Major conference for entrepreneurs headed to Nashville in 2015


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Written by
Lance Williams
The Tennessean

Nashville will play host to a large conference for entrepreneurs from across the eastern United States in 2015.

The NERVE conference is a regional conclave for Entrepreneurs’ Organization, one of the world’s leading groups targeting high-growth company leaders.

During NERVE, more than 500 entrepreneurs will gather in Nashville to talk about their companies and the concept of entrepreneurship. The event is set to take place Sept. 16-18, 2015 at the Music City Center.

“Nashville has a long history of being an entrepreneurial community and increasingly is receiving national recognition as one of the best places in the United States to start and grow a business,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “We look forward to showing off Nashville and all that our vibrant downtown has to offer to this great organization and its members.”

In the first quarter of 2013, the global EO organization honored EO Nashville as having the most new members in all 131 chapters, ranking Nashville as the fastest-growing EO chapter in the world. For the third consecutive year, the EO Nashville chapter also earned “Rock Star” designation for it 2012-2013 year, placing Nashville within the top tier of EO.

“Nashville is becoming a city known not just for its music, but also for its entrepreneurs. This is one more big validation of Nashville as an entrepreneurial center, building on the success of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Southland Conference sponsored by Launch Tennessee,” said Joe Freedman, president of EO Nashville and co-owner of Music City Tents & Events.

The 2013 NERVE Conference took place in Charlotte, N.C. in April, and the 2014 conference will be June 11-14 in Philadelphia. Nashville beat out a bid from Boston to host the 2015 conference.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global business network of more than 9,500 business owners in 131 chapters and more than 40 countries.