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Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU

College of Business and Technology

About Us

Staff of Tennessee Small Business Development Center


The strength of Tennessee's economic growth is based in part on the small business community and its ability to get products to market. If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur or you are thinking about starting a new business, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU (TSBDC) is here to help you every step of the way.

In 1984 the TSBDC partnered with East Tennessee State University to become an integral part of the College of Business and Technology's business outreach. The TSBDC provides a broad range of services to assist the start-up entrepreneur and existing business and industry in the center's service region of Carter, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.

For 30 years, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a business idea to innovate new products and services that compete in the global marketplace. Individuals just like you, perhaps searching for some unbiased business advice, seeking answers to business related questions, or looking for training courses to improve your workforce, will find the TSBDC is here to help you every step of the way!

We are a network of certified professional business counselors conveniently located in a community near you. We have 20 various locations; 14 of which are service centers, 5 are satellite offices, and 1 is an affiliate office. Our locations are staffed with local individuals from your community that pride themselves on monitoring the economic climate of their respective service areas and being an active part of their business communities.

Over 80,000 businesses, just like yours, have received assistance from the Tennessee Small Business Development Network. Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, service provider, or a professional; we are here to help you help yourself.

The TSBDC provides a myriad of services for you to take advantage of like free confidential counseling as well as training seminars, both public and private, on many business related topics. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and confidentiality, in addition to our reputation of producing demonstrable results for the communities we serve.

The TSBDC is not a network of non-personal, machine-like business professionals, but instead a collective force of individuals, who reside in your community, working towards a common goal of providing the business assistance needed by entrepreneurs like you! We invite you to explore our website, request counseling, attend a training course, or inquire with your local office to see how we can assist your business today!

Mission Statement:

Recognizing that small business is the economic backbone of the State of Tennessee, the TSBDCs mission is to be the premier provider of quality solutions to potential and existing small businesses needs through consultation, education, referral, and support services. By providing these services through its interactive network of resource partners, the TSBDC promotes growth and prosperity in the domestic and international markets of the business community and enhances its economic impact on the State of Tennessee. Our goal is to enhance equity, profit, and growth potential, as well as to assist in job creation and retention, and capital formation for the center's clients.

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