The Iron Yard
The Makers City Summit will bring together small business owners, manufacturers, and local government officials to discuss public policy and how to better support Knoxville entrepreneurs. The summit, which will be hosted at the Mill and Mine on Sept. 19, will feature panels on starting and growing a small business, brainstorming sessions, and a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Madeline Rogero. But what does a “Maker City” look like, exactly? For David Harman, the founder of Native Maps and one of the primary organizers of the summit, the ideal Maker City connects local entrepreneurs and policymakers to create a conducive environment for microbusinesses to thrive—whether that means sharing resources, providing spaces for makers to work, or promoting financial literacy.
Local singer, songwriter, guitar player and bandleader Jonathan Sexton was once a ubiquitous presence on the local music scene, leading popular local rock acts such as the Red House Project, the Whiskey Scars, and Jonathan Sexton’s Big Love Choir. And the fact that he’s less in circulation now only makes his live appearances — in the form of occasional solo gigs, and semi-regular shows with his ’70s blues-rock cover band Badlands — all the more notable. One of the reasons Sexton is no longer an onstage regular hereabouts is his day gig, with Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). Co-founder of the Artist Growth company, producers of an innovative phone and computer app for working musicians, Sexton now helps spread the gospel of entrepreneurship in Knoxville. This month, though, his vocation and his avocation will cross over, as Sexton hosts the Cre865 Talent Showcase as part of KEC’s Innov865 Week.
Launch Tennessee’s event next Tuesday discussing Tennessee’s new angel investor tax credit will feature a panel moderated by Charlie Brock, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Panelists will be: David Belitz, General Partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund and CEO of the Lupton Company; John Bruck, new Knoxville area resident and a member of the Queen City Angels in Cincinnati; and Chris Van Beke, Co-Founder and CEO of Vendor Registry. It is one of six sessions LaunchTN is hosting across the state.
Nashville Fashion Alliance
Our region enjoys the largest concentration of independent fashion companies per capita outside of New York and Los Angeles, yet many are not aware of the exceptional array of our brands and designers. From personal care brands to children’s clothing, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, and bespoke, there will be something for everyone at The Wardrobe Project (TWP)… a shopper’s market showcasing our regional fashion companies all under one roof. On Friday evening,September 30, we will host a Preview Night, where our VIP guests can shop ahead of the crowds while enjoying cocktails and light bites. Partnering with local media, we will promote the Saturday public market.
Health care is in a state of necessary evolution. The connectedness offered by both the Internet and the Internet of Things is pushing health care to innovate at a rapid pace. Think about how many apps and devices are now available for monitoring your health, such as smart watches or step trackers. These devices and technologies are empowering us to understand and monitor our own health in ways we have never been able to do before. They also offer the promise that it should be easy to become better informed consumers of health care. Better yet, health care providers are beginning to realize that they have to cater to the end consumer because we are the ones making the choices. Consumers are demanding more transparency around price, quality, and their own health information.
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