Monday, October 18, 2021
Stop by the Chattanooga Public Library table to make an official Startup Week button and learn all about the 4th Floor Makerspace. Located in the Downtown Library at 1001 Broad St, the Makerspace is a community hub for entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and more. With just a library card, you get access to 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl plotters, a CNC router, large format printer, screen printing, a sewing lab, and co-working spaces!
Come find out about Twende, a year-long opportunity for tech founders of color in TN looking to grow their businesses.
This session will be followed by Office Hours in the afternoon for those interested in speaking 1:1 about the program.
Come hear Kelly Lewis, Professional Organizer and Owner of Inspired Organizing LLC, teach the ins and outs of an organized workspace.
PR/Communication/media professionals Chloé Morrison and Jim Tanner will teach entrepreneurs how to create positive media coverage. We'll cover how to do an interview, write a press release and work with the media.
The 90s are back and the mall is calling!
Calling all start-ups, artisans, small business owners, niche specialties, and boutique owners.
Learn how your business can host a popup shop at Hamilton Place Mall or Northgate Mall.
At this session, we’ll share data about Chattanooga’s tourism economy to help you understand the size of the market and make decisions for your businesses. We’ll also discuss marketing to diverse tourists and best practices for engaging visitors. You’ll leave this event with ideas on how to promote your business to our visitors and residents, and with a list of free ways to engage with Chattanooga Tourism Co.
Successful small businesses or startups aren't built by having a single "genius" or great leader at the top from day one. They are built by creating a sustainable structure and purposeful culture, of which the ability to get, keep, and grow great people should be priority number one. By obsessing over finding the best people (who fit our culture and growth goals), we have had rapid success since 2019. Tune in to hear more from Chris Hurst, CEO of StratusGrid
Raising capital during any time can be rough, but your first round during the pandemic? Ron Fabela, cofounder of SynSaber, dives into the lessons learned from successfully raising a seed round during COVID.
As COVID-19 continues to challenge our community and small business owners, the LAUNCH Chattanooga team is working to support entrepreneurs. This workshop will discuss the challenges and advantages of starting a business during this time, as well as the necessary steps to do so.
In this seminar, join the PROOF team as they discuss what it’s like to explore the creation, development, and market execution of launching a consumer product.
Mike Robinson - Founder
Mia Littlejohn - Founder
Kaleena Goldsworthy - Director of Programs
Tim Moore - Director of Communications
In this session we will cover: investor accredidation, what kinds of companies to look for, and risk vs. returns (i.e. what to expect).
Who should attend? - Those interested in becoming angel investors - People interested in technology and investing - Founders who want perspective on "the other side of the table"
Wefunder and Capacity Capital are partnering to host a conversation about new avenues to access and raise capital for businesses of all types.
The most important driver of economic growth in Chattanooga is home-grown entrepreneurship. Regulation crowdfunding and other alternative capital tools can help make sure that our community can invest in the founders they care about supporting most.
This session is a coffee tasting and documentary preview. Global growers and communities rarely get to see how much people enjoy their craft. And, with limited success at the bottom of the chain, their livelihoods are often compromised by the global commodity price for coffee. Because we recognize their value and want to share it with others, Goodman Expert Coffee Roasters intentionally sources and roasts to highlight the work of innovative farmers, such as Ventola and Unblended in Colombia, to promote sustainability and build others up. The result is exceptional and innovative coffee you can feel good about.
Lawyers are people, too! Come join us for light refreshments and the opportunity to ask us your most pressing legal questions – whether related to your investment opportunities, emerging business, or plans for getting started.
Meeting with an attorney should not be scary, nor should it be a hassle. Our Chambliss Startup Group attorneys are dedicated to helping Chattanooga's entrepreneurial community thrive. In this event, we'll briefly share what we do and how you can use us and our partners as a resource. You'll have time to ask us questions as a group or one-on-one. We'll also provide our go-to checklist for startups, covering areas related to company organization, employees and independent contractors, brand and intellectual property identification and protection, contracting, and investments/funding. This event will be casual, so feel free to drop in on either of the two days that fit your schedule best. Whether you're an entrepreneur starting out, an investor looking to expand your portfolio, or your team is doubling in size, we combine our industry and legal experience to provide you with business-minded solutions to help you thrive.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
In this session, you’ll hear from a new entrepreneur who has overcome challenges by staying focused on core values. Hear how staying true to your mission can positively impact your business.
What does sustainability mean to your startup? In this session you’ll get up to speed about Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), which is a term that’s becoming commonplace for investors, customers, influencers and employees. You’ll learn why it’s important to be ESG-savvy and how local nonprofit green|spaces can help.
Learn what makes some people extremely effective in their roles, and the difference between a static vs. growth mindset. This session will also include ways to help others develop a growth mindset.
Join Young Professionals of Chattanooga (YPC) and hear from Elaine Merritt, Executive Director, BNI as she talks about the available networking opportunities, plus a how-to on what to do once you are there (and steps on following up afterward).
Join us for a panel discussion with local business women about financials, minimum viable product development, customer retention, team development, and more.
- Lauren Mindermann, founder of Lolo Bar, and journey of entering the CBD industry
- Porsche Torregano, TN&GA realtor, assisting owners maneuver in the brick and mortar decision-making
- Alicia Moore (Business Relations) from First Volunteer Bank
Join ArtsBuild as they share tips on applying for their grant funding and share information about applying for arts based grant funding more generally.
Nah, we aren't watching TV! You do not want to miss this "commercial break." We talkin' real estate. Join Alexis Willis and a panel of homegrown brokers from Second Story Real Estate Management to learn about the nitty gritty of commercial real estate. Sure, you know a residential agent that can help you find your dream home, but would you go to an eye doctor for a toothache? All broker specialties are not the same and we are here to share some insight on how to find the right fit for you and your business needs!
Your pitch is your movie trailer.
In this session we will cover:
- Slides & information investors expect to see
- Questions you SHOULD ask... and what you SHOULDN'T
- Adapting your pitch for any situation
Additionally, we will select companies from the audience to give 30 second, 1 minute and 2 minute elevator pitches - and receive live feedback from our panel.
The SBA Tennessee District Office will provide updates on recent changes to the EIDL loan and “grant” program and will take your questions. You must get your application submitted before December 31 2021 or before the funds run out. SBA Tennessee will also provide information on all SBA programs available to you for counseling, government contracting, and traditional lending.
We will be leading a discussion about electronics recycling and why it is so important to keep electronics and their components out of the landfill. We will also be accepting small electronics for recycling!
Delta-8 THC and CBD edibles are popular. But are they legal? Join us for a discussion on the current state of the local cannabis industry with a special focus on the status of Delta-8 THC and CBD as a food additive. Are you an (aspiring) entrepreneur operating in the legal grey zone of cannabis-derived products? Learn how to protect your business from the unexpected.
Join James Chapman (CEO Plainsight App) Tenisha Irvin (Realtor/Investor, Tenisha Irvin Radio Show) and Kevin Love (Cofounder of BEC Award Show, Privileged Chattanooga and Chattanooga Business Elite) as they discuss how hustling in the startup world has paid off. They will talk about everything — the pitfalls, the success stories, taking advantage of the opportunities and networking. This event will feature a DJ, drinks and light refreshments
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The Center for Urban Informatics and Progress explore the history and current state of Chattanooga's technology and smart city initiatives and how the two work together. By using the MLK Smart Corridor as our primary example, we will explain its purpose and goals, application, and future efforts. We will take a special look at our lidar-based pedestrian analytics project and how it is shaping local policy.
Hosted by Jason Provonsha and Malcolm Harris, this event is to learn more about Steam as we are reshaping transportation logistics, providing end-to-end visibility and custom solutions for every customer. Steam is one of the fastest growing 3PLs in the U.S., delivering integrated logistics solutions across International, Drayage, and Domestic transportation modes. We are diverse group of high-minded individuals, dedicated to continuing to drive our company’s explosive growth and investing in our company’s unique culture.
We are fun, but serious about outcomes. We are quirky, but we get things done. Above all, we are committed to living out our company’s mission and maxims and we want exceptional people to join us on this journey!
In this session, you’ll learn ways the community, local businesses, municipalities, and government can work to help engage with and support the hospitality industry. With the pandemic leaving bars and restaurants in a critical state, leaning on one another and communicating needs and general understanding is crucial to rebuild our industry locally and beyond. Join a discussion between business owners and those in economic development. Learn how we we can enact meaningful and powerful change to help everyone succeed.
People can’t resist a good story, and when you’re sharing your business or organization's mission, story can be one of your most powerful tools. But, there’s an art to crafting a narrative that is both compelling and informative. Join us for this panel on the power of story, hosted by The Enterprise Center, featuring three local businesses and nonprofits (Lodge Cast Iron, The Chattanooga Tourism Company, and Chattanooga Whiskey), who have used a smart approach to storytelling to share their mission. We will discuss how to think about who your audience is, what your message is, and what platform (video, blog, podcast, social media) you should use.
Hosted by Pathway Lending, join us an in-depth conversation with a serial entrepreneur, lender, and a local business owner. Our panel will address topics ranging from what is an entrepreneur, market research (is my idea worth pursuing), how to set up a business, and accessing capital. This will be an open conversation with Q&A at the end. We look forward to having you join us!
Are you maximizing each opportunity you have to create great business relationships? If you often find yourself leaving networking events without making meaningful connections, or if you don't know where to start networking, then this is the workshop for you. Hosted by TSBDC + BNI of Southeast TN.
Join Kaleena Goldsworthy, owner of The Bitter Bottle, for an in person cocktail (and mocktail!) class where she will go over the history and preparation of 2 cocktails you can make at home to celebrate any occasion (but for this event, we'll be toasting to start up week!). While this demonstration is FREE, you also have the option to purchase a cocktail kit - which will include all non alcoholic, non perishable ingredients (and some tools!) needed to make the drinks along with Kaleena at home. For more information on how to purchase a cocktail kit, please email [email protected]
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Join Hannah Lancaster, Design Sprint Facilitator for Bridge Innovate, in this digital learning experience of creating a Value Proposition Canvas for growth. Learn to understand your customer’s needs better and how to communicate the value of your product and services.
Go from course creator to business owner in 6 easy steps. This program shows you the system that cuts through the overwhelming details of business startup. This workshop shows you how to choose what to teach, how to teach it, how to record it, and how to sell it — without spending a lot of money.
Expect any kind of business or personal growth to be met with resistance. Even though we want support from our loved ones, many times we get the opposite.
The “Show Up & Be You” (SUBY) talk will show that it’s possible to stop walking on eggshells and live your true life. You’ll learn ways to relieve stress, renew your purpose and feel revived.
You’ll experience a profound and simple technique that’s transformed hundreds of clients. Practiced on a regular basis you’ll experience ways to:
1. Disengage from pressure & stress
2. Set yourself up for success
3. Focus your energy on what matters most
4. Get back on track when you've been derailed
You can get unstuck and stop walking on eggshells. Knowing how to move forward with confidence is possible. You can influence with power & love, without regrets.
Begin the process of living your true life beyond messy relationships. There’s no guarantee that resistance won’t happen. But you have what it takes to move through it and into your purpose.
Text Request has grown nationally, in part, because of the resources and relationships we have access to right here in Chattanooga. Join Kenneth Burke, VP of Marketing at Text Request and Briana Garza-Wilson, co-founder of Chatt Taste, to learn how to leverage the local business ecosystem to build your reputation and revenue. David Martin, cofounder of Heed PR, will moderate. You'll walk away with a game plan to grow your brand, recruit top talent, increase sales, and move your business forward — all while giving back to our community.
*Register in Zoom link as well *
Thinking about taking your culinary skills beyond cooking or baking for family and friends to sharing your delectables with the broader community for profit? If so, this virtual workshop is for you. Whether you are currently a home-based operation, catering, or considering a food truck, this panel will provide you with the practical, technical, and resource information that you need for regulatory compliance and success.
Meet the panelist:
Ryan Brown - Program Manager, Food Programs, Hamilton County Health Department
Wykena Brown - Kena's Cajun Kitchen
Christine Nguyen - Mama Crunk's Pies
James "Pat" Rowe - BBQ Rowe and Catering
THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SEPARATE REGISTRATION
Ladies Who Launch is a partnership between The Chattery & Common House and connects women who are breaking glass ceilings and impacting our community. This month's topic is artists as entrepreneurs featuring Mattie Waters & Jules Downum (The Popup Project), Erika Roberts (Velvet Poetry) and moderated by Miriam Manda of Arts Build.
Lunch is sponsored by The Company Lab
In this event, experts from WYRE will discuss the critical pieces of technology you need to take your business from zero to one and set yourself up for growth. Learn about everything from domains for websites and professional email to cybersecurity essentials and scalability.
This session will teach business owners how to set up for receiving and how to apply for business grants regardless of their business models.
Friday, October 22, 2021
Join us for the official launch of the global leader in research-based organizational culture management, Hofstede Insights' USA office.
Hofstede Insights, USA is located in the ever-growing, technology focused "silicon valley of the south," Chattanooga, TN. The firm is made up of management consultants, trainers, coaches, facilitators, academics and data technicians, all with global experience and recognized experts in their respective fields.
During the celebration you'll hear from...
-Chattanooga's Mayor Tim Kelly
-Hofstede Insights, USA's Director and CEO Lisa DeWaard, Ph.D.
-The Group CEO of Hofstede Insights Egbert Schram
-Investment Banker & Entrepreneur Chukuka Chukuma
You've likely driven or walked on the UTC testbed for Smart Cities located downtown on MLK Boulevard, but do you know about the innovation taking place? Join UTC for a walk-and-talk tour of the space and learn how innovative technology is being developed and deployed in a real-world setting - right here in Chattanooga!
You can find the meeting point here.
The Enneagram is a system that helps you uncover your core personality, deeper motivations, and unconscious patterns. But more than that, it is a map that helps you grow beyond your personality and shows the way to your true self. It is a tool for transformational personal growth, and it all starts with knowing your Type. This is the beginning point to unlocking all the magic that the Enneagram holds. This workshop will introduce you to the Nine personality types in a fun, interactive way + booze.