LAUNCH Holds First Summer Showcase Aug. 21

Monday, August 4, 2014

Local non-profit organization LAUNCH will hold their first Summer Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 21. 

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with a lock party in the parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Williams Street, and will feature LAUNCH entrepreneurs and their businesses.  In addition, LAUNCH will host a Pitch Competition that will take place inside the Camp House during the block party, beginning at 6:30 p.m.   A select number of LAUNCH graduates will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges who will decide which entrepreneur goes home with the prize package, consisting of business services and cash, valued at $35,000.

"There is nothing like competition to bring out the best in everyone and the entrepreneurs we support are talented and excited for this opportunity,” said Charmane Goins, LAUNCH director of Business Support Services.  “This prize package will make a big difference for the winner as they move forward with their business."

Some of the LAUNCH businesses that will be on hand for the street fair are Peculiar Touch Photography, Uptown Art, and R Love Photography, to name a few. Also on hand will be food vendors such as Up in Smoke, Big Buff’s 92 BBQ and food truck All Dogs, Funnel Cakes and More. 

The event is free and open to the public. Due to space limitations inside the Camp House, free general admission tickets must be reserved in advanced for the Pitch Competition at: http://launchchattanooga.ticketleap.com/pitch-competition/ 

Sponsors of the event include Signal Energy, Level 2, Brock Insurance, LSMB Business Solutions, Wonder Press, Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, PC and Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC.


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