Hal Bowling

Executive Director, LAUNCH

Chattanooga, TN

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity  |  Community Economic Development, Incubator / Accelerator, Rural Community Development, Technical Assistance

Hal is a collaborative alliance builder connecting traditional business and economic development circles with tools to empower entrepreneurs in marginalized communities and address racial and economic injustice.

Since 2005, Hal has worked as a consultant and business coach to non-profits and businesses in the U.S. and abroad, serving teams and executives in areas of marketing, business development, strategic planning and personal development. He is co-founder and director of LAUNCH (Leadership Asset for Urban Neighborhood Change and Healing), a micro-enterprise development initiative. Hal’s past accomplishments include founding several successful start-ups, developing new business for Spheris – a Nashville-based healthcare company listed on Inc.’s 500 Fastest Growing list in ’04 and ’05 – and providing leadership to The Moriah Group, which won the Silver Anvil award in 2006 for excellence in marketing and public relations. Hal received his B.A. in business administration from Covenant College.


  • Creating business and financial opportunities for the underserved and growing the number of minority owned businesses in the community.
  • Using business as a platform to reconnect the mainstream and marginalized communities in Chattanooga.
  • Bringing hope to those who have lost it.
  • Ensuring that anyone with a dream or an idea has the chance to start a business.
  • Providing students in some of our city’s most challenged high schools with exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, and increased social capital.