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October 18th, 2016

October 18th, 2016


Chattanooga Chamber Hosts Minority Enterprise Development Week Oct. 24-27 
The Chattanoogan
The Chattanooga Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion department hosts Minority Enterprise Development Week 2016 MondayThursday, Oct. 24-27. The week’s events connect minority entrepreneurs with minority business owners. All events are free, open to the public and geared toward business owners, community leaders and individuals who support the Chamber’s economic inclusion goals.

Delta Regional Authority Invests Nearly $100 Million Into The West Tennessee Economy
Delta Regional Authority
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, together with public and private partners, today announced nearly $100 million in new investments into strengthening infrastructure, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, and attracting new companies to West Tennessee.

Former Engineer Teaches Area Youths The Skills to Program Computers
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A former engineer and educator gets so passionate about the potential she sees in youth that she talks nearly non-stop about teaching them and pauses only when she gets so full of emotion that she cries. “They are precious gifts,” said Tekelia Kelly, owner and executive director of CHIPS, Computer Help and Instructional Programs for Students. She opened CHIPS learning services in the Highland Enrichment Learning Programs building this month.

PEOPLE: Cournoyer Helms The Iron Yard – Nashville
Venture Nashville Connections
This summer, Joshua ‘Josh’ Cournoyer tightened his focus as campus director for the Nashville market for The Iron Yard (TIY), the technology-education company based in Greenville, S.C. Cournoyer, 31, planted his coffee cup in the Nashville Entrepreneur Center a year or so ago, where, he told Venture Nashville, he was quickly introduced to a robust group of Tech-centric individuals by EC President Sam Lingo and then-Nashville Technology Council CEO Bryan Huddleston.

TAEBC Seeking Mentors and Entrepreneurs For New Energy Mentor Network
The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) has signed-up to help accelerate the commercialization of new energy technology start-ups as part of Launch Tennessee’s Networks Program. The initiative, patterned after a pilot program Launch Tennessee started with Life Science Tennessee, is designed to capitalize on Tennessee’s robust energy resources by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors and industry experts.

The JumpFund Founders Launch 2nd Round of Capital Raising
After raising $2.5 million to invest in 18 companies, The JumpFund is launching a second, larger fund to continue improving access to capital for female entrepreneurs. The JumpFund II will be led by six general partners: Managing Partner Kristina Montague, Cory Allison, Betsy Blunt Brown, Shelley Prevost, Tiffanie Robinson and Stefanie Crowe. The group is aiming to raise $5 to $7 million and close the fund by the first quarter of next year, Montague said. 

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