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Each year, Chattanooga hosts Startup Week, a multi-day celebration that highlights the growing startup scene and inspires entrepreneurial thinking. Activities include tours of the Innovation District, business and lifestyle seminars, and world-renowned speakers.

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As a result, Chattanooga keeps earning recognition from national publications. In 2015, Chief Executive magazine named Chattanooga second among the top five cities in America for manufacturing. In 2016, and for the third year in a row, the Brookings Institution named the state of Tennessee tops for advanced industry growth. The same year, Business Facilities magazine ranked Tennessee among the top states in the U.S. for “Business Climate.” For a second year, SmartAsset, a personal finance company, named Chattanooga as the lowest cost place to launch a startup.  At the US Ignite Smart Cities Innovation Summit attended by city leaders from across North America, Chattanooga was recognized as one of the first Smart Gigabit Communities.Forbes also noted Chattanooga’s tech surge as a phenomenon to watch. 

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In the Chattanooga area, advanced industries, and specifically auto manufacturing, has driven growth. According to the Brookings Institution report, Chattanooga ranks among the top 10 Tennessee metro areas for advanced industries growth. Since 2010, more than 12,000 jobs have been created in advanced industries, and another 10,000 jobs are expected in the next few years.  Around 12.8% of Chattanooga’s workforce is dedicated to manufacturing jobs, compared to the national average of 8.8%.

Much of the growth in manufacturing is due to Volkswagen setting up shop in Chattanooga in 2011. Volkswagen’s production facility created over 2,000 new jobs and drew automotive suppliers like Gestamp Corporation, a global manufacturer of metal automotive components, to the area. With Volkswagen ramping up production on their new midsize SUV, they are aiming to double production capacity  and hire 1,000 more employees.  Responding to this growth, additional auto suppliers, like Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, RemSourceUSA, and Plastic Omnium, are expanding nearby. Chattanooga Seating Systems, which makes automobile seats, is investing $5.4 million to expand its operations and create more jobs in Hamilton County.


Other manufacturing firms have chosen Chattanooga as their home base as well. They include the German B+M Surface Systems, a global manufacturer of machinery, which chose Chattanooga as its North American base. In 2016 Wacker Chemie, a global manufacturer of chemical products, officially opened its new polysilicon production site in Charleston, Tennessee, located just north of Cleveland. The $2.5 billion dollar site which will eventually employ 650 people, is Wacker’s largest single investment ever.

Longstanding homegrown companies, including Chattem (now a Sanofi company), Coca-Cola Bottling Co., McKee Foods, and Southern Champion Tray have all expanded operations or are planning to do so. In the last five years, manufacturing firms have invested more than $4 billion dollars in the metro area alone.

Given Chattanooga’s strategic location, close to water, rail, and interstate systems, the Scenic City has long been a transportation hub. Chattanooga is home to some of the top logistics providers, including U.S. Xpress, Covenant Transport, Kenco, Coyote (now a part of UPS),and Schnellecke Logistics. Amazon opened a one million-square foot distribution facility in 2011, and has expanded the facility to now employ more than 3,000 people. FedEx is expanding their footprint in Chattanooga by building a $30 million, 235,000-square foot ground distribution center near Enterprise South Industrial Park. The new center is in addition to its existing 163,000-square-foot facility off Alton Park Boulevard.


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In the last decade, Chattanooga’s tourism industry has steadily increased each year. The industry topped $1 billion for the second year in a row in 2016. With 3.5 million annual visitors, hotel development and management companies are continuing to expand, as six new upscale hotels are slated to open in 2017. 

The support and infrastructure available to startups in Chattanooga is unprecedented for a midsize city.  Chattanooga is the first midsize city to establish an innovation district, a concentrated 140-acre mix of start-up businesses, business incubators, and accelerators, located in the center of downtown.

The Enterprise Center, anchoring the district, works to attract and develop new businesses. On the North Shore, the INCubator, run by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of the largest and most successful business incubators in the U.S. 

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Launch Tennessee, a state-sponsored, public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies, has led the creation of new businesses throughout the state. Among its seven regional accelerators is Chattanooga’s CO.LAB. The CO.LAB offers resources and support for high-growth potential startups. Among them, CO.STARTERS and CO. LAB Accelerator provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools needed to turn business ideas into sustainable, thriving businesses. CO.LAB’s GIGTANK 365 attracts entrepreneurs from around the world hoping to earn funding to develop new technology-based ideas in Chattanooga.

Supporting Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a community of public and private equity groups. Among many are Lamp Post Group, Spartan Ventures, Tenth Street Capital, The Jump Fund, SwiftWing Ventures, Blank Slate Ventures, Four Bridges Capital Advisors, and River Associates Investments.


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The foundation for Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has been EPB’s fiber optic network, a community-wide fiber optic network capable of delivering high-speed internet to homes and businesses. First established in 2010, the Gig (1,000 megabits per second) launched Chattanooga into the international spotlight. The high-speed internet system provided greater efficiency with more capacity than slower networks. In 2015, EPB launched 10-gig service (10,000 megabits per second) called NextNet – the fastest internet service in the world.

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ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF EAST TENNESSEE
101 W. 21st St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408 423.265.1111 | agcetn.org

Founded in 1920, the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee (AGC) serves as a trade association for members including general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors, service providers, and supplier companies that support and participate in the regional commercial construction industry. By providing its members with a multitude of personal and professional development opportunities, the AGC ensures efficient operations and maintains current information on the latest trends, codes, and standards for the construction industry.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU 508 N. Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.266.6144 | chattanooga.bbb.org

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serves Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia with a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner. BBB accredited businesses must meet certain standards to qualify for accredited status and to remain accredited. Through the support of accredited businesses, the BBB works for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising and by investigating and exposing fraud.

BRIGHTBRIDGE INC.
Women’s Business Center
535 Chestnut St., Suite 161 Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.648.9251 | brightbridgewbc.org

Focusing on companies in the Tennessee Valley, the BrightBridge Women’s Business Center specializes in building bridges between its audiences and its resources. The center assists women entrepreneurs interested in starting new businesses or growing existing endeavors to fulfill their maximum potential. Using individual counseling and group training sessions, the organization provides women with tools to prepare a business plan, access capital, enhance their business
management skills, and develop marketing strategies, business certification, and government contracts.

CHATTANOOGA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
811 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.756.2121 | chattanoogachamber.com

With a focus on promoting regional economic growth, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce champions member businesses and implements a comprehensive job creation strategy. Leading initiatives in that strategy are the Chamber-managed INCubator program and the support of existing industries and small businesses. The Chamber also works on multiple fronts to support workforce development and the recruitment of new business investments to the area. The Chattanooga Chamber supports more than 2,200 member organizations throughout the Chattanooga area, providing networking opportunities, advocating for business friendly public policies, and engaging in countless other efforts to support the local business community.

CHATTANOOGA AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
736 Market St., 18th Floor Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.756.8687 |  800.322.3344 chattanoogafun.com facebook.com/chattanoogafun twitter.com/chattanoogafun
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The Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) promotes Hamilton County as a year-round destination for leisure travel, meetings, conventions, and sporting events. If you would like to host a group in Chattanooga, the CVB will help you through every step of the planning process for free. It’s easy to see why Chattanooga was named Outside magazine’s “Best Town Ever” twice and National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Towns in the U.S. to Live + Play.”

CHATTANOOGA BAR ASSOCIATION
801 Broad St., Suite 420 Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.756.3222 | chattanoogabar.org

The Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA) works for the betterment of the legal profession by stimulating respect, esteem, and fellowship in the legal community. In addition, the CBA takes an active interest in governmental affairs. In the year of its Centennial Celebration, the CBA Board adopted a program focusing on three major issues: service to the community, service to the profession, and service to the client. In correlation with the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, the Chat-tanooga Bar Association actively supports the legal community.

CHATTANOOGA & HAMILTON COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
1917 E. Third St.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
423.622.2872 | chattmd.org

Dedicated to serving the interests of physicians and the well-being of their patients, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has worked for 134 years as the voice of the medical community, monitoring legislation and other changes affecting medical professions. The society serves as a collective advocate for area members and promotes the general health of residents. Since 2004, the Medical Society and Medical Foundation have coordinated more than $145 million in donated health care ser-vices for low-income workers in our community through Project Access.

CHATTANOOGA-HAMILTON COUNTY NAACP BRANCH
756 E. MLK Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
P.O. Box 3226
Chattanooga, TN 37404 423.267.5637 | chattanooganaacp.org

Formed in 1909 by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a nonprofit organization established with the objective of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority groups. The mission of the NAACP is to eliminate racial prejudice and remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.

CHATTANOOGA-HAMILTON COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY
1250 Market St., Suite 2000 Development Resource Center Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.643.5900 | chcrpa.org

The Regional Planning Agency (RPA) provides land use planning support for the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and other municipalities within the county. RPA conducts transportation planning for Hamilton County and a portion of North Georgia through a federally funded organization called the Transportation Planning Organization. RPA develops and maintains a variety of planning and policy tools and provides zoning and subdivision reviews for its member jurisdictions and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.

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TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
100 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 103 Chattanooga, TN 37405 423.826.8700 | chattanoogatechnologycouncil.org

An open membership organization, the Chattanooga Technology Council promotes technology and innovation across the greater Chattanooga region. A nonprofit, the Council is the driving force to connect and empower the region’s technology community. Known for connecting talent to opportunity, supporting technology education across the region, and promoting technology and economic develop-ment, the Council is engaged in the area’s strategic technology community plan. Events and services available to members include monthly networking luncheons, special interest groups, including Women In Technology, and user groups on special technical platforms.

CHATTANOOGA WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 4363
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423.394.8173 | cwli.org

The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) is instilled with its seven founders’ belief that women bring a broad range of talents and perspectives to our community, which contribute to growth and stability. Since 1998, CWLI has instituted a wide range of outreach programs for women in all walks of life. CWLI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) membership organization comprised of approximately 600 women. CWLI offers a variety of educational programs, events, and leadership development opportunities in areas of politics, community service, business, mentoring, and entrepreneurship.

THE COMPANY LAB (CO.LAB)
1100 Market St., Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.648.2195 | colab.co

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurial growth in Southeast Tennessee. The organization works to help launch and sustain new businesses, increase the viability of startups, connect aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors and experts, and strengthen the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
811 Broad St., Suite 100 Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.763.4338 | mnoel@chattanoogachamber.com

The Chamber’s diversity & inclusion department supports established and emerging diverse businesses in the Chattanooga region. Many of these businesses face historic barriers to accessing capital, building an inclusive customer base, and forging connections within the broader business community. An Advisory Board of business owners and corporate leaders guides the department in meeting the needs of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms, as well as international companies. The Diversity & Inclusion Department also connects local firms to business opportunities outside of Hamilton County and works with major employers to implement diversity and inclusion strategies.

THE ENTERPRISE CENTER
1100 Market St., Suite 500
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.661.3300 | theenterprisectr.org

The Enterprise Center is establishing Chattanooga as a hub for innovation and improving people’s lives by leveraging the city’s digital technology to create, demonstrate, test, and apply solutions for the 21st century.

EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL OF CHATTANOOGA
P.O. Box 11522
Chattanooga, TN 37401 423.892.8899 | ewichattanooga.org

Since 1938, Executive Women International (EWI) has engaged executives through networking connections, career development, company promotion, and community involvement. More than 1,600 companies and 2,100 representatives are members of EWI today in nearly 57 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. EWI membership offers member representatives a platform to promote their company, further their professional development, and give back to their community.

GERMAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SOUTH TENNESSEE CHAPTER
8 E. Seventh St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.385.2500 gacctn@gaccsouth.com | gaccsouth.com

Founded in 1978, this organization is a private nonprofit representative of German trade interests in the region. Its mission is twofold: to promote the economic and business interests of entities that work to develop and/or preserve commercial ties between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Southern U.S.; and to improve German-American business conditions by organizing and supporting discussions, and providing tailored services to such entities in order to support their foreign business activities. The GACC is composed of 130 German chambers of commerce and government offices in 90 countries. It has successfully built an extensive network of more than 700 members across the Southern U.S. while assisting in the growth and cooperation of companies doing business on a global scale. The Tennessee Chapter opened in Chattanooga in 2013.

GREATER CHATTANOOGA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
2963 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
423.698.8001 | gcar.net

Founded in 1912, the Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS® is “The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga.” The Association is a regional organization with more than 1,700 members and is one of more than 1,400 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of REALTORS®. The Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS® services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in Southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties in Northwest Georgia.

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA
3221 Harrison Pk.
Chattanooga, TN 37406 423.624.9992 | hbagc.net

A nonprofit trade association, the Home Builders Association has a membership composed of professional builders, developers, and others engaged in home building, remodeling, and light commercial construction. Also included are representatives of financial institutions, realtors, suppliers of building materials, and specialized tradespersons. The association promotes responsible building and development standards, monitors legislation, represents its membership in the halls of government, engages in the educational process, and provides networking opportunities for members.

INCUBATOR AT THE HAMILTON COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
100 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423.752.4301 | chattanoogachamber.com/incubator

A program of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the INCubator offers 127,000- square feet of startup support – the largest business incubator in Tennessee, and the third largest in the United States. The INCubator helps startups achieve success through a three-year, staged development program including shared administrative services, below market rent, training opportunities, use of a state-of-the-art Technology Conference Center, free on-site counseling from the Small Business Administration and more. The INCubator has graduated more than 500 small businesses into the community.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL OF THE CHATTANOOGA CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE
811 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.756.2121 | chattanoogachamber.com, #ChattanoogaIBC

The International Business Council of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate and resource for international business, providing a culturally diverse forum for organizations, business leaders, and communities. It promotes a rich, vibrant, and progressive international environment for business development in our region. The International Business Council is one of 12 Councils of the Chattanooga Chamber – more information on these is on page 29.


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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHATTANOOGA
622 E. Fourth St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403 423.267.5053
jlchatt.org | juniorleague@jlchatt.org

Junior League of Chattanooga (JLC) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  JLC will celebrate its Centennial in 2017. If you are interested in joining and working alongside women with a longstanding commitment to making Chattanooga a better place to live and work, please contact JLC for more information. 

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHATTANOOGA
P.O. Box 1103
Chattanooga, TN 37401
423.267.6568
kiwanischatt.org | kiwanischatt@comcast.net

Since its founding in 1918, the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga has been active in the service and financial support of many charitable organizations, including Northside Neighborhood House, Chattanooga Kids on the Block, Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center, Boy Scouts Cherokee Council, Children’s Advocacy Center, VORP, and the Ronald McDonald House. The organization also sponsors the Kiwanis Duck Race each year. The mission of Kiwanis International is “to serve the children of the world, one child and one community at a time.” Several other Kiwanis Clubs are active in the Chattanooga area, including Brainerd Kiwanis, which has sponsored an annual barbecue fundraiser for decades.

LAMP POST GROUP
800 Market St., Suite 200 Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.521.1400 | lamppostgroup.com

At its core, Lamp Post Group (LPG) is a venture incubator. The firm helps aspiring entrepreneurs take their ideas from the planning stages to reality through financial investment and business guidance. LPG combines the talent of a small venture incubator with the financial capabilities of a venture capital firm to create a system that encourages fast, independent company growth. The firm’s companies range across industry and stages of growth, and work together to equip the entire incubator with resources and talent for every conceivable need.

LEADERSHIP CHATTANOOGA
811 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.756.2121 | chattanoogachamber.com

Established by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation in 1984, Leadership Chattanooga is the premier program for the development of future local leaders. The 10-month program introduces people of promise in early or midcareer to community issues and services while developing their leadership skills in preparation for prominent roles in business, cultural, and political affairs. To date, more than 1,200 individuals have completed the challenging, motivational program, which includes experiential learning opportunities and community service team projects.

LIONS CLUBS OF CHATTANOOGA
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More than 80 years ago, the Chattanooga Downtown Lions Club was formed as a service organization. Today, 14 Lions Clubs are active in the Chattanooga area, providing charitable activities often related, but not limited to, sight preservation and eye disorders. Through the Kid Sight Outreach Program, over 500,000 preschool children in Tennessee have been screened. The organization provides financial support for Tennessee School for the Blind, Tennessee School for the Deaf, Leader Dogs, Learning Ally, and Hamilton County Lions Sight Services. Lions Club International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.4 million members in over 200 countries and will celebrate 100 years of service in 2017.

MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION OF CHATTANOOGA
P.O. Box 387
Chattanooga, TN 37401
423.265.3693 | mcaofchattanooga.com
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The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chattanooga promotes education, professional development, and quality among its membership, which includes pipe fitting, plumbing, sheet metal, heating and cooling contractors, and service companies. The mission of the organization is to provide the finest workmanship and expertise available for major industrial projects, as well for light commercial and residential needs. Members are dedicated to continuing excellence in their fields while sharing best practices and networking with one another.

RIVER CITY COMPANY
850 Market St.
Miller Plaza, 2nd Floor Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.265.3700 | downtownchattanooga.org rivercitycompany.com

River City Company is the economic development engine for Downtown Chattanooga. Through its work to cultivate and advocate for a vibrant and healthy downtown, River City Company stimulates the community’s economic, social, and cultural growth.

ROTARY CLUB
Chattanooga | chattanoogarotary.com Chattanooga Hamilton Place
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The Chattanooga Downtown Rotary Club was organized in 1914 and is the oldest and largest club in the international organization’s District 6780. The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place was chartered in 1990. Rotary clubs also meet in the Hixson area, as well as other communities in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. The Rotary Club serves numerous civic and worldwide initiatives, advocates high ethical standards, and works to build goodwill and peace throughout the world.

SCORE CHATTANOOGA
Chapter 211
5726 Marlin Rd., Suite 515 Chattanooga, TN 37411
423.553.1722 | scorechattanooga.org chattanoogascore@gmail.com

SCORE is a nonprofit organization staffed with 18+ volunteers who are former business executives and managers, or small business owners with a total of 700+ years of education and experience in the business world. SCORE is dedicated to mentoring Chattanooga’s entrepreneurs in the formation, growth, and success of small and nonprofit businesses. Founded in 1964, SCORE provides free counseling/mentoring services, including helping startups address operational issues or assisting with other business concerns. Services are free, confidential and unlimited. SCORE is always interested in attracting former and existing executives and small business owners who wish to pay it forward by becoming SCORE mentors.

SIMCENTER: Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering
701 E. MLK Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423.425.5497 | utc.edu/SimCenter

SimCenter: Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering focuses on cross-disciplinary research, development, education, and training using modeling and simulation with high-performance computing to address challenging problems in energy and environmental sciences, health and biosciences, and manufacturing. Chattanooga’s leadership supports the SimCenter as a focal point for
the city’s technology community through partnerships that strengthen high-technology in Chattanooga and support ongoing economic development initiatives.

SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
P.O. Box 4757
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423.266.5781 | sedev.org

The Southeast Tennessee Development District (the District) is a special purpose government unit, owned and governed by local county and municipal governments throughout southeast Tennessee and the Chattanooga MSA. The District cost-effectively provides staffing resources to local governments and delivers programs and services regionally. The work of the District is accomplished by utilizing local, state, federal, and private funds to deliver programs and services through core business functions, including community and economic development, planning and local government assistance, career and workforce development, and aging and disability programs.


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TECHTOWN
325 Market St., #200 Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.308.7730 | gotechtown.org

TechTown is a technology and entrepreneurial learning center offering year-round technology and arts education programs, field trips, multi-day camps during school breaks, and workforce development for adults. It is dedicated to providing innovators of all ages access to an innovative learning environment, awareness of the many career opportunities available in technology and arts fields, and training in 21st century skills. The center is designed for learners across all skill levels and demographics, from ages 7 to 70. TechTown is a place where people discover, learn, and explore the limitless possibilities of their imaginations.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS
10 W. MLK Blvd., 5th Floor Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.266.1902 | tennam.com

The Tennessee Association of Manufacturers (TAM) works to enable cooperation, competitiveness, and profitable growth for all Tennessee manufacturers to create an enriched economic future for all citizens of Tennessee. As the only statewide association exclusively dedicated to manufacturers and their allies, TAM has a professional staff dedicated to the needs of its members.

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615.741.1888 | tnecd.com

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

TENNESSEE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Chattanooga State Community College
100 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 202 Chattanooga, TN 37405
423.756.8668 | tsbdc.org/ChSCC

In cooperation with resource partners, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) provides a comprehensive source of solutions to aid in the creation, management, expansion, and sustainability of businesses in Tennessee. Services include consultation, education, and referral support. The TSBDC network contributes to the growth and development of the Tennessee economy by assisting with domestic and international trade issues. The TSBDC is a Chattanooga State Community College organization sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA
730 E. MLK Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423.756.1762 | ulchatt.net

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans and other underserved individuals to enter the economic and social mainstream. The Urban League structures its focus around initiatives that provide the greatest impact on the social and economic future of underserved people.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION OF CHATTANOOGA (YPAC)
811 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
ypchattanooga.org

A program of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga creates opportunities for young professionals (21–40) to connect and grow into future leaders of Chattanooga. YPAC aims to be Chattanooga’s leadership incubator: the place where young professionals come to find inspiration, impact the community, build relationships, channel energy, advocate passions, and leave better than they came.

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Chattanooga Area Chamber Of Commerce Events

The Chattanooga Chamber’s mission is to champion member businesses and promote regional economic growth. Founded in 1887, the Chamber’s membership includes more than 2,200 companies. The Chamber Foundation, a separate but related entity established in 1969, handles economic development through a public-private partnership called Chattanooga CAN DO, playing a direct role in the creation of more than 21,500 new jobs since 2003.


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Annual Events:

Mayors’ Business Breakfast January 18, 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

Small Business Awards Luncheon & EXPO Chattanooga March 29, 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

Leadership Luncheon
May 19, 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

Diversify 2017
June 23, 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

Chamber Annual Meeting
August 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

Chamber Open House
September 2017
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chamber Offices,
811 Broad St.

Spirit of Innovation Awards Luncheon
November 2017
Chattanooga Convention Center

AM NETWORKING (MONTHLY)
Visit a different business the first Wednesday of every month for networking and refreshments
from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS (MONTHLY)
Visit a different business the third Thursday of each month for networking and refreshments from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

AMBASSADORS (MONTHLY)
Chamber Ambassadors meet the second Tuesday of each month during lunch.

YPAC (MONTHLY)
The Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga (YPAC) meets the last Friday of each month at lunch.


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