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January 2021

Virtual: PreFlight Pitch Night

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual

Join us as we celebrate the entrepreneurs graduating from PreFlight Session 3 of 2020! Entrepreneurs from the class will virtually pitch their business concepts to a panel of judges and the EC community (that's you!). Join us to watch the pitches, meet the entrepreneurs, and enjoy cheering them on! This sounds interesting... but what is PreFlight? PreFlight is a 14-week program that walks step-by-step with first-time entrepreneurs - from "I have an idea" to "I have a business" - empowering…

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Virtual: Small Business Growth 101

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

This 101 workshop offers tips and tricks for entrepreneurs who want to grow their small business into a "big one". We will discuss growth strategies that can help you to expand your business, increase sales and grow your overall brand presence. This event offers invaluable insight in an easy to understand format for entrepreneurs who are just starting out or business owners who may need a refresher. Register for the NEC virtual event here.

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February 2021

Virtual: Reputation Management in 2021

February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

In this session attendees will learn about Yelp’s review recommendation software and best practices for building up a great online reputation naturally, as well as ways to engage with their customer base to grow and market their business. There will be tips and tricks for responding to online reviews for any platform and how to take positive feedback from customers to spread the word about your business online. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of a Yelp…

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Virtual: Start-up & Small Business Internship Fair

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual

Join the community of entrepreneurs and students while supporting the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s vision to make Nashville the best place to start and grow a business. On February 2nd, the NEC will host the Start-up and Small Business Internship Fair 2021, with a goal of providing entrepreneurs and students the opportunity to forge new relationships and partnerships. This event will present students with work opportunities at up-and-coming startups and allow local entrepreneurs to discover green talent. $25 entry fee per…

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Virtual: Understanding Motivations in the Workplace

February 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual

While our work sometimes seems like it's mostly about completing a task or project or getting a paycheck, at times, it seems like there's also something else going on for us.Motivations, the "why" and "how" of work, tell us a lot about the way we do work. As a result, a better understanding of motivations helps us recognize the ways we can promote both wellness and productivity.This event will pull back the curtain on the story of motivations, and shed…

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Virtual: Equity Crowdfunding – The Pros and More Pros

February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

In May 2016, the law changed to allow startups to raise capital from unaccredited investors, as well as accredited investors, and publicly promote their offerings. Through "Regulation Crowdfunding", founders can raise $50K to $5M from their customers and community, as well as conventional angel / institutional investors. A PBC and B Corp, Wefunder is the largest Regulation Crowdfunding platform in the country, and has now invested $180M in 500 startups, crowdfunded by 120K+ investors. Register for the virtual event here.

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Virtual: Profit First Strategy Using Bookkeeping as a Foundation

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

BrightSkies Business Services, LLC was founded and owned by Masheka Turner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from David Lipscomb University and a Masters of Business Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University. Ms. Turner has two decades of experience in the accounting field. Her attention to detail and passion for bookkeeping and accounting, drives her to keep up with the latest advances. Regularly engaging in training and research to make sure she is well-educated in any new policies or…

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Virtual: Redefining Resilience – Leveraging Inclusive Leadership to Thrive Through Change

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual

Cultivating resilience professionally requires an intricate understanding of how we navigate adversity. As leaders change and challenge help to focus on our priorities while establishing a purpose-driven approach to inspire and equip everyone on our team to thrive. Resilience isn’t about bouncing back from adversity but rather a resilient mindset enables us to extrapolate the lessons from change and challenge to journey forward more effectively and efficiently. With compelling storytelling, engaging delivery, and an on-stage and on-screen presence that instantly…

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March 2021

Virtual: Speaker Series – Kathy Thomas

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual

owner/CEO of Kathy Thomas Photography & Collective615;  never let lack of experience stop her from taking bold leaps to new career paths. Kathy got her feet wet in retail with GAP; this resulted in Kathy falling in love with talent management and fashion.  Kathy worked her way up through the industry to become a high-level multi-store manager, operation director, and talent acquisition expert for brands Lucky Brand Jeans, INTERMIX, and Louis Vuitton. She then left that career path to start…

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