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 + COVID

As COVID-19 continues to challenge our community and communities around the country, 
 the LAUNCH team is working remotely, prioritizing the safety of our staff and community. This is an unprecedented time, and we're working harder than ever to support and guide the entrepreneurs we serve.
 
We have made our LAUNCH CHA entrepreneurship course more accessible than ever by providing our Summer 2020, Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 cohorts for free online.  
 
In May, 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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WHAT IS 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. 







9 years

301 Businesses Supported

331 Jobs created






What Our Entrepreneurs are Saying



Susan M. Freeman

“During my experience in the 10-week course, I was taught the beauty of networking, time management and the basis of operating a business. One particularly great lesson for me was figuring out my break-even point and making a profit.”



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Pat Rowe

"LAUNCH played a huge role in making my business what it is today. From the hands on teaching to the guest speakers, it has showed me the in's and out's of running a business. There has never been a question that went unanswered. The relationships and bridges that have been formed are priceless!"



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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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