Category: Business

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Lauren Atkinson Rows for a Reason and a Community

Lauren Atkinson, 31, is an entrepreneur and a lover of people.

Originally from New Jersey, Lauren moved down to Nashville to attend college at Belmont University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in music business.

Lauren owns a floral design company for weddings and events and is also heavily involved with the Crossfit gym on West End Avenue.

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For LeAnder, the Music is About the Experience

Together Logan Rhea, Andrew Hall, and Scott Anderle form LeAnder, a Nashville-based alternative rock band.

Logan is the bassist, the acting manager, and the booking agent. Andrew (not pictured above) is the band’s drummer and sound engineer, while Scott leads creatively as the singer/songwriter and marketing person.

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To Create Innovation and Creativity, Dr. David Owens Says Something Has to Stop

Dr. David Owens, 57, was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. to attend Stanford University when he was 18 years old.

“My mom’s German so we spoke German at home. We wore lederhosen and ate bratwurst and sauerkraut,” he said. “I remember being on the plane on way to school and I couldn’t figure out where it was. I didn’t know where San Francisco was compared to Los Angeles. I didn’t really know anything.”

David encountered a great deal of culture shock, which made the transition to the United States difficult.

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The Story Continues with Thamarius Head

It’s been over a year since we last talked to Thamarius (You can read his last story here.)

Since then, he’s graduated and received an MBA degree from Western Governors University, a university sponsored by the State of Tennessee, and gotten started as an entrepreneur.

“It was a great initiative by Governor Haslam to bring something like that to Tennessee,” he said. “It’s given a lot of people in my own family a chance at school. It gave me an opportunity to an alternative to the traditional route.”

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For Shoheb Punjani, Business is about a Human Connection

Shoheb Punjani, 24, was born in India in 1991.

At the age of eight in 1999, he and his family moved to the United States.

Shoheb has always been geared toward creativity. Today, he is the founder of a startup called Ark Content Media Management, a small business whose goal is to further the presence of other small businesses online.

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Dave Ramsey is Inspired By His Community at Home and Around the World

Dave Ramsey, 55, was born in Antioch, a southeastern neighborhood in Nashville.

When he was younger, his parents owned a real estate company. He said that taught him how to work hard. Often times, his parents would make he and his sister listen to motivational tapes by people like Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale.

“Looking back, I see that a seed was planted,” he said in an email interview with Neat Nashville. “I grew to believe that when you have a dream, you have to do something to make it happen.”

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Maneet Chauhan Adds Spice to the Nashville Community

Maneet Chauhan, 39, was born and raised in a small but diverse city in India.

“Each and every state in India has a very distinct cuisine of its own,” she said. “I was this obnoxious kid who would finish eating at home and then go to my neighbor’s house and eat with them too.”

Maneet said those obnoxious experiences gave her an appreciation for ingredients, spices, and cuisines. It opened her up to new techniques that weren’t used at her house.

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Robbie Mezanava Excels in the Kitchen and in the Gym

Robbie Mezanava, 30, was born and raised in Los Angeles.

A first generation Mexican-American, he grew up watching Rambo movies and was always interested in fighting for the military.

After high school, Robbie enlisted into the army in 2004. A big water polo player as well, he made the ultimate decision to join the military instead of pursuing the sport and a full ride scholarship to the University of Southern California.

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Alex and Hunter Promote Health Through Filtered Water

Alex Ford, 24, and Hunter Nall, 23, are passionate about their work in helping others drink healthy, purified water.

Graduating from Franklin High School in 2010, Alex went on to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated with a finance and psychology degree. Hunter went to the University of Missouri and then to Middle Tennessee State University before leaving school to pursue other endeavors.