LC2: CONNECT To Unite Graduates From LAUNCH And Leadership Chattanooga

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association and LAUNCH Chattanooga have partnered to establish LC2: CONNECT, a one-time networking event that brings alumni from both organizations together for one-on-one discussions that address entrepreneurial needs, expand participants’ professional networks and promote opportunities for business growth.

The gathering will take place Sept. 19 from 5–7 p.m. at The Space at Warehouse Row. 

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., alumni will partner to hold in-depth conversations about topics ranging from human resources and legal issues to marketing and time management. Organizers will pair participants according to LAUNCH entrepreneurs’ business needs and Leadership graduates’ corresponding areas of professional expertise.

In addition to providing participants with an opportunity to exchange business insights, LC2: CONNECT also aims to drive enduring connections between graduates of both programs. 

“A strong personal network is something many of us take for granted and most of us are constantly working to improve,” said Hodgen Mainda, president of LCAA. “After connecting with LAUNCH leadership, we learned that several of their entrepreneurs lack the personal and professional networks needed to grow their businesses. LC2: CONNECT is a great way to build these communities.”

Sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation, Leadership Chattanooga is a 10-month program that brings professionals throughout the city together to cultivate leadership and community growth. LAUNCH Chattanooga is a nonprofit organization that works to empower entrepreneurs from underserved communities by providing them with business training, support and mentoring.

Linda Murray Bullard, a contract process coordinator for Erlanger Health System and the founder of LSMB Business Solutions, is a Leadership graduate and new LAUNCH entrepreneur. Drawing on her experiences in each program, Bullard says LC2: CONNECT addresses an important opportunity for leaders in the greater business community. 

“I’m fortunate to have had the experience of both programs, but LAUNCH entrepreneurs often lack the resources to participate in Leadership Chattanooga,” said Ms. Bullard, who established her local consulting firm through LAUNCH. “Through LC2: CONNECT, I know our Leadership graduates can assist in creating a professional network and address issues that will support LAUNCH entrepreneurs in taking their businesses to the next level.”

To learn more about LC2: CONNECT, contact Jaime Melton at jmelton@gmail.com.

Watts Bar Unit 2 Operates Under Own Power For First Time

Licensed reactor operators at TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 project reached a milestone at 2:16 a.m. Monday when the unit’s reactor achieved its first sustained nuclear fission reaction.  Also known as achieving “initial criticality,” Unit 2 is now generating heat under its own power and will soon be producing safe, carbon-free electricity as the nation’s first new nuclear unit ... (click for more)

New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: 50 SPORTS BAR & GRILL, THE 5425 HWY 153 STE 100B HIXSON, TN 37343 AJ SNOW CONSULTING LLC 129 WALNUT ST UNIT 17 CHATTANOOGA, TN 37403 ALL HOME PLUMBING INC 5399 WILBANKS DR HIXSON, TN 37343 ALWAYS ONLINE 1466 RIVERSIDE DR #A CHATTANOOGA, TN 37406 ANDERSON CONCEPTS ... (click for more)

Settlement May Be Close In Government's $1.8 Billion Case Against Cleveland, Tn.-Based Life Care Centers Of America

A settlement may be close in the federal government's massive False Claims Act case against Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America. Attorneys have asked Chattanooga Federal Judge Sandy Mattice to put a 30-day hold on depositions, saying a settlement is in the works. Judge Mattice granted the motion. The government says claims in the case amount to $1.8 billion. ... (click for more)

Erlanger Projecting $15.2 Million Profit In Aggressive "Growth Budget"

Erlanger Health Systems is projecting a $15.2 million profit in an aggressive "growth budget" for the upcoming fiscal year. President Kevin Spiegel, who has led the public hospital to a succession of profitable years, said the projections are based on a TennCare waiver being renewed once again. He said if it is not renewed, then the hospital will have to completely rework the ... (click for more)

Late-Night Harassment By The Signal Mountain Police - And Response (9)

I am writing about the misconduct of the Signal Mountain Police Department. This is a repetitive civil rights problem, systemic within their department, with no hint of remorse or regret or a notion to change, though they have been confronted numerous times.   I live on Signal Mountain. In the last few months, I have been pulled over three times while I was driving three ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Hot Rod’s Catfish Dinner

It could well be the best part of playing a prank is in the delicious moments until your “fish” takes the hook. So yesterday afternoon, as I tried repeatedly to talk to a man I haven’t spoken to in 27 years, rather than leave my name I popped off the Happy Birthday song in a snappy, loud way and then ended it with a simple, “Call me,” adding my number. John “Hot Rod” Talley spent ... (click for more)