Over the past decade, Chattanooga has benefited by more than $5 billion of new investments from Volkswagen, Amazon, Wacker Chemical, Nokian Tyres and others moving into the region and spurring related investments. But in 2018, much of the new capital coming to town was put into existing businesses to help them grow or to buy or build major apartment complexes in Hamilton County. Chattanooga continues to attract outside interest from business prospects. "This is the busiest December we've had in several years," said Charles Wood, the vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "But while project activity is really high, decision making is really slow. There's a lot of business activity and a lot of companies are eager to grow their capacity and they are looking for new locations to add to their manufacturing or other operations. But there is a lot of anxiety with the fact that we've seen 10 years of growth and they are somewhat worried about how … [Read more...] about Here are Chattanooga’s biggest business deals of 2018
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Christmas is one day of the year when most businesses and commerce comes to a stop. For some, including the world's biggest retailer — Walmart — today is the only day of the year they are closed for the entire day. Shopping malls, factories, grocery stores, banks, government offices, the stock market and most other workplaces are all shut down today as most families gather to celebrate Christmas. But not all businesses are closed. Last minute holiday shoppers needing batteries for that special Santa toy or wrapping paper for that last gift will find some local Walgreens and CVS stores open limited hours today and some convenience stores and gas station such as Circle K and Mapco still staying open. With most people off work and some eager to get out the house, many local restaurants and most movie theaters also are open today, at least with limited hours. Those traveling on Christmas will find area Waffle Houses, Huddle Houses and City Cafe Diners open 24 hours, while the … [Read more...] about Which Chattanooga area businesses will be open Christmas Day?
Q. September is National Preparedness Month. What do consumers need to know about that event? A. "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." That is the theme of this year's National Preparedness Month, held annually every September since 2004. National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to remind everyone to prepare themselves and their families now, and throughout the year. National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, and its part of a governmental effort to strengthen the United States' preparedness capabilities, whether a terrorist attack strikes, or a natural disaster hits. Jim Winsett of the BBB. Jim Winsett of the BBB. ... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Better Business Bureau is proud to partner with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security (Ready.gov) to offer tips on how to fully prepare for a disaster. Make and Practice Your … [Read more...] about Business Bulletin: How to prepare for disaster
One of Chattanooga's most well-known, historic buildings in the downtown Innovation District is getting a makeover. TransCard, a Chattanooga-based software company, is moving its headquarters from Riverfront Parkway into the former Southern Express Building at 1010 Market St., which is currently home to Pickle Barrel restaurant and bar, a popular spot for both locals and visitors to Chattanooga's downtown scene. A Nashville taco and beer joint will also open on the first floor of the flatiron building. TransCard is investing $3 million in renovations for their offices, which will also include a kitchen, gym and outdoor patio for employees. Born out of the long-haul trucking and logistics industry, TransCard was started in 2012 and provides a third-party payment account software for companies and corporations to pay employees and hand out customer rebates and disbursements. With 60 employees and about 1,800 clients now, TransCard needs more room. The company hopes to add another 30 or … [Read more...] about TransCard, Nashville taco company moving into historic, flatiron building in downtown Chattanooga
Q. I found interesting the article in the Times Free Press where the Sheriff Department and Bill Hullander, County Trustee, warns of phone scams. Is the phone scam traffic higher today? Are there new schemes scammers are using today? A. Yes, the reported scam activity by phone calls and robocallers currently is on the increase. The scammers find different methods to disguise their identification. The VOIP technology using local area codes and numbers is the most effective. Consumers are not as suspicious and more inclined to answer local numbers. BBB Scam Tracker website, www.bbb.org/scamtracker.com reports that our local service area, year to date has 108 reported active scams. Visit the site to read and understand the activity. Jim Winsett of the BBB. Jim Winsett of the BBB. ... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Are you experiencing an increase in the number of local calls to your home and/or cell phone? You're not alone. This … [Read more...] about Business Bulletin: Phone scams are on the rise