Venture Forward at United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Venture Forward, a division of United Way of Greater Chattanooga, serves as our region’s nonprofit professional development association. Venture Forward’s purpose is to empower & strengthen impact in the social sector through community building, professional development, advocacy, and innovation.

About

United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s mission is to unite people and resources to build a stronger, healthier community. Venture Forward, a division of United Way of Greater Chattanooga, serves as our region’s nonprofit professional development association. Venture Forward’s purpose is to inspire and spark innovative solutions and positive momentum for nonprofits and the community in order to advance social impact. 


United Way envisions a community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full, human potential through pathways of education, health, and economic stability. We recognize that the greater impact we can make in the community is by leveraging collective impact and mobilizing cross-sector partnerships to tackle some of our area’s most complex social challenges.


Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Grant Funding Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Award Recognition
  • Branding
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Design Services
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Patrick Miles
Address
630 Market Street
John P. Guerry Hub for Social Innovation
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone
(423) 752-0301