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November 29, 2014

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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SunTrust's Nashville chief says business lending jumped in year's second half
SunTrust Bank, Nashville's third-largest bank by local deposits, has had a strong uptick in commercial lending in Middle Tennessee during the second half of 2014.
Rachel Solomon Parodies Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop'...
Remember Rachel Solomon? She's the Berklee-grad, Yankee-bred local singer-songwriter who, about a year ago, spoofed Lorde's "Royals" with a Nashville-centric parody . Some people thought it was funny; others thought it was tired.
Working the Room: The latest to join the academy
Working the Room features business and networking photos from across Nashville. Today's edition, available in the slideshow with this story, features The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee hosted its 23rd annual Academy for Women of Achievement celebration and induction dinner, an event hosted by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee to honor ... (more)
Amazon reportedly to launch a hotel booking site next year
Amazon.com Inc. is reportedly preparing to launch its own travel site for hotel bookings beginning early next year.
East Nashville Small Businesses Showcased at Saturday's 'Gallatin Galavant'
The retail frenzy that once was just Black Friday escalates each year, with Cyber Monday and Too-Soon Thursday now thrown into the mix. A group of more than 20 East Nashville restaurants, bars and shops are banding together this year in hopes of keeping some of those holiday dollars local, organizing the Gallatin Galavant , a shop crawl along Gallatin Pike/Avenue on what is now known as Small Business Saturday .
One of six new Women's Business Centers to open in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, TN: Pathway Lending announces its selection by the U.S. Small Business Administration as one of only six new Women's Business Centers across the country. Beginning in early 2015, women entrepreneurs in the Nashville and Clarksville regions will have a new resource for growing their business.
Consumers in U.S. Stay Within Means as Spending Matches Income
Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in October at the same pace as incomes, showing households are staying within their means as the holiday-shopping season begins. Expenditures increased 0.2 percent last month after being little changed in September, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington .
Coca-Cola to push new kind of milk
The Coca-Cola Co. will add to its beverage lineup a milk product that costs twice as much as regular milk but has different levels of sugar and protein, Business Insider Insider reports.

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