We know our first two blog posts were kind of long, but we'll keep it short this Friday, with one of our favorite quotes. How are YOU going to define yourself?
What is Kiva?
March 9, 2017
By Marco Perez
“Access to capital.” That’s one of the top challenges entrepreneurs that we support face when trying to grow their business. At LAUNCH we try to narrow the gap between those who can easily start new businesses and those who find themselves always struggling to get their business off the ground. Our program started shortly after the recession and we knew that the only method to…
While Felicia Jackson describes herself as a “closet inventor,” it was two family emergencies – one that ended on a positive note, but one that did not – that led her to create something called The CPR LifeWrap. The Chattanooga native and mother of three has spent more than 20 years in the medical field in acute inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient care, and home health settings. Jackson…
A Call to Action
January 10, 2017
With so much tragedy and controversy these days, many of us are left with the feeling of “What can I do to help?” As someone who moved to Chattanooga from another state, I consider myself lucky to now be a part of this community. The way in which people here come together in the wake of tragedy always amazes me. This community understands that we are much stronger together. Today, I…
Local entrepreneur Lisa Tumlin is opening a transitional home for HIV-positive women, and she's looking for a last few donations before women start moving in next week. "I'm trying to supply everything and I'm paying the rent," she said. Although she has gotten a lot of what she needs, such as linens and beds, she's still in need of a kitchen table, computer and washer/dryer—which…
And sometimes that inspiration comes in the form of a miracle. At just 15 years old, Ternae Jordan, Jr. was an innocent bystander in a shooting and was struck in the head by a stray bullet. He lost his life that day, but was later resuscitated although left brain dead and blind. Somehow, he not only survived, but can also see and function normally. With the bullet still lodged between his brain…