Franklin Tomorrow’s monthly FrankTalks lecture series will focus on “Entrepreneurism in Williamson County” on Sept. 9 at the Williamson County Enrichment Center.

FrankTalks is presented in partnership with Williamson Medical Center as a sustaining partner and Renasant Bank, a presenting partner.

The topic of entrepreneurism will be explored by a panel during the Sept. 9 FrankTalks, including Williamson Inc. CEO & President Matt Largen; Kari Miller, executive director of Williamson County Schools’ new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at Franklin High School; and Hallie Heiter, Director of Battle Ground Academy’s innovative Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL) program.

To RSVP for the event, go to https://september9franktalks.eventbrite.com

Under Miller’s direction, Williamson County Schools’ EIC debuted Aug. 9 with 130 enrolled students broken up into groups to start brainstorming business models for their own start-ups. At the beginning of next semester, some of the student groups of three will have the chance to ask for seed money to implement their plans.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at BGA equips students with skills and mindsets to creatively solve real-world problems through hands-on active learning. Students engage with methods such as Design Thinking, Lean Launchpad, and a host of resources used by top institutions like Stanford University. To graduate with an EL distinction, a student must complete the four-year program and a senior capstone project.

Williamson Inc. is partnering with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County to open an Idea Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Fleming-Farrah mansion, on the Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens campus on South Margin Street in downtown Franklin.

FrankTalks will start at 9 a.m. with a 30-minute coffee social, followed by the hour-long program at 9:30 a.m. The event is free thanks to the generosity of our partners, Williamson Medical Center and Renasant Bank.

For more information, please contact Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director, at (615) 794-0998 or mindy@franklintomorrow.org.