written by Brittany Cofer, Times Free Press

Photo by Tim Barber

It’s no secret some big ideas have come out of Chattanooga.

It’s the place where Coca-Cola was first franchised to be bottled, the Moon Pie was created and a small insurance company, Provident, grew to a multinational corporation with more than 10,000 employees.

Entrepreneurship has deep roots in this city.

But since those 20th century roots took hold, entrepreneurship has waxed and waned, and within the past decade Chattanooga has experienced something of an entrepreneurial renaissance, according to local experts.

“It’s a return to what Chattanooga was before,” said Sheldon Grizzle, co-founder of The Company Lab, a local organization that helps entrepreneurs cultivate ideas and get them off the ground. “[The city is] kind of reinventing itself as an entrepreneurial community once again.”