Start-Up Week helps grow Small Businesses

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(WDEF)- It’s Start-Up week in Chattanooga and for the past few days you’ve heard how the city and private enterprise is working to help people start or grow small businesses.

The promoters take steps to make sure that everyone with a dream has a chance to talk about and sell their ideas.

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At the downtown Edney Building today, the organization Launch took steps to include minorities, women and even teenagers in that start up program.

“We have a 9 week and 12 week course that walks them through the business basics and then  we provide mentorship. Mentorship has given  people 80% of a higher chance of success in their business..so we make sure that mentorship is a huge part of what we do,” says Allen Wood.

Launch runs the program in eight U.S. cities now.

It has helped start some 300 minority-owned businesses.