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Leaders with LAUNCH are hosting a 10-week entrepreneurship course that starts March 10. LAUNCH is a local organization that aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and mentorship. "We cover all sorts of areas that people need to know so they have a better understanding of how to start a business," program director with LAUNCH Gina Soltau said.  Read the full…
Howard High School senior Deshel Hambrick has gotten an early start on entrepreneurism and philanthropy. She's one of the winners from last year's high school business competition, through which she got funding for her idea that she's now turned into reality. 4 Ever Young Thrift Store is a donations-driven thrift store for her school. Read the full story over at
1 Mar

Nurturing fledgling businesses: LAUNCH program aids startups

March 1, 2014     Times Free Press     News

Jacobo Salazar Jr.'s birthday gift just keeps on giving. The recent Chattanooga transplant was given tuition for a 10-week course offered by Chattanooga nonprofit LAUNCH last fall to learn how to start a business, and he's still reaping the benefits four months later. "Kickstand Bicycles has made over $300," he said. "And every now and then I'll take a little pinch out of that, we'll go out to…
25 Feb

Remembering Versailles: A Fashion Revolution

February 25, 2014     News

On November 28, 1973, during a time when African-American models did not walk the runway, a single fashion show held in a French castle called Versailles put a new kind of modeling on the runway.  Five French fashion designers and five American fashion designers participated in the fashion show that became known as the “Battle of Versailles.”  This event was documented by filmmaker…
18 Feb
A recent LAUNCH graduate and entrepreneur is using her business to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a fashion show that challenged racial barriers, while also raising awareness for local charities. Esince Management Services, a project management business, began with executive director Sandra Affare in August 2011. After taking the LAUNCH course in 2013, she said she realized she needed to…
23 Jan

LC2: CONNECT Hits the Ground Running

January 23, 2014     Chattanooga Chamber     News

What happens when Chattanooga’s leading program for developing emerging leaders teams up with a non-profit that works to empower entrepreneurs in underserved communities? LC2: CONNECT, which began as a one-time collaboration between Leadership Chattanooga and LAUNCH Chattanooga and has now blossomed into an annual event. The name LC2: CONNECT, which is a play on the organizations’ shared…