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Amy Tanksley

Relationships Versus Popularity: A Humbling Growth Journey – Amy Tanksley

Amy Tanksley is the Owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, an upscale, full-service barbershop with seven locations. She was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Nashville Post in 2012.


Here's a Glimpse of What You'll Learn

  • The founding story of Uncle Classic Barbershop
  • Barbershops as catalysts for intimate connections and conversations
  • How Amy Tanksley discovered EO — and the organization’s impact on her company
  • Amy shares how her EO forum helped her expand business locations
  • Fostering community with team members post-pandemic — and navigating employee turnover
  • Amy’s approach to retaining employees and clients

In This Episode

Most small business owners strive to leave legacies, usually through community impact or monetary contributions. Yet those focused solely on attaining rapid popularity in the market often experience stagnation when attempting to accommodate everyone. Learn the value of humility in your entrepreneurial journey from today’s guest, who values relationships over business growth.

When presented with opportunities to expand her barbershop’s locations, Amy Tanksley envisioned lively and grand neighborhoods that would attract upscale clientele. However, after joining EO and evaluating her current locations, Amy assessed her service-based business model and turned her focus to building client relationships and providing stability and consistency for her team. If considering growth opportunities, Amy recommends separating your pride from business values to develop a reputable brand.

In this episode of The Decision, Robert Hartline and Eric Jackson host Amy Tanksley, the Owner of Uncle Classic Barbershop, who shares her humbling business growth journey. Amy talks about EO’s influence on her company’s success, how she fosters community with clients and team members, and Uncle Classic Barbershop’s origin story.

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