2020 // Business & Technology

(Above) Photo by Rich Smith

 

Chattanooga Boasts Favorable Business Climate

 

If there’s one thing people can agree on, it’s that Chattanooga is good for business. Thanks to the city’s location, lifestyle, cost of living, attractions, pro-business government, and high-speed internet, Chattanooga is able to attract businesses from around the world.

In 2019, Business Facilities named Tennessee the state with the best business climate. It isn’t the first time either: Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 by the magazine three times in the past 12 years. Also in 2019, Paychex Inc. heralded Tennessee as the nation’s leader in small business employment growth. In the spring of 2019, annual exports for Tennessee manufactured goods were estimated to be around $24 billion.

The Scenic City is no exception when it comes to business growth. In 2019, unemployment for the Chattanooga, TN-GA metropolitan statistical area hit 2.8% – the lowest number in roughly two decades. Nearby Cleveland also saw its unemployment rate drop to 2.8%. Both marks surpassed the levels seen in the state of Tennessee and nationally. A survey from ManpowerGroup even puts Chattanooga as No. 1 on a list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas that have the best hiring outlook heading in to 2020.

A big factor in the record levels of unemployment and the positive outlook for job growth is the continued development of advanced manufacturing, largely driven by international companies choosing the Chattanooga area for their operations. Most notable has been the continued expansion of the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant. This year, the auto manufacturing giant announced it would expand operations to produce the Atlas Cross Sport for 2020 and become the home base for electric vehicles. Over $1.1 billion is to be invested by Volkswagen of America to expand operations, and an additional 1,000 direct jobs will eventually support the production of the 2022 electric vehicles.

Other notable expansions have been Wacker Chemie and Nokian Tyres. In Bradley County, Munich, Germany’s Wacker Chemie announced this year that it would be investing $150 million to build a new plant and add new positions to reach 700 total employees. Finland-based Nokian Tyres opened its North American tire production factory this year in Dayton, Tennessee, which will add 400 workers.

Closer to home, Osaka, Japan’s automotive paint and coatings producer Nippon Paint USA announced this year that it would invest over $60 million to build a LEED-certified site in Chattanooga that would add 150 jobs.

German-based ATN Hoelzel also announced that it would be locating its North American headquarters to Chattanooga. Offering quality robotics solutions, the company will expand its manufacturing operations at the Chattanooga location, which will result in 100 new jobs.

 

Did You Know?

In 2019, 13 Chattanooga companies were named to Inc.’s 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies.

 

The owner and family standing outside the chattanooga bakery

The Chattanooga Bakery (Photo by Emily Long)

 

 

Also adding jobs have been United States-based companies with established operations in the Chattanooga area. Among the most notable are Cleveland’s Mars Wrigley Confectionery, which broke ground on a $142 million investment and is expected to add approximately 80 jobs. Micronics Engineered Filtration Group and Team Title Services are also slated to add roughly 220 jobs as they develop the former Alstom site on Chattanooga’s riverfront. Zeus Industrial Products announced it would invest over $11 million in its Chattanooga operations and will add over 50 new jobs.

Adding to the economic progress for the Chattanooga area is the development of new businesses led by aspiring entrepreneurs. With the support of business incubators and accelerators, startups are able to flourish within the Scenic City. Among the most notable are the INCubator, the Enterprise Center, CO.LAB, and the Lamp Post Group.

Run by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the INCubator is the largest business incubator in the state and the third largest in the nation. The Enterprise Center helped put Chattanooga on the map as the first mid-sized city to establish a district dedicated to assisting startup businesses. CO.LAB, a nonprofit accelerator, offers resources and support for small businesses and high-growth potential startups, while the Lamp Post Group is a venture incubator helping take aspiring entrepreneurs’ ideas from planning stages through financial investment to culmination.

Supporting the economic progress of local businesses are public and private equity groups. Among those are Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Tenth Street Capital, The JumpFund, FourBridges Capital Advisors, Dynamo Ventures, BrightBridge, and River Associates Investments, to name a few.

The support of city, state, and private organizations was noticeable in 2019, when the elite Techstars Austin accelerator program chose more new companies from the Scenic City than any other town in the United States. Techstars offers financial assistance and national recognition to new businesses with the greatest potential for success. Supporting the growth of new business startups, the Scenic City has been recognized for the last five years by SmartAsset as having the lowest startup costs.

Given Chattanooga’s strategic location to water, rail, and interstate systems, the city has long been a hub for logistics services of all types, whether that be third-party logistics companies or delivery organizations. Today, the city continues to experience economic growth behind the success of logistics companies. Out of the 13 Chattanooga companies named to Inc. 5000’s 2019 fastest-growing companies, eight of them are in the logistics industry. Top logistics providers such as U.S. Xpress, the nation’s fifth-largest, asset-based truckload carrier by revenue, and Covenant Transport, a national leader in expedited truckload freight, are both headquartered in Chattanooga, and Kenco Group, Arrive Logistics, and Coyote (now a part of UPS) are also located in the area.

In 2016, Dynamo, a logistics accelerator, put Chattanooga on the radar as an up-and-coming company for logistics technology, and FreightWaves, a transportation and logistics data and content provider, has made an investment in the community by adding over 250 jobs.

Over the last decade, Amazon has opened multiple distribution facilities in the area, and FedEx expanded in 2017 by opening a second distribution center near Enterprise South Industrial Park. Third-party logistics provider Arrive Logistics agreed to add 500 new jobs in the area over the next several years. Kenco Group is opening a 10,000-square-foot Supply Chain Innovation Test Lab at its Chattanooga headquarters, which will serve a team of innovation specialists as they work to create potential supply chain management solutions.

Another very important industry for the state of Tennessee and the Scenic City is tourism. In 2018, tourism for the Chattanooga area reached $1.1 billion. The industry entertained over 5 million visitors, employed over 8,800 people in the Chattanooga area, and generated $90 million in state and local taxes, of which $12.5 million went to Hamilton County schools. With the increase in tourism, new hotels, including a number of boutique hotels, have opened in in recent years, and more are slated to come online in the near future.

Complementing businesses and services throughout the area is EPB’s fiber-optic network. From leading medical research to advanced manufacturing to technology startups, EPB’s 10-gig – or 10,000 megabits per second – service provides the platform for information of all types to be easily managed in the most efficient manner. First established in 2010, the gigabit internet speed thrust Chattanooga into the international spotlight, and in 2015, EPB launched a 10-gig service called NextNet, which is known as the fastest internet service in the world.

Avenger Logistics (Photo by Rich Smith)

 

Top Employers in Chattanooga

Company  /  # of Employees

Erlanger Health System  /  7,870

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee  /  5,193

Hamilton County Schools  /  4,674

Tennessee Valley Authority  /  3,501

McKee Foods Corp.  /  3,100

Unum  /  2,800

Volkswagen of America  /  2,498

CHI Memorial Hospital  /  2,407

City of Chattanooga  /  2,308

Roper Corp.  /  1,900

Source: Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Major Employer List – 2019

Top Chattanooga Startups

 

Access America

Third-party logistics, now Coyote Logistics/UPS

Aegle Gear

Health care performance apparel

Ambition

Sales productivity software

AudiencePoint

Digital marketing services

Avenger Logistics

Freight brokerage and logistics

Bellhops

Moving service

Branch Technology

Freeform 3D printing
for construction

CodeScience

Application development

Collider

3D printing

Conversant Group

IT services and consulting

EnerG3

Energy project development

FreightWaves

Logistics data provider

iPrint 3D

3D printers for orthodontics

LYNC Logistics

Freight brokerage amd logistics

MediTract

Process management
for health care

Reliance Partners

Insurance brokerage for
transportation industry

Signix

Digital signature

Skuid

UI/UX software

SmartFurniture

Customizable furniture store

Southtree

Digital media conversion

Steam Logistics

International logistics

Torch

Smart Wi-Fi router

Transcard

Prepaid financial software

Trident Transport

Third-party logistics

Variable

Information technology
and mobile sensor manufacturer

WeCounsel

Telehealth engagement platform

Note: Alphabetical order only.

LYNC Logistics (Photo by Rich Smith)

 

Associated General Contractors 0f 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.

P.O. Box 871 Chattanooga, TN 37401

423.424.4220 | brightbridgeinc.org

Focusing on companies in Tennessee and Georgia, BrightBridge specializes in nontraditional business financing. BrightBridge works with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide financing opportunities for existing and startup businesses. BrightBridge is also certified as a Community Development Financial Institution and has other specialized sources of financing available.

 

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

811 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.2121 | chattanoogachamber.com

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce champions member businesses and promotes regional economic growth. Leading initiatives are the Chamber-managed INCubator program and support for existing industry and small businesses. The Chamber also works to support workforce development and the recruitment of new business investments to the area. The Chattanooga Chamber supports more than 2,000 member organizations throughout the Chattanooga area, providing networking opportunities, advocating for business-friendly public policy, and engaging in countless other efforts to support business and economic development in the region.

 

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 Chattanooga Bar Association actively supports the legal community.

Hoff Sauce (Photo by Our Ampersand Photography)

 

 

Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

736 Market St., 18th Floor Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.8687 | 800.322.3344 | chattanoogafun.com

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes and develops visitor experiences for our community’s economic and social prosperity. 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 one of “10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.” in Conde Nast Traveler, a 2019 “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by Livability, and one of “7 Rising U.S. Cities That Should Be on Your 2019 Bucket List” by TripAdvisor.

 

 

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 135 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 $190 million in donated health care services for low-income workers in the 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 | NAACPChattanooga@epbfi.com

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.

(Left) Photo by Matt Reiter

 

 

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency

Development Resource Center

1250 Market St., Suite 2000 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.

 

 

Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association

10 W. MLK Blvd., 5th Floor  Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.266.1902 | cma1902.com

The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association (CRMA) works to enable cooperation, competitiveness, and profitable growth for all Chattanooga regional manufacturers to create an enriched economic future for all.

 

 

ChaTech (Chattanooga Technology Council)

100 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 103 Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.826.8700 | chatechcouncil.org

ChaTech is a nonprofit professional association for tech and tech-enabled organizations. Its mission is to support the tech community, provide technical education to underserved middle and high school students, offer scholarships to college students pursuing IT and computer science majors, develop accessible workforce programs, curate an inclusive and welcoming environment, and be on the cutting edge of technological innovation. Open to companies of all sizes, membership is comprised of major industry sectors, from innovative startups to the most influential companies in Chattanooga. Members can participate in programs that bring together a mix of voices and experiences to cultivate a vibrant information technology ecosystem.

 

Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute

P.O. Box 4363 Chattanooga, TN

37405 423.394.8173 | cwli.org

For 23 years, Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) has been increasing the leadership capabilities and influence of women in Chattanooga. CWLI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) membership organization striving to equip women with high-quality leadership skills while addressing issues unique to females. They are 600 members strong and growing – offering a variety of educational programs, events, and leadership development opportunities spanning all career fields and levels of experience.

 

 

Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce

225 Keith St. SW Cleveland, TN 37320

423.472.6587 | clevelandchamber.com

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the business development of its members and the economic growth of and the highest quality of life for the Ocoee Region of Tennessee. Programs include Young Professionals Association of Cleveland, Allied Arts Council, Leadership Cleveland, Youth Leadership Program, and more.

 

 

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.

 

 

The Enterprise Center

1100 Market St., Suite 500  Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.661.3300 | theenterprisectr.org

Backed by the City of Chattanooga, The Enterprise Center is dedicated to 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.

Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools

Dr. Bryan Johnson,
Hamilton County Schools
(Photo by Matt Reiter)

 

 

Executive Women International of Chattanooga

P.O. Box 11522 Chattanooga, TN 37401

423.648.1530 | 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 United States and Canada. EWI membership offers member representatives a platform to promote their company, further their professional development, and give back to their community.

 

 

Greater Chattanooga Realtors®

2963 Amnicola Hwy. Chattanooga, TN 37406

423.698.8001 | gcar.net

Founded in 1912, Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® is “The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga.” The association is a regional organization with more than 2,000 members and is one of more than 1,300 local boards and associations of realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of REALTORS®. Greater Chattanooga REALTORS® serves 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.

Craig Holley, Pinnacle Financial partners

Craig Holley, Pinnacle
Financial Partners
(Photo by Lanewood Studio)

INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center

100 Cherokee Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37405

423.752.4301 | chattanoogachamber.com/incubator

A program of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and located in the Hamilton County Business Development Center on the NorthShore, the INCubator is 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, subsidized 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 nearly 600 small businesses into the community.

 

 

Junior League of Chattanooga

622 E. Fourth St. Chattanooga, TN 37403

423.267.5053 | jlchatt.org

juniorleague@jlchatt.org | jlchatt.recruit@gmail.com

Junior League of Chattanooga Inc. 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. The Junior League is committed to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations, and communities, and its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

 

 

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 in the community. Each year the Kiwanis Club sponsors the Great Kiwanis Duck Race, which drops 5,500 rubber ducks from the Walnut Street Bridge. The mission of Kiwanis International is “to serve the children of the world, one child and one community at a time.” Fulfilling this motto, the Chattanooga Kiwanis Club has made building and revitalizing playgrounds at schools and in the community its signature project. Several other Kiwanis Clubs are active in the Chattanooga area, including East Brainerd Kiwanis and Hixson Kiwanis. The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga meets for lunch every Tuesday at noon at The Mountain City Club.

 

 

Leadership Chattanooga

811 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.2121 | chattanoogachamber.com/leadership

Established by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation in 1984, Leadership Chattanooga is the premier program for the development of future local leaders. Leadership Chattanooga class members connect with our community while learning about what it means to lead. Through monthly sessions, education-related projects, police ride-alongs, and more, participants graduate with a fresh understanding of our community’s strengths and challenges, and how we can all be part of solutions.

 

 

Lions Clubs of Chattanooga

lionsoftennessee.com

More than 80 years ago, the Chattanooga Downtown Lions Club was formed as a service organization. Today, numerous 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 has 1.4 million members in over 200 countries and celebrated 100 years of service in 2017.

Darlene Williams, Tennessee American Water

Darlene Williams,
Tennessee American Water

Mechanical Contractors Association of Chattanooga

The Bailey Bldg. | 1089 Bailey Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404

423.400.8777 | mcaofchattanooga.com | mcaoftennessee.com

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 as 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., Suite 200 Miller Plaza 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

Hamilton Place | hamiltonplacerotary.org

Breakfast | chattanoogabreakfastrotary.com

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga was organized in 1914 and is the oldest and largest club in the organization’s District 6780. The Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary was chartered in 1990 and the Breakfast Rotary Club (Hixson) in 2002. An evening club was started in 2019. Rotary clubs meet in other communities in Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, and around the world. Rotary clubs are friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

 

 

SCORE Chattanooga

Chapter 211

5726 Marlin Rd., Suite 515  Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.553.1722 | scorechattanooga.org

pat.wente@scorevolunteer.org

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.

Beecher Hunter, Life Care Centers of America

Beecher Hunter,
Life Care Centers of America
(Photo by Rich Smith)

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 offer programs and services for core business functions, including community and economic development, planning and local government assistance, career and workforce development, and aging and disability programs.

Photos by (Left) Lanewood Studio, (Right) Rich Smith

 

 

Talent & Economic Inclusion Department of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce

811 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.763.4338 | chattanoogachamber.com/economic-inclusion

Each year, the Chamber solidifies its commitment to an equitable, inclusive, and thriving Chattanooga economy. With an intentional approach to diversity and inclusion, the Chamber works to increase the representation and accelerated growth of diverse businesses in the community. The Chamber supports employers with a commitment to grow minority-owned enterprises and a diverse talent pipeline. The Chamber also promotes inclusive workplaces through outreach, training, programs, networking events, marketing, and strategic partnerships.

 

 

TechTown

1100 Market St., 2nd Floor 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, multiday 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 Department of Economic and 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.

Fillauer Companies, Inc. (Photo Courtesy of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce)

 

 

Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Chattanooga State Community College

INCubator/Hamilton County  Business Development Center

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 of Chattanooga (YPC)

811 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402

423.756.2121 | ypchattanooga.org

A program of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Young Professionals of Chattanooga creates opportunities for young professionals (21–40) to connect and grow into future leaders of Chattanooga. YPC 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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