Business Briefs: Ten vie tonight in Co.Lab event

Business Briefs: Ten vie tonight in Co.Lab event

November 18th, 2014 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

The main branch of the Chattanooga Public Library is located on Broad Street between 10th and 11th streets in downtown Chattanooga.

The main branch of the Chattanooga Public Library...

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

Ten vie tonight in Co.Lab event

Ten startup companies will vie for $1,500 in cash prizes and dozens of hours of business services during Co.Lab's "Will This Float" event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight on the fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library.

Competitors will each get three minutes to pitch their business ideas. Winners will be announced after judges and the audience vote. The ten finalists are: Chattanooga Sports Leagues, Innovasan Corp., MayFly Coffee, Ramrock Building Systems, Wind River Custom Homes, Your Outdoor Family, Amplify, Strip N Totes, The Baby Flat and Willow Games.

BlueCross among best work places

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of its Best Places to Work for 2014.

The annual ranking is based on company programs and employee feedback. The rating is based upon employee surveys and the magazine's assessment of compensation, incentive and benefit packages, performance and talent management programs, workforce diversity and inclusion, wellness programs and community impact.

Bill Gracey, president and chief executive officer of BlueCross, said the award reflects what's going on within Tennessee's biggest health insurer.

"In an ever-changing environment, we succeed because of our outstanding employees,"Gracey said.

Erlanger picks hospital builder

Erlanger Health System has selected Ladue-based McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. of Ladue, Mo., as the construction manager for a new Children's and Women's Hospital being planned for Chattanooga.

McCarthy and partner HKS Dallas-based HKS architects will work on the project out of an Atlanta office. The team will establish a design studio on the Erlanger campus at Chattanooga. A building schedule for the projects has yet to be announced.

Earlier this year, McCarthy was ranked as the largest health care general contractor in America for the second consecutive year in a survey by Modern Healthcare magazine.