TSBDC @ Volunteer State Community College
300 Bldg.
Gallatin, TN

Phone: 615-230-4780
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We accomplish our mission by offering services through three venues:

1.      One on one consultations:  confidential, specific to the clients’ needs. Click the Request Counseling link to schedule an appointment.

2.      Access to Resources: connecting clients with one of our many resource partners (such as the IRS, Dept of Revenue, Chambers, local, state or federal governments).

3.      Workshops, Training and Seminars: We teach seminars live in our class rooms. See below for a list of our live seminars/events.

For more small business tips and techniques click here: http://smallbusinessvolstate.blogspot.com/



We also provide counseling in surrounding communities during the third full week of each month.  Call the number below for appointments and reservations are necessary:


o  4 Lakes District Authority

-  615-374-4607

-  tlcfourlake@aol.com

-  325 Old Highway 25, Hartsville, TN, 37074

o   Macon County Chamber of Commerce

-  615-666-5885

-  huber@nctc.com

-  685 Tn-52-Byp W, Lafayette, TN, 37083

o   Westmoreland Library

-  615-644-4732

-  jrather@amsimailing.com

-  2305 Epperson Springs Rd, Westmoreland, TN, 37186



o   Lebanon Chamber of Commerce

-  615-444-5503

-  akwilke@wilsoncounty.com

-  149 Public Sq, Lebanon, TN, 37087



o   Portland Chamber of Commerce

-  615-325-9032

-  portcofc@bellsouth.net

-  106 Main St, Portland, TN, 37148


o   Volunteer State Bank through the White House Chamber of Commerce

-  615-672-3937

-  whcoc@bellsouth.net.

-  2920 Highway 31 W. White House, TN 37188


The TSBDC at VSCC is not only funded by the SBA, but also by local donors that believe that small business is the engine that powers our economy:

  1. City of Gallatin
  2. City of Gallatin Economic Development Agency
  3. City of Hendersonville Charitable Contributions
  4. City of White House
  5. Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation
  6. Forward Sumner Economic Council
  7. Greeno CPA
  8. Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce
  9. Hodges Group Inc
  10. Industrial Development Board of the City of Hendersonville
  11. The Memorial Foundation
  12. United Chambers of Sumner County
  13. U S Bank
  14. VSCC Employee Campaign

If you are considering a start-up venture and have no previous experience in business ownership, please register for one of our "How to Start a Small Business" workshops.  This workshop is very specific and will answer many of your questions, as well as, create several more.  If you are still interested in starting your business after attending this workshop, then we can schedule a one-on-one appointment.

See below for classes offered in this area.

Request Counseling


Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This workshop provides basic information on starting a small business. *TSBDC services *Personal Considerations *Business Planning *Financing *Requirements

Managing a Business

Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
There's a big difference between being busy and doing things that matter. The most successful business people I know are the ones who can focus on the big picture, instead of getting distracted by "small stuff." And let's face it, our days are overflowing with small stuff. We all have too many things on our to-do lists. Because we enjoy the satisfaction of crossing things off those lists, it's tempting to spend time on trivial tasks at the expense of really important ones. But we don't become more successful that way. Doing isn't the same as achieving. The key is to prioritize our activities so we're investing our time and energies where it matters most.
Speaker: Jim Butera -ITS Techs
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is designed for small business owners. Do you want to learn how to make your priorities a priority? If so, this workshop is for you. We will focus on ways to make your day more productive and business goal-oriented. In this workshop you will learn: How to Identify Time Killers Importance vs. Urgency Goal Setting Techniques

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Features and benefits selling is dead and your prospects have access to information like never before. Learn how to develop better relationships that lead to business through a simple and effective (but strategic) coffee meetings. -Learn how to sell without selling -Learn how to identify influential people that already exist in your network -Learn how to get people to ASK to come meet with you -Learn what to ask and what to say during your meetings -Learn the 4 step follow up process guaranteed to help you deepen relationships and grow sales. -Learn how to position yourself as a person of influence
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300 Bldg. Nashville Pike Ofc. 103C
Gallatin, TN 37066

To get here, take the GAP Blvd entrance from Nashville Pike into Vol State.  Then take your first entrance on the right into the parking lot. The 300 Building will located in the round-a-bout and has the number 300 on the front.

We also provide in-person counseling in Hartsville, Lafayette, Lebanon, Portland, White House, and Westmoreland.  Call 615-230-4780 or email charles.alexander@volstate.edu to learn more. 

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