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This article has been edited to correct Drake Rustand's title. He is director of Brand & Platform for Waypoint. An earlier version identified him as the company's CEO.

Each year during Chattanooga's Startup Week, businesses and their founders from a variety of industries and backgrounds earn the recognition of their peers and colleagues in several categories. These are the finalists of the 2020 Startup Awards.

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

* Rhinogram / Kathy Ford

Rhinogram is a telehealth solution that removes patient-provider communication barriers via texting. The platform also increases provider efficiency by reducing staffing costs, enabling reimbursable virtual consults, and leading to new patient acquisition. Keith Dressler is chairman and CEO. Kathy Ford is president and chief product officer.

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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Kathy Ford, president and chief product officer of Rhinogram, gives her pitch during the HealthTech Accelerator Demo Day at Unum in June 2019. Rhinogram won the 2020 Startup of the Year award Thursday during Startup Week. The business connects patients, clinicians and office administrators through confidential, text-based interactions in real time.

* Waypoint / Drake Rustand

Waypoint has shown significant growth in the past year and is now available in millions of households, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to engage with their content regularly and fulfill their mission of educating, equipping, and empowering the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

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Contributed photography / Drake Rustand is director of Brand & Platform for Waypoint.

* Circadian Consulting / Clea Klagstad

Circadian Consulting has steadily grown since 2017, working to reduce the environmental impact of Tennessee's growing infrastructure through regulatory expertise and customized business solutions.

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Clea Klagstad / contributed photo

* Tes Bros / Ji Hoon Heo

Tes Bros is on track to become a household name among Tesla owners. Not only has the business grown, with several positions being added this past year, but they also temporarily switched production gears at the beginning of the pandemic to use Tes Bros machines to help make PPE face masks for people and organizations who needed them.

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Photo by Mark Kennedy / Ji Hoon Heo is the CEO of TesBros.

CO.LAB'S HIGH GROWTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR

* Rhinogram

Rhinogram is a telehealth solution that removes patient-provider communication barriers via texting and increases provider efficiency by reducing staffing costs, enabling reimbursable virtual consults, and leading to new patient acquisition. Keith Dressler is chairman and CEO. Kathy Ford is president and chief product officer.

* Please Assist Me

This all-in-one home management solution partners with residential complexes to provide an app that allows residents to easily schedule a variety of residential services. Stephanie Cummings is the company's CEO.

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Contributed photography / Stephanie Cummings is CEO of Please Assist Me, an app to make life easier for tenants in residential complexes.

* Chef & His Wife

Chef & His Wife, owned by Tim Mulderink, produces a variety of flavors of pimento cheese that are distributed in 100+ retail stores across the Southeast.

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Staff photo by Tim Barber / Tim Mulderink, owner of The Chef and His Wife, begins preparation of a holiday meal of turkey with cornbread dressing at his business in Middle Valley.

INCUBATOR'S GOLDFINCH OF THE YEAR

* Kaleena Goldsworthy

In 2019, Kaleena Goldsworthy launched The Bitter Bottle and began producing cocktail bitters for bars and restaurants from Chattanooga to New York City. During the pandemic, Goldsworthy kept the cocktails flowing with a partnership with Proof Bar + Incubator and adapted her business model to serve consumers at home.

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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Kaleena Goldsworthy, owner of The Bitter Bottle, in her office at the INCubator in 2019.

* Dan Mailman

Dan Mailman founded Studio Mindstride to nurture seedling stage businesses with aspiring entrepreneurs. He supports the development of high-tech projects, streamlines resources, and prefers to pour his energy into opportunities to "better the world."

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Contributed photography / Dan Mailman founded Studio Mindstride to nurture seedling stage businesses.

* Alex Lavidge

In 2018, Alex Lavidge founded Startup Champs, a pre-launch business consultancy that helps high-net-worth individuals worldwide to Fortune 1000 companies develop data-driven strategies toward increasing deposits, or pre-orders, before new companies or brands are launched.

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Contributed photography / Alex Lavidge founded Startup Champs, a pre-launch business consultancy.

LAUNCH CHA'S MICROBUSINESS OF THE YEAR

* Luis and Gisela Contreras

The Local Juicery and Kitchen is owned and operated by Luis and Gisela Contreras. The business is located on Chattanooga's Southside and offers cold-pressed organic juices, smoothies, and raw foods.

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Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 1/15/15. Regular customer Julia Brown picks out a bottle of Sublime, a juice containing apple, kale and lime, while at The Local Juicery on the Southside on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

* Terence Locke

Chef Express was founded by Terence Locke in March of 2015. The young chef established his catering business with the purpose of fulfilling the public's desire for quality food and excellent customer service. Locke has also authored a children's book and teaches Pots and Tots, a culinary class for 8-to-12-year-olds.

* Susan Freeman

Susan M. Freeman Enterprise provides health, dental, and life insurance products to individuals, groups and small businesses, specializing in Medicare. The company has been in existence for 9 years. In 2020, Freeman expanded and added an insurance training academy for potential brokers.

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Staff Photo by Doug Strickland / Susan Freeman, founder of Susan M. Freeman Enterprise, shakes hands with facilitators after receiving her certificate during a graduation of adult entrepreneurs from LAUNCH Chattanooga's business launching program in 2013.

SOCIETY OF WORK'S COWORKER OF THE YEAR

* Operation Get Active

Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses soccer to encourage Chattanooga's youth to live active, healthy lifestyles. Unable to meet in person earlier this year, OGA quickly moved online to allow students to stay active and connected.

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Photo contributed by Operation Get Active / Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses soccer to encourage Chattanooga's youth to live active, healthy lifestyles.

* MCS

MCS is a locally owned facility service provider that prides themselves on reliability, great communication, and quality of work. During COVID-19, they quickly adapted their services to ensure clients and customers were safe in their work environments and had access to additional facility services when needed.

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Contributed photography from MCS / The MCS team of Mariana Cremonte, Erwin Ovalle and Emilie Cole.

* Tech Goes Home

Tech Goes Home is a digital inclusion program for residents across Hamilton County. During a year where access to the internet is critical, the Tech Goes Home team has worked hard to provide residents with devices, internet access and information to stay connected.

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Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Students use Chromebooks during a Tech Goes Home class at the Chambliss Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tech Goes Home is a digital inclusion program which provides technology training to children and adults from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

CAUSEWAY'S CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR

* Roe Anderson

Anderson formed Girl Stance in 2017 with a mission to empower, elevate, and expand the essence of Black girls in Chattanooga using the transformational teachings of yoga. Anderson and Girl Stance empower each girl to act on the information they receive from instructors, educators and program activities to give them the leadership and confidence needed to create a lasting impact.

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Contributed photography / Roe Anderson is the founder of Girl Stance, which empowers girls through yoga.

* Eric Gray

Gray founded Catalyst Sports in 2012 and has expanded to over 10 chapters throughout the Southeast that act as an agent of change in the lives of people with disabilities in those communities. Using adventure sports, Eric and Catalyst Sports give people with disabilities access to the life-changing impact of adventure within a supportive and inclusive community.

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Contributed photography / Eric Gray founded Catalyst Sports in 2012.

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