LAUNCH empowers entrepreneurs from underserved communities with business training, support and mentoring to better their lives and attain self-sufficiency. LAUNCH works from inside underserved communities of Chattanooga, Tennessee, providing access to the business support services for entrepreneurs.
Beginning with a 10-week business-planning course, participants develop their idea into a viable business. Graduates participate in monthly roundtable groups and meet with experienced mentors, both of which provide support. Finally, LAUNCH provides a layer of affordable business services to support the business owner with legal, accounting, marketing, asset-building and loans. Part of the early success of LAUNCH is developing partnerships with nearly 30 different local, regional and national organizations. LAUNCH is building a local, replicable model in Chattanooga, Tennessee which is viable for any city in the U.S. LaunchChattanooga.org
Tuesday July 31, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—- After decades of church-planting in Australia and discipleship training in Florida and Tennessee, Hal Bowling’s heart “kept being drawn back to business.”
Wednesday April 11, 2012
Long before Charmane Goins was introduced to LAUNCH and the Bethlehem Center, he experienced the entrepreneurial itch. However, a 15 year prison sentence loomed over his desires to open his own business.