INCubator Celebrates 25th Anniversary Nov. 8

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary supporting local entrepreneurship and job creation with a facility-wide open house on Friday, Nov. 8, from 2-5 p.m. 

Over the last 25 years, the INCubator has supported the launch of 499 new companies, the creation of thousands of new jobs and the emergence of a thriving entrepreneurial environment, said officials.

The INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center is one of the largest small business incubators in the nation. Managed by the Chattanooga Chamber, the facility currently supports more than 70 start-up companies that employ more than 350 people and pump millions of dollars into the local economy each year. In addition to providing low-cost office and manufacturing space to its business tenants, the INCubator helps start-up companies achieve financial stability through a multi-stage development process. Every year, the program graduates 20-25 companies into the open market. 

 The event will feature a showcase of tenant businesses and remarks from Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Chamber President and CEO Ron Harr.  The mayors will speak at 2 p.m.  

The INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center is at 100 Cherokee Blvd.



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