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Running a Restaurant in the COVID-19 Crisis

In the course of a few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis created a ripple effect throughout the global economy, significantly impacting small businesses. Few industries have experienced a more immediate impact than the restaurant and hospitality industry. In the last 2 months, over 1 millions restaurants [...]

May 8th, 2020|

Support CO.LAB Alumni with Online Purchases!

As measures are put into place nationwide to help prevent further spread of COVID-19, businesses in many sectors are faced with unique challenges. Many companies have been forced to pivot their business model for the near future or enhance their focus on direct-to-consumer sales. [...]

April 1st, 2020|

Our Response to COVID-19

Good Morning Entrepreneurial Community: After listening closely to federal, state, and local officials regarding necessary action to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we have decided to close our office until further notice. It is our mission to support the entrepreneurial community, so we see it [...]

March 16th, 2020|

Founder Feature: Janki Vansia with Opty

by Zac Beker Founder Features showcases alumni of all CO.LAB programs, including accelerators, CO.STARTERS, Kiva, Business Breakdown Sessions and more. Learn more about the CO.STARTERS program and apply at colab.co/costarters or by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. In this founder feature, we talked to Janki [...]

February 27th, 2020|

Motivo Raises $2.2M Seed Round to Launch First Tele-supervision Marketplace

The first HIPAA-compliant platform providing online clinical supervision for mental health therapists’ licensure raises its first strategic round of capital.  CHATTANOOGA, DEC. 3, 2019 — Motivo, the first platform for therapist tele-supervision, announced today the company has raised $2.2 million of seed financing in an [...]

December 9th, 2019|

Making it as a Maker: How to Turn Your Passion into Profits

  On October 19, CO.LAB and the Chattanooga Public Library kicked off Startup Week Chattanooga with Chattanooga Maker Day! It was a rainy Saturday, but the Library was brimming with energy as makers and innovators gathered together.  In case you didn’t know, Maker Day, formerly [...]

November 27th, 2019|

San Francisco based $100M Venture Capital Fund comes to Chattanooga… VIRTUALLY

  On Oct. 23rd, The Company Lab’s (CO.LAB) organized and hosted an incredible Virtual Pitch Event in partnership with VU Venture Partners during Startup Week Chattanooga. The virtual pitch was part of the CO.LAB Capital Network initiative to connect local entrepreneurs with a national network [...]

November 27th, 2019|

Funding Strategies for Female Founders

  On October 21, The Company Lab (CO.LAB) partnered with the JumpFund and EnrichHER to host the first ever Will This Float?: Female Founders Edition, a local business pitch competition designed to support up-and-coming ideas and companies. Will This Float? kicked off Chattanooga’s Startup Week [...]

November 27th, 2019|

How to Build a Global Network for Localism

  CO.STARTERS is one of the most important programs that we offer at The Company Lab (CO.LAB). The 9-week program provides participants with the framework they need to build out and grow their business. Leading the program for the past 2 years, I have seen [...]

November 27th, 2019|

Consumer Goods in Chattanooga and Tips for Starting Small

Even if you haven’t heard about Chattanooga, Tennessee, you have likely heard of some of the legacy brands that started here. McKee Foods—you know it as Little Debbie. Chattanooga Bakery—you know it as Moonpie. Lodge Cast Iron, the nation’s oldest manufacturer of cast iron cooking [...]

November 27th, 2019|