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Innovation Tools For Rural Entrepreneurs In The Tennessee Valley

At a CO.STARTERS bootcamp from The Company Lab in Dayton, TN last year.
The Company Lab
At a CO.STARTERS bootcamp from The Company Lab in Dayton, TN last year.

How can tools of innovation available to cities such as Chattanooga help small businesses in communities across the Tennessee Valley?

Rural entrepreneurship was one of the many topics at this year’s CO.MOBILITY Summit, presented last month by The Company Lab here on our campus - the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

  • Alex Green is executive director of Rhea Economic and Community Development, serving Rhea County.
  • Audra Kelly is with the Southeast Tennessee Development District, dedicated to small business development.
  • Lynn Chesnutt is executive director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center here in Chattanooga.
  • Allie Schrenker is director of community engagement for The Company Lab.
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