Leading the Way Toward A Healthy Future: Meet Janelle Reilly

Janelle Reilly, CEO, CHI Memorial Health System, serves as our Chattanooga Chamber 2022-23 Board Chair. With 33 years of healthcare management experience, she is making waves as a thought leader in communities across the U.S. This month, Reilly receives the Women of Distinction of Greater Chattanooga award. Reilly invited TREND on a tour of CHI

Ooltewah Collegedale Named 2022 Council of the Year

The Chattanooga Chamber’s 12 area councils are the backbone of the Chamber’s volunteer presence – supporting businesses within specific geographic areas of our community. Area councils provide opportunities for Chamber members to get involved in solving problems, discussing solutions, and supporting civic projects to benefit businesses, schools and other constituencies within each council’s footprint. At

Brick by Brick: Building Chattanooga’s Startup Scene

Just behind Chattanooga’s Central Avenue, a community of startup founders is building and developing tomorrow’s multi-million-dollar tech companies. Backed by the venture-capital fund Brickyard, these entrepreneurs have devoted countless hours to laying the foundation for their emerging enterprises.   This incubator is part temple to the spirit of ingenuity and part monastery where near 24/7, monk-like

How UTC Prepares Students and Combats Worker Shortage 

The effects of the global pandemic have placed a tight hold on an already strained workforce. In 2021, approximately 47.4 million workers left their positions in search of better opportunities. The same year closed with 4.6 million more job openings than unemployed workers, CNBC reports. As employers find it increasingly difficult to maintain a full

Project Return Helps Former Inmates Find Jobs

Nearly 15,000 people are released from Tennessee penitentiaries each year. Project Return is dedicated to helping the formerly incarcerated successfully transition back into communities and work. Founded in Nashville in 1979, Project Return expanded to Chattanooga in 2021. The nonprofit program provides the resources and services, including employment training and networking, social enterprises, education and coaching programs, transportation support, affordable housing,

Intern Insight: Finding my Place in Gig City

As someone who moved around frequently in recent years, I’ve always chased a sense of community. This led me to relocate to Chattanooga in August of 2021. I wanted to integrate my life into the Scenic City, and the Chamber of Commerce offered that exact opportunity.  From meeting with members of Chattanooga’s business community to

GCEP Interview with Cam Doody, Brickyard Co-Founder and General Partner

Brickyard headquarters combines top office amenities like private meeting booths, iMacs and 10-Gig internet with health and wellness facilities like a fully-equipped gym, sauna and a cold plunge tub. Launched by five veteran entrepreneurs, including Bellhop founders Cam Doody and Matt Patterson. Brickyard’s entrepreneurs are invited to utilize this space and leave everything else behind

Member Spotlight: Handup Gloves

Chattanooga-based cycling apparel company, Handup Gloves, built its brand on offering the best gloves for “grabbing bars and beers.” Launched in 2014 by a husband and wife duo, Handup is best known for its signature Party Palms gloves that incorporate phrases like “send it,” “beer me” and “good vibes” inside each palm. Handup patterns are

Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Spotlight: Lily Sanchez

Leadership Chattanooga is a 10-month leadership development program that allows local professionals opportunities to learn more about and engage with the community where they live and work. Leadership Chattanooga has been a launching pad for the careers and civic impact of some of Chattanooga’s most prominent professionals. We’re here to share their stories and catch