Five years ago, Mindy Benton transitioned from personal chef to restaurateur. She has built Mindy B's Deli by offering avant garde sandwiches in an entertaining atmosphere. Mindy believes that even if your job is boring, your lunch doesn't have to be.

On this episode, Mindy talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about the perks and perils of owning a small restaurant. Everyday is a learning experience, and fuels her desire to continue to grow Mindy B's Deli.  

  Katie Hendrix of Mozilla and Tia Capps of The Company Lab talk with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about 48 Hour Launch: The Internet of Things. This year, 7 teams will compete to see how far they can propel their business ideas over the span of just one weekend. Prizes include cash, professional services, and trips to MozFest in London. 

  When Sharon Kelly's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Sharon had few attractive options for her care.  Because Sharon was a Registered Nurse, she new that putting her grandmother in a nursing home would be both expensive and less than optimal.  To solve her own family's dilemma, Sharon decided to create Sharon's Senior Services, a daycare facility for the elderly.

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  The National Labor Relations Board is ordering Volkswagen to recognize a labor union at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant. But Volkswagen opposes United Auto Workers Local 42 because the group is only a small part of the plant's overall workforce.


  Football season kicks off Thursday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

  As a fourth-generation physician, Dr. Kelly Arnold has always had a passion for helping others.  So, when she relocated to Chattanooga, Kelly founded Clinica Medicos to provide comprehensive healthcare to the city's underserved Latino community. Patterned after a Memphis organization started by her family, Clinica Medicos has established itself as a vital portal to services and resources.

  For those wanting to own a business, franchises can be an affordable, viable option.  Four years ago, Leslie Bennett discovered Soccer Shots and knew that Chattanooga was the perfect market for this franchise opportunity.

Today, Leslie talks with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about wrangling both little kids and their parents and about how Soccer Shots is growing like wildfire in Chattanooga.  Learn why owning a franchise has been the right path to realizing her entrepreneurial dreams.  

    Though she may not have realized it then, Katie King has been entrepreneurial since graduating from law school.  She worked as a temp to outfox the corporate gatekeepers and rose to become Senior Counsel at EPB.  Recently she has launched her own solo practice.

On this episode, Katie stops by the studio to talk with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell about her professional journey and what's on the horizon.  She is building a unique firm where head honchos and artists will feel equally at home.

  The Rio games aren't the only reason East Tennessee residents are talking about the Olympics. Some are remembering the 20th anniversary of the 1996 summer games that featured whitewater events in Ocoee, Tennessee. Though those events turned out to be a success, some were skeptical when the idea was first proposed, and grassroots organizations worked hard to make it happen.

Most children in Chattanooga and Hamilton County will be starting school or going back after the long Summer break in the next couple of weeks. If you have children starting pre-k or kindergarten or going back into the 7th grade they are required to have a TN Immunization certificate. The certificate is available from your primary care physician or from the Chattanooga - Hamilton County pediatric clinic. Lauren Hawkins is the pediatric clinic manager. She talked to Richard Winham beginning with why this is the busiest time of the year for the clinic.

  Though her day job is Communications Director of The Company Lab, Tia Capps has long had a passion for documentary filmmaking. This summer she decided to follow a dream by taking an 8-day course at The Documentary Center at Duke University.

Often entrepreneurs need to stick a toe in the water before fully taking the plunge. Sometime this will involve taking a class, internship, or just doing research.  Tia sits down with Start It Up Host Monty Bruell to discuss her introduction to documentary filmmaking and how it might affect her future.

  Just before Hamilton County’s August 4 elections, we’re speaking with Democratic primary candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Michael Friedman, George Ryan Love and Melody Shekari. We also spoke with Mark Siedlecki, a Democrat running against Republican Marty Haynes in the race to be the new Hamilton County Assessor of Property.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department received confirmation of the first person in Hamilton County to test positive for Zika virus.  The individual recently returned from an affected country where Zika disease is being transmitted by mosquitoes.  In an effort to prevent local transmission, the Health Department is conducting door-to-door education in the general vicinity of the case.