BBB dedicates Cleveland office downtown

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 1/19/18

The Chattanooga Better Business Bureau, serving Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, formally opened a new branch office in Cleveland.Representatives and ambassadors from the Cleveland/Bradley …

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BBB dedicates Cleveland office downtown

BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY leaders from Cleveland gathered around Lisa Geren, with scissors, as she cuts the ribbon for Thursday's official grand opening of the Better Business Bureau office in the historic Regions Bank Building downtown. To Geren's left is BBB President and CEO Jim Winsett, with Vice President of Operations Gidget Knight to her right.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY leaders from Cleveland gathered around Lisa Geren, with scissors, as she cuts the ribbon for Thursday's official grand opening of the Better Business Bureau office in the historic Regions Bank Building downtown. To Geren's left is BBB President and CEO Jim Winsett, with Vice President of Operations Gidget Knight to her right.
Banner photo, DANIEL GUY
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The Chattanooga Better Business Bureau, serving Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, formally opened a new branch office in Cleveland.


Representatives and ambassadors from the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, accredited business members and other distinguished guests celebrated Thursday's grand opening and ribbon cutting on the second floor of the historic Regions Bank building, at 20 North Ocoee St.


The downtown location will be easily accessible to consumers and businesses, especially those located in the downtown area surrounding the Bradley County Courthouse.

 

“Today is an exciting day, a day we've been anticipating for a long time” said Jim Winsett, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau.


“This convenient branch office opens a new era for BBB services to the consumers and businesses in Bradley and McMinn counties, as well as the surrounding area,” added Winsett.


Lisa Geren was introduced as the executive director of the branch office, which has been in operation since last year, and waiting for Thursday's grand opening.


Geren was born and raised in the Cleveland/Bradley County area, and has worked in the community for many years. She is a member of Bradley Sunshine Rotary, MainStreet Cleveland, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Athens Chamber of Commerce Diplomats, and currently serves on the Friends of the Library Board.


She can also be seen and heard in local drama productions, most memorably playing the role of Patsy Cline in the production of "Always ... Patsy Cline."


"The BBB is excited to finally have a local presence in Cleveland," said Geren."Our goal is to create relationships and partnerships that promote business and consumer confidence in the community — all based on trust!"


Geren and Winsett said BBB, and its board of directors, are currently strategizing how the local office can best serve the Cleveland/Bradley County community.


The Better Business Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 1912. Today there are 113 BBB offices serving the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Winsett noted BBB's vision is “An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other.”

 

He added that the organization's mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.


BBB accomplishes this mission by:


1. Creating a community of trustworthy businesses;


2. Setting standards for marketplace trust;


3. Encouraging and supporting best practices;


4. Celebrating marketplace role models; and


5. Denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.


The Cleveland Branch office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The contact number is 423-464-5969. 


Geren and also be reached via cellphone outside regular business hours at 423-362-2336.



Parking is available at the rear of the historic Regions Bank building, with entrance to the building from the rear, or east side of the building, and up the stairs to the second floor. 

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