Friday Five: 5 Lists of 5

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Today we are linking to five various interesting lists of five things.  I hope you find them interesting as well!


So, Friday Five has been on hiatus for a while, but we are now back!

  1. 5 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Focus – Our days are filled with activities that sabotage our focus and slow us down. Here are 5 ways you can stop distraction in its tracks. From
  2. 5 Customer Interactions That Can Make or Break Customer Loyalty – Here are a few ideas for winning them over in the toughest of times. From
  3. 5 Underrated Traits That Are Essential for Success – Forget Confidence and Charm. These Are the 5 Traits That Will Really Make You Successful.  From
  4. 5 Books Steve Jobs Thought Every Leader Should Read – The legendary Apple founder drew inspiration from novels, business books, and guides to spirituality. From
  5. 5 Entrepreneurship Blogs You Should Have on Your Radar – From

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

In the wake of the massive data breach at Equifax, internet and cyber security is a hot topic right now.  Online security should always be at the forefront of the mind – for both businesses and individuals.  The vast majority of our financial transactions run through an online database at some point in the supply chain process.  Every time we make a purchase online, swipe a debit or credit card, or even cash a check at the bank, the internet is involved in the transaction.

Helpful Links

Here are some links with helpful information on how to protect both your personal and business data:


Reasons to Choose South Nashville for Your Business Location

The South Nashville/Antioch area is one of the fastest growing business sectors in Nashville.  Our proximity to all three major interstates and our relatively inexpensive rents when compared to other areas of town are just two of the reasons that you should consider making this part of Nashville your business home.

The following infographic from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce shows just how much South Nashville and Antioch have grown over the past few years.  This area has the fastest growing – and the most diverse – population in Davidson County.  Education and income levels have also increased significantly.


South Nashville Infographic from Nashville Chamber of Commerce
South Nashville Infographic from Nashville Chamber of Commerce



Bridgestone Americas chose Antioch for its 77,000 sq. ft. Operations Center, and cited the area’s rapid revitalization and the fact that Antioch is the fastest-growing community in Davidson County as the reasons for choosing the location.


Bridgestone Operations Center Info Sheet
Bridgestone Operations Center Info Sheet



These are exciting times for our community.  We are proud that South Nashville is finally getting recognition for its many contributions to Nashville’s business and cultural communities.


Perimeter Park has been helping incubate new businesses in South Nashville since 1984.  We are locally owned and operated, and have a vested interest in the success of businesses not only in our facility, but in the community as a whole. Call us today to find out how we can help your business!

#TechTuesday Roundup: Technology News From #Nashville


Nashville is fast becoming known as an emerging technology hub. Technology incubators and start-ups are popping up all over the city.

Here are links to some of the latest tech news out of Nashville.

As a locally owned and operated business, we at Perimeter Park proudly provide affordable and flexible offices and coworking spaces to Nashville’s new businesses and entrepreneurs.  That’s been our mission since we opened in 1984, and it continues to be our mission today.  We have been a part of the growth and expansion of many Nashville businesses over the years, and are excited about the new ventures and possibilities on the horizon.

What can we do to help your business? 

#Nashville Business Journal Says Nolensville Pike is Nashville’s Next #RealEstate Hot Spot

We’ve always said we have a great location, but it’s going to get even better!  The developer with the Midas touch, Mark Deutschmann, and other developers have turned their attention to the Nolensville Pike area, which is close to our office and conference center.

The development and general revitalization will include condos, restaurants, and Fairground expansion, as well as a possible soccer field.

The area is home for many of Nashville’s immigrants, and community leaders will be supporting the revitalization projects while trying to avoid gentrification.  The rich history and diverse population of the area are worth saving.

For more information, check out the article in the May 19th, 2017, edition of the Nashville Business Journal.  NBJ subscribers can read the full article here.

Nolensville Pike new Nashville urban hot spot
Nolensville Pike new Nashville urban hot spot

10 things to ask before… Choosing office space (Nashville Business Journal)

I came across this article from earlier this month when browsing the internet today.

10 things to ask before… Choosing office space (Nashville Business Journal)

The questions asked are a great place to start whether you are looking for your first office, or just a new office.  I thought I would take a minute to answer the questions for someone considering Perimeter Park for their office location.

1.  Where is the space located?

We are ideally located right off of I-24 at exit 56, close to the convergence center of the three major interstates – I-24, I-40, and I-65. This central location and immediate interstate access make the office easily accessible from any surrounding area.  Additionally, an MTA bus stop is only a block away.

2.  What amenities do you offer?

The following amenities come with your new Nashville office space:

  • furnished reception area
  • receptionist greeting and announcing of your guests
  • on-site management staff
  • mail and package receipt
  • furnished conference rooms
  • wired high-speed internet connection
  • kitchen area with coffee, hot water, and filtered water
  • WiFi
  • utilities and cleaning service
  • video security monitoring
  • plenty of free surface parking

3. What’s the lease term?

Instead of long-term leases, Perimeter Park offers short-term, flexible agreements designed to help start-ups and small businesses succeed.  Our standard term is twelve months, but we offer six month options as well.  You can easily grow your business with us, as we allow you to add additional office space at any time during your agreement.  Start with one small office, and move to a larger one or add additional offices as needed.

4.  Can I terminate the lease?

Our short-term agreements negate the need to worry about having to terminate a lease.  All offices are move-in ready and do not require any type of build-out or renovations.  Our uniform office policy means that we take care of paint, carpet cleaning, etc., so there is usually no restoration needed when an agreement ends.

5.  What deposit or corporate guarantee does the landlord need?

Our standard security deposit on agreements is twice the monthly office fee.  For example, if your office is $700, the security deposit would be $1400.  Security deposits are refundable upon satisfactory completion of the agreement or transferable to a larger or additional office. Unlike larger corporations, as a local, stand-alone office center, we have the ability to work with people on deposits as necessary.

6.  How flexible is the office setting?

You can move to a larger office or add additional offices as available at any point during your agreement term.  Downsizing is usually only allowed at the end of your agreement term.

7.  Are there enough parking spaces?

Our building has ample free surface parking.

8.  What kind of office layouts do you offer?

Most of our offices are basic rectangles or squares ranging in size from 100 sq. ft. to 250 sq. ft.  Smaller offices can be configured for 1-2 people.  Larger offices can be configured in an open floor plan for four or more.

Floor plan for Nashville Office Space at Perimeter Park Executive Center
Floor plan for Nashville Office Space at Perimeter Park Executive Center

9.  Is the building secure?

Our building has key card access after hours and on weekends.  Additionally, our suite also has security cameras and key card access, and all offices are individually keyed.  Our front desk is staffed whenever our office is open.

10.  How is the building maintained?

Our on-site staff works closely with building management and maintenance to take care of any problems that might arise. We are here to deal with those issues so that you never have to. Building management is also located in our building, so issues are dealt with quickly.  Our area of the building has 24/7 A/C and heat, so you will never have to pay additional fees for A/C service or maintenance.  Standard cleaning service is also included at no additional charge, and we have used the same janitorial service and team of cleaners for almost 10 years.

We also offer numerous other amenities that do not come with conventional office space, like furnished meeting rooms, a reception area, waiting room, break room, included utilities, internet service, and telephone equipment and service.

If you have any other questions, we would be glad to answer them and show you why Perimeter Park is an awesome place for your business.

Call us at 615-781-4200 today!

Friday Five Kick-Off Post: The Office Lunch

Welcome to the inaugural Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!

Happy colors help an office lunch go from sad to glad!


This week, my interest was piqued by an interview I heard this week on a broadcast of Marketplace on Nashville Public Radio (90.3 FM) regarding the often mundane office lunch.  Having resolved (again) to eat healthier foods this year, I have been looking for ways to easily and affordably make my own packed lunches less “sad”.  The interview had some great ideas, so I spent a few minutes Googling for more and came up with this list.  Enjoy . . . or bon appétit!




  1. How to make lunch at your desk less sad – From
  2. Eating protein and salty foods at lunch causes food comas, says new study – From Independent
  3. Lunch al Desko: Upgrade Your Midday Meal – From
  4. The Etiquette of Eating Lunch at Work – From Kitchn
  5. Cheap Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work – From Eating Well

Blog Series: Updating Our Nashville Office Space – Post #3: General Manager Office

After our consolidation to one floor, our General Manager, Sherry Cheatham, had a somewhat difficult time finding the perfect office.  The running joke was that she was in a different spot every couple of weeks.  Prior to her final (we hope!) move, she had been using the Meeting Room as her office.  We decided, however, that converting it back to a Meeting Room would be a better use of that space.

Sherry ended up moving to a much smaller office, which had previously been used as a small conference/interview room.

Before: General Manager's Office set up as a meeting room
Before: General Manager’s Office set up as a meeting room

Since this office was adjacent to the reception area and in the direct line of sight from the front door, we knew that it would also need to tie in to the color scheme of red, grays, and black.  We chose a dark charcoal gray for the back wall and painted the off-set column a red color to compliment the red in the reception area chairs.

After: General Manager's Office
After: General Manager’s Office

To add to the more modern and stream-lined feel, we chose an IKEA sit/stand desk in black/gray and charcoal gray filing cabinets from Staples.

Charcoal Gray Filing Cabinets
Charcoal Gray Filing Cabinets

A red and white tulip chair from and “Nashville” art print completed the “Nashville Office” look.

Blog Series: Updating Our Nashville Office Space – Post #2: Meeting Room

Previously, we looked at our Reception Area makeover.  Next, we updated our in-suite Meeting Room with new IKEA Bekant conference tables and black screen back plastic shell task chairs from The Classy Home.

Meeting Room before
Meeting Room before

We had previously painted the white board wall in a deep purple accent color and added a modern print from

We couldn’t find artwork to tie in with our reception area scheme, so we bought canvases and acrylic paints from JoAnn and created our own modern artwork to tie the purple in the Meeting Room to the red in the Reception Area.

New Nashville Meeting Room Artwork
New Nashville Meeting Room Artwork


The movable IKEA tables allow for several different room configurations, and the sleek modern furniture give the space a roomy feel.  Extra stacking chairs offer seating for up to 16 people.

New Nashville Meeting Room
New Nashville Meeting Room
Nashville Meeting Room for Rent
The multipurpose Meeting Room seats up to sixteen and includes two square Ikea desks, eight task chairs, and eight stackable extra chairs. It also includes a dry erase board. WiFi access and self-serve coffee available.
View from Reception Area to Redecorated Meeting Room
View from Reception Area to Redecorated Meeting Room

Blog Series: Updating Our Nashville Office Space – Post #1: Reception Area

Last spring, Perimeter Park Executive Center had the opportunity to consolidate all of our offices and conference rooms onto the first floor of our building. Previously, we had occupied two floors and had a lot of unnecessary and underutilized space. Adding a new conference center area across the hall from our suite and designing our build-out for that space gave us an opportunity to update our facility with more modern technology and decor.

We had so much fun and received so many compliments on our new Nashville conference rooms that we decided to give the other common areas within our suite facelifts as well. And, honestly, we realized that some of our spaces appeared a little drab and outdated. They didn’t communicate who we were as a company, or the image we wanted to portray to our residents and their guests.

We wanted to be purposeful and thoughtful about the environment we created. Our goal was to positively impact and inspire our residents who came here to work each day, as well as to make a positive impression on their clients and visitors. We are told that we have succeeded.

We didn’t have a huge budget to work with, so we did one space at a time and focused on what would make the biggest difference and give us the most bang for our buck. New paint and a few new pieces of furniture go a long way!

This blog series will chronicle some of the updates and changes we have made, starting with our reception area.

Downstairs Reception Area Before
Downstairs Reception Area Before

We began by adding modern chairs in a bold red color from A modern rug in red, gray, black, and white from The Home Depot anchored the chairs and tied in with our sleek, black saltwater aquarium by The Reef Doctor. Out of all our changes, the aquarium has been the biggest hit with both our residents and their visitors. It has truly transformed our reception area into a tranquil, relaxing, and interesting place to visit.

Reception area for your Nashville office
Reception area for your Nashville office

As a resident or virtual office client of Perimeter Park Executive Center, both you and your visitors will be able to enjoy our new reception area. No other executive office space in Nashville offers a reception area with an experience! Come by to tour our facility and see for yourself!