Small Business Development Center Tennessee District Office

SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

Access to Capital (Business Financing)

SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending – to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).

Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)

SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.

Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)

In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.

Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)

Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.

Launch Tennessee (Nashville, TN)

Launch Tennessee’s goal is to make our state the best place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.

We work every day to foster collaboration among entrepreneurs, the business community, capital sources and all other stakeholders necessary for growing new businesses.

We leverage our unique network of regional Entrepreneur Centers to connect startups with the mentors and investors they need to move from concept to market. Our ECs are public-private partnerships with an ever-evolving roster of high-performing success stories.

Each EC provides resources to entrepreneurs as they build the companies of tomorrow, drawing on relationships with thought leaders across the state. Who’s involved?

  • Entrepreneurs: People who have launched successful companies.

  • Researchers: Those who have taken a product or idea to patent, or to market.

  • Investors: Startup funders.

  • Mentors: Anyone who guides new talent on the do’s and don’ts of business.

Pathway Women’s Business Center

Our mission is to provide a forum for training, education, and peer learning that supports and accelerates the growth of women owned business and strengthens their impact upon the economy. We achieve this by providing a wide-range of services, which include in-depth business counseling, classroom training, and peer-to-peer learning to help entrepreneurs start, expand, and successfully manage their businesses.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Austin Peay

The Clarksville, TN TSBDC Office provides small business start-up services including, but not limited to: business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital, & social media guidance. In addition to start-up assistance, the Clarksville, TN TSBDC Office provides existing business assistance including, but not limited to: business growth planning, government contracting guidance, international trade guidance, sources of capital, & social media strategy guidance.


Venture In founded and home-based in Clarksville, Tennessee with an ambitious initiative to establish national chapters (locations) across the United States. As a fairly new organization to the Middle Tennessee Region, we plan to support communities of diversity, minorities, and its patrons in locating, supporting, patronizing, and engaging with businesses/nonprofits of diversity which includes but is not limited to women entrepreneurs, military veterans, disabled veterans, LBGTQ, and people of color to promote economic growth. Currently, our targeted areas are Clarksville/Fort Campbell, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis. Individuals who are interested in joining the movement do not have to be individuals of diversity, color and/or fall under the definition of “diversity”.

Center For Nonprofit Management (Nashville, TN)

We believe that nonprofits create better communities. Period. Our nonprofit members are our greatest partners. That’s why your mission is our mission. Click here to read more about our mission and CNM’s new strategic direction. CNM builds nonprofit capacity through consulting services, educational workshops and trainings, collective impact programming, networking opportunities, special events, member resources, and more. Click a section below to learn more about these services.

SCORE Nashville

One-on-One Counseling is available free of charge to persons who are already in business and to those individuals who have taken concrete steps to start a new business, such as having begun the business planning process, attended one or more SCORE Workshops or have committed some of their ideas and plans to writing. A free Pre-Counseling Workshop is available to those who are considering starting their own business, but haven’t yet made the decision to proceed and are looking for information to assist them in making a final decision. You can register for the Pre-Counseling Workshop on our website under Take a Workshop.  You can still request a mentor below.

Nashville Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (BAO)

Metro Government is committed to assisting in the development of Minority, Service Disabled Veteran, Small, & Women Owned Businesses in Davidson County. The Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (BAO) works to coordinate available public and private services in an effort to support the development and economic prosperity of small and disadvantaged businesses. This is achieved by collaborating with Metro Nashville Government Departments, and other members of the Nashville business community thereby better preparing SMWSDVBEs to be viable competitors for work with the City.