Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Small business counseling, training, and resources.


At the Small Business Development Center, our mission is simple: to help your business grow and succeed. We provide no-cost counseling, seminars, and other resources that 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.

Services Provided

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Government Funding
  • Insurance Requirements
  • 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
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Foreign Trade Zone
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Libraries and Research

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

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Branding
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Madison McCann
100 Cherokee Blvd
Suite 202
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 756-8668