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1323 6th Ave N.
Nashville, TN, 37208

The Skillery is a Nashville coworking space with resources and programming for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small teams and independent professionals, all aimed at making work meaningful, satisfying and unabashedly fun.

A snapshot of The Skillery's entrepreneurship education graduates

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Welcome to our blog, where we share stories and profiles of the entrepreneurs and events that call The Skillery home.

A snapshot of The Skillery's entrepreneurship education graduates

Nicole Keiper

The Skillery kind of grew up out of an entrepreneurship education program — our founder, Matt Dudley, is a Jumpstart Foundry grad, and that program was as informational as it was inspirational. It helped kick The Skillery into gear, and although we’ve changed considerably in the five years since, the foundation Jumpstart helped us build remains.

That experience — coupled with our steps forward as entrepreneurs — inspired us to explore offering entrepreneurship education of our own. Programs geared toward aspiring small-business folks who didn’t need or want an MBA, who didn’t plan to jump into the funding pool — entrepreneurs who wanted to take a passion project or an idea and build up a mom-and-pop brand.

Over the past two-plus years, we’ve welcomed dozens of local entrepreneurs through our (literal and figurative) doors, to take part in our one-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops and, prior, the more extensive, nine-week CO.STARTERS at The Skillery. 

In every session and with every cohort, we felt wowed by ideas, awed by talent and drive and humbled to be even a small part in so many small-business stories.

As we get ready to welcome the latest crop of aspiring entrepreneurs — the next Intro to Entrepreneurship workshop is set for Saturday, Jan. 21, and registration is open now — we wanted to shed some light on past graduates, and how their businesses have bloomed.

We could fill a fairly decent-sized book, chronicling all our entrepreneurship education grads. But we’ll start with just a snapshot, here, of a handful of local businesses we’ve watched grow, and with whom we still keep in regular touch. (Community is part of our goal, too, and we happily aim to cheerlead our grads long after they’ve completed our programming.)

Take a look — all bias aside, we encourage you to explore these folks. What they’re all doing is fantastic.



Fit For You Nashville

Intro to Entrepreneurship grad
Quick details: Fitness biz led by personal trainer and fitness consultant Kathy Mead
A little bit o’ press: Nashville social media consultant Kim Baldwin runs an awesome blog, and this March interview with Kathy gives great insight into her work and approach.
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Angela Gasparetti

Intro to Entrepreneurship grad
Quick details: Designer, illustrator and infographer whose digital storytelling skills make complex concepts or data not only digestible, but beautiful. (She did that, above.)
A little bit o’ press: Angela’s a longtime Skillery member, and we love her and her work, so we wrote about her.
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Good Wood Nashville

Intro to Entrepreneurship grad
Quick details: If you’re looking for reclaimed lumber/barn wood for your Nashville building projects — pantry doors, flooring, tables, cool wall details in your Germantown coworking space — Good Wood’s the place to go.
A little bit o’ press: Some Good Wood history and insight in The East Nashvillian.
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Mary Mooney Art

CO.STARTERS at The Skillery grad
Quick details: Mary creates stunning abstract paintings, and shares them in wall-able and wearable forms. 
A little bit o’ press: Friend of The Skillery and “Storyteller of the South” Lily Clayton Hansen chronicles inspiring Nashvillians with her Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations, and you can read more about Mary in that mix.
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Oak Nashville

CO.STARTERS at The Skillery grad
Quick details: One of Nashville’s coolest independent home stores, stocking “one of a kind items that inspire you to reimagine your space and redefine how you live in it.”
A little bit o’ press: Well-deserved Oak Nashville love came quickly — like this Tennessean feature from last year.
Learn more:, or stop by 4200 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville.


Rude Tech

CO.STARTERS at The Skillery grad
Quick details: Onetime rocket scientist Jesse Rhew makes great-sounding guitar effects pedals that’d withstand being shot into space.
A little bit o’ press: Jesse shared some thoughts on entrepreneurship and cool career trajectories with us.
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CO.STARTERS at The Skillery grad
Quick details: Chef-created pop-up lunches, provided as a perk for employees.
A little bit o’ press: The Nashville Business Journal took an early look at Sifted, and Startup Southerner looked in this past April, digging into “How This Startup Hit $1M in Under 13 Months.”
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Walk Eat Nashville

CO.STARTERS at The Skillery grad
Quick details: Nashville walking food tours that let you taste our town, meet and learn about the folks who feed you and get the inside scoop on the history of the neighborhoods you’re in.
A little bit o’ press: No big deal or anything, but The New York Times took note of Walk Eat Nashville.
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Interested in joining our next crew of entrepreneurs? Grab more Intro to Entrepreneurship info and/or register here — discounted registration is up through December 31.