9/28/2020: The State of Small Business

Sam Davidson, Co-Founder & CEO, Batch

Sam Davidson is a 4-time entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of Batch, a gift company that sources memorable gifts from small businesses all across America. After closing its retail location in March due to COVID-19, Batch has rebounded and pivoted to grow its operations in 2020 by adding customers and clients that it serves with its unique and thoughtful gifts. Batch is on a mission to save small businesses, and you can help by visiting SmallBusinessPledge.org. He was raised in Nashville and proudly still calls it home with his wife, daughter, and son.


Tom Turner, CEO, Nashville Downtown Partnership

The Partnership is a non-profit downtown leadership group with the core purpose of making “downtown Nashville the compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to LIVE, WORK, PLAY and INVEST.” As a strong advocate for downtown Nashville, Turner focuses on business recruitment and retention initiatives, increasing residential development, ensuring a clean, safe and attractive center city, and maximizing parking and transportation alternatives.


Joshua Mundy, CEO, Pivot Technology School

Joshua Mundy is a native Nashvillian who was inspired at an early age to generate income in very creative ways. His forecasting and visionary skill set has developed him into a serial entrepreneur with the ability to think of an idea or need in the community and quickly take action to set a goal to meet the need.He is currently the CEO of Pivot Technology School, a 20 week accelerator teaching data analytics, web development and cyber security. Their mission is to get more minorities trained and engaged in tech careers.


Chakita Patterson, Founder, United Street Tours & The Classroom

United Street Tours offers a unique angle to Nashville tours by introducing you to the people, history, food, and art of black culture that is often overlooked. We’re on a mission as dedicated Nashville tour guides to increase your awareness, leave you feeling hopeful, inspired, and empowered to find ways to protest injustices, build bridges, and contribute to the community.



Rotarians: We continue to monitor the news and guidelines on public meetings and have temporarily suspended in-person meetings.  In the meantime, we’re excited to announce several ways to stay connected to our community.


We are currently hosting virtual Rotary meetings. You will receive call in information in each weekly newsletter and in a reminder email on Monday mornings. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom from 12:00-12:45 p.m.  Zoom allows for meetings to be held by audio (call in and listen on your phone) and by video (use your phone or computer to watch and listen).


Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation! Each happy hour or coffee will be limited to 10 people to ensure good conversation. Grab your favorite beverage and log in to the Zoom meeting from your couch. Sign up here.