Nashville Entrepreneurs Share Strategies for Business Success in 2017


The National Association of Women Business Owners, Nashville Chapter, the premiere organization for women business owners to connect, announces its two-part education series, NAWBO Business University (NBU), with the themes GROW and FUND. NBU is a half-day session designed to help women entrepreneurs learn best practices to scale their businesses and achieve the next level of growth.

The first NBU session, GROW, is on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from noon – 3 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch. The second NBU session, FUND, is on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9 a.m. – noon and doors open at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast. The cost for each session is $60 for members and $75 for guests (includes meal and workbook) and will be held at Belmont University, Williamson County, 310 Billingsly Court, Suite 100 in Franklin, Tenn.

The sessions are an interactive experience designed to engage attendees with a variety of learning formats including Panel Discussions, Mentoring Roundtables, Workshop Breakouts, Speed Connecting and a Resource Expo.

GROW: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Nashville Women Entrepreneurs Share Success Stories

  • Moderated by Janet Walls, Delta Blvd.
  • Debbie Gordon, Entrepreneur
  • Amy Tanksley, Uncle Classic Barbershop
  • Liza Graves, StyleBlueprint
  • Tammy Hawes, Virsys12
  • Gigi Butler, Gigi’s Cupcakes

Mentoring Roundtables with panelists.

Workshop Breakouts:

  • Bob Jacobs, The Symbiosis Company, Sales 101: Back to Relationship Basics
  • Jennifer Way, Way Solutions, Creative Hiring
  • Mila Grigg, MODA Image and Brand Consulting, How to Improve the Position of Your Business Through Branding
  • Cate Loes, College of Business, Belmont University, Efficient and Effective Decision Making

Facilitated Speed Connecting with attendees.

FUND: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Need Money? Funding Options to Grow Your Small Business from Experts

  • Moderated by Brittany Lorenzi, BluePrint Strategy
  • Kristina Montague, JumpFund
  • Nicole Dunigan, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Mentoring Roundtables with panelists.

Workshop Breakouts:

  • Pam Theis, Pathway Lending, Lending 101
  • Ira Weiss, Weiss Capital Advisors, How to Attract Investors to Grow Your Business
  • Phil Shmerling, InCrowd Capital, Four Ways to Raise Early-Stage Capital
  • Brittany Lorenzi, BluePrint Strategy, Know Your Numbers: Finance & Budgeting 101

Explore the Resource Expo to learn about continuing education opportunities to accelerate your business including classes and special programs for entrepreneurs. Exhibitors include:

  • Belmont University
  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Catalyst
  • Lipscomb University
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce BizStudio and ScaleUp
  • Nashville Business Incubation Center
  • NAWBO Nashville
  • Pathway Women’s Business Center
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • SBA Emerging Leaders
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Williamson, Inc.

Register to attend NBU via Eventbrite at

About NAWBO Nashville: The Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is the premiere organization and community for women business owners to connect, learn and grow their businesses as well as the overall economy. Nashville NAWBO creates community and shares resources while sparking positive change and growth among our members. Visit