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VOL. 38 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 30, 2014

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Nashville Symphony Summer Concerts. An annual summer tradition that embodies the organization’s mission of bringing outstanding music to audiences of every age and background throughout Middle Tennessee. Featured composers include Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter and more. All performances are free of charge (except where noted) and will be conducted by Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran. Tonight: East Park, 8 p.m. Additional dates and locations for the 2014 series are:

  • Friday, June 6, 8 p.m.: Bicentennial Mall State Park
  • Sunday, June 8, 7 p.m.: Crockett Park
  • Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m.: Cumberland University, Lebanon (Admission for this concert is $5 for adults, free for students and children)
  • Wednesday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.: Key Park, Lafayette
  • Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m.: Two Rivers Mansion

The Symphony will conclude its free outdoor performances on July 4, when the orchestra takes part in Music City’s Independence Day celebration with a free concert in downtown Nashville on the Lawn at Riverfront Park that will also include performances by Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe and Striking Matches before the South’s largest fireworks show. Information: www.nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/community_concerts.


Taste of Gallatin at Triple Creek Park

Seventh annual event is set for Triple Creek Park Pavilion and showcases restaurants, caterers, groceries and event facilities in the Gallatin area, giving attendees the chance to sample the many flavors of local Gallatin businesses. 5-8 p.m. Information: 452-4000, info@gallatintn.org.


Interactive Media Meet-up

Guest speaker: Liz Denning, owner of Gamma Blast. These topic-driven meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. 8:30-9:30 p.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: www.nashvillechamber.com, 743-3053.

Downtown Franklin Art Scene

The event, held the first Friday of each month, includes more than 30 galleries and working studios dispersed through an area thriving with spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places in downtown Franklin. The event is free, but a $5 unlimited trolley ticket runs all night to take guests from spot to spot. Many of the locations serve complimentary wine and hors d’ouevres and are within walking distance. 6-9 p.m. Information: http://franklinartscene.com.


First Saturday Art Crawl

“Sketchbooks, Brainstorms & Process Work” by Holly Carden will be featured at the Watkins Arcade Gallery, Suite 77 in The Arcade, during June’s First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

Solar Workshop for Homeowners

LightWave Solar will host a workshop to explain the process of installing solar at your home. Topics include: How solar works, solar equipment, roof and shade requirements and an overview of available tax and utility incentives. The event is free and open to the public. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Nolensville Town Hall, 7218 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. RSVP: 615 641-4050615 641-4050 x104, grobertson@lightwavesolar.com.

JUNE 7-8

39th annual Town & Country Tour of Homes

In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin, this year’s tour will mostly feature homes and building standing during November 30, 1864. People lived or worked in each of those buildings, and all have stories to tell about the Battle of Franklin and its aftermath. This year tour participants will enjoy costumed re-enactors at each of the sites, who will tell the stories of the Battle of Franklin as it relates to those homes or businesses, from the perspectives of the people who were there. Participants may tour sites from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday. Tickets: $30. Information: http://www.historicfranklin.com/tour-of-homes.

JUNE 9-11

Southland Conference

The startup tech conference will include well-known speakers, a pitch competition and Southern culture. Speakers include former Vice President Al Gore, PayPal president David Marcus; Evernote CEO Phil Libin; Box CEO Aaron Levie; former model Christy Turlington and Bonobos, Inc. CEO Andy Dunn. Ten early-stage companies will be chosen to pitch at the conference for a grand prize of $100,000. They will be judged by a panel of 10 investors and entrepreneurs, who have agreed to put up an individual investment of $10,000 each. Terms of the investment will be negotiated on stage at the Ryman Auditorium. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St, Nashville. Information: www.southlandse.com.


Spark Series

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its new Spark Series, offering professional development workshops in partnership with c3/consulting. For teams or individuals, these full- and half-day workshops help organizations increase productivity, improve collaboration, enhance leadership skills and learn techniques for strategic planning. The first workshop in the series is Breakthrough Thinking: Avoid Thinking Biases. $400 per person for Chamber members, $550 per person for future members. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C3 Consulting, LLC, 2975 Sidco Drive, Nashville. Information: www.nashvillechamber.com, 743-3067. Additional sessions include:

  • Friday, June 13: Negotiation: Strategies to Build Your Business. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 17: The Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 23: Strategy Boot Camp: From Vision to Execution. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 12: Negotiation: Strategies to Build Your Business. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 22: Breakthrough Thinking: Avoid Thinking Biases. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 11: Strategy Boot Camp: From Vision to Execution. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: The Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Real Estate Investors Network

Monthly Association Meeting. Topics include: deal pitches, deal analysis, deal-finding and marketing tips and tricks, measuring progress, where to get money to fund deals, contract clauses, and more to help you do better deals. 5:30 p.m., Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Ave, Nashville. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunities include:

  • Monday, June 12: Wholesaling Subgroup. Network with wholesalers and buyers of single-family and multi-family real estate. Topics include: deal pitches, deal analysis, deal-finding and marketing tips and tricks, measuring progress, where to get money to fund deals, contract clauses, and more to help you do better deals. 6 p.m., Rein Education Center, 4525 Harding, STE 200, Nashville.
  • Monday, June 16: Landlording Subgroup. Join other REIN members to share ideas and discuss the many areas of landlording and renting property. Tips and tricks, contracts, and policies to run your business better. 6:30 p.m. REIN Education Center – Belle Meade, 4525 Harding, Ste 200, Nashville.
  • Tuesday, June 17: REIN Lunch Network. Join active and experienced real estate investors 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Meet in a small group and enjoy lunch together with like-minded investors. 11:15 a.m., Dalt’s American Grill, 38 White Bridge Road, Nashville.
  • Thursday, June 17: Property Inspections. Attendees will share some ways to improve property so that buyers’ inspector will see nothing less than a top-quality home. This class is must for every investor. It will aid the ability to properly assess the potential repairs needed before you purchase your investment property. 6 p.m., Rein Education Center, 4525 Harding, STE 200, Nashville.
  • Thursday, June 19: Williamson County Lunch Group. Rehabbers, Builders, Commercial, Mini-storage, Wholesalers, Private Lenders, Transaction Funders, Hard-Money Lenders, Bankers, Title Attorneys, Realtors, and Vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. 11:15 a.m., Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewery, 2000 Meridian Blvd, Ste 110, Franklin.


Sales and Business Development Shared Interest Group

SIGs give members the opportunity to learn, network and develop long-term, meaningful relationships in a casual setting that promotes conversation and camaraderie. This group will discuss their biggest sales successes and failures. Participants will be able to learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed setting. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Boy Scouts of America, 3414 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Information: www.nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Jammin’ with the General

A live music series on the Lebanon Public Square. The June concert features comedian/impressionist Johnny Counterfit. 149 Public Square, Lebanon. Information: 444-5503.

Free Summer Concert Series at Monthaven

The Jeff Coffin Band will be featured. 6-8 p.m. Bring your own beverage and chair. 1010 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville. Information: 822-0789, www.hendersonvillearts.org.

Chamber North Quarterly Meeting

Chamber North serves Chamber members in the 37207, 37208, 37189, 37218 and 37228 zip codes, including MetroCenter, Jefferson Street/Germantown, Trinity Lane, Dickerson Road, Whites Creek, Briley Parkway and Bordeaux. A light breakfast and coffee will be served. 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Social Enterprise Shared Interest Group

Group is composed of businesses and individuals who measure success according to the “triple-bottom-line” philosophy of “people, planet, profit.” Group meets third Tuesday of every month. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Centresource Lab, 1312 5th Avenue North, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee

An opportunity to network with Chamber members over breakfast and coffee. Learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. 8 a.m.-9:15 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Business Matchmaking: Increase Sales and Decrease Sales Cycle

Overview of an intuitive cloud-based software that helps pair qualified, growing companies with ready-to-purchase buyers. Powered by technology from Sagents Partners LLC, this new offering helps growing businesses in Middle Tennessee connect with procurement offices in Fortune 1000 companies. 3-5 p.m., Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Chamber Midtown Quarterly Meeting

This area advisory council, which meets quarterly, provides opportunities for getting involved in solving problems, discussing issues and implementing special projects and events for a specific business neighborhood. 7:30-9 a.m. Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, 2400 West End Avenue. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3053.


Meet the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalists

The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards recognize Nashville’s young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. The reception and networking event honors the finalists of the 2014 NELAs. 5:30-7 p.m., Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Massey Hall, 1200 Forrest Park Drive,Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

International Trade Finance

A program to assist Tennessee companies in determining their options for export finance. Learn how to best utilize programs and services offered by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and international business divisions of banks. This seminar will detail the products, programs and services available to mitigate risks associated with export transactions to include international letters of credit, documentary collections, foreign currency exchange, working capital loans, foreign receivables insurance, and guaranteed term financing. 8 a.m.-noon., downtown campus of Tennessee State University. Information: http://go.usa.gov/kRKV, patrick.spence@trade.gov, 736-2225.

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