2017 Toast to Success Award Winners

Pathway WBC recognize successful female entrepreneurs

Our annual “Toast to Success: Celebrating Women in Business” awards recognize a handful of individuals who have had a major impact on the center over the past year. Ready to find out who won? At the Pathway Lending Annual Open House, Pathway Lending and Pathway WBC staff announced this year’s winners.  We’re grateful for all these leaders have done to help advance our mission of helping entrepreneurs succeed.

2017 Toast to Success award winners:

Pathway Partnership Award

Pathway Partnership Award: MDHA

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

As a supporter of the WBC since the doors opened in 2015, Nashville MDHA has offered guidance and funding to help Pathway WBC reach both aspiring and established entrepreneurs with technical education to run successful businesses. Without the guidance of MDHA, Pathway WBC would not be where we are today!



New Business of the Year (two recipients)

New Business of the Year: KNS SolutionsKenya Nelson Stevens, KNS Solutions

The team at Pathway WBC and Pathway Lending has worked with Kenya Nelson Stevens for nearly two years. During this time, she’s been both a student and a mentor to other hopeful entrepreneurs. In fact, Kenya’s company, KNS Solutions, is now a paid service provider to several Pathway Lending clients, and we wish her all the continued success.




New Business of the Year: Nashville School of Traditional Country MusicMeredith Watson, The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music

Meredith Watson came to Pathway with the idea for a powerful community education center that would preserve the heritage of traditional country music for generations to come. With a lot of hard work, homework and support from her classmates, the doors of The Nashville School of Traditional Country Music are officially open for business. Meredith is a graduate of our Discover Cohort and has been featured as a success story on our blog.




Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the YEar: Terry HumphreyTerry Humphrey of Terry Humphrey LLC

Without volunteers, it would be impossible to help the number of entrepreneurs that come through our doors every year. We’re thrilled to recognize executive leadership coach and organizational consultant Terry Humphrey, founder of Terry Humphrey LLC, as our 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Terry has been tireless in helping us broaden our impacts and adjust our curriculum, and we’re proud to have her as one of the many faces of our organization in the Nashville community.




Dynamic Duos of the Year (two recipients)

Dynamic Duo: MixtrozKerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz

Our first 2017 Dynamic Duo has spoken at our events and conferences, are serving as mentors for new business owners, and continuously bring incredible energy to the center, both in person and on social media. We’re thrilled to count Mixtroz founders Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons among our biggest advocates.




Dynamic Duo: Sprocket Therapy SolutionsBarbara Talbert and Natalie Udwin, founders of Sprocket Therapy Solutions

Our second Dynamic Duo awardees are not only Pathway Cohort members, but they’re also incredibly good sports. Occupational therapists, entrepreneurs, and owners of Sprocket Therapy Solutions, Barbara Talbert and Natalie Udwin, let Pathway film and photograph them, their staff, and their patients for our Big Payback video, our annual report, and an ad in the East Nashvillian. Their candor and determination make them incredible proponents for the WBC, and their success is an inspiration to other Pathway Lending clients.



Inspiration Award

Inspiration Award winner: Norma PazNorma Paz, owner of Las Paletas

The Pathway WBC Inspiration Award is given to a specific individual who has shared their stories of truth, struggle and success to inspire our clients, our team, and our community of aspiring entrepreneurs.  A Pathway Lending client for many years, Norma Paz, owner of Las Paletas, is perhaps our biggest champion. Norma was featured in our 2017 video series, on the cover of the WBC Annual Report, and she also shared her story with a crowd at a Power Surge event. We’re honored to recognize Norma Paz with our 2017 Inspiration Award, and hope everyone will congratulate her in person at Las Paletas in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood.



This past year has been an important one for the center – we launched the new Pathway Cohorts, hosted more events than ever before, welcomed big name speakers, and grew several partnerships with some incredible organizations.

As the end of the 2017 nears, we want to thank every single person who makes our work possible. Happy Holidays and get ready for big things for small business in 2018!

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