Welcome to 2012, Chattanooga

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Welcome to 2012, a year that promises to be full of opportunity. The foundation has been laid for entrepreneurs to take advantage of gigabit/second Internet speed from EPB, various mentoring/educating/networking programs from The Company Lab, affordable space from multiple sources including the Business Development Center, and cohesion through groups like the Chattanooga Technology Council.

The region’s economic pump, having been primed with investment by Amazon, Volkswagen and Wacker, is ready to be tapped. Look for continued growing pains (government, housing, infrastructure, resources) as the area adjusts to these developments. Be mindful of how such things impact your business.

The Times Free Press recently identified several issues that will shape the Scenic City during the year of which a possible mayoral recall election, crime and the Gig City’s Geek Hunt  where tech startup companies will compete for more than $300,000 of prizes and venture capital funding for new ventures that use EPB’s smart grid and fiber optic services.

Technology will continue to empower small business, entrepreneurs and professionals through the use of mobile apps. That said, the fundamentals of business will remain paramount to success. Proper accounting, legal, marketing and strategic planning along with smart management of time will set one on the path of success.

Business Chatt is positioned to provide helpful resources, advice, news, and stories for business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. Starting this month featured content from professionals will populate our pages. Look for more networking opportunities on our events calendar, more extensive coverage of local events, commercial real estate listings and more.

Business as usual is over. Welcome to Chattanooga.

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Business Chatt is Chattanooga’s online business journal covering local business events, technology, entrepreneurs and professionals. Business Chatt publishes articles via the Internet and is distributed online at no cost to readers. Our articles and features highlight some of the city’s most interesting professionals and businesses in the metro Chattanooga area.