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2008: A year of change

Author: JLB

Published On: September 29, 2008

It felt a little odd as students headed back to school this fall. I have been a full-time student for the past 17 years and now … I’m not. I enjoyed school. I loved learning new things, solving problems and feeling successful. But I’m beginning to realize that having a full-time job has its perks to and I can continue learning (and skip the studying).

While I enjoy learning about my immediate environment — Franklin and Nashville, I’ve also had more time to keep up with current events in America and abroad.

And what a memorable year to enter the “real world!”

The country will likely remember the past couple months as the Beijing Olympics, the turbulence of the stock market, the War in Iraq and the Presidential Election. I have had my own life changes but the country is also restless for change. It has been both exhilarating and frightening to enter the working world as a young adult during this time.

After being in the “Sewanee Bubble” for four years, it is interesting to come off the mountain into such time of change in America. I am suddenly intrigued by this year’s Presidential Election. Although I was able to vote for the 2004 election, a lot of the issues seem to matter more now that I’m on my own. I have a better understanding of the economy, energy crisis, national security and health care.

When I was in school, it was easy to overlook the bigger picture and it seemed frivolous to focus on global and national issues. But as a working 23-year old, it is hard to ignore the political campaigning and the debates over controversial issues.

It’s remarkable working with the team that treats your business they would their own with drive, innovation, humility and a shared love of bringing great things to the wonderful Franklin & Nashville community.


RED DOG WINE & SPIRITS – Nashville Web Design


“In the search of looking high and low for a Ecommerce website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”


Chad, BOWADX – Franklin TN Web Design

“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”


John, The Perch – Brentwood TN Web Design

“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”


Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN Web Design

We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.


Life Line Repairs – Nashville TN Web Design

I and all of us at Sports & Entertainment Nashville TN have been thrilled with the website you guys did for us, and especially the professional service and communication you guys have shown.


Sports and Entertainment – Nashville Web Design

We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.


Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN Web Design

“There were a number of website design companies in Nashville that would have done an adequate job for our company. The difference was that JLB wanted to be our partner and has been for 11 years. STAR Physical Therapy has been blessed to have them as a teammate.”


Regg Swanson, STAR – Franklin TN Web Design