2021 Top Alumni Magazine

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2021

BELMONT

ENTREPRENEUR

AWA R D S

TOP 100


Thomas F. Cone Sr . Center for Entrepreneurship

2021

BELMONT ENTREPRENEUR

AWARDS


NASHVILLE, TN DECEMBER 13, 2021

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THE BELMONT ENTREPRENEUR AWA R D S RECOGNIZING THE BEST OF BELMONT UNIVERSITY’S ALUMNI FOUNDERS FOR THEIR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS A N D E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P. The Belmont Entrepreneur Awards recognize the alumni who have started innovative, growing and unique businesses. The awards honor the founders who are excelling in business and challenging their industry. To commemorate the entrepreneurial spirit of Belmont University, 100 outstanding alumni businesses, including 10 younger, rising businesses are being recognized in this book.

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Welcome Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Top 100 Businesses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Creative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Social Impact. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Rising 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

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To Our 2021 Top 100 Alumni Entrepreneurs, Congratulations! Due to your hard work, perseverance and creativity, you’re being honored by Belmont University as examples of excellence in business and entrepreneurship. This recognition acknowledges what you’ve accomplished through your professional endeavors to date as well as the strong character you’ve shown along the way. You each are exemplifying the entrepreneurial mindset that I hope a Belmont education instills in all of our students, whether they are studying economics, music, nursing, science, education, etc. Being an entrepreneur extends far beyond the traditional interpretation of founding a new company or social enterprise. Rather, having the spirit of an entrepreneur means you are innovative, nimble and constantly thinking big! Many of you have heard me say that one of the professional athletes I most admire is retired hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who was once asked why he was so far ahead of his peers when it came to his play on the ice. His response? “While other players spend their time and energy skating to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck is going next.” That response is the epitome of what it means to be a future-shaping entrepreneur! Gretzky’s comments demonstrate a thirst for creative problem solving, showing an individual who can anticipate future needs and find solutions that work. Those are the qualities I see in each of you whom we celebrate today, and that approach is what I believe will continue to distinguish a Belmont graduate. Again, congratulations for your achievements to date. I hope your accomplishments, example and continued involvement with Belmont as valued alumni will serve to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurially-minded leaders. Cheers, Dr. Greg Jones Belmont University, President

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Dear Alumni, Welcome to the 3rd annual Belmont Entrepreneur Awards where we honor and celebrate our Belmont alumni who have created impactful, thriving and successful businesses. We are thrilled to see 39 new faces in our Top 100—including alumni from 37 different majors who have founded businesses in 31 cities. It is inspiring to see how our Belmont entrepreneurs are impacting Nashville, the United States, and the world through their ventures. Our focus for this year’s event is Impact. We are honoring those who have come before us, our Top 100 here with us today, and the future generations of entrepreneurs who will rise from Belmont. The impact of your entrepreneurial spirit has truly changed the world around us for the better. Dr. Jeff Cornwall is the father of Belmont’s entrepreneurship program, and as he retires at the end of this academic year, we’re proud to continue his legacy. The foundation he built at Belmont nearly 20 years ago has created a path of support and success for countless entrepreneurs. Likewise, Tom Cone, through his generous endowment, has enabled us to support students, invest in them, and build the lasting future of the program for Belmont and our communities. All 100 founders and businesses in this list are on a mission to create, innovate and serve. Impact is made through the ways you’re changing your industries and continuing to persevere as entrepreneurs regardless of another uniquely difficult year. The work you do motivates and encourages our current student entrepreneurs who are walking the same halls and going to the same classes that you did. You demonstrate how courage, risktaking and believing in your idea is worthwhile; and are giving the gifts of guidance and encouragement to the next generation of Belmont entrepreneurs by your example. In all these ways, we are grateful for all of Belmont’s entrepreneurs and we’re thrilled to see the road that lays ahead. Sincerely, Elizabeth Gortmaker Director of the Thomas F. Cone Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship 5


BELMONT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OVE R TH E YE ARS 

Dr. Jeff Cornwall, the Center’s first Director, comes to Belmont and starts our Entrepreneurship program

First on-campus businesses, Reverbmedia and Blvd., open in the Center’s retail space on Belmont Blvd.

After receiving a grant from the Coleman Foundation, the Center’s first co-working space is opened

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Major offered

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DECA wins International Team Champion in Entrepreneurship at the International Career Development Conference

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Seventeen Magazine names Belmont the “Best College for Business Majors: Entrepreneurship”

Thomas F. Cone Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship endowment is announced

1st annual Belmont Entrepreneur Awards

2019

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Thomas F. Cone Sr . Center for Entrepreneurship

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2019

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2004

Boulevard Record Shop opens in the on-campus retail space

House Of opens in the on-campus retail space with support from Nashville Fashion Alliance

2016

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2020 Ranked by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top Undergrad Entrepreneurship Programfor the 11th Time


E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P R U N S I N T H E V E I N S O F B E L M O N T. F R O M A D E L I C I A A C K L E N ’ S I N N O V A T I V E S P I R I T T O T H E I N I T I A T I V E O F O U R S T U D E N T S T O D AY, I T I S N O S U R P R I S E T H AT B E L M O N T U N I V E R S I T Y I S H O M E T O A T O P 2 5 E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P P R O G R A M . TA K E A L O O K AT S O M E P I V O TA L M O M E N T S I N T H E H I S T O R Y O F T H E T H O M A S F. C O N E S R . C E N T E R F O R E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P.

2005

Belmont becomes the first institution of higher education in the United States to offer an undergraduate major in Social Entrepreneurship

Buzzy’s Candy Shop opens in the on-campus retail space

Named by Fortune Magazine as one of “Five Schools for Entrepreneurs”

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Elizabeth Gortmaker comes to Belmont to serve as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship

First Entrepreneurship Village

Belmont Enactus wins the Enactus World Cup with Spring Back

2015

2020 Creation of the Bruin Launch Fund, funded by alumni to support the next generation of Bruin entrepreneurs

2013

2021 Dr. Greg Jones is named Belmont University’s new president

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Feedback Clothing opens in the on-campus retail space

2012

2021 Where the Well Things Are opens in the on-campus retail space

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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM 2004 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Emphasis Program National Award 2005 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Entrepreneurship Emphasis Program National Award 2008 Ranked 23rd Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2010 Ranked 18th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2011 Ranked 19th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2012 Ranked 19th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2016 Ranked 16th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2017 Ranked 23rd Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2019 Ranked 24th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2020 Ranked 20th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 50 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2021 Ranked 20th Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top 50 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program 2022 Ranked 6th Southeast Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review Top Undergraduate Program 8


OUR ALUMNI HAVE FOUNDED 724 BUSINESSES IN 87 CITIES AND 6 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

*Other countries include: Australia, Colombia, France, Guatemala, Paraguay and Switzerland

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C R E AT I V E H O M E — H E L P I N G O U R M U S I C E V O LV E . . . . . . . . . . .

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K R I S T I N S W E E T I N G P H O T O G R A P H Y . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 5 L M A D E S I G N S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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M A R G O T + C O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 7 M AY K E R C R E A T I V E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 8 P A C K F I L M S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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T H E S O U T H E R N I N F L U E N C E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 0 W I N K W I N K P A P E R C O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1

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HOME—HELPING OUR MUSIC EVOLVE FOUNDED 2016

NASHVILLE, TN

HOME provides convenient access to spaces that are intentionally designed for modern music professionals. We are a non-profit community empowered with technology that enables us to share facilities, production equipment and other valuable industry resources. LOGAN CROWELL

Music Business ’16

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KRISTIN SWEETING PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDED 2012

N AS H V I L L E , T N + PA R I S , F R A N C E

Boutique wedding and portrait photography studio offering personalized service, thoughtful imagery and timeless products KRISTIN SWEETING HARSHEY

Music Education ’10

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LMA DESIGNS FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

The impression that LMA Designs leaves on clients in lifelong, which is how we have cultivated longterm relationships with the majority of our clients. We take pride in each and every flower we touch and bouquet we design. We strive to bring each client’s vision to life and express their emotions through our designs with flowers. L A U R E N AT K I N S O N

Music Business ’07

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MARGOT + CO FOUNDED 2016

L A N C A S T E R , PA

I’m an Earl Grey tea sipper, a plant collector, a toddler momma, a wife and a small-town, wide open-space kinda girl. I’m a graphic designer turned Wordsearch Book maker and I couldn’t dream up a better job. MARGOT GRONER

Public Relations ’15

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MAYKER CREATIVE FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

Mayker Events provides a comprehensive solution for corporate and private events—offering furniture rentals, tailored design services and custom florals. Mayker Interiors provides design-focused residential services including staging, photography, space consultations and curated broker opens. Shop Mayker is a modern lifestyle shop and premium gifting resource offering well-designed, well-priced goods and furniture that make living easier and more beautiful. MEGAN PROBY

English ’06

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PACK FILMS FOUNDED 2016

NASHVILLE, TN

We partner with businesses, brands and agencies to tell stories. Building relationships is vitally important to us and we want video to inspire and help you connect with your audience in the same way. We’re not here to just film, we want to film with a purpose and a thought-out message. A pack is a family. It’s a group that you belong to and a group that will have your back no matter what. That’s what we want to be for you. M A T T H E W H O R VA T H

Video Production ’12

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THE SOUTHERN INFLUENCE FOUNDED 2016

AUSTIN, TX + LOS A N G E L E S , C A

Based in Austin and Los Angeles, The Southern Influence partners with best-in-class brands to cut through the noise and tell the right story to the right people at the right time through commercial video production and brand management. ARIELLE OLFERS + CHRIS OLFERS

EIS + Classical Voice ’11 + Mathematics ’11

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WINK WINK PAPER CO. FOUNDED 2014

NASHVILLE, TN

Wink Wink Paper Co. is a stationery and art brand based in Nashville, TN. They create unique, cheeky and lovingly made greeting cards, art prints, printables and children’s books. HOLLEY MAHER

Commercial Vocal Performance + Music Business ’09

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A C R O P H A S E R E C O R D S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4 D O U G T H E P U G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5 M A D E I N N E T W O R K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 OLIVIA MANAGEMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 PLAID FLAG MUSIC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 T H R E E B R A N D M E D I A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 9 T W E LV E T I T A N S M U S I C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 0

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ACROPHASE RECORDS FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

Acrophase Records was stared from a college dorm room with the hope of growing relationships with amazing artists. We sought to put music first and create a community built on a mutual love and respect for creativity. G E O R G E S E AY

Audio Engineering ’18

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DOUG THE PUG FOUNDED 2014

NASHVILLE, TN

With over 15 million followers across his social media and well over 1 Billion Facebook video views, Doug The Pug is one of the world’s most famous and most followed dogs. With his People’s Choice Award, New York Time’s Best Selling book, top-selling calendar, sold out meet and greet events and a merchandise line, Doug’s reach goes far beyond the internet. LESLIE MOSIER

Music Business ’14

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MADE IN NETWORK FOUNDED 2013

N A S H V I L L E , T N + N E W Y O R K C I T Y, N Y

Made In Network is a video-first media company and YouTube network consisting of 40 curated channels garnering 70+ million views per month. We work with brands to move their marketing objectives through channel sponsorship, production services and YouTube media buys. KEVIN GROSCH

Bachelor of Arts ’12

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OLIVIA MANAGEMENT FOUNDED 2012

NASHVILLE, TN

Olivia Management is an artist management and consulting company that strives to maximize artists’ profits, grow artists’ brands and foster joy through music and entertainment. We are committed to excellence, honesty, integrity and genuine connection. ERIN ANDERSON

Entrepreneurship + Music Business ’06

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PLAID FLAG MUSIC FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

Plaid Flag Music is a full-service independent music company based in Nashville, TN. We focus on producing the best songs with even better people. K E N D A L L WA R R E N

Entrepreneurship + Journalism ’17

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THREEBRAND MEDIA FOUNDED 2011

NASHVILLE, TN

Threebrand Media is a full-service, independent music publicity and media management firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. We customize global publicity campaigns for a select roster of artists, partnering with our clients to deliver large-scale results through a boutique consciousness. LIZ MEADE

Commercial Music ’09

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TWELVE TITANS MUSIC FOUNDED 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA

Twelve Titans Music is a Los Angeles-based trailer music production company. As a boutique agency working with a small cadre of cutting-edge composers, Twelve Titans specializes in high-end trailer music and sound design with the goal of enabling and inspiring creative storytelling. Hard-hitting music with a signature style. WENDI COTHRAN WILLIAMS

Commercial Music ’02

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2021–2022 EVENTS August 27 Grand opening of Where the Well Things Are September 25 Belmont Family Festival + Entrepreneur Village November 5 Inauguration of Dr. Greg Jones November 17 2021 Business Pitch Competition December 13 Belmont Entrepreneur Awards February 21-26 Homecoming March 23 2022 Business Plan Competition April 6 Entrepreneurship Village April 23 Belmont Block Party + House Of ’s Birthday Bash

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EXPERIENCE

E A M O T I O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 4 F O R T H O U S T O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 G E T F I T 6 1 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6 M E L O R I A M O V E M E N T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 P R O J E C T 2 2 3 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 8 R E S O L A N A F A R M S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 9 T H E E S C A P E G A M E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 0 T H E L O T U S R O O M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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EAMOTION FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

EAMOTION is a live entertainment production company focused on bringing immersive sensory experiences safely to the public. Our events physically guide the audience along a fixed course of dynamically designed audiovisual installations, while also offering the ability to be nimble and scale efficiently to address local and global challenges. GORDON DROITCOUR + ERIK ANDERSON

Audio Engineering ’10 + Music Business ’09

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FORT HOUSTON FOUNDED 2011

NASHVILLE, TN

Fort Houston is an interdisciplinary workspace for makers of all media, offering its participants and attendes the opportunity to discover their creative potential and thereby facilitating the enrichment of Nashville’s artistic community. R YA N S C H E M M E L

Music Business ’09

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GETFIT615 FOUNDED 2014

NASHVILLE, TN

GetFIT615 is Nashville’s friendliest group fitness grym and personal training studio on Music Row. We have everything from cardio to strength training including kettlebells, TRX, rowing and more! We think that you should do something every day that makes you sweat because our bodies are made for movement and movement makes us feel good. K AT E M O O R E

Music Business ’08

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MELIORA MOVEMENT FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

Meliora is a Pilates studio dedicated to creating a home for those to pursue “the better” in their every day lives through Pilates & Yoga. Meliora means “for the pursuit of the better.” Move Better. Feel Better. MYSTI MEESE LITTLE

Public Relations ’13

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PROJECT 2231 FOUNDED 2013

CLARKSVILLE, TN

Project 2231 is family-owned company based in Clarksville, TN, specializing in hospitality and entertainment. Businesses include: The City Forum, The Loading Dock, Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, Cafe, Furniture Design Room, The Belle Hollow and Acme Athletics. LUCI ARMITSTEAD KNOTT

Entrepreneurship ’13

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RESOLANA FARMS FOUNDED 2019

COYOT E , N M

Resolana Farms is located on a 37-acre ranch in Northern New Mexico. We provide land-based creative residencies and spiritual retreats. AMY VIOLETTE

Religion ’08

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THE ESCAPE GAME FOUNDED 2014

NASHVILLE, TN

We make the most accessible and immersive escape games. Because we’re guest-obsessed, our adventures are more exciting, more inviting and everyone contributes to the action. Everyone gets a chance to save the day. Inside our worlds you’ll find extraordinary adventures in need of explorers, risk-takers and problem solvers. This is where heroism and adventure meet. J O N AT H A N M U R R E L L

Entrepreneurship ’13

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THE LOTUS ROOM FOUNDED 2011

NASHVILLE, TN

The Lotus Room is Nashville’s top rated Ayurvedic healing studio. All services at The Lotus Room are designed to inspire healing for one’s mind, body and spirit. We believe that healed people create a powerful ripple effect in the real world. It is the divine mission of this studio to bring peace, ease and healing to the world- one radiant being at a time. JENNA WOLF HENSLEY

Public Relations ’09

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FA S H I O N

A B E D N E G O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 A U B R E E P . B O U T I Q U E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 5 C O N S I D E R T H E W L D F L W R S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 6 G L E N & E F F I E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 7 K . M C C A R T H Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 L A D Y J A M E S A T E L I E R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 9 M O D I S T E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 0 P I N E + S A P L I N G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1

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ABEDNEGO FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

ABEDNEGO is a Women’s clothing boutique. We curate our shop to have something for everyone, including a variety of Home + Gift items. MEREDITH MAZIE

Commercial Voice + Music Business ’10

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AUBREE P. BOUTIQUE FOUNDED 2016

FRANKLIN, TN

I’m a Nashville native with a natural love to shop, style and help women with their every day look. I’m drawn to clothes, jewelry and accessories, all while keeping it affordable to look cute and feel your best! Shop online or visit our store for more in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee inside City Farmhouse! A U B R E E PA R K E R

Entrepreneurship ’11

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CONSIDER THE WLDFLWRS FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

We take great pride in the craft of fine jewelry design, creation, restoration and repair. Whether we are creating a bespoke engagement ring, restoring a family heirloom or showcasing our vast collection, we put our customers needs first and strive to forge personalized relationships to create and maintain heirloom pieces for life. E M I LY E G G E B R E C H T

Religion and the Arts ’13

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GLEN & EFFIE FOUNDED 2012

NASHVILLE, TN

Glen & Effie has become known for its timeless blend of antique and modern influences. The brand name stems from a desire to honor past generations who took craft to heart, noted details and made design a priority—ultimately named after Brooke’s grandparents Glen & Effie. Today, the line continues to modernize antique and vintage designs by telling stories and connecting generations through jewelry. BROOKE GRIFFITH

Art Education ’14

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K. MCCARTHY FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

K. McCarthy is a women’s clothing boutique located in Nashville, TN. Women from all walks of life, from working women to busy moms, love the convenience and personal attention that are the hallmarks of K. McCarthy. Owner Kathleen Goff offers fashions and advice that help create effortless style that is “put together but not too fussy.” K AT H L E E N G O F F W E B E R

MBA ’12

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LADY JAMES ATELIER FOUNDED 2020

NOLENSVILLE, TN

This 100% female owned company is dedicated to empowering all women through fashion. We marry non-conventional looks with timeless elegance to create the most unique designs. All of our materials are sourced using the highest quality fabrics available. Each article of clothing is hand-sewn in our Nolensville, TN studio. E M I LY J A M E S

Fashion Design ’18

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MODISTE FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

MODISTE™ is a thoughtfully curated collection of Jami-lyn’s favorite pieces from leading and independent makers. She wishes to honor the designersmaking a difference in our industry— those who are fearlessly defying the odds and actively paving the way for change. J A M I - LY N F E H R H A L L

Fashion Merchandising ’18

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PINE + SAPLING FOUNDED 2019

C H AT TA N O O G A , T N

At Pine + Sapling we care about a lot, but what is foundational to us and this company is the impact we are making on our planet and in the lives of mothers and children alike. We strive to make conscious decisions based on how we are bettering our planet as well as the sisterhood of mothers we create through P + S. CASSIE MCLURE

Fashion Design ’15

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B A B A & P O P ’ S H A N D M A D E P I E R O G I . . . . . . . . . . . 5 4 B A K E D O N 8 T H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 5 C U L T U R E + C O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 6 I N N E R G J U I C E & Y O G A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 K O L A C H O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 8 N O B A K E D C O O K I E D O U G H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 9 P L A C E M A T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 0 P R O P E R S A K É . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1 R O L L E D 4 E V E R I C E C R E A M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2 R O R O ’ S B A K I N G C O M P A N Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3 S I D E L I N E B A R & G R I L L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4 S L I M & H U S K Y S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 5 T A S T I F Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 W A L K E R B R O T H E R S K O M B U C H A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 7 ‘ Z A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 8

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BABA & POP’S HANDMADE PIEROGI FOUNDED 2014

AURORA, CO

About 100 years ago, my great-grandparents, Josephine and Charles (affectionately known as Baba and Pop), emigrated from Poland and brought with them the wonderful tradition of the Pierogi. Our pierogi are made by hand, with fresh, honest ingredients, because that’s the way Baba did it; and because machine-made pierogis are garbage. This process takes a little longer and necessitates that we keep our operation a little smaller than we’d like—but we know that you will taste the difference. K AT H E R I N E Y U R E K

Accounting & Entrepreneurship ’10

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BAKED ON 8TH FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

Cakes, Cookies, Pies and More! We make custom cakes and cookies for birthdays, baby showers, engagements, weddings and every celebration, fresh baked. LEAH CARMEAN

Entrepreneurship ’10

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CULTURE + CO FOUNDED 2021

NASHVILLE, TN

Culture + Co. is a cheese, charcuterie and wine-focused dining experience. Our menu focuses on artisan American cheese with seasonal food pairings and a natural wine list. Located in L+L Market, our open kitchen and rotating conveyor belt offer an interactive and communal dining space. A S H TO N J U DY

Psychology ’16

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INNERG JUICE & YOGA FOUNDED 2021

NASHVILLE, TN

InnerG Yoga is a personalized yoga experience, that helps you to flow through life, both on and off of the mat. Together, juice and yoga are tailored delivery to your needs, so that you do not have to chose between quality and convenience. NIELAH BURNETT

MBA ’17

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KOLACHO FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

No brick & mortar location yet but available at 12 South Farmers Market, Richland Farmers Market, etc. Principals—we love to cook good food for good folks. At the core, that is what we are all about. KOLACHO was born out of that adventure. WILL HOBBS

Psychology ’12

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NO BAKED COOKIE DOUGH FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

No Baked Cookie Dough makes gourmet, edible cookie dough. Scoop shops in Nashville, Louisville, Lexington and Chattanooga. Megan also started Cosmic Creamery. JIMMY FEEMAN + MEGAN FEEMAN

Finance ’15 + Music Business ’15

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PLACEMAT FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

We are nourishing and improving communities, by bringing neighborhood ingredients to your kitchen. We make better health accessible, personal and meaningful. We believe that higher nutritional standards play a pivotal role in one’s overall well-being. Our dining expereinces are guided by the misison to inspire sustainability and intention. R YA N R E I S D O R F

Nursing ’19

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PROPER SAKÉ FOUNDED 2016

NASHVILLE, TN

Driven by nostalgia and propelled by the future. At Proper Saké Co., we take great pride in our symmetry of historical reverence and modern technique. Our aim is to continue experimenting with both classical and innovative methods, to please purists and newcomers alike. BYRON STITHEM

Music Business ’07

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ROLLED4EVER ICE CREAM FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

Nashville’s original rolled ice cream truck featuring handcrafted ice cream rolls. BARIANGELA SEGOVIA

International Business ’17

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RORO’S BAKING COMPANY FOUNDED 2011

DALLAS, TX

Our mission is to bring back those memories of Grandma’s hot, yummy rolls to your busy life. Take a minute, enjoy the simple thigns in life and bring a little bit of RoRo into your kitchen. AMY COLLINS + LAUREN COLLINS

Communication Studies ’07, Nursing ’09 + Entertainment & Music Business ’03

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SIDELINE BAR & GRILL FOUNDED 2020

NORMAN, OK

Whether you’re a local, a college student (Boomer Sooner!) or just passing through town, we got you. T R AV I S C A S E

Business Administration and Management ’16

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SLIM & HUSKYS FOUNDED 2015

TN, GA, CA

Slim & Husky’s is a story of three friends with a mission to empower communities while using pizza as their vehicle to engage. E.J. REED

MBA ’12

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TASTIFY FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

Tyler started the company in 2018 with the hope to change the way people think about food. Tastify was formed to help people create more flavorful, simple and handmade food, the way it was intended to be made. It is our hope that we can deliver on great food, great service and a memorable experience every time you book. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can soon achieve our goal of changing the way you think about food! TYLER KING

Music Business ‘18

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WALKER BROTHERS KOMBUCHA FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

Good-for-your-gut Non-Alc & High Gravity beverages made with organic ingredients. S A M WA L K E R

Music Business ’14

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’ZA FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

Located in the heart of Historic Hillsboro Village, ’za features handcrafted pies with locally sourced, southern ingredients from Karl & Sarah Worley, the same duo behind Nashville’s brunch staple, Biscuit Love. Inspired by a recent trip to Italy, the Worleys discovered that pizza—just like biscuits—brings everyone to the table. The parallels between Italian and Southern American food cultures were the inspiration that brought ’za to life. Come join us. We saved you a seat. SARAH WORLEY

Liberal Studies ’13 + Masters of Accountancy ’15

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP VILLAGE We showcase the innovation, creativity and success of the student businesses by taking over the Belltower Patio in this all-day event. Any student or alumni may participate and receive a tent and table to sell items, present demonstrations and meet customers. Nearly 1,000 students, faculty, staff and locals walk through the Village each year to learn more about the businesses our students are developing.

NOW ACCEPTING SPONSORS FOR THE 2022 ENTREPRENEURSHIP VILL AGE

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PRODUCT

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CODEWORD FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

Codeword is excited to not only provide a way to rep hometowns, but most importantly a way to support hometowns as well. Since our launch in 2017, we have been flooded with stories of customers meeting new friends and even future spouses, because they were wearing our “conversation starter” of a cap! N AT E M O N T G O M E R Y

Music Business ’12

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FREEFORM MADE FOUNDED 2012

FORT WORTH, TX

From honest materials and humble beginnings, Freeform Made was born. Our stands are designed with durability and sustainability in mind. No two are exactly alike. Each one is handcrafted, individually assembled and inspected before shipping. Every Freeform Made Product is constructed using sustainably sourced materials that are precisely milled and expertly finished. M AT T T O W N S E N D

Music Business ’07

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HOOP HOUSE FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

Hoop House is a plant shop and event space focused on community building and plant education. We believe plants are for everybody and aim to provide the materials and knowledge to create and sustain your green space. TA N A S M I T H

BFA/Admin + ETP Minors ’13

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RANGER STATION FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

A small team fragrance studio creating high end personal and home fragrances. STEVE SODERHOLM

Music Business ’12

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SAMPLIZE FOUNDED 2017

C H AT TA N O O G A , T N

Make faster design decisions without dealing with the hassle of paint. Simply peel and stick to view real paint on the wall. 100% Real Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow & Ball and PPG Paint Without the Mess. Our large 12"x12" size and repositionable adhesive backing that won’t damage the wall. T AY L O R T H O M A S

Entrepreneurship ’15

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS ELECTRIC FOUNDED 2011

NASHVILLE, TN

Made to order lighting for hospitality and home. Lamp, lights, custom light fixtures, lighting design and commercial lighting sales. A D A M G AT C H E L + J A M I E H O L M E S G AT C H E L

Music Business ’07 + Music Business ’06

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WALRUS OIL FOUNDED 2017

SPRINGFILED, MO

Walrus Oil® is a brand of Wood Finishes, Leather Care and Skincare products. Made in USA with 100% food-safe ingredients, without any toxins or synthetics. D AV E D A R R

Business , Marketing ’09

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BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION Entrepreneurs submit up to 20 pages of their working business plans, complete with financials, to be considered to compete at our biggest competition of the year. The panel of judges choose the top three winners based on their pitch and plans. The audience votes on a People’s Choice winner based on their pitches. Participants are able to speak with attendees about their businesses and receive written feedback from the judges. Receiving thousands of dollars in cash prizes allows the students to jumpstart their business and bring their idea to life. 2 0 2 1 W I N N E R : E M I LY H E N E G A R , C O O K I E I N T H E K I T C H E N 2 0 2 0 W I N N E R : K A T I E C O E N S , M A T C H N P L AY 2 0 1 9 W I N N E R : M E R E D I T H E D WA R D S , D R E S S E D B Y 2 0 1 8 W I N N E R : R YA N R E I S D O R F, P L A C E M A T 2 0 1 7 W I N N E R : S A R A H B E T H P E R R Y, W I T H T H E B A N D

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P R O O F B R A N D I N G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2

A M P L I F Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3

P U R E S W E A T B A S K E T B A L L . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3

B O O S E Y W I L S O N G R O U P . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4

R E L A T I O N A R Y M A R K E T I N G . . . . . . . . . . . 9 4

C H O P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 5

S O U T H E R N P E D I A T R I C T H E R A P Y . . . . . . . 9 5

G O L D E N S P I R A L C R E A T I V E . . . . . . . . . . . 8 6

S T I K - P A K S O L U T I O N S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 6

G R E G O R Y D E N T A L G R O U P . . . . . . . . . . . 8 7

S T U D I O B A N K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 7

H A R P E T H P A I N T I N G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 8

T H R E E O N E T H R E E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 8

J A C K C R E T E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 9

V I N Y L M E , P L E A S E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 9

N A S H V I L L E S M I L E B A R . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 0

V I X I L G R O U P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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ABENITY FOUNDED 2006

FRANKLIN, TN

Abenity is a 6x INC 5000 company that helps employers and membership groups supplement their benefits with thousands of private perks, discounts and corporate rates on everything from pizza and the zoo, to movie tickets, oil changes, theme parks, car rentals and hotels. BRIAN ROLAND

Business Administration ’03

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AMPLIFY FOUNDED 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

As your trusted growth advisor, we bring order out of chaos by creating tools that help business owners maximize their time, money and growth potential. BEN COOPER

Entrepreneurship ’07

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BOOSEY WILSON GROUP FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

We add value to companies and law firms by sourcing, vetting and matching our clients with legal and professional talent—both permanent and temporary staffing. We strongly believe that organizations are only as good as their people. It is our mission to find the optimal fit for each client’s culture. M AT T H E W W I L S O N

Accounting ’95 + MBA ’01

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CHOP FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

CHOP is a bit more than a tree company. We’re solving problems differently because there is a lot of waste in the tree business—both in proper treatment of living trees and excessive waste of dead ones. We’re as interested in cultivating your yard’s trees as we are conscientiously repurposing them. This business philosophy lends to an integrated tree business where you can be sure you’re getting the best advice and we can deliver great work, whether treating them or repurposing their material. JONERIC PETTERSSON

Entrepreneurship, International Business ’08

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GOLDEN SPIRAL CREATIVE FOUNDED 2011

NASHVILLE, TN

Golden Spiral is a specialized, integrated marketing agency that exists to help our clients REALIZE their brand identity, position in the market, growth objectives and leadership of the market. P E T E R S M I T H + B E N N E T T FA R K A S

Entrepreneurship ’12 + Design Communications and Administration ’12

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GREGORY DENTAL GROUP FOUNDED 2012

LEBANON, TN

We exist to serve our patients by providing evidence-based dentistry with predictable outcomes. DERRICK GREGORY

Biology + Chemistry ’05

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HARPETH PAINTING FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

A professional, courteous painting contractor serving commercial and residential clients in Nashville, Brentwood, Belle Meade, Franklin, Bellevue, Antioch, Crieve Hall, Davidson and Williamson Counties and all of Middle Tennessee. M AT T K U Y P E R + M A G G I E K U Y P E R

General Business ’06 + Psychology ’07

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JACKCRETE FOUNDED 2014

H A M P T O N , VA

JACKCRETE of Virginia is continuing to lead the concrete lifting and leveling industry, having won national industry excellence awards in 2015, 2016 and 2018. As we continue to grow, we maintain our commitments to professionalism, quality and service through all the work we do. We strive to make the high price and hassle of concrete replacement a thing of the past! B R YA N H E L D R E T H

Entrepreneurship ’06

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NASHVILLE SMILE BAR FOUNDED 2016

FRANKLIN, TN

We craft custom experiences and activations for weddings, corporate events, conferences, charity events, birthday parties, showers, graduations and the list goes on… Not only do we want guests to leave with a special keepsake (both in digital and physical form), but we also make it fun for guests to engage with brands and businesses at events and share their experiences through their social platforms. And our high-energy, friendly and engaging team is at the core of all of our services. J E N WAT K I N S

Marketing ’11

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PARTHENON PR FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

Parthenon PR believes in keeping relations at the center of public relations. Our efforts are centered on relationships and our first priority is to get to know you and your needs and expectations. We are a full-service creative public relations, marketing and event management agency that believes in serving as an extension of your team with a full-throttle dedicaiton to execution. JENA THOMAS

Public Relations + Communications ’09

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PROOF BRANDING FOUNDED 2010

NASHVILLE, TN

We’re a full-service creative firm who crafts purposeful, passionate brands for businesses and organizations that rise above the noise and create lasting impressions. M AT T C H E U V R O N T

Marketing ’08

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PURE SWEAT BASKETBALL FOUNDED 2007

C R Y S TA L L A K E , I L

Pure Sweat Basketball is a unique player development program that helps players and coaches maximize their basketball potential by providing the latest skill development information, teaching points and concepts through intense, innovative drills. DREW HANLEN

Entrepreneurship ’12

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RELATIONARY MARKETING FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

We build podcasts that deliver. Relationary Marketing is a turnkey podcast production agency for B2B content marketing. We make it easy to produce podcasts that deliver rich content consistently. CLARK BUCKNER

Entrepreneurship, Marketing ’13

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SOUTHERN PEDIATRIC THERAPY FOUNDED 2018

HERNANDO, MS

Our team is committed and passionate about serving the whole family as we strive to make a lifelong impact on your child’s life. We provide services for infants, children and teens with a variety of diagnoses and developmental challenges. J E N N I F E R PAC I L E O

Master of Science Occupational Therapy ’13

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STIK-PAK SOLUTIONS FOUNDED 2013

R O C K Y M O U N T, VA

Stik-Pak Solutions, Inc. is a contract packager of powdered food products based in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Stik-Pak Solutions can provide you with the expertise to take your dry product from concept to reality. LIZ MOORE MARSHALL

Design Communications ’10 + MBA ’ 14

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STUDIO BANK FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

Studio Bank is a boutique bank founded and located in our hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. We provide organizations, families and individuals with sophisticated financial services. HARRY ALLEN

Management ’04 + MBA ’10

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THREE ONE THREE FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

Coworking office space. Thoughtfully designed. Built for collaboration. Our conference rooms, phone booths, communal spaces and offices are set up for you to create, launch or grow as a business or professional. BRENNON MOBLEY

Entrepreneurship ’15

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VINYL ME, PLEASE FOUNDED 2012

DENVER, CO

Our mission is help people explore, experience and enjoy music on a deeper level. A tall order, maybe, but it’s what gets us out of bed every morning with a thunderous shout. We do that both by sending you great music every month and by making sure you have a ton of fun each step of the way. M AT T F I E D L E R

Entrepreneurship + Music Business ’11

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VIXIL GROUP FOUNDED 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Vixil Group is a boutique agency that helps small and medium business grow their online presence through SEO, improving local search results and social media engagement. We also specialize in eCommerce and general business consulting. D AV I D V I G I L

Business Administration + Management ’09

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ENTREPRENEURSIN-RESIDENCE The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program provides a unique opportunity for students to be coached by a seasoned entrepreneur. EIRs offer dedicated office hours to give one-on-one advising to student entrepreneurs and to help support our other programs for entrepreneurs. Any student looking for business advice can meet with the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.

Current Entrepreneurs-in-Residence:

MEREDITH MAZIE MUSIC BUSINESS 2010 FOUNDER OF ABEDNEGO BOUTIQUE

M AT T F I E D L E R E N T R E P R E N E U R S H I P, M U S I C B U S I N E S S 2 0 1 1 FOUNDER OF VINYL ME, PLEASE

R YA N R E I S D O R F NURSING 2019 F O U N D E R O F P L A C E M AT

Thank you to our 2021–2022 Alumni Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for supporting and guiding our student entrepreneurs!

If you’re interested in guiding our students through their entrepreneurial journey, please email Elizabeth.Gortmaker@Belmont.edu to learn more about our EIR opportunities. 101


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C o n e x i ó n A m e r i c a s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 5 C u m b e r l a n d C a p i t a l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 6 D a y b r e a k A r t s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 7 D e l i g h t M i n i s t r i e s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 8 N o n p r o f i t E q u i t y C o l l a b o r a t i v e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 9 R E B O O T R e c o v e r y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 0 S n e l l V e n t u r e s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 1 T h e H o n e s t C o n s u m e r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 2 W a t e r S t e p . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 3

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BEAUTIFUL FEET GLOBAL OUTREACH FOUNDED 2010

FRANKLIN, TN

To minister the love and hope of Christ into the hearts of orphans worldwide by providing basic needs and creating educational platforms from which opportunities abound. MELISSA IRWIN

Business Administration ’97

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CONEXIÓN AMERICAS FOUNDED 2002

NASHVILLE, TN

Our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. JOSE GONZALEZ

MBA ’01

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CUMBERLAND CAPITAL PARTNERS FOUNDED 2017

COOKEVILLE, TN

The mission of Cumberland Capital Partners is to advance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for lower-income individuals and communities through affordable financing unavailable in the conventional market. J I M D A R T E R + J O N AT H A N M C N A B B

Accounting, Global Business Development ’13 + MBA ’14

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DAYBREAK ARTS FOUNDED 2014

NASHVILLE, TN

Daybreak Arts equips adults impacted by housing insecurity with the artistic resources, training and marketplace to gain financial independence and overcome barriers to employment by leveraging their creative talent to earn meaningful and legal income. N I C O L E B R A N D T M I N YA R D

Religion and the Arts ’14

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DELIGHT MINISTRIES FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

We here at Delight are big believers in stories. Stories that move and inspire, take our breath away, stop us in our tracks and change us forever. Delight was created as a platform for college women to not only share their stories, but also as a place to allow God to write stories more beautiful than we could ever even fathom. MACKENZIE BAKER + MACKENZIE WILSON

Public Relations ’15

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NONPROFIT EQUITY COLLABORATIVE FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

The Nonprofit Equity Collaborative works with nonprofit leaders of color to strengthen their capacity for success, increase funding access and opportunities and support an organization’s sustainability and growth. KIA JARMON

Music Business ’06

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REBOOT RECOVERY FOUNDED 2011

P L E A S A N T V I E W, T N

Through Reboot Combat Recovery, combat veterans and their families are winning the fight against combat trauma. Our faith-based trauma healing course is designed to address the spiritual and moral wounds of war. At Reboot locations across the country, military families are healing, divorce rates are dropping, medication abuse is decreasing and suicide numbers are being reduced. E VA N O W E N S + J E N N Y O W E N S

Musical Performance ’05 + Occupational Therapy ’05

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SNELL VENTURES FOUNDED 2018

NASHVILLE, TN

Snell Ventures is a ministry-based family holding company that takes a new look at the social mission behind for-profit enterprises. Our mission is simple: Steward our assets to generate returns so we can see the world made better. GARRISON SNELL

Music Business ’15

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THE HONEST CONSUMER FOUNDED 2016

S E AT T L E , WA

The Honest Consumer shares the stories of social enterprises, spreads the word about ethically made goods and empowers consumers. E M I LY W A D D E L L

Social Entrepreneurship ’17

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WATERSTEP FOUNDED 1995

LOUISVILLE, KY

WaterStep responds to critical needs for safe water by evaluating and implementing solutions and teaching people to use those tools. WaterStep saves lives with safe water by empowering communities to take care of their own long-term water needs. We believe that the best solutions to water problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training. MARK HOGG

Management ’85

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TECH

A C U M E N T E C H N O L O G Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 6 A R R I V A L I S T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 7 B A R P AY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 8 E V A M O R E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 9 S O U N D S T R I P E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 0 W I T H T H E B A N D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 1 X O I T E C H N O L O G I E S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 W A T E R S H E D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3

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ACUMEN TECHNOLOGY FOUNDED 2016

NASHVILLE, TN

An engineering-driven company founded on the principles of a highly respected IT services provider, Acumen Technology aims to deliver the highest level of technology support with a team of IT professionals possessing years of vertical-specific knowledge, relationships with industry-leading vendors and a broad range of managed services. KEITH MAUNE

Juris Doctor ’17

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ARRIVALIST FOUNDED 2012

N E W Y O R K C I T Y, N Y + S A N F R A N C I S C O , C A

Arrivalist is a Location-Change Attribution Analytics platform that measures the way media moves us. The company’s patent-pending technology is used by Destination Marketers across the country. The company analyzes big data to evaluate which media exposures motivate consumers to travel to new destinations, yielding powerful new insights as to how—in aggregate—media displays influence travel behaviors. C R E E L AW S O N

English ’95

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BARPAY FOUNDED 2015

M A N H AT TA N B E A C H , C A

We believe that by solving an age old problem, we can change the way people experience a night out with friends. Barpay solves the problem and gives the time back to the people. D A N I E L WA G N E R

Music Production ’09

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EVAMORE FOUNDED 2015

NASHVILLE, TN

EVAmore automates the process of booking live entertainment for private events by connecting event planners and musicians together. CHANNING MORELAND + MAKENZIE STOKEL

Entrepreneurship ’15 + Songwriting ’16

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SOUNDSTRIPE FOUNDED 2016

NASHVILLE, TN

Our mission is Keep Creatives Creating. We do that by providing video content creators access to our growing collection of royalty free music at an unbeatable price. Membership unlocks unlimited licenses for every song in our carefully curated music library. TREVOR HINSLEY

Computer Science, AET ’12

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WATERSHED FOUNDED 2015

FRANKLIN, TN

Watershed is dedicated to changing the world of learning by helping corporate L&D departments get more from their initiatives. D AV I D E L L S

Computer Science ’06

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WITH THE BAND FOUNDED 2017

NASHVILLE, TN

With the Band is a mobile app designed to bring a whole new level expereince to dedicated music fans. By enabling music fans to create and participate in fan projects and fan meet-ups, With the Band is helping fans find their significance and purpose within their fan communities. SARAH BETH PERRY

Entrepreneurship, Music Business ’19

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XOI TECHNOLOGIES FOUNDED 2013

NASHVILLE, TN

XOi makes every tech your best tech. Document job sites, access equipment and training materials and even virtually collaborate with a more experienced technician easily and with any mobile device. AARON SALOW

MBA ’12

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T H E S E B U S I N E S S E S A R E S O M E O F T H E YO U N G E S T O N O U R L I S T : A L L H AV E B E E N S TA R T E D I N T H E L A S T T H R E E Y E A R S . T H E S E U P - A N D - C O M I N G B U S I N E S S E S C O M E F R O M A VA R I E T Y OF INDUSTRIES AND THEY ALL ARE HEADED SOMEWHERE BIG.

RISIN A R T I S T O R I C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 6 B A R B E E S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 7 B E T T E R S O N G S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 8 B I Z I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 9 G L A S S F O O D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 0 R E C E S S P I C K L E B A L L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 1 R E D R O S E H Y P E S H O P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 2 R V P O T T E R Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 3 S Y N E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 4 Z E N S T O P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 5

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ARTISTORIC FOUNDED 2021

MIAMI, FL

Artistoric Curations serve to enhance that very function: periodic online exhibitions of varying scale allow us to place complimentary objects side by side in a larger context and expose themes and arguments about the past through their relationship to one another. BAILEY TICHENOR

Art History ’16

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BARBEES FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

BarBees Bartending specializes in cocktail classes and customized cocktail experiences. Our mixology coaches are trained in the art of cocktails and people—the perfect pairing. W I L L O W S P R A G U E + J E S S I C A B L A K E LY

International Business ’18, Economics + Political Science ’19

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BETTER SONGS FOUNDED 2021

NASHVILLE, TN

Grammy Award Winner Jordan Reynolds reveals the proven methods to dive deeper into your music and write better songs. J O R DA N R E Y N O L DS

Commercial Music ’11

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BIZI FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

Bizi’s Vitamin Honey infuses raw Tennessee honey with select certified vitamins in order to create a healthier, tastier and more convenient way to take your vitamins. Many traditional pills include extra additives and fillers that can upset your digestive tract. Unlike the traditional pills and gummies Vitamin Honey has minimal ingredients and brings a sweeter way to get your daily dose. JA M E S R I C H A R D, E T H A N A K DA M A R

Entrepreneurship ’20

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GLASS FOOD FOUNDED 2021

MIAMI, FL

Glass Food is a package-free grocery store with a goal of bridging the gap of accessibility and affordability to package-free foods. T AY L O R B E C K

Entrepreneurship ’20

130


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RECESS PICKLEBALL FOUNDED 2021

AUSTIN, TX

Recess is a lifestyle pickleball brand that encourages all types and levels of play. Grab a friend, grab a drink, grab a paddle. Let’s play! GRACE MOORE

Social ETP ’16

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RED ROSE HYPE SHOP FOUNDED 2019

NASHVILLE, TN

Red Rose Hype Shop is the premier destination where streetwear and high-end fashion meet to bring customers the widest and rarest selection of sought after clothing items in Nashville, Tennessee. We aim to provide sanctuary for the Nashville streetwear community by allowing people to actually see and touch their grails before deciding to purchase them. JENNY UKAJ

Entrepreneurship ’19

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RVPOTTERY FOUNDED 2015

DICKSON, TN

When potter Rachel V. Whisler founded RVPottery in 2015, she had one mission in mind: to create handmade dinnerware that is not only beautiful to look at, but is designed to be used day after day. Today, we pursue that mission more than ever. Whether in your kitchen at home or on the table at your favorite restaurant, our pottery is made to serve as the backdrop for meals and memories for years to come. RACHEL WHISLER + BEN WHISLER

Studio Art (Ceramics) ’16 + Music Business ’15

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SYNE FOUNDED 2020

NASHVILLE, TN

Changing the way we listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks. A companion display to your streaming audio services that brings artwork and metadata into your home in a big and beautiful way. GORDON DROITCOUR + ERIK ANDERSON

Audio Engineering ’10 + Music Business ’09

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ZENSTOP FOUNDED 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA

Our mission is to create a realistic opportunity for everyone to fit in their meditation practice on any given day. We aim to drive the future of work & life culture to ensure it includes the most valuable tool we have access in our digital age: meditation. K E N D A L L WA R R E N

Entrepreneurship, Journalism ’17

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THE CAMPUSBASED BUSINESS PROGRAM

provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to create and run a variety of retail businesses on campus. These opportunities offer experiential learning opportunities for students who do not have a business of their own. Approximately 3,400 square feet of prime retail space has been set aside by Belmont University for students to use to develop retail or service businesses.

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 WHERE THE WELL THINGS ARE E S TA B L I S H E D 2 0 2 1

Focusing on wellness for your mind, body and soul, Where the Well Things Are is Nashville’s one-stop-shop for wellness. Whether you’re looking for healthy snacks, fitness gear or ecofriendly products, Well Things has everything you need to stay healthy and mindful!

HOUSE OF E S TA B L I S H E D 2 0 1 6

House Of is a Belmont University studentrun retail concept that provides the Nashville community with a curated group of local designers and brands. Our one-of-a kind shopping experience includes in-store events, trunk shows and networking opportunities featuring creative talent from the area. 137


INDEX

ABEDNEGO, 44

Consider The Wldflwrs, 46

Hanlen, Drew, 93

Abenity, 82

Cooper, Ben, 83

Harpeth Painting, 88

Acrophase Records, 24

Crowell, Logan, 14

Harshey, Kristin Sweeting, 15

Acumen Technology, 116

Culture + Co, 56

Heldreth, Bryan, 89

Akdamar, Ethan, 129

Cumberland Capital, 106

Hensley, Jenna Wolf, 41

Allen, Harry, 97

Darr, Dave, 78

Hinsley, Trevor, 120

Amplify, 83

Darter, Jim, 106

Hobbs, Will, 58

Anderson, Erik, 34, 134

Daybreak Arts, 107

Hogg, Mark, 113

Anderson, Erin, 27

Delight Ministries, 108

Arrivalist, 117

Doug the Pug, 25

HOME—Helping Our Music Evolve, 14

Artistoric, 126

Droitcour, Gordon, 34, 134

Hoop House, 74

Atkinson, Lauren, 16

EAMOTION, 34

Horvath, Matthew, 19

Aubree P. Boutique, 45

Eggebrecht, Emily, 46

InnerG Juice & Yoga, 57

Baba & Pop’s, 54

Ells, David, 121

Irwin, Melissa, 104

Baked on 8th, 55

EVAMore, 119

JACKCRETE, 89

Baker, Mackenzie, 108

Farkas, Bennett, 86

James, Emily, 49

BarBees, 127

Feeman, Jimmy, 59

Jarmon, Kia, 109

Barpay, 118

Feeman, Megan, 59

Judy, Ashton, 56

Beautiful Feet Global Outreach, Inc., 104

Fiedler, Matt, 99

K. McCarthy, 48

Fort Houston, 35

King, Tyler, 66

Beck, Taylor, 130

Freeform Made, 73

Knott, Luci Armitstead, 38

Better Songs, 128

Garrison Snell, 111

Kolacho, 58

Bizi, 129

Gatchel, Adam, 77

Kristin Sweeting Photography, 15

Blakely, Jessica, 127

Gatchel, Jamie Holmes, 77

Kuyper, Maggie, 88

Boosey Wilson Group, 84

GetFit615, 36

Kuyper, Matt, 88

Buckner, Clark, 94

Glass Food, 130

Lady James Atelier, 49

Burnett, Neilah, 57

Glen & Effie, 47

Lawson, Cree, 117

Carmean, Leah, 55

Golden Spiral Creative, 86

Little, Mysti Meese, 37

Case, Travis, 64

Gonzalez, Jose, 105

LMA Designs, 16

Cheuvront, Matt, 92

Gregory Dental Group, 87

Made in Network, 26

Chop, 85

Gregory, Derrick, 87

Maher, Holley, 21

Codeword Hats, 72

Griffith, Brooke, 47

Margot + Co, 17

Collins, Amy, 63

Groner, Margot, 17

Marshall, Liz Moore, 96

Collins, Lauren, 63

Grosch, Kevin, 26

Maune, Keith, 116

Conexión Americas, 105

Hall, Jami-Lyn Fehr, 50

Mayker Creative, 18

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Mazie, Meredith, 44

Ranger Station, 75

The Escape Game, 40

McLure, Cassie, 51

REBOOT Recovery, 110

The Honest Consumer, 112

McNabb, Jonathan, 106

Recess Pickleball, 131

The Lotus Room, 41

Meade, Liz, 29

Red Rose Hype Shop, 132

The Southern Influence, 20

Meliora Movement, 37

Reed, Emanuel, 65

Thomas, Jena, 91

Minyard, Nicole Brandt, 107

Reisdorf, Ryan, 60

Thomas, Taylor, 76

Mobley, Brennon, 98

Relationary Marketing, 94

Three One Three, 98

Modiste, 50

Resolana Farms, 39

Threebrand Media, 29

Montgomery, Nate, 72

Reynolds, Jordan, 128

Tichenor, Bailey, 126

Moore, Grace, 131

Richard, James, 129

Townsend, Matt, 73

Moore, Kate, 36

Roland, Brian, 82

Twelve Titans Music, 30

Moreland, Channing, 119

Rolled4Ever Ice Cream, 62

Ukaj, Jenny, 132

Mosier, Leslie, 25

RoRo’s Baking Company, 63

Vigil, David, 100

Murrell, Jonathan, 40

RVPottery, 133

Vinyl Me, Please, 99

Nashville Smile Bar, 90

Salow, Aaron, 123

Violette, Amy, 139

No Baked Cookie Dough, 59

Samplize, Corp., 76

Vixil Group, 100

Nonprofit Equity Collaborative, 109

Schemmel, Ryan, 35

Waddell, Emily, 112

Olfers, Arielle, 20

Seay, George, 24

Wagner, Daniel, 118

Olfers, Chris, 20

Segovia, Bariangela, 62

Walker Brothers Kombucha, 67

Olivia Management, 27

Sideline Bar & Grill, 64

Walker, Sam, 67

Owens, Evan, 110

Slim & Huskys, 65

Walrus Oil, 78

Owens, Jenny, 110

Smith, Peter, 86

Warren, Kendall, 28, 135

Pacileo, Jennifer, 95

Smith, Tana, 74

Watkins, Jen, 90

Pack Films, 19

Snell, Garrison, 111

Weber, Kathleen Goff, 48

Parthenon PR, 91

Soderholm, Steve, 75

Whisler, Ben, 133

Perry, Sarah Beth, 122

Soundstripe, 120

Whisler, Rachel, 133

Pettersson, JonEric, 85

Southern Lights Electric, 77

Williams, Wendi Cothran, 30

Pine + Sapling, 51

Southern Pediatric Therapy, 95

Wilson, MacKenzie, 108

Placemat, 60

Sprague, Willow, 127

Wilson, Matthew, 84

Plaid Flag Music, 28

Stik-Pak Solutions, 96

Worley, Sarah, 68

Proby, Megan, 18

Stithem, Byron, 61

Project 2231, 38

Stokel, Makenzie, 119

XOi, 123 Yurek, Katherine, 54

PROOF Branding, 92

Studio Bank, 97

Proper Saké, 61

Syne, 134

Pure Sweat Basketball, 93

Tastify, 66 139


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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP 100 ALUMNI! B E L M O N T E T P. C O M

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