Green Business Academy in Nashville Sings Praises for Green Jobs

Authors: Khary Dvorak-Ewell

Music City is turning Green.

Nashville is known as the country music capitol of the world, but it’s also quickly becoming one of the greenest.

Last year Nashville ranked 11th among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas for job growth in green industries, according to the nonprofit Brookings Institution.

So it makes sense that Green For All, in partnership with the University of Phoenix, is hosting a Green Business Academy in Nashville, Tennessee April 20th, 2012.

The workshop is aimed at supporting green entrepreneurs and small business owners – particularly minority and women owned businesses, and those coming from low-income communities.

The Brookings study also showed that it pays to work in Nashville's green industries.

Between 2003 and 2007, Nashville created 6,702 green jobs. On average, a clean job pays nearly $38,000 a year. That's $3,000 more than Nashville's average median wage.

The workshop is free, but participants must register to attend.

The Green Business Academy brings together green business leaders, support organizations, and capital providers, all with the goal of helping you grow your business and create good jobs.

Panels and Workshops include:

  • Funding for Green Businesses
  • Business Pitch Session with Financiers
  • Doing Business with the Government
  • Sustainability: Aligning Profit, People and Planet
  • Business Clinic with Expert Business Panelists
  • Networking Opportunities

As part of the Academy, you can practice your business pitch in front of the audience, or have our panel of experts brainstorm solutions to a challenge you face. Just send us a 150-word description of your company and your business challenge by April 2.

To find out more about Green For All Business Academies, visit the web site or email me @

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