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1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a weekly gathering of our entrepreneurial community. Each week attendees have the chance to hear from a founder or leader of a business in the community and connect with one another.

Tim Moore

Phone: (423) 648-2195
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1100 Market St.
Ste 100
Chattanooga, TN 37415

BrightBridge Capital

Since 1981, BrightBridge Capital has been committed to achieving positive economic and community development outcomes by providing loans and technical assistance to business owners who are unable to obtain conventional funding needed to start or grow their businesses.

Gary Moore

Phone: (423) 653-3012
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506 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Capacity

Building a revenue-generating business is a huge accomplishment. But when growth beyond the startup stage becomes a challenge, many business owners don’t know where to look for the next level of support. We act as an ally to connect business owners with the guidance, funding, and connections required to get to the next level.

Jonathan Bragdon

Phone: -
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1100 Market, Suite 650
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Gary W. Rollins College of Business, UTC

Supports the entire University of Tennessee at Chattanooga community through cross-campus programming and initiatives. Works closely with community partners to support student entrepreneurs.

Libby Santin

Phone: (423) 425-4786
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615 McCallie Ave.
Dept. 3123
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Chambliss Startup Group

Founded in 2011, Chambliss Startup Group is deeply rooted in the startup community and provides comprehensive, 360° legal advice to entrepreneurs, emerging and high growth companies, and investors in a variety of industries.

Willa Kalaidjian

Phone: (423) 756-3000
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605 Chestnut Street
Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450

Chatt-Town Kitchen, Shared Commercial Kitchen Rental (located inside Sweet Angel Cakes)

We are a shared use commercial kitchen for rent by food start up businesses in Chattanooga and surrounding areas. We are perfect for small and start up businesses who need to be in a inspected kitchen but aren’t ready for their own full fledged kitchen space and obligations.

Toni Repko

Phone: 4234853473
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6331 East Brainerd Road
Apison, TN 37302

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

With more than 200 networking events each year, our members connect with potential customers, city officials and the broader community. These networking opportunities range from AM Networking or Business After Hours at a member business attended by approximately 100 people – to the Chamber’s annual EXPO Chattanooga with more than 2,500 attendees.

At these events, members develop sales leads, create business opportunities, receive referrals and form relationships with Chattanooga area business leaders.

Ben Cairns

Phone: (423) 763-4331
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811 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tn 37402

Chattanooga Marketing Clinic

Community & Support System for Entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, TN.

Connect with local entrepreneurs, small business owners like you as well as Chattanooga Marketing Clinic’s mentors who are there to answer your questions and help you with a particular issue that you are facing. Bring your current marketing issues for a group discussion and get valuable feedback from marketing experts and other business owners and professionals like you.

Anton Demenchuk

Phone: (423) 600-9010
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1100 Market St. Ste 600
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Chattanooga Technology Council (ChaTech)

ChaTech connects technology-related and tech-enabled businesses around topics of mutual interest and training. Members include startups to enterprise companies across industries. Programs target CIOs, CISOs, data geeks, women in tech, and other IT areas.

Carla Askonas

Phone: (423) 541-3675
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100 Cherokee Blvd, Ste 103
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute exists to increase the leadership capabilities and influence of women. We work to elevate more women to decision-making spaces and accelerate women-owned small businesses.

Kim Shumpert

Phone: (423) 394-8173 Ext: 4233948173
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PO Box 4363
Chattanooga, TN 37405

CO.LAB

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work with companies ranging from Main Street businesses to tech startups scaling into major markets.

Katie Hendrix

Phone: (423) 281-0811
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1100 Market St.
Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Compañia

Compañía is the hub for Chattanooga’s Latino community and is La Paz’s membership initiative that focuses on relationship building and immersion into the Latino community by celebrating and sharing culture, growing professional aptitudes and give back to the community in a meaningful way

Irma Velazquez

Phone: (423) 255-4754
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1402 Bailey Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Dynamo Ventures

Dynamo Ventures is a supply chain and mobility investor, focused on pre-seed and seed-stage opportunities, and invests only in enterprise business models.

Santosh Sankar

Phone: N/A
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800 Market St.
Suite 201
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership

The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (GCEP) represents the 16 county region surrounding Chattanooga. GCEP provides support to regional economic developers to bring investment into the Greater Chattanooga area.

Lizzie Hickman

Phone: (706) 263-1081
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811 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tn 37402

INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center

The INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center is a mixed-used business incubator over 50 unique startups call home. We provide wrap around support to a community of diverse entrepreneurs to help grow their business.

Victoria Baltz

Phone: (423) 752-4301
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100 Cherokee Blvd
Ste. 100
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Kiva

Kiva offers 0% interest crowdfunded loans up to $15,000.

Katie Hendrix

Phone: (423) 648-2195
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1100 Market Street
Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37402

LAUNCH

LAUNCH offers small business training, support, and affordable resources to underrepresented entrepreneurs, specifically women and people of color, empowering them to create sustainable, successful businesses.

DeJuan Jordan

Phone: (423) 523-9307
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100 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Launch Tennessee

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. We empower Network Partners and other stakeholders by making resources accessible in order to activate sustainable economic growth in Tennessee. Our aim is to stimulate the statewide economy by facilitating capital formation, market building and nurturing Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Morgan Dent

Phone: (434) 806-5881
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90 Oceanside Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204

National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) at UT-Chattanooga provides military veterans with practical training in venture creation and growth, accompanied with five months of advising from subject matter experts, all free of charge.

Sandra Cordell

Phone: (423) 425-4417
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615 McCallie Avenue, Dept. 6056
307-C Fletcher Hall
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Office of Small Business Advocate

My office is a resource for small businesses when it comes to interactions with state government, whether that’s obtaining a license, complying with regulations, or any other way that state government intersects with small business.

J. D. Cressman

Phone: (615) 401-7958
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425 Rep. John Lewis Way N.
Nashville, TN 37243

Proof Incubator

Proof Incubator is a resource whose mission is to support owners and operators in the food and beverage ecosystem, including everything from restaurants to packaged-goods startups.

Tim Moore

Phone: (423) 716-7207
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422 E. MLK Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement

The Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement is a giving circle committed to funding and supporting organizations, projects, and efforts which improve Chattanooga’s Black community. The fund is housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Members commit to donating an annual gift to the fund and collectively make funding decisions.

James McKissic

Phone: (423) 991-4198
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Williams Street
Chattanooga, TN 3702

SCORE Chattanooga

We’re Here for The Life of Your Business. Chattanooga SCORE offers FREE business mentoring, low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous templates and tools to help you start or grow a business.

Pat Wente

Phone: (423) 553-1722
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5726 Marlin Road
Suite 515
Chattanooga, TN 37411

SHRM Chattanooga

With 350 members in the Chattanooga area, SHRM Chattanooga is the local Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Our professional members offer expertise, to establish a strong HR foundation. Success in growing your company begins here!

Merri Mai Williamson

Phone: (423) 432-4454
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Post Office Box 6062
Chattanooga, TN 37401

Society of Work

Small Office Space, Coworking, Conference Room Rental, Business Mailing Address

Mary Stargel

Phone: (423) 449-9112
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1100 Market Street
Suite 600
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Solas BioVentures

Solas BioVentures is a Venture Capital firm, that invests exclusively in the Life Science industry, focusing primarily on early and development stage Biotech, Medtech, and Digital Health companies. HQ is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but our coverage is global.

Joshua Eckelberry

Phone: (423) 741-2010
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412 Georgia Ave. Suite 201
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Southeast Tennessee Development District

We provide small business funding for startups & existing businesses with Local, State & Federal loan programs specific to job creation and/or retention.

Audra Kelly

Phone: (423) 762-1045
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1000 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Small business counseling, training, and resources.

Madison McCann

Phone: (423) 756-8668
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100 Cherokee Blvd
Suite 202
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU), a financial cooperative headquartered in Chattanooga, provides an array of financial services to business and commercial members. Through TVFCU’s Idea Leap Loan Initiative, emerging businesses are able to receive loans up to $50,000.

Marcus Cade-Johnson

Phone: (423) 355-1398
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535 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

The Chattery

The Chattery offers fun, affordable and accessible in-person and virtual learning experiences for adults everywhere. Classes and workshops range from cocktails and calligraphy to business development and financial planning.

Shawanda Mason

Phone: (423) 521-2643
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1800 Rossville Avenue
Suite 108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

The Enterprise Center

The Enterprise Center, a non-profit economic development partner to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County region, unites people, organizations and technology to build an advanced and inclusive future for our community, with a focus on equity, collaboration, economic mobility, and Smart City innovation.

Debra Socia

Phone: (423) 661-3300
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1100 Market
St #500
Chattanooga, TN 37402

The JumpFund

Women Investing in Women. Female angel investors growing women’s business leadership throughout the Southeast United States.

Kristina Montague

Phone: (423) 757-0514
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201 W. Main St. Suite 205
Chattanooga, TN 37408

TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC)

TriState MSDC is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization chartered to advance business and procurement opportunities for certified minority business of all sizes, namely Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations.

Cheri Henderson

Phone: (615) 259-4699
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MetroCenter, Plaza Building 1, 220 Athens Way, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37228

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.

Vickye Bone

Phone: (423) 756-1762 Ext: 34
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730 E. MLK Jr Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403

UT Center for Industrial Services

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) delivers technical assistance and training to businesses and communities throughout Tennessee. UT CIS has the real-world experience and expertise to give businesses and communities the tools they need to grow, succeed and create good jobs.

George Aslinger

Phone: (423) 432-1842
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540 McCallie Ave
Suite 460
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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.

Patrick Miles

Phone: (423) 752-0301
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630 Market Street
John P. Guerry Hub for Social Innovation
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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