• March 21, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • April 04, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

    United Way of Greater Chattanooga's Patsy Higgins will provide an in-depth training on the best practices of grant writing. Participants who participate in all three sessions will receive a Venture Forward certification of completion. 

    *NOTE: Hamilton County Department of Education's spring break is March 18-22. 

    Taught by: Patsy Higgins, Grant Specialist at United Way of Greater Chattanooga 

    Fees: Members: $175. Non-Members: $200. 

    • April 03, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

    You may have heard that the United Way of Greater Chattanooga is launching a new HUB for Social Innovation. In it’s simplest form, the United Way HUB for Social Innovation is both (1) a physical space and (2) an initiative to spark innovation and collaboration among diverse sectors. Both elements have one overall purpose, to serve as a collaborative vehicle for developing community-based solutions that tackle our most critical issues. The What, Who, and How of the HUB session will provide a basic overview of both the services and physical space aspects represented within the United Way HUB for Social Innovation. This session is open to anyone who would like to attend, and it will also allow for Venture Forward members to provide input into their most desired aspirations for the HUB. The United Way is proud to be working with the team from Bridge Innovate who are helping to build the framework for HUB strategies and operations.

    • April 12, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Bethel Bible Village, 3001 Hamill Rd, Hixson, TN 37343


    Join Venture Forward and our host, Bethel Bible Village, for our next CEO Circle. Bethel Bible Village's mission is to provide healing and hope for children and families in crisis.

    At this event, their new Executive Director, Rosalind Connor, will give us a tour of their facility. She will also spend some time talking about the school, Bethel Christian Academy, and how the community has enabled them to change lives through education.

    Bethel Christian Academy-- and all of their programs for children and families in crisis-- are only possible due to a collaborative effort on the part of nonprofit organizations, businesses, foundations and individuals in the community who care about their cause. Bethel's Heroes for Hope.

    Make sure to come hungry! Venture Forward will be providing a light breakfast for our attendees.

    Fee: $10 for Venture Forward Members

    To encourage corporate collaboration, we ask you to invite a for-profit CEO to join you as a guest at no cost. Not a Venture Forward member but want to join us? Click here to become a member.



    • April 23, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

    Interested in starting a nonprofit in Tennessee?  This information session covers early considerations such as for profit business options and collaboration, differences between a nonprofit and for profit, and an overview of the nonprofit startup process.  Attendees will leave with trusted online and print resources to guide the process.  Venture Forward (formerly the CNP) can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but Venture Forward does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Executive Director - Venture Forward

    Fees: All Attendees $25

    • April 30, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga

    Stephen Van Gorp, the United Way's Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy, will help nonprofit leaders better evaluate their organization's brand, culture, messaging and impact and help them explore how that translates into their logo, communications strategies, business model and customer service.

    Fees: Members: $50. Non-Members: $75