City Hosts Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Workshop

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a luncheon workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, for women business owners seeking to increase their opportunities to bid on corporate and government contracts. 

Participants will learn about the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification, one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications for women-owned businesses. This event is hosted in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s African American Business Development Program. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Debbie Barber of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a nonprofit organization that represents corporate members and women’s business enterprises throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. 

During the luncheon, participants will receive a brief overview of WBEC South, the criteria for and benefits of WBENC certification and information about the application process. To be eligible for certification, a business must be 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens. 

Accepted by more than 1,000 corporations  including several local firms, as well as federal, state and local governments including the City of Chattanooga; WBENC certification is an important marketing tool for expanding a company's visibility among decision makers in corporate supply chain diversity and procurement programs. WBENC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program. 

Reservations are required, as seating is very limited. For location, additional information and to RSVP, contact oma@chattanooga.gov


Chattanooga Business Calendar For Feb. 28-March 6

March 2015   SA/28 24Hour Generator at Mad, Bad, and Dangerous 3:00 p.m. Girls Preparatory School: 205 Island Ave. 24Hour Generator is a new event designed for enterprising high school girls across the region. Hosted by The Company Lab (CO.LAB) and held as part of GPS’s inaugural  Mad, Bad, and Dangerous  event, 24Hour Generator ... (click for more)

Georgia Department Of Labor Helping To Recruit Textile Workers

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help a staffing company, TiDra, Inc., recruit about 85 workers for two textile manufacturing companies in the Dalton area.  The recruitment will be held  Monday, March 9 , from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  at the GDOL’s Dalton Career Center, 1406 Chattanooga Avenue. The company is recruiting operators for coater ... (click for more)

FCC Votes 3-2 To Approve EPB's Request To Expand Its Broadband Offerings

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow EPB to expand its broadband offerings to neighboring communities. Chairman Tom Wheeler and two other Democrats were in favor, while the two Republican members said the agency was acting illegally in overriding state law. EPB's phone, Internet and TV offerings have been far more successful than expected and ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools, UTC To Close Friday; Other Closings Announced

Due to remaining snow on some of the roadways and the potential for black ice overnight and into the morning, Hamilton County Schools will be closed on  Friday . School Age Child Care will also be closed. Employees who accrue vacation will report by  10 a.m.  and maintenance employees will report on regular schedule.  All classes are being ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Always Been A Battleground Between Good And Evil

From the thousands slain in nearby Chickamauga Battlefield during the Civil War…  To the launching point of the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears…  To the lunch counter sit-ins led by Howard School students — the only high school student sit-ins in the nation — during the Civil Rights Movement…  To Walter Cronkite calling the polluted Southern industrial town ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 92-Year-Old Victim

It is with great pride, and far greater relief, that I can report a “caretaker” is far different than a “boyfriend.” A story out of Memphis earlier this week morphed into a virtual fireball that had such power it appeared on the front page on a London newspaper and other news outlets all around the world when it was reported by the Associated Press a 28-year-old man had assaulted ... (click for more)