in style. Cynics would attribute this to the marketing prowess of designers who manipulate the fashion conscious. Management consultants have been accused of a similar tactic–advising clients one year to centralize operations and a couple of years later advising them to decentralize. There is a phenomenon going on in our institutions today that is…

Moving from Corporate to Startup Executive: An Executive Entrepreneurship Path Moving from Corporate to Startup Executive: An Executive Entrepreneurship Path

By Phil Gibbs on February 16, 2015

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The general consensus is that corporate generated disruptive innovations need to move outside of normal operations in order to thrive. The evidence is clear that a corporation’s current operations and natural commitment to its best customers will suppress and kill most innovations that can drive real growth. This is not a death sentence for disruptive innovation, but does mandate a strategic approach on the part of senior leadership. Most executives are in their roles because they are good at executing and scaling. But what are the options for those who have entrepreneurial skills and aspirations? They make ideal candidates to lead disruptive innovations that corporations desperately need.

Starting: Product and Service Innovation Starting: Product and Service Innovation

By Phil Gibbs on August 19, 2014

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Whether you are an entrepreneur doing a traditional startup or a corporate executive looking to create your company’s next great product or service, you have to start somewhere. I know—that is profound. But really, it is at the root of most entrepreneurial and corporate innovation failures. We simply never start!

Entrepreneurs as Risk Takers – Debunking the Myth Entrepreneurs as Risk Takers – Debunking the Myth

By Phil Gibbs on August 19, 2013

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As an entrepreneur, people tell me that they admire the risk taking involved in starting a business — funny, it just struck me that my wife has never told me that! It is a common assumption that entrepreneurs are risk takers — riverboat gamblers. And some might argue that riverboat gamblers are conservative compared to entrepreneurs.

But I don’t buy it.

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Beyond Time and Place: Unified Work Beyond Time and Place: Unified Work

By Phil Gibbs on December 27, 2012

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A popular buzzword today in information technology is “unified communication.” While we have been in the “information age” for some time, the technology and systems supporting this age of communication are just now beginning to mature.

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Football 2012 – Titans and NFL Training Camp Preview Football 2012 – Titans and NFL Training Camp Preview

By Phil Gibbs on July 17, 2012

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It is a beautiful Friday morning the end of July. You have to prepare for a presentation to a major healthcare client next week. Or maybe you have been up half the night working on a critical project. And what are you doing? OK, confess – surfing the internet looking for answers to questions about the upcoming NFL season!

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Job Growth in Tennessee – What’s Next? Job Growth in Tennessee – What’s Next?

By Phil Gibbs on July 16, 2012

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Looking for a job? Tennessee is not a bad place to be. But what lies ahead for the state in terms of jobs and economic growth?

Join us July 19, 2012 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at E|SPACES Cool Springs and hear directly from the person responsible for job creation in Tennessee. Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Ryan Search and Consulting and Media Sponsor Nashville Post.

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Breakfast with Dr. Arthur Laffer Breakfast with Dr. Arthur Laffer

By Phil Gibbs on May 22, 2012

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In the midst of uncertain economic times and a heated political environment, it is a rare opportunity to hear directly from someone who has advised world leaders and regularly speaks through the national media about these topics. Please join us for an informal gathering with Art Laffer June 5, 7:30-9:00 AM at E|SPACES Cool Springs, as he discusses what we can expect in the coming months.

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Coach Franklin Fires Up E|SPACES Crowd Coach Franklin Fires Up E|SPACES Crowd

By Phil Gibbs on May 21, 2012

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Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin had the audience ready to suit up and walk through a wall. He presented his strategy for changing the culture at Vanderbilt, which can also be translated to business.

The Chef And I Catering provided amazing food. Also adding to the buzz of the morning was 104.5 The Zone’s Wake Up Zone, broadcasting live from an E|SPACES conference room.

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Changing the Culture Changing the Culture

By Phil Gibbs on May 14, 2012

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As reported on VUCommodores.com, “In one season, Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin became the only first- year coach in school history to guide the Commodores to a bowl game, surpassed the total wins achieved by the program in each of its previous two seasons, and reeled in the best recruiting class in school history.

Through his successes, Franklin has sent a jolt of positive energy throughout Vanderbilt’s football program that has been buoyed by an infectious personality and unmatched passion for the Commodores.”

So what are the keys to turning around a struggling football program or an underperforming business? Join us as Coach Franklin reveals the secrets at E|SPACES Cool Springs on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 AM for a networking breakfast, presentation and Q & A.

Business Models: How Does Your Shining Object Make Money? Business Models: How Does Your Shining Object Make Money?

By Phil Gibbs on May 1, 2012

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So you have a shining object that you think is the next big thing. No, you know it is the next big thing! What do you do with it — start a business of course.

Will it alter our view of the world? Check! Will it improve efficiency? Check! Will it improve the lives of people? Check! Will it open up vast new opportunities? Check! Will it make money? Uh, I hope so.

Join us at E|SPACES Cool Springs as Michael Burcham addresses this question on Thursday, May 10, at 4:30 pm for networking, food and drink and a presentation and Q & A with Michael. (RSVP here) There is probably no one in the country more qualified to help us answer the question, “Will your shining object make money?” than Michael Burcham.

Michael is President and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, Nashville’s nationally recognized center for supporting entrepreneurs and startup businesses. He recently led the launch of Startup Tennessee as the second state to join Startup America, and in March Michael was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

TAGS: EntrepreneursMichael BurchamNashville Entrepreneur Center

Is Healthy Work an Oxymoron? Is Healthy Work an Oxymoron?

By Phil Gibbs on April 19, 2012

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Join Whole Foods Market in Franklin and Hot Yoga Plus at E|SPACES Cool Springs on April 24, 4:00 to 6:00 PM. RSVP Here. Whole Foods is known across the country for its focus on healthy living. Hot Yoga Plus is not as well known yet but also exists to help improve health. So how does this apply in the workplace?

Tax Day E|SCAPE Tax Day E|SCAPE

By Phil Gibbs on April 11, 2012

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Tuesday, April 17 | 3:00 to 6:00 PM

E|SPACES Cool Springs and Belle Meade

I really dislike paying taxes. I dislike all the work it takes to pull together records to pay taxes. I dislike paying someone to figure out how much I owe in taxes. I hate reviewing 50 pages of forms with equations that only a theoretical physicists would love. I dislike going to the post office to pay for special postage so I can prove that I paid the taxes. I hate remembering a deduction I didn’t take five minutes after I mailed the taxes.

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Grow Your Company From Start Up to High Value Grow Your Company From Start Up to High Value

By Phil Gibbs on March 30, 2012

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You do not want to miss Jim Lackey’s presentation April 10th! It is easy to start a company. Many do it every day. And some develop into good businesses and provide a living for the founders. But few break through to become great success stories and generate high financial returns for the founders and investors.

So what is the difference? How do you take the next steps from a small, comfortable business that may offer lifestyle revenue, to a company that offers multiple exit opportunities—acquisition, merger or even public offering? Maybe an even more fundamental question is, “Should you?”

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CEO Cafe – Joe Calloway

By Phil Gibbs on January 17, 2012

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This Members Only presentation will center on addressing the characteristics that differentiate truly great companies, how successful organizations sustain that success, and what market leaders do that any of us can do if we only choose to?

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No More Jobs — Occupy Work

By Phil Gibbs on November 8, 2011

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No, this is not about Occupy Wall Street or the high unemployment rate we have been enduring. Well, maybe it is, in a way. Actually, it is about the unemployment rate going much higher when measured by the traditional number of people holding “jobs.”

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Learning Series with David Baker Learning Series with David Baker

By Phil Gibbs on November 8, 2011

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This tailored presentation will center on the foundational role of your positioning in the marketplace, how that can help you identify the ideal client, what product/service offerings would be appropriate (especially if they are “packaged”), and what employees you’ll need to fulfill those brand promises.

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Rock Your Net: Intro to Digital Marketing Series

By Phil Gibbs on August 31, 2011

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On Wednesday, September 28th we again present Rock Your Net’s hugely successful & popular “Intro To Digital Marketing” workshop series. The series is a hands-on, interactive internet music marketing seminar targetting musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers. By the end of the series you will be able to:

-Create and implement a plan to market your music.
-Build and extend your online presence & infrastructure with tools such as Virb, BandZoogle,BandCamp, Reverbnation and TopSpin.
-Use YouTube, FaceBook & Twitter to build awareness for your band and your brand.
-Learn how to acquire and engage your fans. Help them help you have a sustainable music career.
-Set up an online store to sell your music and merchandise direct to fan (DTF).

Also includes admission to keynote by Ariel Hyatt on Thursday, Sept 15th.

When: September 7th, 14th, 15th (Thursday), 21st & 28th (All Wednesdays except where denoted otherwise)

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Rock Your Net: Intro to Digital Marketing Series

By Phil Gibbs on August 31, 2011

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On Wednesday, September 21st we again present Rock Your Net’s hugely successful & popular “Intro To Digital Marketing” workshop series. The series is a hands-on, interactive internet music marketing seminar targetting musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers. By the end of the series you will be able to:

– Create and implement a plan to market your music.
– Build and extend your online presence & infrastructure with tools such as Virb, BandZoogle,BandCamp, Reverbnation and TopSpin.
– Use YouTube, FaceBook & Twitter to build awareness for your band and your brand.
– Learn how to acquire and engage your fans. Help them help you have a sustainable music career.
– Set up an online store to sell your music and merchandise direct to fan (DTF).
Also includes admission to keynote by Ariel Hyatt on Thursday, Sept 15th.

When: September 7th, 14th, 15th (Thursday), 21st & 28th (All Wednesdays except where denoted otherwise)

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Rock Your Net: Intro to Digital Marketing Series

By Phil Gibbs on August 31, 2011

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On Wednesday, September 14th we again present Rock Your Net’s hugely successful & popular “Intro To Digital Marketing” workshop series. The series is a hands-on, interactive internet music marketing seminar targetting musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers. By the end of the series you will be able to:

– Create and implement a plan to market your music.
– Build and extend your online presence & infrastructure with tools such as Virb, BandZoogle,BandCamp, Reverbnation and TopSpin.
– Use YouTube, FaceBook & Twitter to build awareness for your band and your brand.
– Learn how to acquire and engage your fans. Help them help you have a sustainable music career.
– Set up an online store to sell your music and merchandise direct to fan (DTF).

Also includes admission to keynote by Ariel Hyatt on Thursday, Sept 15th.

When: September 7th, 14th, 15th (Thursday), 21st & 28th (All Wednesdays except where denoted otherwise)

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Rock Your Net: Intro to Digital Marketing Series

By Phil Gibbs on August 31, 2011

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On Wednesday, September 7th we again present Rock Your Net’s hugely successful & popular “Intro To Digital Marketing” workshop series. The series is a hands-on, interactive internet music marketing seminar targetting musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers. By the end of the series you will be able to:

– Create and implement a plan to market your music.
– Build and extend your online presence & infrastructure with tools such as Virb, BandZoogle,BandCamp, Reverbnation and TopSpin.
– Use YouTube, FaceBook & Twitter to build awareness for your band and your brand.
– Learn how to acquire and engage your fans. Help them help you have a sustainable music career.
– Set up an online store to sell your music and merchandise direct to fan (DTF).

Also includes admission to keynote by Ariel Hyatt on Thursday, Sept 15th.

When: September 7th, 14th, 15th (Thursday), 21st & 28th (All Wednesdays except where denoted otherwise)

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Learning Series: Graphic Facilitation Boot Camp with Peter Durand Learning Series: Graphic Facilitation Boot Camp with Peter Durand

By Phil Gibbs on August 16, 2011

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7:30 AM- Lite Breakfast and Networking, 8 AM- Presentation

Where: E|SPACES

4322 Harding Pike, suite 417

Nashville, TN 37205

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This 60 minute workshop is the short version of a hands-on basic skills course in graphic facilitation. Effective communication can be quite challenging, especially when making a presentation or giving a speech. In order for the communication to be effective, you must keep the attention of the listeners and deliver the information in such a way that it is fully understood. One of the most effective ways to get your message across and make it memorable is with visual aids.

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E|SPACES Learning Series with Tod Fetherling

By Phil Gibbs on June 23, 2011

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7:30 AM- Lite Breakfast and Networking, 8 AM- Presentation

Where: E|SPACES

4322 Harding Pike

Nashville, TN 37205

Market Opportunity Analysis

Know your customers better than they know themselves.

Tod Fetherling is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nashville Technology Council. He has deep domain expertise in healthcare and technology. He has been defining markets for more than 20 years for companies like HCA, Merck, RCA, Jewish Hospital, and many more. Tod’s presentation will help you visually understand how to develop your market definitions. He will do several deep dives on healthcare and music as examples. Come prepared with questions and he will do his best to help you define your market.

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Video is the Essential Growth Driver by Lisa Kelley

By Phil Gibbs on May 19, 2011

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Where: E|SPACES
4322 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Lisa Kelley

President and Founder of White Chocolate Visual Media

Video is the Essential Growth Driver

7:30- lite breakfast and networking

8AM- presentation

Studies have shown we have less than 5 seconds to capture someone’s attention, especially when it comes to online content. Professional video is a key differentiator to attract and keep views on your website and to then…take action!

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Rock Your Net

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2011

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The hands on series, Rock Your Net, begins May 11th. It’s geared towards musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers.

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Rock Your Net

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2011

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The hands on series, Rock Your Net, begins May 11th. It’s geared towards musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers.

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Rock Your Net

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2011

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The hands on series, Rock Your Net, begins May 11th. It’s geared towards musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers.

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Rock Your Net

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2011

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The hands on series, Rock Your Net, begins May 11th. It’s geared towards musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers.

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Rock Your Net

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2011

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The hands on series, Rock Your Net, begins May 11th. It’s geared towards musicians, artists, songwriters, publishers and their affiliated managers.

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Paper Files and Drive Time

By Phil Gibbs on March 7, 2011

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Recently I was sitting at a table at a marriage seminar and overheard a conversation about commuting to work and mass transit—definitely on topic. The obvious response, or perhaps I should say reaction, to any discussion about commuting goes something like, “Don’t get me started—I hate creeping along at two miles per hour every single morning and afternoon. We have to build more roads!”

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Wedding at E|SPACES

By Phil Gibbs on February 18, 2011

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And you thought E|SPACES was just a cool work and meeting space. Over the weekend E|SPACES was transformed from workplace to wedding venue and looked quite astounding. White draping hung from the ceiling to the floor, chairs were lined up for the walk down the aisle, and arrangements of calla lilies filled vases. The back of the space was transformed into a gorgeous reception area by geraniums, white candles, and a tower of Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Before the wedding started, guests mingled near the main television to watch a picture slide show of the soon to be married couple. At the reception, two whiteboards were displayed so friends and family could write loving messages to the newlyweds. A Dream Come True Catering added to the mix with delicious food such as stuffed mushrooms, roast beef sandwich bites, and tangerine-topped chicken salad.

E|SPACES is not just a workplace, but also a great venue to throw events. And if you ask the bride, you might find out our concierges have talents far beyond business concierge. According to the bride, “Dale has done so much for me and has been there every step of the way, I feel like he should be one of my bridesmaids.”

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E|SPACES Killer Apps Roundtable

By Phil Gibbs on January 31, 2011

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Join us for our first members’ only E|SPACES roundtable discussion about which apps, services, and online tools best help businesses function. Peter Durand of Alphachimp Studios is going to share a few tips on how he uses some of these tools to make his business better. Be prepared to share some of your own tips and tricks, as this is not only a time to hear new perspectives, but also a chance to pass along what has worked best for you and your business.

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Ten Reasons to Give Up the Office in 2011

By Phil Gibbs on January 20, 2011

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No, not the TV show—YOUR office! That box with the name beside the door where you spend a few hours a week working or trying to work. Be warned that giving up the office is as difficult for most people as giving up caffeine or stopping smoking—and there are no patches. Don’t even think about doing it cold turkey.

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NAMA Online Marketing Special Interest Group

By Phil Gibbs on December 20, 2010

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Prep your career for the new economy with some help from our Online Marketing SIG.New roles are evolving that are a hybrid of marketing and technology, and more than ever even classic marketing roles often demand a greater degree of technical savvy.

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Meet the Press: To Pitch or Not to Pitch

By Phil Gibbs on December 7, 2010

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What: Meet the Press: To Pitch or Not to Pitch from MEPR
When: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: ESpaces 4322 Harding Pike Suite 417 Nashville, TN 37205
Contact info: phone: 615.777.8514 email: info@espaces.com

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E|SPACES hosts American Cancer Society Fundraiser, “MORE BIRTHDAYS”

By Phil Gibbs on October 21, 2010

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The American Cancer Society just launched a National campaign called “MORE BIRTHDAYS” celebrating more than 11 million cancer survivors celebrating birthdays! “MORE BIRTHDAYS” is coming to Nashville on Saturday November 13, 2010 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Light music, work by other local artists and networking will be the main focus of the evening. Donations will be taken at the door and will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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E|SPACES hosts Board Retreat for Autism Society of Middle Tennessee

By Phil Gibbs on October 21, 2010

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Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:00am-3:00pm the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee will hold their Board of Directors Retreat. This is a strategic planning and visions for the future session that will be facilitated by Jim Vallaincourt. E|SPACES will host the event in their beautiful space on 4322 Harding Pike.

TAGS: Autism Society of Middle TennesseeeSpacesEventsMeeting SpaceMeeting Space NashvilleNonprofit

E|SPACES Hosts Nashville 2.0 Meetup with Mitch Canter on WordPress

By Phil Gibbs on September 2, 2010

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What: WordPress–All You Need to Know to Set Up a Blog or Website
When: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: E|SPACES
4322 Harding Pike Suite 417
Nashville, TN 37205
615.777.8514
Follow link to RSVP: WordPress – All You Need to Know to Set Up a Blog or Website
About:
A business that’s not on the web is a business that is missing out on the single largest audience in existence. However, for small businesses, or startup businesses with low funds, getting a web presence that is both professional and affordable has been difficult in the past.

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Un-Boxing the Office

By Phil Gibbs on August 31, 2010

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Why do the majority of professionals, managers and executives still work in boxes? Oh yea, we call them “offices”, but they are basically boxes. And yes, the top has been cut out of some and we call them cubicles, but a box is a box.

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Success Requires Failure

By Phil Gibbs on August 9, 2010

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Not many of us have a life goal of failing. Nor do we wake up in the morning and think, “I need a power breakfast because I’m going to fail today.” Neither do companies develop strategic plans that have a section labeled failure, although they probably have a section that addresses risks. Every business plan that asks people to invest definitely should outline the risks. We rarely talk or write about failure, much less predict it.

TAGS: Entrepreneurs

E|SPACES Hosts The Tennessee Pediatric Society Foundation 2010 Board Retreat

By Phil Gibbs on July 11, 2010

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The Tennessee Pediatric Society Foundation will host their 2010 Board Retreat on Saturday, July 31, at E|SPACES in Hill Center at Belle Meade. This event will be a strategic planning session to outline the foundation’s goals and objectives for the next 2-3 years. The group will convene in E|SPACES’ next generation meeting and office space. In addition to utilizing one of the five meeting/conference rooms, the group will also make use of the inviting open area workspace for smaller group sessions during the retreat.

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BANK OF NASHVILLE CEO CAFE with JIM FULLER & JIM LACKEY

By Phil Gibbs on July 2, 2010

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The Bank of Nashville’s CEO CafÈ on August 10. The event, hosted by E|SPACES, will be facilitated by Jim Fuller and features Jim Lackey, former President & CEO of Passport Health Communications. He will be speaking on, “When and How to QUIT: How Successful Leaders Can Prepare for Their Transition Out of Leadership.” Question & answer panelists at the event include The Bank of Nashville Director & President of Compass Executives, LLC, Art Rebrovick, and Jane Hardy, Principal of Career Resources.

TAGS: Bank of NashvilleEntrepreneursEventsJim FullerJim LackeyNashvillestart-up companies

Leah McGee Joins E|SPACES Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on July 2, 2010

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Marketing and sales professional Leah McGee has joined the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Chair of the Council. Leah is Vice President, Business Development at the Nashville Technology Council, where she is responsible for new sponsorships, renewal of sponsorships, membership, event sponsorship, and product sales. –

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Turney Stevens Joins E|SPACES Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on June 29, 2010

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Turney Stevens has joined the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Chair of the Council. Turney is Dean of the College of Business at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to moving into academia at Lipscomb, Stevens spent his career as an investment banker, entrepreneur and corporate executive.

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E|SPACES Opens for Business

By Phil Gibbs on June 28, 2010

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After years of planning and months of design and constructions, After years of planning and months of design and constructions, we are happy to announce that E|SPACES will be open for business at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Please come by and visit us any time during the opening week!

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Mark Montgomery Joins E|SPACES Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on June 4, 2010

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Entrepreneur Mark Montgomery has joined the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Council Chair. Mark currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at Claritas Capital, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a pioneer in the e-commerce and business to consumer marketing space, working with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients ranging from Sony and Best Buy to Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

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Bo Bartholomew Joins E|SPACES Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on June 1, 2010

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Healthcare entrepreneur Bo Bartholomew has joined the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Chair of the Council. Bo is a co-founder and CEO of PharmMD, a medication management company that works to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall costs. Prior to forming PharmMD, Bartholomew incubated a health advocacy company and a telemedicine physician access start-up company, and spent four years with HCA’s Executive Development program.

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Dan Ryan Added to Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on May 27, 2010

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Dan Ryan has been added to the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Chair of the Council. Dan is Senior Consultant with The Human Capital Group, where he provides Retained Executive Search and Leadership Consulting. Dan’s search work focuses on mid-to-senior level leadership while his consulting work includes Executive Coaching, Organizational & Leadership Development, and Outsourced Leadership Consulting. His primary market segments include Engineering, Construction, Architecture, Defense, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.

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Gary Scott Added to Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on May 18, 2010

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Veteran banker Gary Scott has been added to the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Council Chair. Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners. His banking career started at Third National Bank and included Cheatham State Bank, First American National Bank, and most recently Mid-America Bancshares and PrimeTrust Bank, where he served as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Scott has been active in leadership roles in the Tennessee Bankers Association and American Bankers Association.

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Jeff Cornwall Joins Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on May 14, 2010

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Jim Lackey, Chair of the E|SPACES Member Council, announces the addition of Jeff Cornwall to the Council. Dr. Cornwall is the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. The Belmont program has received national recognition, including being featured by Fortune Magazine in 2010 as one of five universities studying entrepreneurship. Jeff’s blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind, is among the most popular with a focus on small business and entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurial Mind is part of the Forbes blog network and was named by that magazine as a “Best of the Web.”  It is also syndicated by The Christian Science Monitor. Jeff is involved in the Nashville entrepreneurial community, serving as a Director of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.  In addition to his academic career, for nine years Jeff served as co-founder and President/CEO of Atlantic Behavioral Health Systems, an operator of health care facilities and programs throughout North Carolina.

TAGS: AnnouncementsEntrepreneursJeff CornwallNashville

Amy Everhart Joins Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on May 13, 2010

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Attorney Amy J. Everhart has joined the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Council Chair. Amy founded her firm to focus on individuals and organizations in the creative industries, entrepreneurs, inventors, business owners, and others with legal needs in the areas of trademark, copyright, entertainment, and the internet. From 1998 to 2009, she practiced law with the Nashville firm Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC. A graduate of Vanderbilt School of   Law, Ms. Everhart is the Founding Co-Chair of the Solo and Small-Practice Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, former Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and Executive Council Member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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Germain Boer Joins Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on May 11, 2010

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Jim Lackey, Chair of the E|SPACES Member Council, announces the addition of Germain Boer to the Council. Germain is Professor of Accounting and Director of the Owen Entrepreneurship Center at Vanderbilt University. In addition to being recognized with teaching awards at Owen, Professor Boer is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Strategic Finance. He is active in the Nashville entrepreneurial community, serving as an advisor to startup companies and as a Director of the Nashville Capital Network.

TAGS: AnnouncementsBusiness StrategyEntrepreneursNashville office

Christopher Rand Added to Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on April 30, 2010

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Christopher Rand is the latest addition to the E|SPACES Member Council, according to Jim Lackey, Chair of the Council. Christopher is a Co-Founder of TriStar Technology Ventures, which focuses on companies in the area of healthcare innovation. TriStar’s Technology Fund is one of the six initial TNInvestcos, set up to invest in Tennessee small and start-up businesses.

TAGS: AnnouncementsChristopher RandEntrepreneursJim Lackeyprofessionalsstart-up companies

Sid Chambless Joins Member Council

By Phil Gibbs on April 26, 2010

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Jim Lackey, Chair of the E|SPACES Member Council, announces the addition of Sid Chambless to the Council. Sid is Executive Director of the Nashville Capital Network (NCN) and Managing Partner of the NCN Angel Fund. The NCN focuses on supporting entrepreneurs as they develop business concepts and seek funding, along with developing sources of capital for early stage investments. As of the beginning of 2010, NCN had participated in $17.8 million in funding for 19 companies, and in April announced the funding of the 20th company.

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Entrepreneur Test

By Phil Gibbs on April 24, 2010

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Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Nashville.  Although the number of venture backed start-ups that make headlines may be down, there are many entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams.  Nashville’s support for entrepreneurship is evidenced by the many organizations that provide resources and support for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.  Perhaps most notable is the recent launch of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center by the Chamber of Commerce and its Partnership 2010.

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The Entrepreneurial Team – 78 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 16, 2010

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We hear a lot about entrepreneurs—their inclination for risk-taking, never ending ideas, confidence in those ideas, determination, stubbornness and boundless optimism. Get a group of them—OK, I should say us—in a room together and it can be scary. Ideas are bouncing off the walls, plans are written on napkins, funding options that will never fly are presented as done deals, and new ventures are being pitched before the last one is off the drawing board. It is the nature of the animal. And I must confess it is fun.

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A Place to Meet – 84 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 9, 2010

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With Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, GoToMeeting, and new applications constantly coming online, is there still a need for face-to-face meetings?  The truth is probably not as much as a few years ago.  However, all you have to do is stop by any coffee shop or office building, and you will see a few people working alone, but many are meeting with another person or small group.  There are those times when a face-to-face meeting just seems to be required.  It is how business gets done, not to mention the social dimension of working directly with others.

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Jim Lackey Named Chair, Member Council – 85 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 8, 2010

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Jim Lackey, Chairman and former CEO of Passport Health Communication, www.passporthealth.com, has been named Chairman of the E|SPACES Member Council.  In this role, Jim will lead a group of members representing different segments of the E|SPACES membership.  The role of the council is to provide feedback on all aspects of the E|SPACES experience, provide suggestions for improving service and offerings, and promote this new concept of the office among colleagues.

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Construction Starts–86 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 7, 2010

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Construction on E|SPACES has started!  Josh and I visited the space today and saw the floor plan that we have been looking at on paper laid out on the concrete floors.  It looks great–very few walls, large spaces, high ceilings and great light.  We took some video and should have it up soon.

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Mobile, Connected Professionals–87 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 6, 2010

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Only 87 days until mobile, connected professionals in Nashville have a new home.  So what is a mobile connected professional?  It is pretty simple–they move around a lot in their work and they stay connected to their colleagues and clients through the Web and cell technology.  They are consultants, sales reps, writers, designers, real estate agents, drug reps, entrepreneurs and even lawyers and accountants.  Virtually every area of business and the professions has a growing number of mobile, connected professionals.

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Opening Countdown 88 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 5, 2010

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Wow, only 88 days left to the opening of E|SPACES.  This will be a really big week.  We should sign off on the buildout of the space, continue to work on the Web site and marketing materials, as well as add to the Member Council.  It is an exciting time.

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Opening Countdown 89 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 4, 2010

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Well it is official, E|SPACES is a Nashville-based  startup.  That is how the Tennessean described us.  It is really exciting to get our first mention in the press.  On Monday, an article appeared in the Tennessean about the Hill Center at Belle Meade being almost full, and we got a mention.  See – http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100329/DAVIDSON/100329010/Hill-Center-Belle-Meade-is-near-capacity And, the really amazing thing is that they put the pipe (|) in  E|SPACES.

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Opening Countdown 90 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 3, 2010

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We are a day closer to the opening of E|SPACES in Nashville.  I met this morning with a friend in the music marketing business.  He really liked the concept and especially liked not having to sign a lease and the fact that parking is free.  He thought it was a good value and immediately identified two people for whom he thought it would be a fit.  He thought we should offer support for entrepreneurs as they work to get new businesses off the ground.

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Opening Countdown 91 Days

By Phil Gibbs on April 2, 2010

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This is the first of 91 blog posts to count down to the opening of E|SPACES on July 1, 2010.  This blog will chronicle the life of entrepreneurs as we create and implement a new concept.  We will share the excitement and the anxiety of a new venture.  A lot of dreaming, planning and work have brought us to this point, and we still have a lot of work ahead of us, and hopefully more dreaming.

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