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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.

Financial Planning for the Food Industry

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Financial Planning for the Food Industry

On May 26, explore the financial side of starting, growing and sustaining a food-based business in Nashville, at this casual event with some of Nashville's leading experts on small business banking, bookkeeping, accounting, business loans, investment, and more. 

Join us for three presentations from experts in key areas of small business financing: accounting, lending and investment. You'll hear tips and advice on bookkeeping, accounting, business loans, investment, and more. You'll have have a chance to ask questions of the experts as you snack on food and beverages, naturally.

  • 6:00 - 6:10 - Welcome
  • 6:10 - 6:40 - Shane Gibson, Owner, Skyward Accounting
  • 6:50 - 7:20 - Courtney Williams, Vice President, Business Banker, Avenue Bank
  • 7:30 - 8:00 - Rich May, Independent investor, advisor, and management consultant
  • 8:00 - 8:30 - Q&A

This event is ideal for anyone starting, growing or considering a food-based business in Nashville. This session is open to the public, and is free for CO.STARTERS for Food Entrepreneurs cohort members.


Shane Gibson
Shane Gibson is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Skyward Accounting. Unable to sit back and follow the path of a traditional accountant, he decided to venture on his own to assist creative entrepreneurs and dreamers worldwide become financially savvy. His background includes corporate internal audit and public accounting.

Courtney Williams
Courtney Williams is Vice President, Business Banker based at Avenue Bank-Williamson County. Courtney has 20 years of experience in the banking industry and specifically works with small business clients in the Middle Tennessee market. She is a member of the Tennessee Bankers Association, American Institute of Banking, and completed training with MZ Bierly Consulting. She is actively involved with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Women 2 Women of Franklin, and Women in Business of Brentwood.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Franklin Firefighters Charities. As well as, she is the annual Chair of the Mardi Gras Ball, raising funds for My Friend's House in Franklin and serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for this organization.

Rich May
Richard D. May is an independent investor, advisor, and management consultant.  His experience includes over 30 years in key positions for multi-concept publicly-traded restaurant companies, where he has filled C-suite positions in both executive management and strategic planning roles.  Mr. May is an investor in several partnerships comprising a dozen concepts operating over twenty locations, including the M Street group, Frothy Monkey, Amerigo, and Two Ten Jack. He is also a member of the initial investment group in BATCH.  He consults with senior management of a number of companies, including not-for-profit organizations, on strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, valuation & financing, brand development & marketing, operations & training, and organizational design & development. He is and has been an advisor to a several start-up ventures.  Mr. May has also served in multiple roles for programs at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MBA.


This event takes place on Tuesday May 26 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at The Skillery.