Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame

The Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame honors our city’s most iconic business founders who have built longstanding and meaningful careers in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

As a legacy organization built to support Nashville’s founders for generations to come, our mission is to help entrepreneurs on their journey to create, launch and grow businesses. Through their vision, courage and perseverance, our Hall of Fame members are an example and inspiration for today’s up-and-coming change-makers.

2022 Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame Inductees

Amy Kurland

Founder of Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café

André Prince

Owner of Nashville’s legendary Prince’s Hot Chicken

Mike Shmerling

Who founded or co-founded 11 businesses as well as Abe’s Garden Community, a  senior living nonprofit, in honor of his father

Steve Turner

Founder of MarketStreet Equities Company, who spearheaded the development of The Gulch

Past Hall of Fame honorees include:

Hal Cato
Tod Fetherling
John Ingram
Clayton McWhorter
Cordia Harrington
Wayne Smith
Richard Henry Boyd
Dan Crockett
Raymond Louis Danner, Sr.
Sherry Deutschmann
Ken Levitan
Darrell Freeman
Joey Jacobs
Cal Turner
Becca Stevens
Jon Yarbrough
Kix Brooks
Jose Gonzalez
Maria Clara Mejia
Renata Soto
Shannon Terry
Scott Borchetta
Tom Cigarran
Ron Samuels
Beth Chase
Charlie Martin
Dolly Parton
Leatrice McKissack
Lucius E. Burch, III
Phil Bredesen
Trisha Yearwood

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