Startup Week Chattanooga kicks off on Saturday (2 days earlier than years past!). There are over 100 events this year so we’ve put together our list of recommendations if social entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, community engagement, and having fun are your jam.

See something you’re interested in? Head over to the Startup Week website, make a free Sched account and create your personalized schedule. Most events are free, but some require registration to attend.

OCTOBER 19 • SATURDAY

10:00am — 4:00pm Chattanooga Maker Day

OCTOBER 20 • SUNDAY

4:00pm — 6:00pm Teacherpreneur: Pitch Night with Public Education Foundation

OCTOBER 21 • MONDAY

10:00am — 10:50am Collaboration Over Competition; 5 Steps To Successfully…


Meet Cassie.

Cassie Whittaker
Cassie Whittaker

What do you do at Causeway?

I help manage Chattanooga’s annual Giving Tuesday campaign #CHAgives.

Where did you grow up?

Just outside of Nashville in a small town called White House.

Why did you move to Chattanooga (or stay in Chattanooga)?

I moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC. I toured the campus & city once and fell in love with this truly scenic city. All it took was one trip up Lookout Mountain to decided this was the place for me, but now I know of many more hikes than sunset rock.

What is your favorite spot in…


Meet Simone.

What is your role at Causeway?
I’m the Programs Intern for the summer.

Who inspires you?
I suppose any woman of color from the 60s and 70s. I appreciate the fact that I’m able to freely (well, for the most part) wear my hair the way that I want to now, but someone had to pave the way in a time when it wasn’t acceptable to look and be who you are at all. …


5 events to attend in Chattanooga

image via Association for Visual Arts

Black History Month is full of art events, social activities and learning experiences. Today, we rounded up 5 Black History Month events that are happening here in Chattanooga.

Black Faces, Voices, and Spaces (Thursday, February 7th, 6:30pm)
An art exhibit that works with an introspective look of maneuvering through life in America as a black person. The love, joy, pain, struggle, and triumph of those journeys through art. Exhibit curated by C-Grimey

Exhibit goes through March 4.

The End of AIDS? (Thursday, February 7th, 6pm)
February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Chattery…


5 ways to support in our 5th year

We are coming up on our 5th year of hosting a city-wide potluck on the Monday before Thanksgiving! If you haven’t heard the news, we’ve rebranded One Table so that other cities can replicate it. One Table is now called Gratefull Chattanooga. You can read more about that transition here.

With Gratefull just days away, we wanted to share 5 easy ways you can support Gratefull as we enter our 5th year — here we go:

  1. Show up! Join us Monday, November 19th from 11:30–1:30pm on MLK Boulevard, in front of the…

Startup Week Chattanooga kicks off on Monday. There are over 100 events this year so we’ve put together our list of recommendations if social entrepreneurship is your thing. Don’t worry, we included some fun social events too.

See something you’re interested in? Head over to the Startup Week website, make a free Sched account and create your personalized schedule.

All Week

Free co-working at Society of Work

Monday

10:00 — #ThinkCrossCultural (speaker)
11:00 — Social Media Solved (panel)
12:00 — Re:Boot Survey Results & Panel Discussion (panel, lunch)
2:00 — How Entrepreneurs De-stress for Success (panel)
5:30 — HR for Startups and Small Businesses (speaker)
6:00 — Will…


Kelley was one of our Civic Engagement Challenge winners in 2017 and used the funds to build relationships that have transformed local civic engagement.

Kelley Elliott believes communities are strong when citizens are engaged.

Kelley is an experienced issue and advocacy organizer. She has led multiple campaigns — doing work for immigration, education, climate, health care and more. She’s worked on state, local and national elections. In 2016, Kelley organized volunteers around the Presidential election with a focus on youth organizing and voter registration on college campuses and rural communities in Pennsylvania.

Did you know that Tennessee ranks LAST in…


Community Impact was an initiative that existed in Chattanooga from 1999 to 2011. They measured neighborhood strength based on four factors. Today, we’re exploring one of those factors: real estate market health.

Photo by Maximillian Conacher on Unsplash

To recap, we’ve been giving quick looks into factors that can make a neighborhood strong and how your Challenge projects can address these factors. So far we’ve covered: neighborhood safety, community leadership and today, real estate market health.

A snapshot into real estate market health

Real estate market health is a big topic to tackle in one short post. If your brain immediately went to “gentrification,” so did ours. Gentrification is a complicated conversation, so instead of trying to provide concrete answers — we’d rather open up the discussion and get you thinking. Here are a two articles published by…


Community Impact was an initiative that existed in Chattanooga from 1999 to 2011. They measured neighborhood strength based on four factors. Today, we’re exploring one of those factors: neighborhood safety.

What do we mean by neighborhood safety?

This one may seem like a no brainer. If a neighborhood feels threatening, then neighbors are going to feel more cautious around each other and less able to thrive. But if a neighborhood feels safe, then neighbors will be able to trust each other and more likely to engage their community. But even though this may seem like an obvious element of neighborhood strength, it’s still worth exploring — because a lot more goes into neighborhood safety than you may think.

When we imagine a safe neighborhood, we probably think of pedestrian friendly…


Community Impact was an initiative that existed in Chattanooga from 1999 to 2011. They measured neighborhood strength based on four factors. Today, we’re exploring one of those factors: community leadership.

So, what is community leadership?

Depending on where you live, community leadership can look a bit different based on a neighborhood’s needs. From starting a community garden to hosting neighborhood meetings in your place of business, community leadership doesn’t necessarily fit into one specific box. In this video, from NeighborWorks America, you can see just how unique community leadership is. When it comes to defining a community leader, it is best and often described as someone who takes responsibility for the well-being and improvement of their communities. Someone like you!

Truthfully, community leadership and development rarely, if ever, go from point A-to-B without a detour…

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