Governor Haslam Promotes Business Growth in Tennessee

“There has never been a better time to be a Tennessean,” noted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam at a speech yesterday to Pinnacle Financial Partners 2017 Forum Series, where I was a guest.
Based on the statistics and data, I agree our state is in great shape and setting the bar for the nation. The governor is focused on key issues that affect the business climate, such as education, economic development and job growth. [Read more…]

How to Honor Veterans – Today and Every Day

flagVeterans Day honors all American veterans who served our country. Having led a company whose mission was to protect life and liberty, this holiday holds special significance for me. [Read more…]

Paving the Way for Women and Girls in STEM

Tracy GuarinoAs I study the available STEM talent pool in business, an issue I champion is inspiring young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Reality check: Those who pursue these careers often face discrimination and lack of mentorship and support. [Read more…]

Nashville Poised to Benefit from Health IT Infrastructure

health curveAs consumers begin to pay a larger share of their health insurance premiums and spend more out-of-pocket on healthcare costs via greater deductibles, they demand better services, conveniences, improved productivity and digital access to information and professional guidance. As a result, the Health IT industry, which creates technologies used to store, share and analyze health information, is poised to grow significantly. [Read more…]

Matter International Provides Crucial Health Resources

Gene Talking about historyMatter is an organization that helps expand access to healthcare worldwide for those who do not have access to quality medical facilities. Recently, Matter built a medical facility in Dandora, outside of Nairobi, Kenya. The area is best known as home to the largest dump in the world. According to Matter’s website, many of the 300,000 people who live in the area make a living going through the trash to find items to resell. “The population is well below the poverty line, and in particular, the situation for mothers and children is dire. [Read more…]

Opportunity International Offers a “Step Up” for Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Vicki GeneOpportunity International works to eliminate poverty by providing micro loans to women in developing countries who have the potential to grow businesses and employ others in their communities. Committee of 200 member, Vicki Escarra, Global Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity International – pictured here with Gene Simmons – told a terrific story that reflects Opportunity International’s work. [Read more…]

Appreciation Drives Charitable Giving

IMG_1987Several weeks ago, I traveled to Minnesota to support fellow Committee of 200 members Vicki Escarra and Angie Bastian at a charity event benefitting three worthy causes: Matter, which helps expand access to healthcare around the world, Opportunity International, which works to eliminate poverty by providing micro loans to start up businesses, and The Committee of 200 Foundation, whose mission is to fund, create and implement programs to inspire, support, foster, celebrate and advance future generations of women business leaders around the world. It’s always inspiring to be in the company of other C200 members, and this event was no different. [Read more…]

Bunker Labs Nashville Celebrates A Successful Muster

Blake....bunker Nashville cofounder in back.

Governor Bill Haslam at the podium and Blake Hogan, founder and executive director of Bunker Labs Nashville (background).

Many people dream of being business owners, but the most successful entrepreneurs have a network of mentors and support to help them overcome challenges that face any start-up organization.
With local operations housed in the Nashville Entrepreneur CenterBunker Labs is “a nationwide network of startup incubators that provide funding, guidance and networking opportunities for veterans who want to start their own companies.” [Read more…]

Advice for Business Owners

SCORE BUSINESS TRACY 2Success in business depends on many factors. Having sold my company, I was happy to have the opportunity to share tips for fellow entrepreneurs for the SCORE on Business segment, hosted by Pete Hendrix, Chief Client Advocate & Founder of Integritec. [Read more…]

Memorial Day Reminders

flagsMemorial Day is well known for barbeques and pool parties. As we usher in the summer season, let’s not forget Memorial Day is a time for us to pause to remember the men and women who died in service to our country. [Read more…]