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Brittany Cofer

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More than 600 businesswomen are expected to come to Chattanooga for a three-day national conference beginning today.

The Delta Queen's days in Chattanooga could be numbered if a local effort to establish a nonprofit for the purchase of the 83-year-old steamboat doesn't pull through.

Tyler Kelley selects an appropriate supplement for a customer at the Hixson location on Highway 153.

Homeowners set on getting that last improvement finished before the holiday season can visit the Home Remodeling Expo today for a little help.

Chattanooga-based Astec Industries plans to increase its sales, service and parts personnel internationally in efforts to stem a weak domestic market as it enters the fourth quarter of the year.

After more than a decade of making clothing in Chattanooga, Kimara Dawn recently realized her dream to create a full-scale fashion line.

Shoppers in LaFayette, Ga., soon will see a familiar department store’s name on Pearl Drive.

Sustainable practices throughout the Tennessee Aquarium and its River Gorge Explorer attraction

Walking among about 50 tables scattered throughout the Chattanooga Convention Center’s ballroom, Janice Bryant Howroyd explained what it means to be empowered.

With more than 20 years of dental experience each, performing oral surgery is nothing new for Drs. Bill Childress and Karl Meyer.

Chante Newcomb is on a mission to empower women.

Thomas West III just might have chosen the ideal time to move his business to Chattanooga.

A hefty natural gas pipeline replacement program could cause temporary downtown traffic delays, but in the long run will reduce utility operating costs, officials say.

Summer isn’t the only season for tourism in the Scenic City and surrounding area.

In an effort to recognize the city’s up-and-coming talent, the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga honored professionals, businesses, artists and entrepreneurs in its fourth annual awards celebration.

N-plant crews prepare

Chatt State prepares TVA workers in growing field

As the nuclear power industry undergoes a national renaissance, officials in Chattanooga are going full steam ahead to prepare for expected demand in the field.

What: Superior Walls, which is a factory produced, insulated, ready-to-finish basement wall system.

During a time of staggering unemployment brought on by a sluggish economy, businesspeople say networking is now more important than ever — but it’s not just about showing your face.

Environmentalism is the core aspect of PBPallets, since all of its products are made entirely of 100 percent recycled paper.

Vacant buildings and a deluge of billboards dot the landscape of Brainerd Road, an area that once was one of Chattanooga’s bustling shopping corridors.

Area corporations and financial institutions which support minority business development will be cited today in an effort to reveal one of Chattanooga’s “best kept secrets,” an official says.

Economic slump? Not for Chattanooga’s $762 million tourism industry so far this year.

Going into its 44th year of business, the Chattanooga area’s largest Hardee’s franchisee is boasting sales “higher than they’ve ever been,” said the company’s president and chief operating officer.

With the opening of her third Mojo Burrito restaurant, owner Eve Williams is beginning to think about the future of her creation.

Astec is working on several other green initiatives, including projects that harness solar power and wood pellets for energy.

In an effort to extend its technological reach and speed up its benefits filing process, the local Social Security Administration office has installed what it calls a “welcome enhancement.”

Ashley and Johnnie Hoskins Jr. weren’t planning to start a business when they built their first custom chicken coop.

Fire Station 7, the city’s newest firefighting facility, was built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

Applying to college or trying to find a job just out of high school can be a scary time — even without the unemployment scale tipping in the wrong direction.

Urns outpace caskets

Families choose cremation to save cash, but morticians’ profits fall

As the economic slowdown lingers and unemployment rates hang near double digit levels, businesses long thought of as “recession-proof” are beginning to feel a pinch.

City promoters plan to use EPB’s announcement of the nation’s fastest broadband service to woo a new segment of conventions.

Sustainable architectural practices that reduce and offset energy consumption at the Riverfront Professionals building.

They’re bright, slow and kind of funny looking.

A small vegan bakery within the Cleveland-Bradley Business Incubator is slowly rising to the top.

For one local family-owned business, an economic downturn actually can mean more customers.

Praters gets all of its green hardwood and cork flooring products from forests certified in sustainable forestry practices.

This year’s summer heat wave provided a much needed drop in the bucket for local pool retailers, but some say it wasn’t enough to offset the effects of a drained economy.

Shops jam into gallery

Vendors ousted from nearby spot resettle in Southside

After 14 years in Chattanooga’s Southside, Judy Klemm is moving around the corner for a new endeavor.

The road to success

Training facility sign of growth for company

An 11,000-square-foot training facility under construction at Roadtec Inc. will further the company’s mission to put customers first, officials said.

Tyler Menne employs several environmental tactics in his landscaping business such as using low volume, low pressure irrigation methods, irrigation sensors that can detect moisture in the soil and drought-tolerant native plants that don’t need to be watered as often.

Inside a crowded shop on Rossville Boulevard, Bob Wolfe sits in a dusty old blue chair, examining a flat-screen TV that sits atop a makeshift table enveloped in tan carpet.

Bright fabrics with a modern edge are making their way into local quilting shops, signaling a generational shift in a craft that’s beginning to attract a younger following.

The smoky scent of barbecue will soon cascade down Broad Street, as Sugar’s Ribs prepares to open a downtown location.

CVB shifting visitors center

Office workers to occupy SunTrust tower downtown

With two moves, Chattanooga’s chief tourism and convention recruiting group projects it will boost foot traffic to its visitors center, help it sell the city and save money.

* What: Shaw Green Edge platform — an eco-friendly initiative the business has undertaken that encompasses its companywide sustainability efforts, which include 150 to 200 projects, products and processes.

In a meeting Wednesday, the Carter Street Corp., which oversees the Chattanooga Convention Center, reported event revenues for July were up nearly 70 percent from last year.

If all goes according to plan, railroad excursions on a 106-year-old coal-powered steam locomotive could begin later this year as part of an agreement between the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Norfolk Southern.

The family that owns and operates the company has taken several steps in the past few years to become environmentally friendly. Brothers Wyatt, Jason and Bryan Hogue said the company recycles every bit of scrap paper and all aluminum plating material. It uses eco-friendly products such as soy-based inks and paper that comes from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests.

Clear skies and sunshine mean more than just a pretty day to small business owner Tom Moore.

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