Over the past decade, Chattanooga has benefited by more than $5 billion of new investments from Volkswagen, Amazon, Wacker Chemical, Nokian Tyres and others moving into the region and spurring related investments. But in 2018, much of the new capital coming to town was put into existing businesses to help them grow or to buy or build major apartment complexes in Hamilton County. Chattanooga continues to attract outside interest from business prospects. "This is the busiest December we've had in several years," said Charles Wood, the vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "But while project activity is really high, decision making is really slow. There's a lot of business activity and a lot of companies are eager to grow their capacity and they are looking for new locations to add to their manufacturing or other operations. But there is a lot of anxiety with the fact that we've seen 10 years of growth and they are somewhat worried about how … [Read more...] about Here are Chattanooga’s biggest business deals of 2018
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Christmas is one day of the year when most businesses and commerce comes to a stop. For some, including the world's biggest retailer — Walmart — Christmas Day is the only day of the year they are closed for the entire day. Shopping malls, factories, grocery stores, banks, government offices, the stock market and most other workplaces are all shut down Tuesday as most families gather to celebrate Christmas. But not all businesses are closed. Last minute holiday shoppers needing batteries for that special Santa toy or wrapping paper for that last gift will find some local Walgreens and CVS stores open limited hours Tuesday and some convenience stores and gas station such as Circle K and Mapco still staying open. With most people off work and some eager to get out the house, many local restaurants and most movie theaters also are open Tuesday, at least with limited hours. Those traveling on Christmas will find area Waffle Houses, Huddle Houses and City Cafe Diners open 24 … [Read more...] about Which Chattanooga area businesses will be open Christmas Day?
La Paz Chattanooga, in an effort to empower the local Latino community and bridge the gap between the general population and the Latino market, has begun working with local businesses to provide marketing resources and diversity training. La Paz Chattanooga has implemented a business development arm, branded as Compañía (Spanish for ‘company’) to offer businesses the opportunity to better serve their Latino employees and patrons. Among the businesses to work with La Paz on this effort are the Tennessee Aquarium, who have held multiple cultural competency trainings for their staff and participated in a Secret Shopper study, to include feedback given by Latino ‘shoppers’ on how to improve their inclusivity with marketing materials and bilingual staff and volunteers. Vision Hospitality has broadened their diversity efforts by including Spanish-speaking interpreters for their staff meetings and translated human resources materials - … [Read more...] about La Pax Congratulates Local Businesses On Diversity Efforts
Q. I found interesting the article in the Times Free Press where the Sheriff Department and Bill Hullander, County Trustee, warns of phone scams. Is the phone scam traffic higher today? Are there new schemes scammers are using today? A. Yes, the reported scam activity by phone calls and robocallers currently is on the increase. The scammers find different methods to disguise their identification. The VOIP technology using local area codes and numbers is the most effective. Consumers are not as suspicious and more inclined to answer local numbers. BBB Scam Tracker website, www.bbb.org/scamtracker.com reports that our local service area, year to date has 108 reported active scams. Visit the site to read and understand the activity. Jim Winsett of the BBB. Jim Winsett of the BBB. ... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Are you experiencing an increase in the number of local calls to your home and/or cell phone? You're not alone. This … [Read more...] about Business Bulletin: Phone scams are on the rise
Vice President Mike Pence visited the Chattanooga area Saturday to tout President Donald Trump's tax policies before attending political events for two Republicans in tight races in the southeast. The former Indiana governor called the 2017 tax cuts the biggest in a generation and a generator of American jobs in front of a raucous crowd. His wide-ranging 33-minute speech at Lee University addressed immigration, tax cuts, Supreme Court nominations, environmental rollbacks and chastised the "liberal left" before narrowing his message to tax cuts. "We cut taxes for working families" Pence said. "We think the average working family in Tennessee will save about $2,000. We cut taxes for businesses large and small so businesses here in Tennessee can compete and win against businesses anywhere in the world." U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn, who are both in tight statewide races, joined the vice president on stage to compliment the administration's work. The vice president … [Read more...] about Vice President Mike Pence visits Chattanooga area