International Business Council Showcase Worldwide Footprint

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 3/28 1:15 am
        "This is amazing to see the velocity at which business changes happening in this region."
        With the same speed as the internet connection which earned Chattanooga the name "gig" city, businesses based in the Scenic City are making a mark worldwide.
        "Take any business newspaper, magazine, take dailies, take television, you'll see Chattanooga pop up everywhere. Despite this being a small city, I think local leaders have managed to get this city on the radar internationally," said Christian Hoeferle, CEO of Heferle Consulting.
        The Chattanooga Chamber's International Business Council helps showcase the worldwide footprint that continues to grow for Chattanooga.
        "We are an international company. Most of our customers are from outside the United States, and being able to work with companies that are European here in this area gives us a lot of advantages. For example, a lot of our businesses is through translators. When companies like Volkswagen come into the area, we are able to hire locally German speaking translators," said Scott Gaskill, president of Sovee, a local business that provides translation solutions.
        In Chattanooga, more than 75 different languages are spoken. That number grows to more than 100 statewide. Over 55 million people speak a language other than English at home, and the Scenic City has the resources to break through the language barrier.
        "It's all fiber optically wired, for us that's a great thing, because we even run live streams for an XM Sirius radio show right here through Chattanooga. You've got a large university here in town, so that the talent pool is growing more and more each day. It's a great location, it's a great place where European companies are coming into the area, it's a great location for us to work," said Gaskill.
          The Chattanooga International Business Council is made up of 26 people from 19 different countries.
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