About Southeast Business Forum

The purpose of The Business Forum is to provide a setting in which its members command the trust and respect of each other on personal and professional levels. Members get to know each other and feel comfortable in transacting commerce and opportunities among one another on a “Business-to-Business” basis.

After a monthly meeting, our guests are put together with two of our members to form a “Troika”. It is the responsibility of the three people to get together for lunch or breakfast for the purpose of getting to know one another better; both from a personal as well as professional standpoint. This is the start of developing those deep and long-lasting business relationships that, over time, will result in commerce. We encourage our members and guests to have outside meetings with others during the month regardless of the Troika assignments. The Troika process is extremely important. On average, 90% of the referrals come at or shortly after the Troika.

What We Are
senior-level professionals

We are a preeminent networking organization comprised of senior-level professional service providers.

committed to growth

We are committed to supporting our fellow members through meaningful, warm business introductions that lead to legitimate business opportunities.

Experienced & Qualified

We are professional service providers with years of experience in our respective fields of expertise, and leaders in the Greater Nashville business community

Quality focus

We are committed to quality versus quantity with respect to the Business Forum’s members and its networking experience.


We are a strictly business-to-business organization.

We’re not a social networking organization.
We’re not a “Business-to-Consumer” networking organization.
We’re not about monthly or quarterly referral quotas.
We’re not an organization for “takers” rather, we are about being ”givers”
The People Behind Southeast Business Forum

The history of the SEBF runs deep and has helped thousands of Tennessee organizations build their business through high-level networking. It begins with a philosophy of “being a giver and not a taker” and developing deep relationships with potential referral partners.

In January 2018, the Southeast Business Forum began a new chapter with a new company name and new owners. Ignite Business Forum LLC d/b/a as Southeast Business Forum was acquired by Laurie Guzman, Franklin-based entrepreneur and President of The Inside Story, LLC and Armando Estrada, Managing Partner of TriStar Asset Management. “Southeast Business Forum has created a great environment for businesses to succeed,” said Laurie Guzman. “I, personally, as well as my business, The Inside Story, have been positively impacted by participating within SEBF. It’s about new opportunities, new friends and people who provide incredible resources to my clients. We attract successful, like-minded individuals and companies who want to take their business to the next level. I am excited to take this next step with and for the current members of SEBF and future members wanting to drive their success.” You can read more in this article by the Williamson Herald.

Prior to this acquisition, Southeast Business Forums LLC was owned by JourneyTEAM. They took ownership of the SEBF in May of 2016, and helped grow the group to new heights in membership, meeting locations, and attendance.

The Beginning of SEBF:

In January 2008, Stewart Ross held the first meeting of the Nashville Business Forum at the Nashville City Club. He invited 15 business people from various professional service provider sectors to attend. Mr. Ross had just moved to Nashville and quickly determined there was a need for a business model based on a “Business-to-Business” style of networking which he had experienced in California. Mr. Ross’s 30-year success as a commercial banker in Los Angeles was a direct result of his participation in senior level networking organizations. Eventually, the name of the organization changed to Southeast Business Forums, LLC to reflect its growth.

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