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
* Beginner Squarespace from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 25 at The Edney, Floor Five, 1100 Market St. This class is for anyone getting started with Squarespace. No previous experience required. Topics will include setting up the site, choosing a template and entering content. Register at thechattery.org. $25. * East Brainerd Chamber Council Meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Car Barn, 6721 Heritage Business Ct. Speaker: Christy Gillenwater, Chattanooga Chamber President & CEO. $12. * Ooltewah Collegedale Chamber Council Monthly Mixer from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at Puléo's Grille, 6108 Artesian Cir. Join the Ooltewah/Collegedale Council for their monthly mixer at Puleo's Grille, held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. There will be complimentary light appetizers as well as drink specials. Free. * DIVERSIFY 2018 Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jason Wingard, Dean … [Read more...] about Chattanooga area business calendar, June 23-29
A fancy, $4 million lighting project downtown may be a bridge too far for Chattanooga City Council members, who abruptly declared Tuesday they aren't ready to vote as scheduled on the first reading of the city budget next week. Council members dug in their heels over a budget that would spend $4 million to light the Walnut Street Bridge, compared to $6 million for paving in the entire city, and that would raise water quality and sewer fees for residents one year after both Chattanooga and Hamilton County boosted property tax rates. "I personally have serious issues with the way the budget is laid out," council Chairman Ken Smith said toward the end of the body's third budget education session on Tuesday. Other members also voiced concerns about Mayor Andy Berke's proposed $273 million spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. "I'm confused and uneasy about this," Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod said, noting that her district and othger areas of the city … [Read more...] about Chattanooga City Council balks on budget