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Center  for Economic and African American Business Success 

ULGC Center for Economic & African American Business Success

The Urban League's Economic & African American Business Success strives to provide a culturally responsive ecosystem of support for minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate growth, expand networks and increase sustainability for business success.

Click here to complete our intake form and request support for your minority-owned business!

Check out this Resource: Entreprenuer Glossary

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BIPOC Restaurant Accelerator Initiative

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Chattanooga Area African American Business Ecosystem Assessment Results

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is leading an important effort to better support the growth of African American business owners through the newly established ULGC Center for Economic and African American Business Success. We are currently working in partnership with Pathway Lending, a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), in ways to expand access to capital for minority-owned businesses that are prepared to expand or scale up in the Chattanooga region. Through this partnership, we are conducting an assessment of the area business ecosystem to determine the current state of Black-owned businesses, the gaps in needed resources, and other emerging issues, post-COVID. 

You may also learn more about the Urban League and Pathway Lending by visiting: and

For questions regarding this survey please email Sarah Concepcion, ULGC Research and Policy Analyst at:


SBA & NUL Webinar Series

Join the National Urban League and the SBA for our 2023 webinar series designed to support businesses at every level! 

Catch us Live! 

3/27 @ 2 pm EST - Register for Women's History Month Celebration of Women-Owned Businesses

4/24 @ 2 pm EST - Register for How SBA Programs and Services can Help Your Start, Grow, and Succeed 


5/15 @ 1 pm EST - Register for Access to Capital 

6/26 @ 2 pm EST - Register for Doing Business with the Federal Government

7/31 @ 1 pm EST - Register for Grants for R&D: SBIR and STTR 


10/30 @ 1 pm EST - Register for Selling to the Global Market-Resources and Assistance 

If you missed the first session, register below to watch! 

2/27 Register for How to Start a Business 

Please share with anyone and everyone interested in learning more about the SBA's resources and programs!

Next Level Program

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2023 Next Level Application

* A program administration fee of $250 will be billed to all individuals selected for the 2023 Next Level program through the Urban League. 


The Urban League invests nearly $8,000 into the Next Level program (per participant) which is made possible by Urban League's presenting and supporting sponsors to include; TVA, Benwood Foundation and Truist Bank. 

Small Business Relief

October Financial Literacy and Small Business Development Events
Please click on underlined links to register for each class 

Small Business Development Orientation Workshops             
October. 4, 2022,    October 20, 2022,    October 25, 2022,    Oct. 27, 2022

   12:00 - 1:00 pm         6:00 - 7:00 pm          12:00 - 1:00 pm        1:00 - 2:00 pm


Entrepreneurial Training Program 
October 18, 2022

every Tuesday thru December 4, 2022
6:00 -  8:00 pm


Credit and Money Management 
October 6, 2022

6:00 - 7:00 pm


One-on-one coaching
Available upon request

What does it mean to be a Resilient  Small Business?


 Ready (for a crisis) - Do you have what you need - documents and a plan - ready to be able to navigate a crisis? (what)

 Relationships - Do you have the relationships to help you navigate that crisis? (who)


 Resources - Do you know where to find (additional)   resources and information to help you through the crisis?   (where/how)

Want to receive daily updates on small business resources in response to COVID-19? Click Here

Applying for the Paycheck Protection Loan? Here's what you need to know: Click Here

Small Business Relief Questionnaire


For immediate assistance, please visit CO.LAB

COVID Small Business Resource Dashboard Click Here

We know that COVID-19 has created many challenges for Chattanooga area businesses and non-profits and it is now more important than ever to easily find resources and information to get you through this time. This interactive database is meant to help our local small business community sift through information - from relief funds to webinars - that may be of interest.

SBA Side by Side Loan Comparison Sheet Click Here

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