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September 11th, 2015

September 11th, 2015

Chattanooga Business Bits: Developers Needed, CO.STARTERS Summit and More
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is working to recruit a software development firm to Chattanooga, and they are looking for IT and software developers. The company, which chamber leaders couldn’t name, could create 100 jobs over three years. “Successful recruitment of this company will strengthen our growing tech sector, diversify our local economy and help us retain existing talent, as well as attract new talent,” Vice President of Economic Development Charles Wood said in a prepared statement.

Co.Lab to Start Fall Accelerator
Times Free Press
The Company Lab is seeking applications for its fall 2015 business accelerator program that surrounds high-growth potential startups with mentors and resources to grow. The program will take place starting Monday and run to Dec. 23. While the deadline for submissions is today, highly qualified candidates who submit applications after that may be accepted into the program on a rolling basis through Sept. 17. In conjunction with the CO.LAB’s relocation to the Edney Innovation Center in September and early October, participants in the Fall 2015 Accelerator will become the first startups to complete the program in Chattanooga’s new Innovation District. Unlike previous iterations of the program, the fall 2015 accelerator will not require a participation fee.

KEC, Partners Launching “CodeWorks” Startup Accelerator
The state’s first-ever start-up accelerator focused exclusively on the coding community is now accepting applications. Five organizations – CodeStock, KnoxDevs, BSides Knoxville, LaunchTN and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) – are joining forces to offer the new program named “CodeWorks.” It builds on the community’s vibrant software development sector that is much more pronounced than many individuals realize. Until we launched teknovation.biz on January 23, 2012, we were not aware of just how many companies are involved in this space locally. During the ensuing period, we have witnessed considerable growth throughout the community.

Matchmaking: Care Current Connects Clients to Ideal Senior Services
High Ground News
Finding the right caregiver for a senior loved one is not an easy task. By the very nature of the need, the involved families often feel vulnerable in letting others assist with care. And when families turn to senior care agencies for help, they want to know they are getting quality care they can trust. To assist with finding suitable caregivers, Rachel Fuller has launched a software program that allows senior care agencies to find the best match for their clients’ needs based on skill-set, availability, schedules and more. The Care Current software weighs over 40 factors, including certifications, experience and personality traits, enabling Senior Care Agencies to assign their clients the ideal caregiver. The benefits for the agencies include an increase in both employee and client satisfaction, which translates to lower client attrition.

“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – 100 Girls of Code
Arkansas Educational Television Network
On Aug. 8, people lined up outside of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock to audition for “American Idol.” Across the street, young women and girls lined up for a very different reason – to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 100 Girls of Code began in Tennessee in 2014 and has branched out with chapters in 11 states, including four chapters in Arkansas. The purpose of this initiative is for each chapter to use free workshops to encourage at least 100 girls ages 10-18 to enter the field of computer science to help reduce the gender gap in the future. This Central Arkansas chapter at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub surpassed its goal, reaching over 100 girls in the first two workshops.

TN Touts “Low-Cost Labor Force” to Lure Foreign Business
The Tennessean
While Republican Gov. Bill Haslam often states his goal of bringing “high-quality jobs” to Tennessee, a document produced by his administration suggests he may be less interested in making them high-paying positions. The Commercial Appeal newspaper reports that the Haslam administration is touting the state internationally as a place with a “low-cost labor force” and “very low unionization rates.” That description is part of a request for information posted on the state’s website on Mondayfor people and firms in Europe, Asia and South America interested in representing Tennessee’s economic development goals with foreign companies.

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