Nominations for Small Business Awards open now
Officials are now taking nominations for Small Business Awards.

“With four different categories, this award seeks to recognize various different sizes of small businesses in the Chattanooga footprint,” officials with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce said via email.

Nominees can be nonprofit or for-profit, and there are three categories based on number of employees.

Click here to nominate.


Center for Mindful Living celebrates new location
An open house to celebrate the Center for Mindful Living’s new location is scheduled for Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

There will be light refreshments, live music and “mini-mindfulness opportunities.”

“Our board, volunteers, members and instructors will be available to answer any questions for curious community members interested in finding out more about what mindfulness is and how we support it at the center,” leaders said in the event’s Facebook invite.

The new location is at 400 E. Main St. Click here to read more background.

NextLevel Chattanooga to graduate inaugural class
Sixteen area entrepreneurs will graduate from NextLevel Chattanooga Thursday.

NextLevel Chattanooga is a seven-month program that provides business owners with tools and connections to help them create jobs and grow.

NextLevel Chattanooga uses theStreetWise MBAcurriculum, which is a nationally recognized program developed by Interise, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to help underserved small businesses.

The entrepreneurship program isoffered by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga in collaboration with the city of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Tennessee Small Business Development Center and BrightBridge.

The graduation is scheduled for Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bessie Smith Hall, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Girl Scouts Council of Southern Appalachians launches first online fundraising campaign
An online fundraising effort will benefit girls and Girl Scouts in Chattanooga.

The Girl Scouts Council of Southern Appalachians is launching its first-ever online fundraising effort.

The two-week Girls Matter Campaign is anchored by a new websitedetailing the unique challenges faced by local girls, as well as opportunities to help girls thrive through Girl Scouts experiences, according to a news release.

The council’s service area, which includesKnoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities, is ranked eighth-worst in the country for girls’ overall well-being, according to aGirl Scout Research Institute report.

The Girls Matter Campaign aims to raise $100,000 fromNov. 14 to Dec. 1and launches the council’s ongoing efforts to educate, advocate and fundraise to bring the power of Girl Scouts to thousands more girls.

Lululemon Athleticaopening Black Friday
National retailerLululemon Athletica willopen its new 2,700-square-foot showroom in Warehouse Row’s Building North on BlackFriday.

The company is known for its wide variety of yoga-inspired athletic apparel.

In partnership with Warehouse Row neighbors Yoga Landing and Anthropologie, Lululemonwill introduce a meditation experience for guests from7:30 to 8 a.m.

Warehouse Row leaders also recently announced new holiday hours for some stores that begin on Black Friday.

Lululemon, Anthropologie, Onward Reserve and The Cosmetic Market will be open from8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and J.Crew until 9 p.m.

Hours will vary by retailer and day of the week, but open and closing times can be found by contacting individual retailers. Adirectory of storesis available on the Warehouse Row website.