LAUNCH Party
Sep
7
5:30 pm17:30

LAUNCH Party

Join us for a fundraiser celebrating 6 years of LAUNCHing amazing entrepreneurs!

Presented by Reliance Partners
Featuring UT Football Coaching Legend Phil Fulmer as guest speaker

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm cocktail reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm dinner and presentation

Stratton Hall
3146 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Space is limited, so don't hesistate! Register here.

*If you are interested in purchasing a regular or VIP table, please email Sandy at sberry@launchchattanooga.org.

Sep
11
Nov 14

Business Entrepreneurship Academy: Fall 2017!

LAUNCH’s Business Entrepreneurship Academy is a 10-week course aimed at adults interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one.

This class works on validating and expanding an individual’s business idea. Topics include how to develop a business plan, market research, customer development, financial planning, marketing, branding, social media, and more.

At the end of 10 weeks, graduating entrepreneurs will work with a business coach, and have the option of partnering with a business mentor, as well. Graduates are encouraged to attend monthly roundtable sessions in which other graduates come together to share experiences and encourage one another on their journeys as entrepreneurs.

There are two locations/times to choose from:

Mondays
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Chattanooga Workspace
302 W. 6th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Tuesdays
5:30pm - 8:15pm
Eastgate Town Center's Career Center
5600 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

To register, click here.


May
15
6:00 pm18:00

Business Entrepreneurship Academy Spring Graduation

The time has come! Entrepreneurs from our Spring classes are now ready to graduate.

After working hard for 10 weeks with our faciliators, these business owners are now ready to take the next step and start their business.

Come celebrate with us at the Business Development Center and welcome these new entrepreneurs to the Chattanooga businesss community!

Mar
6
Mar 31

Business Entrepreneurship Academy Spring 2017

LAUNCH’s Business Entrepreneurship Academy is a 10-week course aimed at adults interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one.

This class works on validating and expanding an individual’s business idea. Topics include how to develop a business plan, market research, customer development, financial planning, marketing, branding, social media, and more.

At the end of 10 weeks, graduating entrepreneurs will work with a business coach, and have the option of partnering with a business mentor, as well. Graduates are encouraged to attend monthly roundtable sessions in which other graduates come together to share experiences and encourage one another on their journeys as entrepreneurs.

There are two locations/times to choose from:

Mondays
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Chattanooga Workspace
302 W. 6th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Tuesdays
5:30pm - 8:15pm
Eastgate Town Center's Career Center
5600 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

To register, head here.

Dec
4
4:00 pm16:00

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

  • UTC's Benwood Auditorium

This Fall semester, students from Howard High School, Brainerd High School, Tyner Academy, East Ridge High School, and Red Bank High School have been working hard on their business plans. On Sunday, December 4th, they'll pitch their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges for 3 different prize packages. The only thing that's missing? They need an audience to cheer them on! Join us in celebrating their hard work and achievements over the past few months, and witness a group of amazing future entrepreneurs.

*Admission is free and open to the public. This year, we'll be at UTC's Benwood Auditorium in the EMCS Building at the corner of Palmetto and East 5th Street.

Nov
22
6:00 pm18:00

Business Entrepreneurship Academy Graduation

  • The Edney Building

Join us in celebrating the Fall 2016 Business Entrepreneurship Academy graduating class. After 10 weeks of class and countless hours of work and research, this group of 33 entrepreneurs is now ready to become a part of the Chattanooga startup community. 

*Admission is free and open to the public.

Oct
6
12:30 pm12:30

Nearly 300 Minority Businesses Started: How They Did It

We believe diversity in the entrepreneurial community isn’t highlighted often enough. LAUNCH and our city partners provide support to women, minorities and micro business owners in 8 U.S. cities. Come hear about inspiring entrepreneurs and how these organizations are creating a diverse start-up community.

*Lunch is free to those who RSVP with EventBrite!
https://launchoct6.eventbrite.com/

Oct
5
7:30 pm19:30

Startup Showdown [a Startup Week Chattanooga event!]

LAUNCH is proud to once again be a part of Startup Week Chattanooga with our annual Startup Showdown! 

Business plans have been made, and now its time to throw down! 

Join us for a head-to-head competition between LAUNCH entrepreneurs during Startup Week Chattanooga! You'll hear pitches from 10 different startups, but there's only room for one winner.

To make it even more of a nail biter, we're throwing in an audience vote. Yes that's right, YOU have a say.

#LAUNCHshowdown #startupweekcha

Sep
12
Nov 15

Business Entrepeneurship Academy: Fall 2016

LAUNCH’s Business Entrepreneurship Academy is a 10-week course aimed at adults interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one.

This class works on validating and expanding an individual’s business idea. Topics include how to develop a business plan, market research, customer development, financial planning, marketing, branding, social media, and more.

At the end of 10 weeks, graduating entrepreneurs will work with a business coach, and have the option of partnering with a business mentor, as well. Graduates are encouraged to attend monthly roundtable sessions in which other graduates come together to share experiences and encourage one another on their journeys as entrepreneurs.

There are two locations/times to choose from:

Mondays
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Chattanooga Workspace
302 W. 6th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Tuesdays
5:30pm - 8:15pm
Eastgate Town Center's Career Center
5600 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

To register, click here.

Jun
6
Jun 10

LAUNCH Kinect

The second annual LAUNCH Kinect, a week of fun, entrepreneurship and networking for urban teens, will take place from June 6 -June 10. 

LAUNCH Kinect aim is to empower and grow students' knowledge and connections throughout Chattanooga with the support of positive and influential local business leaders. This week-long intensive workshop focuses on additional entrepreneurial skills, going beyond LAUNCH's High School Entrepreneurship Program.

During this week, students from The Howard School, Brainerd High School, Tyner Academy and CGLA are equipped with the tools and connections needed to manage, brand, and grow their business. Topics covered, with the help of sponsors and business professionals who graciously volunteer their time, include customer service, finance, professionalism, branding and marketing. 

Spring Graduation
May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Spring Graduation

The time has come for our Spring  2016 Business Entrepeneurship Academy entrepreneurs to graduate! As always, we invite you to join in on the celebration as these new entrepreneurs get ready become a part of the Chattanooga business community. 

We'll see you at the Small Business Development Center at 6:00pm on May 17th!

May
5
7:30 am07:30

Business Breakfast

  • The Chattanoogan

Our annual Business Breakfast will take place Thursday, May 5th and is open to Chattanooga's Business Community. 

Come learn about what LAUNCH has accomplished in the last 5 years, as they've supported 114 businesses and watch as entrepreneurs from their Business Entrepreneurship Academy have created 125 jobs.

To host a table, or buy an individual seat, click here.

Business Entrepreneurship Academy: Spring 2016
Mar
7
May 10

Business Entrepreneurship Academy: Spring 2016

Both class locations are now SOLD OUT!

LAUNCH’s Business Entrepreneurship Academy is a 10-week course aimed at adults interested in starting a business, and those who have already started one.

This class works on validating and expanding an individual’s business idea. Topics include how to develop a business plan, market research, customer development, financial planning, marketing, branding, social media, and more.

At the end of 10 weeks, graduating entrepreneurs will work with a business coach, and have the option of partnering with a business mentor, as well. Graduates are encouraged to attend monthly roundtable sessions in which other graduates come together to share experiences and encourage one another on their journeys as entrepreneurs.

There are two locations/times to choose from:

Mondays
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Facilitator Linda Murray Bullard
Chattanooga Workspace
302 W. 6th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Tuesdays
5:30pm - 8:15pm
Facilitator Susan Freeman
Eastgate Town Center's Career Center
5600 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition
Mar
6
4:00 pm16:00

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

Students from Tyner Academy, Brainerd High School, The Howard School, Chattanooga Girl's Leadership Academy and the STEM School are working hard to perfect their business plans and pitches. On March 6th, 12 groups will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges from Chattanooga's startup community, and we invite you to be a part of the audience! At the end of the evening, we'll announce first, second and third place winners, who will walk away with resources to help them start their business.

This event will be held at UTC's University Center Auditorium, and is family friendly.

Admission is free, but please be sure to reserve your ticket ahead of time here.

Life After LAUNCHing: Creating a Vision Board
Dec
15
5:30 pm17:30

Life After LAUNCHing: Creating a Vision Board

  • The Edney Building

Creating a Vision Board is an opportunity to discover the importance of vision, how to craft a vision for your life, and put your “forecast” for 2016 on paper in a creative way! Vision is vital to accomplishing goals - before you do it, you have to see it. Putting your ideas on paper is the first step.  So let's grab some poster board, scissors, shred up some magazines, and have a blast!

What you'll need to bring:

- Old Magazines

- Scissors

- Your ideas!

We'll supply:

- Magazines

- Glue

- Poster Board

- Anything else we can think of!

To go ahead and reserve your spot, click here.

This class is part of a monthly partnership between The Chattery and LAUNCH to educate entrepreneurs and businesses.

Business Entrepreneurship Academy Graduation
Nov
17
6:30 pm18:30

Business Entrepreneurship Academy Graduation

  • The Edney Building

In September, 24 aspiring entrepreneurs stepped through the doors at Studio Everything on Glass Street and at the Career Center at East Gate Town Center for LAUNCH's Business Entrepreneurship Academy. For the next 10 weeks, they learned how to develop a business plan, do market research, track financials, marketing skills and more. Now, it's time to graduate.

Come join us on the 5th Floor of the Edney Building on Tuesday, November 17th to celebrate these entrepreneurs as they graduate and become a part of Chattanooga's startup community!

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light food will be served.

Life After LAUNCHing: Understanding Your Company's Finances
Nov
12
5:30 pm17:30

Life After LAUNCHing: Understanding Your Company's Finances

  • Chattanooga Workspace

One of the important elements of running a business is understanding your finances. In this class, we will review the basics of Financial Management.

This class will answer such questions as:

  • What does a balance sheet show you, and how can you understand it to grow your business?
  • What is a Profit & Loss Statement?
  • How can I read my P&L in such a way that I can make adjustments to my expenses and improve my profits?
  • What is a Cash Flow statement?

Join us in growing in your understanding of finances in order to be more successful. To reserve your spot, click here.

This class is part of a monthly partnership between The Chattery and LAUNCH to educate entrepreneurs and businesses.

LAUNCH Startup Showdown
Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

LAUNCH Startup Showdown

  • The Camp House

Business plans have been made, and now its time to throw down! 

Join us for a head-to-head competition between LAUNCH entrepreneurs. You'll hear pitches from 12 different startups, but there's only room for one winner. 

To make it even more of a nail biter, we're throwing in an audience vote. Yes that's right, YOU have a say.

Entry is free, but please be sure to reserve your spot at EventBrite. We look forward to seeing you there!

#LAUNCHshowdown

Oct
8
5:30 pm17:30

Life After LAUNCHing: Social Media 101

  • Chattanooga Workspace

The most inexpensive way to market your business is through social media, but if you don’t understand how it works your business may not gain any traction. Join two social media experts as we discuss the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and how to properly use them to promote your business and receive new customers and clients!

This class is part of a monthly partnership between The Chattery and LAUNCH to educate entrepreneurs and businesses.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Business Entrepreneurship Academy: Fall 2015
Sep
14
Nov 20

Business Entrepreneurship Academy: Fall 2015

Join us this Fall for the next semester of our Business Entrepreneurship Academy. This 10-week course will cover how to make a business plan, market research, customer development, financial planning, marketing, branding, social media and more. 

There are two class locations to choose from:

Mondays, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Studio Everything
2423 Glass St. 
Chattanooga, TN 37406

Tuesdays, 5:30p -8:30p
Eastgate Town Center
5600 Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37411

LAUNCH Kinect: Pitch Competition and Closing Ceremony
Jun
19
1:15 pm13:15

LAUNCH Kinect: Pitch Competition and Closing Ceremony

  • The 4th Floor / Chattanooga Library

Friday, June 19, marks the end of LAUNCH Kinect. See what the students have been up to all week with a Pitch Competition from 1:15pm - 2:45pm. Then, stick around for the Closing Ceremony from 2:45pm - 3:30pm.

We promise this is going to be an amazing end to an amazing week.

LAUNCH Kinect: Opening Ceremony
Jun
15
10:30 am10:30

LAUNCH Kinect: Opening Ceremony

  • The 4th Floor / Chattanooga Library

Join us as we kick off a week of fun, entrepreneurship and networking for urban teens.

LAUNCH Kinect, the week-long intensive workshop will focus on additional entrepreneurial skills, going beyond LAUNCH's High School Entrepreneurship Program that takes place in select schools each year.

Spring 2015 Graduation
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

Spring 2015 Graduation

  • Business Develepment Center

On Monday, May 18th, join us in celebrating our next group of entrepreneurs that have completed the Business Entrepreneurship Academy. Hear from some of the entrepreneurs, and a guest speaker. Come network, be inspired and support these new business owners!

Apr
29
7:30 am07:30

2015 Business Breakfast

Join us on the morning of Wednesday, April 29th at Stratton Hall for a cup of coffee, some breakfast and to learn about how you can help LAUNCH entrepreneurs continue on their path to success.

For more information, click here.