Nissan Announces Senior Leadership Appointments in Americas — FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

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Nissan Americas today announced senior leadership changes intended to foster further integration of its quality and manufacturing activities across the region and enhance the application of market and consumer intelligence in its business processes. The following appointments are effective immediately:

via Nissan Announces Senior Leadership Appointments in Americas — FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —.

Congratulations to each of these leaders as they embark upon their new roles with Nissan!


Franklin wine bar uncorks trendy self-serve model | | The Tennessean

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At JJ’s Wine Bar, it takes swipe cards, not corkscrews, to get the pinot noirs and chardonnays pouring and electronic wine dispensers, not carafes, to fill the glasses.

Meet the sleek, spruced-up, updated model of the traditional wine bar.

Operating out of a retrofitted former antiques store in a house at the corner of Second Avenue and Main Street, JJ’s Wine Bar owners have brought the self-serve wine bar model to Franklin after it has flourished for years in Florida and California.

via Franklin wine bar uncorks trendy self-serve model | | The Tennessean.

Experts: State must turn page on industrial base | The Indianapolis Star |

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Philip Gramelspacher let go of 28 employees as the economy soured, a quarter of his 110 workers at the Jasper Desk Co. He has no plans to recall them anytime soon.

“You hate to lay off people,” said Gramelspacher, general manager of the office furniture maker in Jasper. “But business will have to come back before we start adding people to the payroll.”

What’s going on at one of the nation’s oldest furniture makers explains why more than 100,000 factory workers are still idle and the jobless rate remains near 10 percent in Indiana two years after the recession ended.

“I’m not sure anything is ever going to bring those (manufacturing) jobs back,” said economist Ken Goldstein of the Conference Board, a New York research group funded by large corporations.

via Experts: State must turn page on industrial base | The Indianapolis Star |

I found this article to be a realistic appraisal of where we need to be thinking with respect to job growth; Exports, trade balance and Entrepreneurism.  It gives realistic alternatives to the article posted in the Nashville Tennessean on Sunday January 9.

We need to create new jobs-not recycle old ones.

Grow, Change, Learn or Die-there is no alternative…

Jobs are at top end of skills spectrum | The Tennessean | Comparing Apples and Oranges

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Robin Kitchell and Jennifer Thomas work with staffing companies that cater to Middle Tennessee. Both saw the Great Recession take its toll on employers and employees.

But if you ask them which way the economy is headed, you’re likely to get two very different answers.

Kitchell works for a nonprofit called Workforce Essentials, which partners with the state to help out-of-work residents find jobs. Skills training, career coaching and resume critiques are also offered — and all for free. For four years, Kitchell has managed the Williamson County Career Center and said that even here, in the state’s wealthiest county, and even today, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee, hundreds of people each month come through the door looking for a job.

“I think it’s more rampant in Williamson County than people like to think,” Kitchell said of joblessness.

Thomas, meanwhile, is the marketing director for Vaco, a Nashville-based office that caters to larger companies in search of executives and technology-savvy workers. Vaco was founded eight years ago and today has more than 25 offices across the U.S.

“It’s the strongest market,” Thomas said of Middle Tennessee. “We’ve got more job orders in Nashville than any other office.”

via Jobs are at top end of skills spectrum | | The Tennessean.

If you don’t understand the difference between the staffing world and the workforce development world then this article will only leave you confused.

Workforce Essentials, like many other workforce groups in Tennessee, works with more entry to mid-level roles and they also work more with industries that have been impacted by the recession.  Vaco is a private, for profit enterprise, that focuses predominantly on the financial and IT world.  Their mission is to make money (isn’t that the mission of all for profit business?), so they will adjust their business model to work with individuals and firms that have the greatest demand.  If you don’t know the difference you might think that they are competitors.  They are far from that and this article is written in such a way that the difference of their missions is not clearly explained.

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance is a sister to Workforce Essentials, but  they serve a different geographic region.  They have handled many similar issues to Workforce Essentials, but their area has been hit MUCH harder than the regions listed in this article, especially Williamson County.  Many counties in SCTWA are in the top 5 highest unemployment areas in our state.

The bottom line is this-both representatives are correct in their statements, but they are not referring to the same thing.  Vaco is working with high-growth areas such as IT while Workforce Essentials has a much broader mission and audience including many that have been impacted at a much higher rate when it comes to unemployment.

One other point that the article makes that I strongly disagree with.  A comment is made that college degrees don’t make a difference in today’s job market.  This is a ridiculous statement and should be totally disregarded.  The vast majority of new, higher paying,  jobs will rely on applicants having post-secondary education.  That does not always mean they need a 4-year degree, but it does mean that education cannot ever stop after high school.

Thanks to both of them for the work that they do.

Office space dwindles in Cool Springs | | The Tennessean

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Two new Cool Springs office construction projects are bringing back the concept of building “on spec” but with a new, recession-era twist.

Developers Pat Emery and Boyle Investment Co. are planning separate projects that will mean adding at least 300,000 square feet in office space, but only if tenants can be found first.

Rather than launch new projects in the hopes of landing majority tenants to one day fill the office space as in traditional buildings built based on speculation, both companies will try to line up their plans and get city approval and then wait for the tenants.

via Office space dwindles in Cool Springs | | The Tennessean.


Best wishes to Pat Emery and Spectrum in their new ventures.

Opening Franklin restaurant is sweet move for baker | | The Tennessean

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While working at a Maury County hospital, Karen Norton found that everyone seemed to enjoy the homemade goodies she brought to work.

She loves to cook, and for years sold jams, pickles and butters as part of the Norton Family Farm’s offering of vegetables and produce.

Then, several years ago, a pharmaceutical rep who frequented the hospital told Norton that if she quit her job and went into catering, he would hire her for all his luncheons and events.

via Opening Franklin restaurant is sweet move for baker | | The Tennessean.


I wish this business well, but I am wondering if another bakery is what we need in downtown Franklin.

That is what makes small business great.  The barriers to entry are not so great that someone cannot follow their dream.


Best wishes!

2010 in review for Williamson Business Connection

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 67 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 72 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 3rd with 41 views. The most popular post that day was Mother Nature trumps our best laid plans-Flooding in Williamson County and Franklin, TN.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jackson national life franklin tn, jackson national franklin tn, franklin tn flooding, john schroer, and jackson national life franklin, tn.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Mother Nature trumps our best laid plans-Flooding in Williamson County and Franklin, TN May 2010


Jackson National Life comes to Franklin, TN-The story in pictures May 2010
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Nissan sales rose again in April – Nashville Business Journal: May 2010
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Jackson National Announces Expansion – May 2010


Moonshine Hill Inn property awaits next dreamer | The Tennessean June 2010

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