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Start It Up Episode 14: Startups Get Lots of Resources

Launch is an organization that aggressively seeks out disadvantaged individuals in underserved neighborhoods and teaches them how to start and manage their own small businesses.  Co-Founder Hal Bowling has helped change lives by helping people achieve financial stability through both part-time and full-time business ownership.  Hal works with the unemployed and underemployed in 4 key parts of Chattanooga as an evangelist for entrepreneurship.

The Hamilton County Business Development Center is one of the most successful business incubators in the United States.  It is owned by Hamilton County and managed by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.  As Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kathryn Foster shepherds a flock of thriving businesses across a variety of business sectors. She explains how she and the BDC achieve a 90% success rate for participating companies.

Susanne Burnham was the Executive Producer of Start it Up from October of 2014 to August of 2015. She is a graduate of The Company Lab’s Accelerator. She is the Founder and CEO of Click Click Boom, a graduate of the University of Georgia and a U.S. Army Veteran (Desert Storm). She launched her career in the mobile tech industry in 2009, and in 2012 relocated to Chattanooga because of EPB’s fiber optic network and to participate in the City’s growth as a tech and startup hub.
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