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March 29th, 2016

March 29th, 2016


Chattanooga Mayor Visits with Spire Labs, Discusses the Importance of a Commitment to Wellness
This week, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke visited the headquarters of Spire Labs Inc., a Chattanooga-based company that drives wellness-related results and population engagement for both employers and health plans through its data-driven social support program and mobile platform. The Spire Labs team has been participating in Mayor Berke’s Chattanooga Get Fit Challenge, which promotes wellness through encouraging citizens to try new fitness activities and explore Chattanooga’s outdoor assets.

Eventbrite Plans to More Than Triple Space in Nashville
Nashville Business Journal
In order to house its new Nashville-based sales team, San Francisco-based Eventbrite plans to expand its presence in Cummins Station, eventually occupying more than 17,000 square feet. The online ticketing service, whose 2014 Nashville office launch kicked off a recent trend of coastal companies opening satellite offices in Music City, currently has about 4,500 square feet in the Gulch office building, spokeswoman Lauren Busley said in an email. That means the expansion, to be completed in three phases, amounts to a near quadrupling of its current footprint.

Innovasan’s Hubrig Shares Thoughts on Recent NYC Visit as Part of “The TENN”
The third edition of Launch Tennessee’s “The TENN” master accelerator program is nearing the end with the finale set for April 21 in Nashville. Two of the highlights of the annual event are visits with venture capitalists and other entrepreneurs in California and New York City. Knoxville-based Innovasan is one of the participants in this year’s “The TENN,” and Jeff Hubrig, Jr., the company’s Director of Business Development, shared his observations about the recent visit in New York with us.

Logistics-Focused Accelerator Puts Out Calls for 10 Companies to Disrupt the Industry
A new Chattanooga accelerator called Dynamo is calling for 10 companies to help disrupt the logistics industry. “Dynamo is a first-of-its-kind accelerator program for the $1 trillion logistics industry, inviting early-stage companies poised to change the face of logistics, transportation and supply chain management to enter its summer mentorship program based in Chattanooga,” Dynamo Managing Director Ted Alling said via email.

Stony Creek Colors Announces Springfield Facility
The Tennessean
Indigo plant processor and distributor Stony Creek Colors, Inc. announced Monday that it will open a new facility in Springfield, resulting in a $7.2 million investment over the next five years and the creation of 50 new jobs for Robertson County residents, according to a media release from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. An emerging U.S. manufacturer of bio-based dyes for the textile industry, Stony Creek Colors is expanding the production of their flagship product, natural indigo for denim and other clothing items, the release said.

VU’s Balser, NC Entrepreneur to Speak at Health:Further Event
Nashville Post
Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Jeff Balser will be among the speakers at a May 10 Health:Further Quarterly gathering focused on more efficiently using and sharing medical data. The event will, like its predecessor early this month, be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt and feature industry experts and demonstrations by companies. Headlining the event will be Drew Schiller, co-founder and chief technology officer at Validic, which he co-founded in Raleigh-Durham in the spring of 2011.

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