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January 7th, 2016

January 7th, 2016


ECD’s Boyd Prepping Ideas for Stimulating TN Entrepreneurship, Investment
Venture Nashville Connections
Randy Boyd, Tennessee commissioner for economic and community development, is staffing proposals for further energizing the State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and may submit one or more ideas as candidates for inclusion in Gov. Bill Haslam’s next annual budget proposal. Declining to detail the options he has identified before weighing them further with Gov. Haslam, Boyd told Venture Nashville today he is well aware it is “critical that startup businesses get capital.”

FCA Invests $4M in Patient Engagement Venture
Nashville Post
FCA Venture Partners, the growth capital investment arm of Clayton Associates, has invested $4 million in a Connecticut company that markets cloud-based medical software that helps companies and patients manage surgeries. Executives at One Medical Passport will use FCA’s funding to build out their software suite and finish their product, which improves communication between patients, medical facilities and physicians before and after surgery.

How to Innovate Like a Startup
Memphis Daily News
Why should we care about startups? 1. Uncertainty – it is the new norm, accept it. Embrace it. 2. Speed – faster speed to market wins. Gets faster everyday. 3. Insights – insights are the new commodity. The question is what do you want to do with it? 4. Talent – getting talent is the new war. The increase of those getting an entrepreneur degree has risen 550 percent over the past few years. Read more questions here!

Nashville Communications Firm Bought by National Player
Nashville Business Journal
ReviveHealth, a Nashville-based health care communications firm, has been bought by New York City-based Weber Shandwick. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Weber is the second N.Y.-based communications giant to enter the Nashville market via acquisition, following Finn Partners’ acquisition of DVL Seigenthaler last year.

STEP-UP Workforce Development Program Launches in Chattanooga
The Chattanoogan
In collaboration with partners and funders, Public Education Foundation announced Wednesdaythe launch of STEP-UP Chattanooga, a robust internship program for high school juniors and seniors in Hamilton County public schools designed to address the challenges faced by both businesses and students in a complex, changing global economy. STEP-UP Chattanooga will recruit local high school students and provide work readiness training designed to help them be successful in interviews and professional settings.

Vanquish Worldwide Part 2: Eric Barton Personifies “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan”
Eric Barton of Vanquish Worldwide LLC clearly personifies the old adage of “plan your work and work your plan.” In a little over two decades, the soft spoken resident of Friendsville has gone from being an enlisted 17-year old in the U.S. Marines to earning a Meritorious Commission to becoming an U. S. Army Chaplain and, most recently, being named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. “We have these goals that are very concrete,” Barton told us in relation to one of the 28 (and counting) companies that are part of his portfolio.

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