Nashville Entrepreneur Center leaders will on Tuesday afternoon announce details of a partnership with the well-known Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that is designed "to strengthen the city’s capacity to support entrepreneurs." The venture is expected to take 18 months. More information to come soon.
The maturation of Nashville's entrepreneurial community has led the founder and leader of The Skillery co-working and incubation space in Germantown to ring in some big changes as 2015 winds to a close.
In an honest and eloquent blog post, Matt Dudley says the five-year-old Skillery needs to move on from its wide-ranging menu of classes and workshops.
"It's time to narrow our focus," Dudley writes. "It's time to let some things go. It's time to make a change."
Attendance for many classes has dropped off and the revenue from them, Dudley says, is "really small." On top of that, many other resources — some catering to very specific needs and desires — have sprung up in recent years. As such, Dudley says he might not start The Skillery today because the market is so crowded.
But The Skillery is here and established as a place for budding entrepreneurs to test their ideas, make valuable contacts and learn some of the skills they'll need to grow successful business. Earlier this year, Dudley and his team designed and assembled a one-day workshop "Introduction to Entrepreneurship."
"It's been a big success — attendees have raved about it, we've made good money from it, and we enjoy offering it as part of our mission to help folks explore entrepreneurship. It will be a big part of our class and workshop landscape moving forward," Dudley writes. "In 2016, we'll be making our Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshop available nationwide to other coworking spaces and community organizations that want to offer it. And we'll be launching additional programming in 2016 to support aspiring entrepreneurs in a number of ways."
Read Dudley's post in full here.
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