Mad Priest Coffee

While working abroad in the coffee industry, Michael Rice and his wife befriended several refugees who would come into the coffeeshop after a workday. From that experience, he became passionate about addressing the global refugee crisis in his own way. Fast-forward a few years later: Michael opened a coffee roasting company in Chattanooga that employs [...]

Good Fortune Soap & Spa

Professional designer and photographer Jennifer Jack took CO.LAB's business planning class after leaving the corporate world in favor of a more holistic and hands-on career path. Combining her marketing skills and craftsmanship, Jennifer launched Good Fortune, offering superior natural skin care products handcrafted locally with a positive spirit and belief in a better way of [...]

Southern Sqweeze

Kelsey went through Springboard (now CO.STARTERS) in 2013 to launch the city's first all-natural, cold-pressed organic juice bar, Southern Sqweeze. Since starting, the company has built a culture around health in Chattanooga and has expanded to two locations downtown. They believe that "nourishing the body is the first step in nourishing a community" and see [...]

Rangemark Textiles


Rangemark is a textile studio that was born out of Kathryn Allison's passion for pattern making and inspired by her great-grandfather's coastal Maine painting studio of the same name. Each Rangemark piece is crafted in America by hand from organic linen, with slight variations within each piece that make it one-of-a-kind. Rangemark's mission is to bring [...]

Hot Chocolatier

A classically trained pastry chef, Wendy Buckner came to Chattanooga from an acclaimed chocolate shop in Asheville, NC to develop her own signature recipes. With a combination of local ingredients and creative flavor combinations, Wendy and her husband Brandon have the city hooked on the delicacies of the Hot Chocolatier.

Forman Pottery

“I left the program with a new set of skills to hone in my unbridled ideas."

La Altena

“This class has given me the confidence to make the right decisions.”

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