City Hosts Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Workshop

Thursday, July 03, 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


Study Shows 60 Percent Of Low-Income Tennesseans Face Civil Legal Problems

A study commissioned by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services with the support of the Tennessee Bar Association has found that more than 60 percent of vulnerable Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of delivering legal assistance to those in need. ... (click for more)

Honor Mohney Appointed Chamber Community Outreach Manager

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Honor Mohney has been appointed Community Outreach manager, where her responsibilities include managing the chamber’s 12 area councils.   Chamber Councils bring business professionals together to support a specific geographic area within the community through networking opportunities, special events and ... (click for more)

2 People Critically Injured In North Chattanooga House Fire

For the second time in three days, a house fire has resulted in tragedy. At 10:13 a.m. on WednesdayChattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire with entrapment at 220 Houser Street. The first firefighters on the scene saw flames shooting out windows and part of the roof. Having been told that people might still be inside, the firefighters grabbed hand-held hose ... (click for more)

Kiser Post-Conviction Hearing To Resume April 6

A post-conviction hearing in which Marlon Duane Kiser is seeking a new trial in the 2001 slaying of Deputy Donald Bond will resume April 6. Attorneys for Kiser, who is on Death Row, said they have additional witnesses to call. Kiser on Tuesday took the witness stand for the first time, blaming the killing on the man he was living with at the time - Mike Chattin. Chattin, who ... (click for more)

Why Ferguson Matters In Chattanooga

The recent verdict in Ferguson has thrown race relations in the spotlight again. It is far too easy to get caught up in the debate as to who was right. But the plain fact is that the community lost, the police force lost and the nation lost. So why does Ferguson matter in Chattanooga? Because a police force mainly composed of whites got into a conflict with a community mainly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)