Expanding Our Reach Through Incubator Without Walls Program

It is no secret: the male-dominated business landscape is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  The demographic of boardrooms across America is changing before our eyes through an increased number of women CEOs and women entrepreneurs.   This welcome change adds diversity in experience and perspective to the ever-evolving world of business.

At the Nashville Business Incubation Center (NBIC), we make it a priority to support women and minority owned businesses through our traditional incubation program,  Incubator Without Walls program, and the partnerships we develop and maintain on a daily basis.  One of the newest members of the NBIC family, Pamela Ketchersid, owner of Chattanooga based  Mechanical Maintenance Group, is one of the region’s newest women entrepreneurs business owners.

Mechanical Maintenance Group is a pipe fitting company that works to fabricate, build, and install piping systems.  Ketchersid, a naval veteran, was inspired by her experience working on submarines while in the Navy to start a company of this nature.  As a Nuclear Machinist Mate on a Navy submarine, Ketchersid developed a  unique technical and application based skillset and knowledge that allow her to oversee contracting projects for the state of Tennessee.   Ketchersid started Mechanical Maintenance Group in May 2012 after deciding to fulfilling her own dreams of entrepreneurship instead of working as an employee to help fulfill someone else’s .

As a new business owner, Ketchersid wanted to ensure she implemented practices that would help her business rise to its full potential. She quickly sought the help and expertise of the staff at NBIC after meeting Executive Director Angela Crane-Jones at an industry event.  Ketchersid joined the NBIC Incubator Without Walls program in August 2013.  This program is designed to assist clients in a virtual environment, completing one-on-one coaching and providing services via conference calls and web conferencing.    The program has helped Ketchersid with her holistic business outlook, especially human resources practices, and prioritizing tasks, both internally and externally.  Though Mechanical Maintenance Group continues to face challenges as a young business, their relationship with NBIC is beneficial and helps them navigate challenges with a trusted advisor in their corner.

To learn more about Mechanical Maintenance Group, visit their website at http://www.mmgfab.com.

Staff One Provides One-On-One Help at NBIC

There are a myriad of reasons why small businesses choose to partner with Staff One.  They have been serving business owners and C-Level executives for 25 years in the areas of Human Resources, Workers Comp, Safety, Risk Management, Benefits Administration and Payroll. Staff One clients range from a three employee company to a multi-state company with 700+ employees.

Generally, business owners want to focus time and energy on the “business of their business” and not the “business of employment.” Most business owners do not have the necessary human resources training, payroll and accounting skills, knowledge of regulatory compliance or background in risk management, insurance and employee benefit programs to meet all the demands of being a good employer.  Even for the business that has a human resource department, Staff One provides valuable and complementary expertise and services.

Business owners are also not lost on the increased burden of being an employer.  HealthCare Reform alone, has brought on 854 new regs that business owners must maintain compliance.  Staff One assures compliance, communication requirements and administrative tasks under HealthCare Reform.

Sign up now to participate in an informative session and learn how to:

  • Increase profitability
  • Maximize employee productivity
  • Reduce transactional HR (employee related items)
  • Decrease employment liability
  • Contain labor costs

This group is limited to the number of participants to provide one-on-one assistance with specific HR concerns.


Leverage Your Leadership Into Influence and Success

NBIC has partnered with Chip Higgins of Pinnacle Financial Partners to facilitate a training series on leadership.

Participants will learn how to…

  • Become a person of influence
  • Communicate and connect effectively
  • Develop the leaders around you
Chip Higgins is a Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Team of speakers, coaches, and trainers with a heavy emphasis on leadership development and strengths-based coaching. To learn more, visit his website.


Work ON Your Business, Not IN Your Business

Do you spend more time working in your business than on your business? Most small business owners do. Pinnacle Financial Partners brings together small mastermind groups of business professionals who are motivated to take their business to a new level. The E-Myth Mastermind groups, facilitated by Charlotte Peacock, have been successful in increasing awareness and understanding of how to grow business in a productive, successful way.

Charlotte PeacockCharlotte Peacock serves as a senior vice president and financial advisor at Pinnacle’s Hermitage office. Peacock began her career in financial services in 1989 and came to Pinnacle from SunTrust Bank, where she was a vice president in commercial banking. She also served as a mortgage originator and in fund treasure for the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council board of directors. She volunteers for the Education Foundation and previously volunteered with Project PENCIL’s Job for Tennessee Graduates at Pearl Cohn High School and Grace M. Eaton Child Care. Peacock holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University.

Space is limited to 10 people.

Don’t Quit. Recommit!

Did you know, May is National Recommitment Month? Although this national observance traditionally involves reviewing health related goals set in January, May is a great time to review the health and nature of your small business. For some, tax season is over, which makes May a great month to review business goals and recommit to those goals. What do your tax statements and filing process say about your small business? What does your small business need to recommit to?

NBIC has partnered with local leaders and organizations to help entrepreneurs recommit themselves to business systems (E-Myth), leadership (Training Series) and networking (Collab event).

Whatever your small business is recommitting to in May, remember, do not quit. Recommit! Read the poem below for instant motivation.

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown –