WBC Success Stories

Building Business Relationships Series: Successful Businesses Have Mentors

Taneka Cole credits her mentor’s motivation and advice with opening the doors to her body-positive bridal shop.  Research from the Small Business Administration proves a link between mentoring and small business success. This week, in our third installment of our series on building business relationships, we turn to Taneka’s mentorship story.   Taneka Cole wanted

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Success Story: Taneka Cole, owner of Eleven Bridal

Embark Cohort graduate and pitch competition winner cuts ribbon on business storefront   Congratulations to Taneka Cole, a member of the Pathway WBC community who recently celebrated the grand opening of her business, Eleven Bridal. Because of Taneka, women of all sizes in Nashville can enjoy their big day with the perfect dress. Eleven Bridal

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WBC Success Story: Stellenberg Imports

Family-run import business brings South African vinegar to Nashville While Michelle and Mark Jones have made a home in Nashville, they craved a connection to Mark’s hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. With the growth and momentum around Nashville, they saw the opportunity to introduce unique, quality products from the Western Cape to the American market

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Success Story: Southern Lights Electric

Makers transform profitable hobby into sustainable business with help of mentor team Almost by accident, Adam and Jamie Gatchel became business owners. When he wasn’t on the road as a touring musician, Adam was making lamps as a creative outlet, and soon their home was filled with custom designs. They decided to try selling their

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Success Story: Christiana Afotey, owner of Threads by Dreads

First generation American shares Ghanaian heritage through bold fashion for the socially conscious As the youngest of four children in an immigrant family, Christiana Afotey fell in love with the rich Ghanaian culture and native language of her parents. “I wanted my own scarves and couldn’t find anything I really loved in the store, so

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Pathway WBC Success Story: Meredith Watson

Pathway WBC graduate opens doors of The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music Meredith Watson came to Pathway WBC with the idea for a powerful community education center that would preserve the heritage of traditional country music for generations to come. Through the Discover Cohort and some one-on-one counseling, she honed her plans, explored the

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5 Pathway WBC Entrepreneurs Share Their Experience & Their Advice

What Nashville entrepreneurs learned at Pathway WBC  Since launching our cohort model earlier this year, Pathway WBC has graduated more than 20 local entrepreneurs from all industries and stages of business. As we gear up for our final flights of our Discover and Embark Cohorts this fall, we invited five of our most recent Embark

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Pathway WBC Success Story: Hollie Poole

Meet the entrepreneur behind skincare startup “Verum Essentials” Hollie Poole looks every inch the rock star with her spiked hair and black leather jacket. Three years ago she found a stronger calling – biology. Health issues led Hollie to start exercising, meditating, and paying attention to what she ate and put on her skin. So she

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Pathway WBC Success Story: Angela Evans

Meet the entrepreneur behind Overbrook Medical Legal Consultants After twenty years as a Registered Nurse, with the last six as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Angela Evans was ready to make a bigger impact in her community. By merging her love of investigating with her expert knowledge of medicine, Evans set out to become “the Nancy

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