Nashville FC made something of a splash on the U.S. soccer scene two years ago when it unveiled its supporter-owned model. The founding group led by Chris Jones got things rolling on the field for the 2014 season but soon realized there was work to be done in building the club's infrastructure. Over at our Southern/alpha sister blog, J.R. Lind has the story on how Jones connected with local startup guru Marcus Whitney to set about that job.
Whitney has helped implement all manner of record-keeping and data management tools, helping NFC track member participation and follow up with game-goers to take the next stop and become members. The club also has created an out-of-town membership for people from all over the world inspired by NFC who got on board early but (for obvious reasons) can’t attend games.
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Eleanor Kennedy at the Business Journal has caught up with the happenings at health care technology company Shareable Ink. Founder and CTO Stephen Hau, who relocated the company here from Boston in 2010, left in May and CEO Hal Andrews says he is refocusing his team's efforts on working with electronic health vendors rather than selling directly to doctors. Get the full story here.
Over at our sister blog Southern/alpha, Ayumi Fukuda Bennett has the story on the promising start of Sydney Elizabeth, a women's golf apparel company launched last year by Belmont then-student Sydney Hudson. Since launching formally online, the business has run through its inventory twice and Hudson now is working on custom gear for eight high school and college teams.
Though the business is still very young, Hudson’s next big goal is to be a vendor at the PGA Merchandise Show within the next year. And as she continues to grow her online traffic and physical presence in more stores, her golf apparel has extended to all customers who seek trendy, functional attire.
“A lot of girls buy them to wear with a t-shirt and sandals to go shopping or lunch with their friends!” said Hudson. “It has taken off faster than I ever imagined and I feel so blessed to get to wake up every morning and do what I love. I have God, my family, and friends to thank for that.”
Cordia Harrington of The Bun Companies and Joey Jacobs of Acadia Healthcare have been named regional EY Entrepreneurs Of The Year for 2015. The two executives were honored Wednesday night at a gala hosted by accounting firm EY at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The regional EOY program covers company builders in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Read more about the event here.
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