Over 300 Workers Affiliated With Carey Brown Companies Laid Off; Social Media Groups Host Job Hunting Mixer

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Over 300 workers with companies affiliated with Chattanooga pay day lender millionaire Carey Brown are out of work.


It came after regulators cut the Brown operation off from the banking system that has allowed him to operate.


The layoffs affected Account Pros Inc., AREA203 Digital, Cloudswell, Credit Payment Services Inc.

, Credit Protection Depot, Eclipse in Action and SupportSeven.


On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Social Media Club and Social Media Alliance are hosting their monthly Social Pour Mixer, and have repurposed it as a job hunting mixer for the IT professionals, designers, customer service programmers, marketers, copywriters and others who lost their jobs.


Officials said the August Social Pour mixer had already been planned as an after party for the River City Company Cash Mob to be hosted at an as-yet-to-be-announced local business. The goal was to bring additional revenue to the Cash Mob location and bring local professionals together to celebrate local business. There is further collaboration in the works between the organizations for future events, as well.


At the Social Pour event, Social Media Alliance and Social Media Club of Chattanooga are planning to announce their upcoming merger. Jon Moss, president of Social Media Club of Chattanooga, and Meghan O'Dea, president of Social Media Alliance, will be combining the two organizations under the Social Media Club of Chattanooga brand to offer more effective programing for social media professionals in the Chattanooga area, rather than dividing their efforts across two organizations, it was stated.


They have already worked together on two previous Social Pour events, one at Public House of Chattanooga and one at Bar Louie.


The location of the Cash Mob and Social Pour mixer will be announced by River City Company just prior to the event. By throwing the August Social Pour as both a Cash Mob after party and a local job mixer, Jon Moss and Meghan O'Dea "hope to bring together the very best in Chattanooga: local business, local jobs, local community," it was stated.


In March 2012, Mr. Brown and Dr. Steve Steele held a press conference at Miller Plaza saying they had formed the Covenant Values Foundation with plans to give away over $1 billiion in grants to worthy causes.


Mr. Brown in May was awarded an honorate doctorate degree from his alma mater, Tennessee Temple University.


At the time, it was stated that Mr. Brown had started a dozen companies in the last decade.

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