Chattanooga's small business incentives lauded, hit

Bellhops is a Chattanooga-based startup that uses a tech-enabled platform and a workforce of college students to sell manpower for small- to medium-sized moves. Nov. 2014
photo Bellhops is a Chattanooga-based startup that uses a tech-enabled platform and a workforce of college students to sell manpower for small- to medium-sized moves. Nov. 2014

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* Wafflez Factory Inc. $2,503 14* Bellhops Inc. $10,000 19* Asdent Corp./Aspire Economy Denture and Dental $6,359 12* Skuidify LLC $4,716 6* Signix Inc. $9,597 12* T.J. Snow Co. Inc. $1,838 5

Seven companies took part in Chattanooga's small business incentive effort in its first year which ended June 30, and city officials are aiming to boost that number in the current fiscal year.

The companies were awarded $37,579 for creating 76 jobs in fiscal 2015. That's $494 per job.

Nick Wilkinson, the city's deputy administrator for economic development, said the program started late in the fiscal year and didn't spend all of the $100,000 it was allotted.