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Nashville, Tennessee

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This entry contains information about Nashville, Tennessee. For links to small business resources found in and around Nashville, visit the Nashville, Tennessee Hub.

Nashville is a city in Davidson County in Tennessee.

Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County in the north-central part of the state. Nashville is also a major hub for the health care, entertainment and publishing industries. Metropolitan Nashville's population stood at 546,219 as of July 1, 2004, according to United States Census Bureau estimates, making it the second-largest city in Tennessee (below Memphis). The 2004 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area was 1,395,879, making it the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area in the state.

Although Nashville is renowned for being a major music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is actually health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. As of 2006, the Nashville Healthcare Council estimated the health care industry contributed $18.3 billion a year and 94,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy.

Other major industries in Nashville include insurance, finance, and publishing (especially religious publishing). The city also hosts headquarters operations for several Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, and National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Middle Tennessee is also noted for its automotive industry. The community of Spring Hill, Tenn., 30 mils south of Nashville, is home to a major complex that manufactures Saturns. In Smyrna, just east of Nashville, Nissan has a major manufacturing facility. In 2005, Nissan USA, announced it is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Williamson County, in the Nashville metropolitan area.

According to Expansion Management Magazine, Nashville is "the Hottest City in America for Relocation and Expansion." In June, 2006, Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine ranked Nashville #1 on its list of The 50 Smartest Places to Live in America.

Nashville is the location of the membership headquarters of the largest small business association in America, the National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB.

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Piedmont Natural Gas outlines ambitious capital-spending plan
Piedmont Natural Gas CEO Tom Skains outlined the three-year spending plan to shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Piedmont Natural Gas plans to spend almost $1.9 billion on capital projects over the next three years.
Federal offices in Washington close ahead of winter weather
A strong cold front moving across the eastern U.S. has dumped deep snow in some regions and prompted the federal government to close its offices in the Washington area. In New York City's LaGuardia Airport, a plane skidded off a runway while landing Thursday morning.
A touch of gold
Brittany Leffler , junior business management major, Abby Maycock , freshman nursing major, and Slaytor Parks , sophomore marketing major, work the front desk at The Midas Touch Golden Tans Salon on Monday, March 2nd. The Midas Touch Golden Tan Salon was voted as Flint Hills "Best Tanning Salon" from 2003 to 2012.
Tour Guide: Where the Industry Eats in Nashville
My tenure in Nashville's restaurant industry spans well over a decade. While working my way up from a cocktail waitress to a baker to a pastry cook to the pastry chef at two of Nashville's best restaurants- City House and Husk -I have had the great fortune of meeting and working with many talented food people in this city.
Artist2Artist: Becky Buller - Life's Education
I had the pleasure to interview Becky Buller on stage at doors open at her recent Woodsongs Coffee House show at Stage 123 in Dalton, Georgia. All of her best attributes come pouring out in our recorded conversation.
Federal offices in the Washington area close ahead of new round of winter weather
Diane Hancock, of Evansville, Ind., waits for a bus to take her home after work on S. Green River Road as snow falls, Wednesday afternoon, March 4, 2015, in Evansville, Ind. A winter storm was in its early stages and had dropped about an inch of snow on the area before Hancock announced, "there's my limousine."
The Weikel Law Firm Helps Soles4Souls Collect 1 Million Pairs of Shoes
The Weikel Law Firm, P.C. has launched a drive to help Soles4Souls reach their goal of collecting one million pairs of shoes in their Pair It Forward campaign, which runs through Earth Day, April 22, 2015. The campaign is aimed at diverting used shoes away from landfills, and instead using them to generate a source of revenue for micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations.
Barry Mazor's terrific biography of Ralph Peer untangles the roots of American roots music
Barry Mazor's Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music traces the life and career of Ralph Peer, who rose from Kansas City phonograph salesman to one of history's most influential A&R scouts, record producers and music publishers. At the beginning of the biography, it's hard to imagine how this working-class kid with a cherubic face and more interest in science than in music could possibly affect the evolution of American music as we know it.

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