CONGRATS to Next Awards Winners and Nominees!

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center announced the winners of the 2013 NEXT Awards at a dinner held Thursday night at Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

"The creative class in the Nashville region is thriving, and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem is a vital sector of our economy," said Ralph Schulz, chamber president and CEO.

The NEXT Awards were created to honor the area's most groundbreaking entrepreneurs and area businesses experiencing the most significant growth in terms of revenue and employment.

"This year's NEXT Awards honored the innovation and progress of our new and growing businesses," said Michael Burcham, CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. "The success of these companies is critical to the successful and vibrant future of Nashville."

The 2013 NEXT Award Winners are:

* Startups

Digital media and entertainment: FLO {Thinkery}

Health care: MDSave Incorporated

Products and services: Southern Kitchen Nashville LLC

Technology: Virsys12 LLC

* Growth

Digital media and entertainment: Thirty Tigers

Health care: Shareable Ink

Products and services: Brand Imaging Group

Technology: LeanKit Inc.

* Market movers

Health care: Parallon

Products and services: LetterLogic Inc.

Technology: Qualifacts Systems Inc.

* Other winners:

Social enterprise: Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

Entrepreneurial partner of the year: LBMC

Youth entrepreneur of the year: Matthew Madlock, Unshatter

Entrepreneur of the year: Beth Chase, c/3 consulting