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The High Cost of Failing to Comply with HIPAA
For the first years after the adoption of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, their enforcement appeared to be limited. At that time, it was difficult to predict the potential penalty for a violation. Click here to read entire newsletter.

Nashville Pros Teach Entrepreneurs How to Beat the Odds

Nashville Business Journal by Chris Silva, Staff Reporter


Know your market. Eat, breathe and live it every day. Observe the room and be ready to adapt to your audience. Keep focused and don't broaden your concept too much.

These were just a few kernels of advice doled out by experts this morning during a Nashville Business Journal entrepreneur panel at the downtown Renaissance Hotel.

With resources like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the entrepreneurship centers at Belmont University, Vanderbilt   and other institutions, local business leaders feel Nashville is on course toward becoming one of the top destinations in the U.S. to start a company.

But with most new ventures failing in the first five years, how does an entrepreneur ensure his or her idea survives beyond the start-up phase?

"Have a real customer (and) choose your partners carefully," said Beth Chase, president and CEO of C3 Consulting. "A business partnership is like a marriage without the sex."

Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, said it's vital for entrepreneurs to have a clear focus and make sure they're not trying to solve the world's problems in one application.

"If you're not careful, you get so deep in the weeds and build products that no one cares about," Burcham said.

If you're starting a business, you must be prepared to be the first one in the office in the morning and the one taking the garbage to the dumpster when you're leaving, said Mark Montgomery, founder of FLO{thinkery}, a new company he formed to help new businesses get going and existing businesses grow.

"You have to really want it bad. It lives with you all the time," Montgomery said. "Great entrepreneurs lead by example. If you're going to be (one), you've got to be willing to take the trash out."

Trace Blankenship, an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, rounded out the four-person panel.

When seeking out advisers, Blankenship suggested start-ups seek out people who don’t spew "over realism," are in tune with the business model and who are thinking about new possibilities during off-hours.

Burcham said body language is very important when meeting with mentors and potential investors, and said entrepreneurs should know their audience and “read” a room so they can adapt if the environment is potentially hostile.

Said Chase, "A lot of entrepreneurs aren't great sales people, but you've got to be able to look at your market and understand it."

Trace Blankenship and Charles Robert Bone Advise Entrepreneurs on "Beating the Odds"

Article by Chris Silva, Nashville Business Journal

Know your market. Eat, breathe and live it every day. Observe the room and be ready to adapt to your audience. Keep focused and don't broaden your concept too much.

These were just a few kernels of advice doled out by experts this morning during a Nashville Business Journal entrepreneur panel at the downtown Renaissance Hotel.

 

 

 

To read the entire, click here.

February 2012 Newsletter Features Entrepreneur Panel Series

Bone McAllester Norton to serve as a sponsor with the Nashville Business Journal to present its 2012 Entrepreneur Panel Series in cooperation with the Entrepreneur Center.   To read the rest of our newsletter, click here.

Stacey Garrett honored at this year's Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner

Congratulations go out to Stacey Garrett on this incredible honor!

 

Women of Legend & Merit


Celebrating the Power of Women


2012 HONOREES

This year the Women of Legend and Merit Award will honor seven women in various categories. They are:

ATHLETICS

Catana Starks, Ed.D., the first African-American woman to coach a men's NCAA Division I golf team and retired university professor;

BUSINESS

Mignon Francois, owner, The Cupcake Collection;

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Mary Carver-Patrick, entrepreneur, retired educator and active volunteer;

EDUCATION

Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D., president of The Poynter Institute;

LEADERSHIP

Sharon Gentry, Ed.D., Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board member, District 1 and health care IT manager, HCA;

LEGAL

Stacey A. Garrett, founding member and board chair of Bone McAllester Norton;

MEDIA

Paula Lovell, president, Lovell Communications.

Learn more about the event here

 

James Mackler listed on 2012's Forty under 40 list

Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Business Journal's Forty Under 40 class of 2012. We are so proud of our own James Mackler for making this year's list! The following 40 winners, first named during a reveal party Tuesday night at Nashville City Club were deemed to be making a difference in their companies and community by a panel of judges. All of the winners will be profiled in a special section of the March 9 edition of the Nashville Business Journal, with individual profiles following throughout the year. See the entire list here.  

Three Days in January that Made Copyright History

Three days in January 2012 witnessed some of the most important events in recent history in the world of copyright. On January 18, the Supreme Court issued Golan v. Holder, which held that Congress is empowered remove works like the symphony classic Peter and the Wolf from the public domain in the United States, preventing orchestras, musicians and others from using these works unless they get permission and pay a license fee to the copyright holders. On the same day, the technology community mobilized millions of people to voice their disagreement with SOPA and PIPA, two bills supported by the entertainment industry that were designed to fight online piracy. After blackouts by Wikipedia and protests encouraged by tech giants like Google, by January 19 most members of Congress had withdrawn their support for both bills.On January 20, the United States arrested Kim Dotcom. He was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand for a file-sharing site called Megaupload.com that was based in Hong Kong. The site allegedly generated over $175 million by illegally copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted material without authorization.

What does all of this tell us? Three important things.

First, protection of our country’s intellectual property relies on international cooperation. For us to arrest Mr. Dotcom, who is alleged to have stolen millions from American content creators, we needed the help of authorities in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Which is where Golan v. Holder comes in: no one likes hearing that Peter and the Wolf and other classics have fallen out of the public domain and back into exclusive ownership, but for our country to benefit from international copyright treaties, we also must abide by them. International treaties are what prompted Congress to pull certain works out of the public domain, and what prompted the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion it reached in that lawsuit.

Second, if we didn’t recognize it before the rise and fall of SOPA and PIPA, there’s no denying the tension between content creators and content providers; between the entertainment industry and the technology industry. Our technology is intertwined with our entertainment and our content, so we need these camps to work together. Unfortunately for now, the tension is insurmountable: technology camps want free flow of information while content creators want protection for their original works. Ultimately, these two teams will have to reach a compromise, and Congress cannot ignore the need to protect American intellectual property from online international piracy, like the theft allegedly coordinated by Mr. Dotcom.

Finally, the online protests of SOPA and PIPA mobilized a new segment of concerned citizens. Google claims it gathered over seven million signatures in 24 hours in opposition to the bills. The implications of that statistic are at the same time impressive, intimidating and infinite.

 

Three Days in January Made Copyright History

Stephen J. Zralek © 2012

Three days in January 2012 witnessed some of the most important events in recent history in the world of copyright.

On January 18, the Supreme Court issued Golan v. Holder, which held that Congress is empowered remove works like the symphony classic Peter and the Wolf from the public domain in the United States, preventing orchestras, musicians and others from using these works unless they get permission and pay a license fee to the copyright holders.

On the same day, the technology community mobilized millions of people to voice their disagreement with SOPA and PIPA, two bills supported by the entertainment industry that were designed to fight online piracy. After blackouts by Wikipedia and protests encouraged by tech giants like Google, by January 19 most members of Congress had withdrawn their support for both bills.

On January 20, the United States arrested Kim Dotcom. He was arrested in Auckland, New Zealand for a file-sharing site called Megaupload.com that was based in Hong Kong. The site allegedly generated over $175 million by illegally copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted material without authorization.

What does all of this tell us? Three important things.

First, protection of our country’s intellectual property relies on international cooperation. For us to arrest Mr. Dotcom, who is alleged to have stolen millions from American content creators, we needed the help of authorities in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Which is where Golan v. Holder comes in: no one likes hearing that Peter and the Wolf and other classics have fallen out of the public domain and back into exclusive ownership, but for our country to benefit from international copyright treaties, we also must abide by them. International treaties are what prompted Congress to pull certain works out of the public domain, and what prompted the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion it reached in that lawsuit.

Second, if we didn’t recognize it before the rise and fall of SOPA and PIPA, there’s no denying the tension between content creators and content providers; between the entertainment industry and the technology industry. Our technology is intertwined with our entertainment and our content, so we need these camps to work together. Unfortunately for now, the tension is insurmountable: technology camps want free flow of information while content creators want protection for their original works. Ultimately, these two teams will have to reach a compromise, and Congress cannot ignore the need to protect American intellectual property from online international piracy, like the theft allegedly coordinated by Mr. Dotcom.

Finally, the online protests of SOPA and PIPA mobilized a new segment of concerned citizens. Google claims it gathered over seven million signatures in 24 hours in opposition to the bills. The implications of that statistic are simultaneously infinite, impressive and intimidating.

WaterCooler in at the Schermerhorn

Happy 2012! We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians.


Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th as we get exclusive access to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, not just back-stage, but actually OnStage.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn is designed for adult audiences to discuss, in a smaller, relaxed setting, a variety of musical topics with Nashville Symphony musicians.


OnStage at the Schermerhorn features live music and a seat right up on the stage of Laura Turner Concert Hall. With wine and hors d'oeuvres, the FREE evening of music and good conversation is a wonderful way to get to know your Nashville Symphony.


We are limited to the FIRST 40 people and this will fill up quickly!


Please RSVP by January 31st to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Doors open at 5. Please visit the Nashville Symphony website for directions and parking information.  Program is from 5:30 to 7:00.
Afterwards we will head over to


Roberts Western World on Broadway for drinks and good old fashioned honkey tonkin'!


WaterCooler is an informal networking group that meets monthly for drinks and the chance to hear vibrant speakers on the people and places that make Nashville unique.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic interests you.  Check out our Facebook Page!


 

Susan R. High-McAuley Appointed to Hendersonville Chamber Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Susan R. High-McAuley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as Legal Counsel. The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce is an organization that strives to connect, support, promote, and advocate for businesses in the Hendersonville Area.

Bone McAllester Norton is thrilled to congratulate Susan on her new role in the community.

January 2012 Newsletter Features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast

On Monday, January 16, 2012, Bone McAllester Norton will host its eleventh annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To read the rest of our newsletter click here.

Bone McAllester Norton hosts Eleventh Annual Fellowship Breakfast

On  Monday, January 16, 2012, Bone McAllester Norton hosted its 11th Annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  We are honored that more than 525 individuals chose to spend their morning with us at the Hutton Hotel.  Our featured speaker was Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an ordained minister, longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change.

We are especially proud of attorney Paz Haynes, who recited an original poem, "Drum Major."

Attorney Andrea Perry Wins ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award

Congratulations to Andrea Perry on being named a 2012 ATHENA Young Professional Leader!


The Nashville ATHENA Award Program is proud to sponsor the ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award. This international award recognizes emerging women leaders across professional
sectors for exemplary leadership. It actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting,
developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential, and helping to
create balance in leadership worldwide. It honors women between the ages of 25 and 40 who excel in
their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role
model for young women.


 

 

Stacey Garrett named Chairperson of the Board of TN Human Rights Commission

Tennessee Human Rights Commission Names New Chairperson of the Board


The Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) appointed a new Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners. Ms. Stacey Garrett of Nashville, Tennessee will serve as Chair of the Board for a two year term and will assume her position as Chair at the next Commissioner’s meeting in January 2012.
Garrett is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC and chair of the firm's Board of Directors. Garrett concentrates her practice in the areas of higher education, corporate transactions, immigration, health care and government affairs. Former Governor Bredesen designated Garrett to serve on a Judicial Redistricting Study Committee and the Committee to Study the Administration of the Death Penalty. In 2003, she was named to The Tennessean's "Top 40 Under 40." In 2007, Ms. Garrett was honored to be named as one of the Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence in the Entrepreneur category. She is also a member of the upcoming 2011-2012 Leadership Nashville class. Ms. Garrett has served as a Commissioner on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission since 2009 and was reappointed to serve on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission through 2015.


The Commission is an independent state agency charged with eradicating discrimination and protecting the civil rights of all individuals within the state in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. If you’ve been discriminated against or would like more information about your civil rights please call us at 800.251.3589 or visit the agency’s informational website at www.tn.gov/humanrights.


 

Alcohol Beverage Team helps Buffalo Wild Wings open 800th Store

Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), the national sports grill and bar known for its award-winning Buffalo, NY-style chicken wings spun in one of 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings, announced the opening of its 800th restaurant nationwide.


 The Company quickly raced past this milestone thanks to openings in Florida, Tennessee, Washington and California, marking a four-way tie for the 800th location.


 

 

Will Cheek named to Board of Directors of The DISTRICT

Attorney Will Cheek was recently named to the Board of Directors for The DISTRICT.


Geographically, The DISTRICT consists of three of downtown Nashville's National Register Historic Districts: 2nd Avenue, Broadway and Printer’s Alley. Organizationally, it is a partnership of the business community, property owners, preservationists, non-profits and government agencies with an interest in downtown Nashville.


 

Chris Raybeck featured in UT Law Best of the Best

The Volunteer spirit is strong in Chris Raybeck (LAW '03), in more ways than one.



 

9% Vets must fight for fair compensation

By James Mackler


There is growing anger in this country as the “99 percent” continue to point out the widening gap between rich and poor. The “occupy” movement has spread from Wall Street to Nashville and beyond.


Lost among the discussion of high unemployment rates, bank bailouts and excessive corporate greed is the fact that there is a group much smaller than the 99 percent that bears the combined burden of economic inequality and “service inequality.” This “service inequality” is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, less than one-half of 1 percent of the adult population are serving in the active-duty military. Nine percent of the total adult population are military veterans. These are the “9 percent.”


The “9 percent” share the same economic challenges as the “99 percent,” but their burden is increased by the toll exacted from military service. The 9 percent make up 13 percent of the adults in homeless shelters. The 9 percent face an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent. The 9 percent account for 20 percent of all suicides in the U.S.


Although veterans are facing unemployment, homelessness and suicide in disproportionate numbers, a recent poll by the Pew Research Center indicates 70 percent of the general public admit that they have little or no understanding of the problems faced by those in the military. Even veterans themselves do not seem to recognize the negative impact of service on their civilian life. Rather, the vast majority of those who have served say that their military experience has helped them to get ahead in life. Eight in 10 would advise a young person close to them to join the military.


How can it be that the 9 percent have so little self-awareness at the same time that the 99 percent are becoming increasingly aware of their own economic disparity? The answer probably is deeply rooted in military culture. Warriors are trained to endure, even to embrace hardship. Self-sufficiency is a coveted trait. Asking for help can be a sign of weakness. The soldier’s mantra during hard times is to simply “suck it up.”


These are admirable traits in battle. They are counterproductive at home when jobs are scarce and Congress eyes veterans benefits as entitlements that can be cut in the name of balancing the budget. The time has come for veterans to refocus the energy that brought them home from the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. Veterans need to recognize that neither the 99 percent nor the 1 percent are going to advocate for them. It is time for veterans to mobilize on our own behalf.


We need to show employers that we have skills and experience that are unmatched in the civilian world. We need to show politicians that health care and retirement and a social safety net are fair compensation for our sacrifice — not entitlements. And if it comes down to it, after multiple deployments to some of the most inhospitable places on Earth, occupying Wall Street or Pennsylvania Avenue will be easy.


 

Stephen Zralek to chair American Bar Association Committee

Stephen Zralek has been appointed to chair the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Copyright Litigation Committee.


The American Bar Association (ABA) includes nearly 400,000 members and is the leading national bar association for attorneys in the United States.

The IP Law Copyright Litigation Committee focuses on disputes involving copyrights, monitoring recent decisions across the nation, and providing advanced educational seminars for lawyers on cutting edge topics. Mr. Zralek recently served as Vice Chair of this committee. He helped to urge Congress to amend the the Copyright Act to clarify the requirements required to file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, since no uniform standard exists as interpreted by the various federal courts around the country.

Mr. Zralek is a member at Bone McAllester Norton. He helps clients from the creative, technology and entrepreneurial fields avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes, and is a highly-sought after speaker and author on intellectual property and social media legal issues. He is active in philanthropy in Nashville, and co-founded a networking event for entrepreneurs called WaterCooler. He tweets at @StephenZralek, and blogs at TheExpressive.

Haslam Announces Regional Entrepreneur Centers

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to be a Partner of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.


Brian Reisinger


Staff Reporter - Nashville Business Journal


Gov. Bill Haslam has announced the business accelerators responsible for his regional entrepreneurship push, with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center landing a large portion of Middle Tennessee.


The Tennessee Republican has made entrepreneurship a central part of his economic development strategy. Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the state’s Economic and Community Development Department has been expected to announce the regional centers responsible for implementing Haslam’s strategy throughout the state.


Read the entire article here.