Category: Entrepreneurship

Chattanooga’s Echelon Fitness completes $65 million raise

Echelon Fitness, the Chattanooga-based company focused on at-home services and products, has completed a $65 million financing package. It was led by Goldman Sachs Growth, along with participation from existing investor, North Castle Partners. Founded in 2000, Echelon is benefiting from the explosion in at-home fitness at least partially as

Abby Trotter wins SBA’s prestigious “Tibbetts Award” for working on matching fund

A person who has worked tirelessly to champion the State of Tennessee’s matching program for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award recipients has now been recognized for those efforts by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Abby Trotter, Partner at Hall Strategies in Nashville

U of L takes “LaunchIt” virtual for second year, allowing broader participation

“LaunchIt,” the University of Louisville’s 10-week entrepreneurial bootcamp, has taken its training online and expanded to serve innovators and university researchers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Historically, “LaunchIt” training had been done in person in downtown Louisville, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, program leaders took the bootcamp

SBA’s launches new Ascent site focused on women entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration has officially launched Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital eLearning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. According to the announcement, “Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development.”