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VOL. 37 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 27, 2013

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Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Pike (Between I-440 and the Fairgrounds), Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


People’s Law School. A free program that provides an overview of legal issues that a typical person might face. Taught by Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes will be held 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Antioch High School, 1900 Hobson Pike, and on Thursdays at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue.

  • Oct. 3: Renter’s Rights (Cohn)
  • Oct. 16: How to Deal with Bill Collectors (Antioch)
  • Oct. 17: Social Security Options (Cohn)
  • Oct. 23: Basics of Advance Care Planning (Antioch)
  • Oct. 24: Basics of Advance Care Planning (Cohn)
  • Oct. 30: The New Health Care Law: Know the Latest Facts (Antioch)
  • Nov. 6: Basics of U.S. Immigration (Antioch)
  • Nov. 7: The New Health Care Law: Know the Latest Facts (Cohn)
  • Nov. 13: Renter’s Rights (Antioch)
  • Nov. 14: Worried You Might Lose Your Home to Foreclosure? (Cohn)

Registration, Information: 298-8050.

Tennessee Real Estate Investors Alliance

Weekly meeting, 6-8 p.m., Tennessee REIA Classrooms 5115 Maryland Way, Brentwood. Meets every Monday. Information: tnreia.com.


Interactive Media Meet-up

Like-minded Chamber members meet to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. 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 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


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.

River Swing

A dinner, dance and auction to benefit the Harpeth River Watershed Association. Harpeth Westover Farm, 2020 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Information: harpethriver.org.

22nd annual Nashville AIDS Walk and 5K Run

An expected 2,500-plus participants will run and walk in an attempt to raise more than $230,000. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the 5K timed run and walk kicking off at 11. Riverfront Park. Information: nashvilleaidswalk.com.

Nashville Cultural Festival

An opportunity for intercultural dialogue with participants representing more than 40 cultures living in Nashville and surrounding communities. The event encourages understanding, appreciation and respect. The 2013 Festival features a Parade of Cultures led through Centennial Park by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, more than 100 performances on seven stages, over 40-plus food vendors offering exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children’s activities and a marketplace with hand-crafted and imported items available for purchase. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: celebratenashville.org.

24th annual AACA Car Show

Antique and classic car show at CoolSprings Galleria, adjacent to the Sears Automotive Center. 8 a.m.-noon. Information: battlefieldaaca.com.

The 4th annual Grape Stomp Festival

The barefoot-stomp competition will be held a tournament bracket-style competition. There will be up to five stomp heats of six teams each. The team to collect the most juice at the end of the four-minute stomp will advance to the finals, where five teams will compete to be the Grape Stomp champion. 3-6 p.m., O’More College of Design, 423 S Margin St, Franklin. Information: www.avintageaffair.org/

OCT. 5-6

Hermitage Fall Fest

A weekend of fun, music, food, art, and history at The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson. The event will focus on a variety of live music acts, as well as specialty foods and spirits from local artisans and handmade arts and crafts from regional artists. Information: thehermitage.com.


Real Estate Investors Network

New Investor Subgroup, a monthly discussion on how to get started as a real estate investor. 6-8 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2418 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. Upcoming events include:

  • Oct. 7: Rutherford County Subgroup. Topics of general interest to real estate investors. 6:30-8 p.m., Keller Williams Building, 450 St. Andrews Drive, Murfreesboro.
  • Oct. 10: REIN Wholesaling Subgroup. Networking and net-worthing subgroup of wholesalers, cash buyers and deal-maker wannabes. 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste 151, Nashville.
  • Oct. 14: REIN General Meeting. Breakout and general meeting sessions on various topics of interest to real estate investors. 5:30-8 p.m., Martin Professional Development Center, 2400 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville.
  • Oct. 15: REIN Lunch Network meets as a small group for lunch and sharing ideas. Each first and third Tuesday of each month, 11:15 a.m. at Dalt’s Classic America Grill, 38 White Bridge Road, Nashville.
  • Oct. 17: REIN Williamson County Lunch Meeting. Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11:15 a.m., at Sportsman’s Lodge, 1640 Westgate Circle, Brentwood.
  • Oct. 21: REIN Landlording Subgroup. Network with other landlords, 6 p.m., at the REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste 151, Nashville.

Information: reintn.org

OCT. 7-8

Governor’s Housing Summit

Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, former senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders, is a featured speaker at this year’s Governor’s Housing Summit at the Music City Center. The Summit agenda includes sessions covering blight and tools to eradicate it, instructions on how to garner data from the U.S. Census Bureau website, preserving affordable housing through energy efficiency upgrades, place-based strategies for redevelopment, appraisal reform, and the changing mortgage regulations. Tracks are focused for lenders, developers and rental housing. Information: www.THDA.org.


Cheatham County Master Gardener Class

Seven-week class (Tuesday & Thursday evenings), 6 p.m. begins. Become a trained volunteer capable of helping the UT/TSU Extension Office share the latest gardening information. Learn gardening techniques and get the most recent gardening information from the horticulture experts. Classes will be held at 162 County Services Dr., Ashland City. Information: 792-4420, cheatham.tennessee.edu.


Sales and Business Development Shared Interest Group

Chamber members meet to discuss their biggest sales successes and failures. Participants will be able to learn from each other's experiences in a relaxed setting. Conversation starter: Cindy Houston Hazen of Sales Executives. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Boy Scouts of America, 3414 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Volunteer State Community College Workshops

All sessions will be held at Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, in Betty Gibson Hall, Conf. Room 104. Information: 444-5503. Classes are free, but registration is required and can be done online at www.tsbdc.org.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9: Starting a Small Business. 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses – OTI 7510, 8:30-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: Getting Ready to Go to the Bank. 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24: 5 Steps to Marketing Success. 2-4:30 p.m.


Business Matchmaking: Increase Sales and Decrease Sales Cycle

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce introduces Business Matchmaking, 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. Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Nashville. 3-5 p.m.  Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Social Enterprise Shared Interest Group

An opportunity to contribute to the community of local, regional, national and international social entrepreneurs and learn about the movement from local and regional thought leaders. 8:30-9:30 a.m., Emma Email Marketing Bistro, 9 Lea Ave., Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com/calendar.

YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement Recognition Dinner and Induction Ceremony

The AWA awards ceremony honors the work and service of exceptional Middle Tennessee women who are leaders in their fields and serve as role models for young women. This year, the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee and title sponsor First Tennessee will induct seven women and one corporate honoree at the Oct. 15 ceremony. Reception: 5:45 p.m., program and dinner at 7 p.m. Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Information: ywcanashville.com.


Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee

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


Taste of Wilson County

Lebanon downtown square, 5-8 p.m. Information and vendor applications: 444-5503.

NEXT Awards 2013 Finalist Reveal Party

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center will reveal the finalists for the 2013 NEXT Awards. All applicants, friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate this announcement and network with the newly named finalists. Finalists will be revealed at three different stages of development in the following business sectors: Health care, technology, digital media & entertainment, sustainability & social enterprise, and other. Finalists also will be named in the following for youth entrepreneur and entrepreneur of the year. 5-7 p.m., networking reception; 6 p.m. announcements. Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody Street, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.


Social Enterprise Shared Interest Group

An opportunity to contribute to the community of local, regional, national and international social entrepreneurs and learn about the movement from local and regional thought leaders. Information: nashvillechamber.com/calendar.


Music City Yoga Festival

1-6 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin (Building 8), 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin. Tickets: $40 (tax deductible donation to Africa Yoga Project). Information: musiccityyogafestival.com/.