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Workshops focus on steps businesses can take to survive economic downturn

Monday, January 26, 2009Murfreesboro (Courtesy of TSBDC) – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) will be providing a training series across the state for small businesses entitled “Business Survival in Tough Economic Times.”

“The free training event is designed to address a wide range of steps business owners can take to preserve cash and maintain business operations during the present national economic recession. It is critical for all businesses to fully explore all possible measures to off-set reductions in cash flow and the bottom line,” said Patrick Geho, State Executive Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

“Small business is critical to Tennessee’s economic well-being,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “While recent research indicates Tennessee enjoys a comparative advantage over other southeastern states in respect to small business growth, we must continue to take steps to assist small businesses, especially in these tough economic times. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s work is an important part of our efforts to provide our small businesses with tools to help them succeed.”

Dr. Linda Garceau, Dean of East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology, says, “We are proud to work with the TSBDC as it assists small businesses in Northeast Tennessee during difficult times. TSBDC provides a valuable service to the community as people explore new opportunities.”

The goal of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center program is to assist business owners through business training and one-to-one business counseling. The program has been assisting existing and start-up businesses since 1985.

The TSBDC program is a partnership between the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Headquartered at Middle Tennessee State University, there are 15 TSBDC service centers located across the state in both rural and urban communities. In addition, business training and counseling is provided at multiple affiliate office locations such as chambers of commerce, banks and community centers, as well as on the internet. Classes are scheduled in Kingsport on February 5, in Johnson City on February 18 and April 2, and in Bristol on February 25 and March 11. To determine which location is the most convenient, go to www.tsbdc.org and click on TSBDC Locations. Or you can register by calling Teresa Blair at 423-439-8505

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