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November 24th, 2015

November 24th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

16 Small Business Owners Prepared to Take Their Businesses to the Next Level
The Chattanoogan
Sixteen local business owners successfully developed their very own Customized Strategic Growth Plans and are now on the fast track of taking their businesses to the next level. NextLevel Chattanooga is a seven-month nationally-recognized entrepreneurship program offered by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga in collaboration with the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs, BrightBridge, Inc. and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center. The award-winning StreetWise ‘MBA’TM curriculum was developed by its parent company Interise, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to helping existing small businesses that are interested in growing their businesses to scale.

Call for Music Biz 2016 Presentations!
Music Biz
Music Biz invites all industry professionals to submit program ideas for Music Biz 2016 to be held May 1618, 2016 at the Renaissance Nashville. Submissions are being accepted in numerous categories and in an effort to provide attendees with high-level, special interest programming in the condensed time frames that are available during the event, we are asking that panels include no more than a moderator and 2-3 panelists. Submissions will be reviewed and finalists will be chosen by the Music Biz 2016 Convention Workgroup and staff. Submissions will be judged on overall quality, focus, and innovation; relevance to the issues facing the music and entertainment industry; sound research and theoretical basis (if applicable); and practical implications to the Music Biz membership. Learn more here!

Tennessee Start-Ups Shine During Global Entrepreneurship Week
Charlie Brock for The Tennessean
We at Launch Tennessee feel very strongly about the importance of hosting entrepreneurial-focused events and the platform they create for connections and collaboration. According to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week USA survey, hosting events helps organizations and the local ecosystem achieve goals and strengthen connections. During one week each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities that celebrate the innovators, start-ups and drivers of economic growth. This year’s GEW celebration occurred last week. Linked are just a few of the overviews and updates from last week’s myriad activities.

Text Request Founder Shares Story of 1st-Year Obstacles, Successes
Nooga.com
A year since launching—and after overcoming obstacles and making a business pivot—Chattanooga startup Text Request is gaining momentum. The company, which allows customers to text employees at local businesses, launched Nov. 20, 2014, with the goal of disrupting the customer service industry. But after a few months—despite having a “great” team and identifying people who needed the service—”sales just weren’t happening,” director of communications James Dawson wrote in this blog. “At a startup, you juggle many jobs, but sales is my primary focus, so I’m hurting at this point,” he said.

TNECD Releases Labor & Education Alignment Program Report
Tennessee ECD
There is a high demand for workers with STEM and IT expertise across Tennessee but not enough skilled workers available to fill these positions according to a new report released today by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.The report highlights that the national trend of baby boomers retiring from the workforce will impact the skills gap in these disciplines. TNECD released its annual Labor and Education Alignment Program (LEAP) report, a statewide and regional study of occupations in high demand based on labor shortages in high quality jobs throughout Tennessee. The evaluation identifies occupational gaps by focusing on key metrics such as growth, median wage, online job postings, hires, job openings and educational program completions.

Knoxville News Sentinel
The marketplace heralded freelancers as just-in-time providers. Seeming to require little training, many fooled themselves and their organizations into believing that they were chameleons who could fit right in. Decades later, the freelance pool is proving that not to be erroneous. New York City’s Lynn Berger, career counselor and coach in private practice, believes that obtaining freelance work requires leadership skills. “Even at a young age, some people seem to be leaders and some don’t,” she comments. “They have to be a leader of themselves to get the job, then determine how the work is designed,” Berger points out, “because a freelance assignment is a very defined job.”

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