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Lunch, Learn & Grow: Green Hills
We follow a pretty simple format! We start with open networking and order lunch. Then everyone gets a 60 second "elevator pitch" to educate the group on what they do, what sets them apart, and what kinds of customers they are looking for. Then we have a 10 minute spotlight on a consistent member, a chance for us to ask them questions about their industry, their business and themselves. After that, it's more open networking and back to work! About the Organizers Laura Pinell ( is the owner of The Small Business Assistants (, a startup with the mission to help small businesses grow and flourish by providing them with a professional outlet for their business assistance needs. "As a new business owner, I understand the hardships of owning a startup and running a business. I am here to help people achieve their dreams, whether it be passion or independence." Josiah Graves ( is an independent insurance agent with US Health Advisors (, a trusted health insurance agency in the community with the goal to protect their customers from financial hardship with quality healthcare consulting and long term care. "A small business owner for over a decade, I am extremely avid and passionate about the small business community. I love meeting new people, networking, and especially helping people. I always tell people, I don't want to sell you something, I want to help you!" Matthew Hansen ( is an independent real estate agent with Benchmark Realty ( "Although I was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA, I and my family now reside in Nashville, and I call Tennessee home. Experiencing the process of becoming a first time home buyer in 2011, I felt the desire to help others achieve their own American dream. This prompted me to acquire my real estate license and start on my journey of helping others achieve that dream! I look forward to helping clients in real estate by paying close attention to their individual wants and needs in the home buying process." About the Location: The Food Company ( Greenhouse Bar Housemade soups, specialty sandwiches, & fresh salads for lunch until 4:00, and prepared healthy take home options from our case until 6:00 pm. The Greenhouse Bar provides a unique environment to socialize and is naturally warm on chilly days. Friends and Yelp provide the reviews that we go by to find awesome food. Check The Food Company out on Yelp. (

The Food Company

2211 BANDYWOOD Dr · Nashville

What we're about

Greater Nashville Networking Group is an educational networking group for small businesses by small businesses. We focus on the connection and education rather than impression and "business card pushing". We welcome everyone and especially encourage brick and mortars, startups and micro-businesses to join us. There are a few industries that have restrictions on how often they can come - specifically direct marketing companies, real estate agents, insurance agents and financial advisors (please see details below before leaving).

For specific details about our events you must join our newsletter ( It will provide you with specific information on who our speakers are, what discussions we are having and where you can find resources for your small business.

GNNG events feature:

• Two Open Networking Sessions - 15 minute segments where you can get to know the people around you and schedule your one-on-one time with another participant or socialize

• One Roundtable Introductions Session - up to 30 minutes where participants can introduce themselves, their businesses and make any announcements they'd like everyone to hear in under 1 minute.

• One Education Session - this is where the educational speakers, Q&As and discussions occur for the benefit of new networkers and small businesses alike.

• Q&A Sessions - where participants get to ask questions to an other business about their industry, business or expertise

• Educational Speakers - where participants get to listen in a free mini seminar provided by a special guest speaker

• Discussion Sessions - where a pre-chosen topic is discussed by all in attendance, in a guidance by the host of the discussion

Other Perks:

• Highly Rated Restaurants that have been previewed and pre-tasted by the hosts to verify their yummability

• GNNG Weekly Newsletter ( that provides you with the specific details of each week's meetup such as who is speaking, what we will be discussing and where you can find resources for your small business.

Who can come? (Restrictions may apply.)

Again everyone is welcome! We're highly encourage small businesses to come because that is who we focus our educational sessions on. So if you are a brick-and-mortar, startup, new independent agent, home-based business or micro-business, please come!

Restricted companies include mature direct marketing companies, financial advisors, insurance agencies, and real estate agents.

Restriction rules: If you are in one of the restricted industries, you are welcome to come at most once per month (unless you are a sponsor). We do take attendance for the purpose of keeping this request in check.

If you are unsure whether you should come - come once and ask one of the organizers. We don't bite and we're happy to answer any questions you have.

For more information about our meetup, please visit the FAQ page (

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