Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Consulting and training for small businesses, at no cost.


Get the resources and expertise needed to start, grow, and sustain your business. We provide no-cost consulting and training to make it easier for your business to reach its potential. We are part of a network of a thousand centers across the country. Our Chattanooga office is conveniently located inside the Hamilton County Business Development Center and serves 9 counties in Southeast Tennessee. Visit our website to request an appointment with a business consultant.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow (Specialty)
  • Funding Strategy (Specialty)
  • Government Funding
  • Loan Providers
  • Microloan Providers
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development
  • Industry
  • Insurance
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing (Specialty)
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities (Specialty)
  • Foreign Trade Zone (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Locating Foreign Distributors (Specialty)
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)
  • Industry Data (Specialty)
  • Lifestyle and Psychographic Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Operations (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Branding
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Messaging & Content Creation
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • International Trade Education and Training (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
Contact Information
TSBDC Chattanooga
100 Cherokee Blvd
Suite 202
Chattanooga, TN 37405