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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…
20 Jan

High school entrepreneurs launch into business

January 20, 2014     News

Last year, Tyner Academy students Colby McCurty and Deosha King won LAUNCH’s High School Entrepreneurship Competition; this year, their product is serving their fellow high school students while the duo is looking toward their next business move. Their first product, called Get Box, is a vending machine that dispenses school supplies. Tyner Academy students Colby McCurty and Deosha King…
10 Jan

New Chattanooga IT Company Supports Nonprofits

January 10, 2014     News

Covenant College alumnus David White recently launched Develop CENTS, an IT company that's worked with several Chattanooga nonprofits.  In this interview with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller, White talks about nonprofit organizations' computer security needs, as well as his own background in community development. Hear the full story over at
17 Dec

Tyner students win LAUNCH competition with expression

December 17, 2013     Times Free Press     News

Imagine a brightly painted VW van driving through the streets of Chattanooga’s inner city, honking its horn at recreation centers and churches. Kids and adults run out to the street as two high school students and a volunteer artist pass out supplies for today’s class. That’s Tyner Academy students Demetric Bush and Ashunti Garner’s dream; an art-class- mobile named LOUD. A chance for…
16 Dec

Local Students Win LAUNCH Entrepreneurship Competition

December 16, 2013     News

Partners Demetric Bush and Ashunti Garner brought home the grand prize of $10,000 worth of startup capital and business services with their business LOUD after 17 groups of students hailing from The Howard School, Brainerd High School and Tyner Academy participated in the LAUNCH competition. Pitched as a non-profit organization, LOUD will offer mobile art classes for teens to openly express…