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5 Mar

LAUNCH Announces $100 for 100 Campaign

March 5, 2015     Chattanoogan.com     News

In 2015, LAUNCH anticipates reaching the milestone of 100 entrepreneurs that have successfully started businesses with the help of their Business Entrepreneurship Academy. LAUNCH continues to empower entrepreneurs, many of whom have overcome significant setbacks in life, in turn helping to alleviate poverty in Chattanooga and making a difference in the community. With that commitment comes the…
24 Feb

Episode 14: Startups Get Lots of Resources

February 24, 2015     WUTC.org     News

Launch is an organization that aggressively seeks out disadvantaged individuals in underserved neighborhoods and teaches them how to start and manage their own small businesses.  Co-Founder Hal Bowling has helped change lives by helping people achieve financial stability through both part-time and full-time business ownership.  Hal works with the unemployed and underemployed in 4 key…
14 Feb

Entrepreneur launches nonemergency transporation business

February 14, 2015     Nooga.com     News

Entrepreneur Robin Davis was getting ready for an empty nest as her teenage daughter prepared to graduate high school. But after spending the past decades focused on her daughter, she wanted to find something to do when her daughter left.  "I have been praying about it and asking God to show me something that can help the community," she said.  The health care industry veteran saw a…
12 Feb

LAUNCH Entrepreneur Celebrates Grand Opening

February 12, 2015     Chattanoogan.com     News

LAUNCH entrepreneur Robin Davis will celebrate the Grand Opening of her business, Loving Hands Helping Hearts Transportation this month. After more than 20 years in the medical industry, Ms. Davis decided it was time for a change.  She was inspired by a patient that came to her office, and shortly thereafter learned about the LAUNCH Business Entrepreneurship Academy.  Ms. Davis got more…
10 Feb
Dipped Fresh co-owner Antonia Poland used to wonder how other business owners got in on certain opportunities. She would hear about events and wonder how her business could have gotten the chance to cater for it. But as a new business owner, she didn't really know where to start.  That was in 2012. Since then, help from city and chamber leaders has helped her business flourish. …
5 Feb

Chattanooga boosts purchases from minority businesses

February 5, 2015     Times Free Press     News

Chattanooga has hit one of its goals for working with diverse businesses in the city four months early. According to City Spokeswoman Lacie Stone, more than 14 percent of the companies the city does business with have African American, Latino, Asian, female or veteran owners. In April, 2013, that number was 2 percent. The city set the goal of 14 percent by June. Since Jan. 1, the city has spent…