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December 14th, 2015

December 14th, 2015


A Record Breaking Year
TN ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd
Congratulations! We broke 25,000! While last month it appeared inevitable that we would break our target of 25,000 job commitments, it certainly didn’t seem so back in January. In fact, knowing what I know now, we would have certainly been a lot more contemplative about setting such a high target. But with three weeks left in the year, we managed to secure 25,530 job commitments as of today! While it was easy to focus solely on the numbers as we inched toward 25,000, it is also important to consider the impact a company can have on its community when we measure success.

Black Tie Hacker Party and Demo Day Set for This Thursday in Knoxville
Are you ready to have some fun? This Thursday, Knoxvillians and those from other communities that want to attend are going to have an opportunity to participate in a very unique event that combines the holiday spirit, a good deal of levity, and a graduation party. It’s called the “First Annual Black Tie Hacker Holiday Party and CodeWorks Demo Day.” The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m.December 17 at the Southern Railway Station, 306 West Depot Avenue. The invitation/announcement says that “entrepreneurs, coders, investors, and others are invited to get dressed-up, eat, drink and be merry while hearing the story of Knoxville’s six newest start-up companies graduating from the first ever CodeWorks program.” Learn more here!

Nashville a Top City for Businesses Owned by Women, Millennials
Nashville Business Journal
Here’s a good sign for Nashville’s entrepreneurial and startup space. Among big cities nationwide, Nashville has one of the highest rates of millennial entrepreneurs that own small businesses, according to a new study by the Kauffman Foundation. Nashville has the second-highest rate of young small-business owners, those between ages 20 and 34, behind only Miami and ahead of Austin, Jacksonville and Portland.

On Demand App Gives Local Musicians “Air” Time for Music, Talk
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Musicians, DJs, promoters, journalists, businesses and more are game to host a show through undaground, the overall winner of this year’s “Will This Float?” competition. There will be one catch though: All those folks have to be local. “It’s pretty much 100 percent community powered,” Dave Castaneda said Thursday night as he presented his concept to judges and a full house at Revelry Room in the Chattanooga Choo Choo during the annual business competition organized by The Company Lab and supported by a variety of local businesses and foundations.

SpareTime Aims to Transform a YouTube Hit Into a Remix Network
Knoxville Mercury
Fadi Saleh quite literally knows what it takes to make Barack Obama sing. Over the past three years, the 22-year-old University of Tennessee student has put the president on the mic for songs ranging from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller to “Popped a Molly” by Trinidad Jame$, and a lot of tracks in between. No, Saleh doesn’t have connections with the White House. He makes the president sing by seeking out snippets of Obama’s public speeches, which he then slices, dices, and reconfigures to the tune of popular songs.

Entrepreneurs pitched business ideas Thursday night for a chance to follow in the footsteps of past Will This Float? winners such as SupplyHog, NODE and RootsRated. Finalists competed before a panel of three judges and audience members, who cast votes to determine the winners in three categories: Best Overall, Best Music/Entertainment Idea and Best General Business Idea. And the winners are

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