Sunday, November 23, 2014 · 6:55 p.m.

Business Bits: Local leaders celebrate business openings, awards

UTC students pitch business ideas

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UTC business pitch competition 
Six student entrepreneurial teams will present business pitches to a panel of community leaders Wednesday at round two of the UTC Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization’s Elevator Pitch Competition. 

The event will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Business Development Center. 

The team with the best pitch will win $2,000 in venture capital, free consulting from CO.LAB and Lamp Post Group and a paid trip to the University of Tampa to compete in the regional CEO competition this spring. 

The event is free and open to the public, who are asked to RSVP by contacting Christine Estoye at Christine-Estoye@utc.edu or 423-425-2112.

For more information, got to www.utcceo.com

Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau honored 
Successful Meetings magazine has awarded the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau the 2012 Pinnacle Award. 

And Convention South magazine has awarded the annual 2012 Readers’ Choice Award to the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center. 

The Pinnacle award celebrates hospitality excellence by identifying the convention and visitors bureaus, hotels and conference centers that set the standards for others to follow, local leaders said in a news release. 

The Chattanooga Convention Center is among 100 convention and visitor bureaus, meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive the Convention South magazine 2012 Readers’ Choice Award.

That award is voted on by more than 1,500 meeting professionals. 

Grand opening of Uptown Vision 
Leaders with Uptown Vision of Chattanooga will celebrate the business' grand opening Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The business is in the Miller Brothers Building, located at 629 Market St., Suite 115. 

The business is a vision center, where leaders perform comprehensive vision and medical eye services. 

For more information about Uptown Vision of Chattanooga, please contact Sharon Cunningham at 423-265-4306 or click here

Crave ribbon cutting 
Although Chattanooga's exclusively gluten-free cafe and bakery Crave is already open in Warehouse Row, leaders will celebrate the new restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 28. 

The event will be at 10 a.m. in Warehouse Row, located at 1110 Market St. 

Click here for more information. 

Disclaimer: Nooga.com is affiliated with the Lamp Post Group, but editorial decisions for this publication are made independently of the Lamp Post Group. 

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