2014 NBIC Awards

Community leaders and innovators gathered at the Nashville Public Library on Tuesday January 21, 2014 for the annual Nashville Business Incubation Center (NBIC) Stakeholder’s Meeting.  The yearly event, hosted by the board of directors, serves as a time for the organization to reflect upon the achievements of the past year, honor small business clients that have performed exceptionally well, won awards and achieved milestones, as well as announce the organization’s plans for the year ahead.

 

Guests heard from keynote speaker, Donald Hardin, Jr. of the Don Hardin Group. An NBIC graduate (known as a “mighty oak”)  Hardin shared a message aimed at educating the audience and highlighting the organization’s impact on his company. His inspiring speech, “When Small Thinks Big,” centered around the mindset and tenacity necessary to grow small businesses into large success stories.

 

Graduates and current clients were then recognized for their dedication to their personal business’ growth as well as their contribution to the local economy with NBIC awards presented during the program. Winners included Gobble Books, winner of the Tiger Tank Award, Spring Clean Cleaning, winner of the Chairman’s Award, and A-Z DME, winner of the Mighty Oak Award.

 

A-Z DME also celebrated graduation from NBIC, done two years earlier than the typical time frame of clients who are able to grow within the program for five years.  A-Z DME met their goals within three years. We’re very proud of Dinah and John and happy to know that we could play a part in your success.

 

Community members were also honored for their contributions to the NBIC.  Charlie Payne of StaffOne received the Volunteer Award, and Charlotte Peacock of Pinnacle Financial Partners won the Partnership Award.  Community leaders like Charlie and Charlotte help the NBIC to grow and have a greater impact on Nashville and the region.

 

Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible. We look forward to continued success in 2014.

 

New Year, New Business Resolutions

Every year men, women, and children compile lists of their respective New Year’s Resolutions in hopes of bettering themselves and, ultimately the world around them.  Why not apply this method to your business?  Writing a specific list of goals that you intend to accomplish by December 31, 2014 might be what your business needs to increase employee morale and overall productivity.  Though a resolutions list is specific to the business and business owner that writes it, here are some resolutions that we think everyone can take advantage of:

 

  • Check in with each member of your team daily.  Checking in often will allow you to better keep up with the progress of projects assigned, and it will also allow you to assess what their strengths and weaknesses are, allowing you to manage them in the most effective way.

  • Have a short non-work related conversation with each team member daily.  This will not only get the employees to be more comfortable around you, but it will also get them to see you as more than just a person who delivers tasks to them.

  • Become a better listener.  Good listeners are great leaders.  The more you listen, the more you understand the motivations of others, your team, and those consumers that you are trying to attract to your business.

 

We hope that these tips help you as you head into 2014.  We know that some of our clients are already practicing these efforts, and their businesses are better for it.

 

“I make a point to get to know my team beyond their roles as employees of Spring Clean,” said Darren Frierson, owner and operator of Spring Clean Cleaning.  “Getting to know who they are helps me to understand their perspective, which ultimately helps when assigning tasks.”

 

Great job, Darren!  We look forward to great things from Spring Clean Cleaning and all of the NBIC Clients in the upcoming year.