Empowered Entrepreneurs Panel graphic


Join us for a dialogue with a panel of Black entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. Panelists will discuss inspiration, challenges and success in today's business world. Friday, February 16 at 3 p.m. EST in the UTC University Center Auditorium. The program is free, but please RSVP!



 The panel will be facilitated by Maria Noel of the
Chattanooga Area Chamber and will include:


Cherita Adams imageCherita Adams

Owner, NOLA Busy Bee

Agency and Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant




Amanda Jelks

Amanda N. Jelks


Jelks Law, PLLC





Chanda Maldonado imageChanda Maldonado

Owner, Chambers Welding and Steel Fabrication






Marcus Shaw imageMarcus Shaw







Velma Wilson imageVelma Wilson


Cleaning Solutions, LLC






James Wingard imageJames Wingard

Owner, Wingard Quality

Supply, LLC





Hosted by the UTC College of Business, the Chattanooga Area Chamber,  UTC's Division of Student Affairs and the Chancellor's Multicultural Advisory Council as part of the Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference and UTC's Black History Month celebration.