Resilient Business: Spice Trail weathers pandemic by serving Indian meals to-go

Spice Trail business owner Sujata Shahi Singh holds a glass of wine high in the air as she smiles standing in front of a bar

By Sadie Seaman *About this series: The Innovation District of Chattanooga is featuring businesses that were able to survive the challenges brought by Covid-19. Help your business, nonprofit, or faith-based organization stay ready for a crisis by visiting, a free tool from The Enterprise Center. * About three years ago, a stranger approached Sujata […]

Four Local Businesses to Speak at 36|86 Festival

A graphic for the 36|86 Festival, an online event August 17-28, 2020.

By Natalie Roy Martin As an advocate of innovation and a champion of entrepreneurship in the Chattanooga area, we are proud to announce that some of our very own local innovators are being featured at this year’s 36|86 Festival! Hear from Natalie Martin of Heed Public Relations to find out more about the event, as […]

COVID Small Business Resource Dashboard

A graphic reads: Chattanooga Area Small Business Resources in response to Covid-19

We know that COVID-19 has created many challenges for Chattanooga area businesses and non-profits and it is now more important than ever to easily find resources and information to get you through this time. This interactive database is meant to help our local small business community sift through information – from relief funds to webinars […]

J Flo brings an entrepreneurial mindset to hiphop — and to the barbershop

“Uncool” is a label not many music artists would try to achieve, especially rap and hip-hop artists, who often try to cultivate a lot of bravado and a flashy persona. However, one local rap artist, Jeremey Lawrence, also known as J.Flo, says being the “uncool kid” is central to his brand and his success. Lawrence […]

Innovation in October

When Chattanooga’s Innovation District was formed in January 2015 we anticipated companies and entrepreneurs collaborating, forming new business ideas, attracting talent to the district and encouraging growth of an even broader support ecosystem. And despite the difficulties in measuring the metrics of an Innovation District, we have seen all that, and more. This validation has […]

Chattanooga Public Library Abundant with Startup Resources

Pictured is the 4th floor of the Chattatnooga PUblic library with several people taking part of various activities

Nikki Sneed Do you have a startup, a small business, or a potentially great idea and you need the resources to jumpstart it? Well, good news: You don’t need a ton of capital yet, you just need a library card. The fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library is a public laboratory and educational facility […]