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LEBANON, Tenn. (August 7, 2012) – Permobil, Inc. has been named a finalist for the NEXT Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center will jointly present these awards to recognize the accomplishments of companies and individual entrepreneurs in six areas of business especially important to the Nashville economy: healthcare; technology; digital media and entertainment; sustainability and alternative energy; manufacturing and logistics and social enterprise. Individual awards for successful youth, startup, growth and legacy entrepreneurs will also be given, in addition to an Entrepreneur of the Year award.

"Our thriving entrepreneurial community has contributed significantly to the economic prosperity of Middle Tennessee," said Chamber President & CEO Ralph Schulz. "We are proud to be able to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these businesses and individuals."

"From Nashville's startups to market movers, the NEXT Awards celebrate our best business and job creators," said Michael Burcham, President and CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. "When we celebrate the vibrancy of our entrepreneurial community, we encourage the growth of our economy."

"Permobil is honored to be considered a 'Market Mover' in Manufacturing & Logistics," said Larry Jackson, President of Permobil, Inc. "Over the past couple of years, we have expanded our footprint in the Nashville area with the construction of a new corporate headquarters—utilizing green-building technologies and featuring 120,000 square feet of space. We've also moved from a per-piece assembly operation to a flow-line production with customization as a core competency. As a pioneer in the mobility industry, we plan to continue introducing innovative mobility solutions that enhance the lives of the physically challenged."

Permobil will receive recognition as a NEXT Awards finalist at an awards dinner held Thursday, September 27, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Four finalists and one winner will be recognized in each category.

The 2012 NEXT Awards are presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Entrepreneur Center, in partnership with Bank of America. Additional sponsors include Bandit Lites, KraftCPAs, Lipscomb University Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Tennessean Media Group. For more information, visit

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