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.


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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Economic Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

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

Internship Programs and Student Services

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

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business

Libraries and Research

  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

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


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific (Specialty)
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

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


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space (Specialty)
  • Coworking
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development (Specialty)
  • Prototype Development (Specialty)
  • R&D Support

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Design Services
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)


  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends (Specialty)
  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
Contact Information
Patrick Miles
630 Market Street
John P. Guerry Hub for Social Innovation
Chattanooga, TN 37402