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July 17th, 2015

July 17th, 2015


Free Internet Initiative Is a Big Step for Nashville
The Tennessean
On a Wednesday afternoon, 16-year-old Erik Dawson is checking his email account and looking for new music at the Nashville Public Library’s North Branch on Monroe Street. His family lives in Nashville public housing near Clarksville Highway, and he and his 9-year-old sister came to use the library’s Internet, no longer available at home after monthly rates became too costly. He had just been to the nearby Kroger to apply for a job and was told to file his application online. Under President Barack Obama’s new ConnectHome broadband initiative, Dawson and his family could be among Nashville residents eligible for free Google Fiber Internet access. The program, led and funded locally by the private and nonprofit sector, is expected to connect more than 5,200 households and will include digital literacy programs.

Genera Energy Named in Top 10 of Biofuels Digest Feedstock Supply Rankings
PR Web
Genera Energy, Inc., a leading biomass supply company, has been ranked the eighth “hottest company” worldwide in Feedstock Development and Supply by Biofuels Digest. The rankings, which recognize innovation and achievement in feedstock development, production, and supply, were announced in June at the first annual Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks Conference. Genera was the top biomass supply chain management company in the entire ranking. “Genera Energy is pleased to be designated as one of the top feedstock companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy,” said Sam Jackson, vice president of business development for Genera Energy, Inc. “We believe this reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence in the products and services we provide to our customers.”

The Tennessean
In this day and age, subscriptions can offer unlimited movies, music and television at the click of a button. But now, that same ease is available in Nashville . . . for coffee. Nashville subscription coffee service, 12oz, officially launched its app Wednesday. For a monthly flat rate, Nashville coffee lovers can enjoy unlimited cups of lattes, espressos, tea and coffee from 10 local coffee shops in the Nashville and Franklin area.

Project Music Seals Deal with Title Sponsor
Nashville Business Journal
The County Music Association (CMA) has signed on as title sponsor of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Music accelerator for a second year. CMA served as the accelerator’s title sponsor and lead industry partner during its inaugural run earlier this year. The partnership was considered a vital piece in getting the music industry involved as mentors, sponsors and investors in the program, which was the EC’s first formal push into music tech. “We are thrilled to partner once again with CMA for the Project Music accelerator,” EC President and CEO Stuart McWhorter in a news release.

SEA Spotlight: Marcus Whitney & Unlikely Company
Social Enterprise Alliance
Marcus Whitney, SEA member and Summit15 speaker, has a vision: entrepreneurship, when put in the hands of as many people as possible, will lift communities out of poverty, give people the tools to succeed in an unequal economy and teach youth how to effect change within themselves, their businesses and their surroundings. The idea isn’t revolutionary when you think about our country’s past. Whitney points out that entrepreneurship, family-run businesses and independent enterprise helped build the U.S. But today’s entrepreneurs – the Zuckerbergs, Bloombergs and Dells – are strikingly similar demographically speaking. Whitney believes there are entrepreneurial success stories just waiting to emerge from low income communities, minorities, women, new Americans and others – the group he calls the “unlikely entrepreneurs.”

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