Business Trend Top Stories of 2020


We made it through one of our craziest, most unpredictable years, and we're glad to look back and celebrate Chattanooga's resilient small businesses, economic growth and our community's people and accomplishments. 

From navigating COVID-19 to honoring local leaders, these were your top 10 Business Trend reads of 2020: 

1. Chattanooga is the Best WFH City in the U.S., Says

It's no surprise that this made first place on our list. Chattanooga is a hot spot for remote workers for three main reasons: low cost, lots of nature and the fastest internet in the world. If you're looking for a change of scenery, Chattanooga should be on your radar. Read the full article here.

2. COVID-19 Community Updates from Your Chamber

We went through a lot together this year, especially our small businesses. Our Chamber team connected our businesses with the accurate information they needed to stay afloat, including links to live calls with local expertsa guide for shoppers to buy local and online and resources for those who have been laid off. Find City of Chattanooga COVID-19 updates here. 

3. Where will jobs be in 2020?: Chattanooga, According to Forbes

In case you needed another reason to brag on Chattanooga (or consider moving here!), you have it. Of the many Southern cities posting net employment outlooks well above the national average as we entered 2020 — among them Charleston, South Carolina and Little Rock, Arkansas, both of which boasted outlooks of 28% — this article said none were set to offer more opportunity than Chattanooga, Tennessee. Read more here. 

4. Meet Your 2020 Hamilton County School Board Candidates

Three Hamilton School Board Districts were on the ballot this past election. District 1, District 2 and District 7 elected school board members to help address issues at the forefront of education, especially diversity and inclusion and COVID-19. Trend virtually sat down with each running candidate to chat about their platforms and what they hoped to accomplish as a school board member. 

5. Flowing Forward: American Water’s Valoria Armstrong Leads Chamber Board

Valoria Armstrong, VP, National Government and Regulatory Affairs at American Water, stepped in July 1 as the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce 2020-21 Board Chair. She brings HR, advocacy and community development expertise to the role, with a splash of charisma and style. Learn more about Armstrong's career and her current role here.  

6. Chattanooga Chamber Announces Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2020-21

Leadership Chattanooga ​participants graduate with a fresh understanding of our community’s strengths and challenges, and how we can all be part of solutions. Meet the current class here. 

7. Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for 2020 Small Business Awards

At the beginning of 2020, we honored four well-deserving small businesses. Here are the finalists

8. How This Drone Company’s Tagline Promotes Their Unique Value Proposition

Skytec shared the power of a well-designed tagline, how a tagline can clarify a value proposition and how to build your tagline to stay relevant for the long haul. 

9. We Are Doing It: Tremont Tavern

As Chattanooga area businesses shifted and restructured, adapting to their new normal, many reconnected with the passion that led them to opening their businesses. Over several months, we published the We Are Doing It series, profiling local businesses and their owners as they shared their inspirational stories. Read a few more profiles from this series here and here.

10. Member Notices 

Your favorite resource for local business news. Any Chamber member can submit a PDF via this link highlighting your news, event or discount and we'll add it to Member Notices.

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