Use the Starting Block Chattanooga Resource Navigator below to find local business assistance.
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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.
B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Services & Social) On Brainerd
B.O.S.S On Brainerd is Chattanooga’s authentic urban organization that allows entrepreneurs to mix business with pleasure. We provide business plans, grant writing and one-on-one or group training/consultations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dynamo Ventures is a supply chain and mobility investor, focused on pre-seed and seed-stage opportunities, and invests only in enterprise business models.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Small Business Development Program for business owners and entrepreneurs focused on business education, one-on-one coaching, and connecting to resources. Designed to launch a new business or grow an existing business. No cost to participants.
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.
We are a 0-to-1 solution company that focuses on minimum viable product generation and product function tailoring to your target audience. We also provide assistance for finding the right manufacturer for your product.
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.
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.
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!
Society of Work
Small Office Space, Coworking, Conference Room Rental, Business Mailing Address
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.
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.
As an employment attorney and HR consultant admitted in Tennessee, California and Texas. Dan advises and represents clients from those in the startup phase to those in business for decades. He also serves as a consultant for the TSBDC and an adjunct professor in UTC’s Rollins College of Business.
Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)
Consulting and training for small businesses, at no cost.
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.
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.
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.
Women Investing in Women. Female angel investors growing women’s business leadership throughout the Southeast United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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