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Entrepreneurs embody Nashville’s dynamism and are being honored in NEXT Awards | Opinion

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 10/14/2021 Sherry Deutschmann and Mark Deutschmann
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The secret is out: Nashville is nothing short of magnetic as an entrepreneurial and creative center.

While the region’s star has certainly been on the rise in recent years, Music City has long attracted doers and dreamers looking to build something new — together.

From our unmatched music industry to healthcare leadership, pioneering development climate to world-class artistry, Nashville continues to seize the nation’s attention with its multidimensional, innovative excellence.

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As entrepreneurs and chairs of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s 2021 NEXT Awards, we have together and individually spent decades building our own businesses and championing others on similar, yet distinct, journeys.

We come from vastly different professional backgrounds – from health care billing and women’s business leadership to urban real estate sales and development. Yet as founders, owners and now advocates for the next generation of entrepreneurs, we share so much.

Mark Deutschmann, Sherry Deutschmann are posing for a picture: Mark and Sherry Deutschmann © Submitted Mark and Sherry Deutschmann

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It’s a distinct brand of dynamism that makes Nashville, and particularly its entrepreneurial and creative communities, so singular.

Whether we are working together toward a shared vision, buoying one another in challenging times or relishing the rising tides of shared economic prosperity, Nashville entrepreneurs know our secret to success: We are simply better together.

After all, among company this good, why would you go it alone?

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To our fellow starters, builders, risk takers and path makers: we encourage you to join us at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, if you have not already.

Here, entrepreneurs find freedom to explore possibilities and riff on new solutions, along with the support they need to tackle challenges. The spirit of creative collaboration here is palpable – and it’s a game-changer for our members.

We are privileged to host this year’s NEXT Awards, recognizing entrepreneurs on their way to becoming the city’s next generation of business leaders. These creative leaders — and their collective, relentless pursuit of their visions -- have helped make Nashville the luminous business center it is today.

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Sherry Deutschmann sold her company Letter Logic, Inc., in 2016 and wrote the book "Lunch with Lucy: Maximize Profits by Investing in Your People." She founded BrainTrust to help women entrepreneurs grow their business to $1 million in annual revenue.

Mark Deutschmann sold his company Village Real Estate in 2019 and wrote the book "One Mile Radius."  He founded Village in 1996, Core Development in 2003, and The CityLiving Group in 2005. He now serves as Chair Emeritus of Village. 

The 2021 NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame is on October 25. Visit this link for tickets: https://www.ec.co/next-awards/

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Entrepreneurs embody Nashville’s dynamism and are being honored in NEXT Awards | Opinion

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