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31 May

Because after a three day weekend...

May 31, 2016     By LAUNCH     Engage

...we could all use a little motivation.  
11 May

Through the eyes of a facilitator

May 11, 2016     By LAUNCH     Engage

LAUNCH entrepreneurs that go through our program wouldn’t get the strong start they receive without our facilitators. What role do facilitators play? They’re the ones who lead our Business Entrepreneurship Academy classes, taking the curriculum and walking through the material with 15 budding entrepreneurs at a time.  Both of our current facilitators for the Spring 2016 semester…
5 May

We escaped!

May 5, 2016     By LAUNCH     Engage

Being trapped together is a great team building exercise! A couple of weeks ago we (the LAUNCH staff) took our lunch break to go do a little team building at Escape Experience Chattanooga. We’d never really done anything as a team outside of LAUNCH and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. The week prior, we had to pick which scenario we wanted to experience. We decided…
26 Apr

Walking with giants

April 26, 2016     By Marco Perez     Engage

Walter came into our office to ask for some assistance. Having gone to a nearby business-counseling center to inquire about starting his business, he was handed a 20-page outline to develop a business plan and told to come back when he had filled it out. After seeking additional assistance who was just as overwhelmed by the thought of filling out a 20-page plan, he remembered LAUNCH. A year…
4 Apr

5 Years of LAUNCH

April 4, 2016     By anonymous     Engage

LET US TELL YOU ABOUT 5 YEARS OF LAUNCH... LAUNCH supports a very diverse group of entrepreneurs.  These microbusiness owners receive training on how to validate their business idea and turn it into reality.  While many are still in the planning stages, 53% of the 217 entrepreneurs trained have started businesses to date.  These 114 businesses are mostly start-ups, however, 6 of…
14 Mar

Sometimes you just need to shut up and listen.

March 14, 2016     By LAUNCH     Engage

“SO YEARS AND YEARS AGO, I HAD THIS IDEA, WHY DON’T WE FOR ONCE, INSTEAD OF ARRIVING IN A COMMUNITY TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO, WHY DON’T [WE] FOR ONCE, LISTEN TO THEM...”   Who doesn't love a good Ted Talk? One of our favorites is from a few years ago and is delivered by sustainable development expert Ernesto Sirolli.  When most well-intentioned aid workers hear…