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Chattanooga’s business professionals guide clients to success in 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

As people across the Scenic City seek to better themselves and their lives in 2014, the business community is full of local experts ready to help.

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    Lorraine Raymond

Lorraine Raymond is in the business of helping people and keeping them first. Though born in the North, the local attorney at law is a “Southerner in her heart,” and it shows in the way she treats her clients. Raymond has been helping Chattanooga and Hamilton County residents with legal matters for 27 years.

She helps with wills, powers of attorney and living wills. She also handles Hamilton County criminal cases, DUI’s, misdemeanors and other types of criminal cases. Raymond can be reached at 423-305-0384 or via email at

With another year under their belt, the professionals at ServiceMaster of Chattanooga are reaching out to thank their customers for their loyalty and continued business this year. Store owners and founders Dick and Bobbie West agree that without those relationships, they would not be the successful business they are today.

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    Dick and Bobbie West

“We’re just so glad to give them what they want and to be able to offer the great services we do,” Bobbie West said.

ServiceMaster is a thriving, multifaceted family owned business offering numerous services. The combined business has more than 140 employees serving Chattanooga and 26 surrounding counties in Tennessee and Georgia.

Located at 2123 McCallie Ave., ServiceMaster of Chattanooga can be reached at 423-624-0937. For more information and a complete list of services, visit

From the moment an individual fills out a loan application, the process of closing it immediately comes to the forefront of their mind. The staff at PrimeLending Chattanooga is ready to help Chattanoogans achieve this goal with excellence. Mortgage Originator Jill McLean, Production Manager Rex Rutledge and the rest of the team are more than equipped to help clients close a homeownership loan on time and as scheduled.

PrimeLending gives its experts the training, support and world-class products to help reduce the stress of buying or refinancing a home. The group partners with Realtors, developers, remodelers and more to help educate clients on how to best reach their homeownership or renovation goals by referring them to one Prime’s expert lenders.

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    PrimeLending’s Mortgage Originator Jill McLean and Production Manager Rex Rutledge

For more information about PrimeLending Chattanooga and how the business’s team of experts can meet your financing needs, visit or call the office at 423-414-3390 to set up an appointment for your next purchase or refinance. The group’s office is located at 7446 Shallowford Road, Suite 102B.

Also on the side of finances, CPA Jefferson Wells is working to see to it that his clients are ready for whatever the year may bring. He and his staff handle tax planning, business accounting, estate planning and more for small businesses and individuals alike.

Wells is also security and insurance-licensed. He also has a large tax practice that’s split evenly, with half of his clientele being individuals and half corporate or trust accounts.

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    Jefferson Wells

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Wells, call 423-892-3331 or visit Jefferson Wells, CPA, is located at 5751 Uptain Road, Suite 522.

The new year signals a time for change for many. For those considering making a move with their real estate, local expert Grace Frank offers some keys to help ensure success.

“The new year is an awesome time to start considering real estate transactions,” Frank said. “Buyers that are out looking are serious, and inventory is not as abundant. When you are buying you can usually find some good deals; and for sellers, you have less competition.”

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    Grace Frank

To learn more about Grace Frank and her services, call 423-355-1538 to set up an appointment for a consultation or stop by her office at 201 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 101, on the third Thursday of the month for wine and cheese, or that following Saturday for coffee and snacks. For more tips and tricks for buyers, sellers and investors, or to view Frank’s latest listings, visit

As Jack Frost nips across the Scenic City, the experts at Keefe Plumbing are helping clients everywhere settle in. According to company President Kay Keefe, there are steps to take before the cold settles in to stay in order to help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

If customers do find themselves dealing with frozen or burst pipes, Keefe Plumbing is ready to help. Services offered include thawing out frozen pipes, repairing burst pipes and using insulation and heat tape on pipes that cause recurring problems for people.

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    Kay Keefe

Keefe Plumbing is part of the Tennessee Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors and is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. The business is located at 1820 E. 23rd St. Hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more or contact Keefe for a job, call 423-622-3178 or visit

Locals who need their furnace worked on can reach out to the folks at Southeast Air Systems. The business handles mainly residential installation, service calls and maintenance, with some commercial clients as well.

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    Southeast Air Systems’ staff

From quality repairs to a furnace or air conditioner to complete installation of a new heating or cooling system, Southeast Air Systems offers several years of HVAC sales, service and system maintenance, according to the company’s website. Southeast carries popular brands of air conditioners, furnaces, air purifiers, heat pumps and humidifiers including Trane, Rheem, Lennox and Mitsubishi that clients are sure to trust and be familiar with.

Southeast Air Systems is located at 2405 Taylor St. in Chattanooga. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday with 24-hour emergency service available. For more information on services or to schedule an appointment for service, call 423-499-4022 or visit

If you haven’t heard of GreenForm yet, chances are you will soon. In just a few years, it has grown from a few friends with a roofing company to a full-fledged construction, roofing and solar business with around a dozen full-time employees and multiple subcontractors.
As the second largest Xerox and office copier dealer in the country, XMC, Inc. never runs low on things to brag about. But right now, the company is particularly proud of its completely redeveloped website,, which launched Sept. 1 of this year.
When it comes to feeling safe in your home or workplace, there’s nothing more important.
Whether you’re considering sprucing up a fixture or two or tearing down to studs and starting from scratch, Keefe Plumbing is ready to help with your bathroom remodel.

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