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Empowering Entrepreneurs At UTC’s Urban Vision Initiative

Mike Bradshaw at a session with UVI participants.
Angela Foster
Mike Bradshaw at a session with UVI participants.

The Urban Vision Initiative here at UTC helps entrepreneurs such as Veatrice Conley to develop and grow new businesses in underserved areas of Chattanooga.

Mike Bradshaw - UVI’s director - is the first entrepreneur-in-residence at UTC, and the interim director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, all part of the Gary W. Rollins College of Business.

I spoke with him - and Lynn Chestnutt, executive director of the Chattanooga office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

Lynn Chestnutt
Lynn Chestnutt

Our thanks to Madison McCann of the TSBDC for recording and editing this conversation.

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  • Veatrice Conley of Unveiled Bridal Studio in Chattanooga. UTC’s Mike Bradshaw and TSBDC’s Lynn Chestnutt on UVI. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • Veatrice Conley is the owner of Unveiled Bridal Studio in downtown Chattanooga. She talks about her business - and the support she’s received from the Urban Vision Initiative at the Gary W. Rollins College of Business on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.