What is LAUNCH?

As our country reinvents itself, new businesses are being born every day and support structures are key to the viability of these businesses. LAUNCH offers business training, support, and affordable resources to underrepresented entrepreneurs, empowering them to create sustainable, successful businesses allowing their families and communities to thrive.

 

LAUNCH  Updates:

We have made our LAUNCH CHA entrepreneurship course more accessible than ever by providing our Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 & Fall 2021 cohorts for free online.  
 
In May 2020, we launched our latest initiative, the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga (KIC). This space exists for food-centric start-ups to hone their craft. Due to the needs created by COVID-19, we fast-tracked this initiative and piloted our efforts with the LAUNCH Provisions Project. We delivered over 40,000 to at-risk seniors and provided income to 9 local small business owners. Click here to find out more.
 
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Programs & Services

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WHY LAUNCH?

LAUNCH exists to build a thriving Chattanooga where every individual who dreams of a business can be confident that the community will stand with them, removing obstacles, and creating opportunities for their success. 







10 years

389 Businesses Supported

442 Jobs created






What Our Entrepreneurs are Saying



JaMaal Macon

“I wouldn't be in the position I'm in with my business right now without LAUNCH. The class taught me my target market, hourly rate, startup costs and how to get my business license and insurance. It helped me eliminate the struggle to establish a foundation for my business. LAUNCH also connected me with people who could give me insight for my business.”



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Felicia Jackson

“My LAUNCH class started out as several strangers talking about their dreams and goals as future business owners. In the end, we became each other's’ cheerleaders, friends and family. Although I’ve finished class, I still refer to my course manual and talk to the people at LAUNCH. When you graduate from the 10-week course it doesn’t end there. LAUNCH continues to help you along your journey.”



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Cheri Hudgins

“LAUNCH has been a true asset by putting everything into perspective, providing mentorship, being there to answer questions and assisting in areas where you are weak.”



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