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7 Dec

Why LAUNCH CHA?

December 7, 2018     By Sandy Berry     Engage

I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Olingy, Director of Community Engagement at Atlantic Capital Bank who has been a LAUNCH CHA board member for 4 years and served as President for 3 years. I wanted to learn how he became involved with LAUNCH CHA and his reasons for supporting our organization.  How did you and Atlantic Capital Bank become aware of LAUNCH CHA?  In 2015 while…
26 Nov

CHA Gives

November 26, 2018     By LAUNCH     Engage

One of the things we're grateful for this season, and all year round for that matter, is our city. While Giving Tuesday is a global initiative, Chattanooga comes together to make sure area non-profits have the spotlight on that day, creating the  #CHAgives  movement. Set for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th , #CHAgives takes place after Black Friday and Cyber Monday with the idea that…
30 Oct

Help us support high school entrepreneurs

October 30, 2018     By LAUNCH     Engage

Not only does LAUNCH CHA serve adults in helping them start their own business, but we also work with high school students. Through the High School Entrepreneurship Program students are supported and empowered with entrepreneurship education and a simulated startup experience.  In each of the schools where LAUNCH CHA serves, students work in small groups to conceive of a business idea,…
4 Jun

"Now I am a business owner."

June 4, 2018     By LAUNCH CHA     Engage

The most recent round of the Business Entrepreneurship Academy saw 45 budding business owners through 10 weeks of class. Our hope is that these entrepreneurs, who are underserved by the community, walk away feeling empowered and confident as they move forward in starting their business. Upon completion of the Academy, we hold a graduation to celebrate their achievements and applaud them for the…
6 Dec

Meet Mr. Mangan

December 6, 2017     By The LAUNCH Team     Engage

Our work in the area high schools would not be possible without the amazing teachers who donate time in their classroom to us, one day a week for 10 weeks. Mr. Mangan is one of these teachers. For four semesters, he has welcomed LAUNCH into his classroom at The Howard School. Why would a social studies teacher allow for class time to be spent on entrepreneurship? He explains, “It seemed…
14 Nov

LAUNCH + High School

November 14, 2017     By LAUNCH     Engage

The High School Entrepreneurship Program is in full swing for the 2017- 2018 school year. We are serving 9 high schools in Hamilton County including: Brainerd, Tyner Academy, Central, East Ridge, Howard, Red Bank, CGLA, Sequoyah, and STEM. While students are learning the skills and tools they need to start a business, they are also accomplishing things once thought impossible.   For example,…