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October 27, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Nine award winners named at Thursday’s “Startup Week Chattanooga” celebration

It was a big celebration Thursday night as Chattanooga recognized the accomplishments of a number of start-ups and those who support them.

The event at Waterhouse Pavilion came of the next to last day of “Startup Week Chattanooga.” The seven-day celebration ended with the after party of Friday.

The two big winners were:

  • Workhound, a company that we spotlighted recently in this biz article, was named “2019 Start-up of the Year”; and
  • Ken Hays, the recently departed President of The Enterprise Center, who captured the “Charlie Brock Ecosystem Builder of the Year” award.

Other award winners were:

  • BWY Transport was awarded the Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s “Rising Star of the Year.”
  • Gabrielle Blades, Founder of Blades Creative, won the “Small Business Association’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.”
  • Cheiman Tea won Launch Chattanooga’s “Micro-Business of the Year” award.
  • Shelly Cove won INCubator’s “Goldfinch of the Year.”
  • Medical Search Technologies was named CO.LAB’s “High Growth Company of the Year.”
  • Society of Work’s “Co-Worker of the Year” was awarded to Attorneys Stephanie Rogers and Melody Shekari.
  • Galen Riley of Pride Raiser was the recipient of Causeway’s “Changemaker of the Year” recognition.

Here’s a picture “2018 Startup of the Year” recipient Felicia Jackson of CPR Wrap with Workhound’s Max Farrell.

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