Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

Since 1982, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga has been an affiliate of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest community-based organization movement devoted to empowering African-American and other underserved individuals to enter the economic and social mainstream. Its programmatic emphasis is on education, economic empowerment, workforce development, Inclusion by Design Diversity Program, and the Entrepreneur Center, which provides assistance to small business owners.


The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Entrepreneur Center focuses on supporting the development, growth, and success of minority, women, and veteran owned businesses in the Chattanooga area. The Urban League works with several strategic partners who support business development in the city through referrals, events, and training activities.

We offer loan packaging and funding guidance support for local businesses through a host of lending programs. We work with our strategic partners to offer start-up business training programs and one-on-one business counseling to expand the impact of our entrepreneurial work. Business owners have access to affordable entrepreneurial training programs and continued support from the Urban League.

NextLevel: NextLevel Chattanooga is an innovative program designed specifically for established small business owners. We provide know-how, training, and networks needed to turn growth plans into action. It is a great way for entrepreneurs to focus on goals, maximize your time, and make a big leap forward. At the end of the seven-month program, which uses the nationally-recognized StreetWise‘MBA’™curriculum, business owners will walk away with renewed mindsets, fresh perspectives, and a three-year strategic growth plan to help them move forward.

For more information, visit www.ulchatt.net.

Services Provided

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Tax Services

Business Planning

  • Diversification
  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Equity Funding Preparation

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Workforce Training (Specialty)
  • Workforce Incentives

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)


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

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Business Management Training
  • Startup Classes
Contact Information
Vickye Bone
730 E. MLK Jr Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 756-1762 Ext: 34