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

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

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

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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:


Hartsville: 8 and 9 am

·         4 Lakes District Authority, 615-374-4607, tlcfourlake@aol.com

·         325 Old Highway 25, Hartsville, TN, 37074

Lafayette: 11 am and 12 pm

·         Macon County Chamber of Commerce, 615-666-5885, huber@nctc.com

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

Westmoreland: 2 and 3 pm

·         Westmoreland Library, 615-644-4732 jrather@amsimailing.com

·         2305 Epperson Springs Rd,, Westmoreland, TN, 37186


Lebanon: 9, 10, 11 am, 1, and 2 pm

·         Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, 615-444-5503, akwilke@wilsoncounty.com

·         149 Public Sq, Lebanon, TN, 37087


Portland: 9, 10, and 11 am

·         Portland Chamber of Commerce, 615-325-9032, portcofc@bellsouth.net

·         106 Main St, Portland, TN, 37148


White House:  1, 2, and 3 pm

·         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


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In the past, to develop quality graphics you needed a design budget, a great designer (usually a consultant), and a smart concept. Then you waited three days and hoped the designer understood your vision correctly the first time. With the temporary nature of a social media post, it's difficult to justify the time or money to create visual content for your social media profiles. That has all changed with the rapid growth of smartphones and apps. With some basic design concepts and a few apps, you can now create quality graphical content, that will get the reactions you desire on your social profiles. Some of the apps are free, and even the "expensive" apps cost just a few dollars. At this workshop, you will learn how to use visual images, pictures and texts to create content that will engage your audience and sell concepts, services or products. You will hear from Social Media Strategist, Jason Elkins discuss how he utilizes a half-dozen apps on his iPhone to create imagery for posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram to convey messages for small businesses and global product companies. There will be a segment on apps to utilize for video content (on a smartphone).
Speaker: Jason Elkins - 100 Cups Consulting
Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
You are encouraged to bring your mobile device for this course. This course will cover the following: *Deciding on Your Platforms – Learning the Functions and Business Uses for Social Media Platforms Covered: o Facebook o Twitter o LinkedIn o YouTube o Instagram o Pinterest o Other o How to run effective campaigns that combine both offline and online marketing. o Tracking – effective use of free/paid tools to streamline you social media efforts and tracking *Social Media Plan Building, Building an effective Social Media Plan (3 Hours – Hands On) o Who and where are your best customers o Define your voice o Why would someone want to connect with you on social media o What are the big ideas that are going to drive your campaign o Content allocation – who will implement your social media projects • Who – Who is going to do the work on your social media marketing • When - developing a calendar / schedule • Where - Office? Outside resources? Mobile? Computer? • What – What pieces of content do you need? Do you need an image repository? Videos? • Develop a detailed calendar to structure your social media activities
Speaker: Transparent - Jason Elkins

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, October 11, 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, 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

Business Basics

Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Each organization, whether it be a corporation, school, hospital, government agency, military or non-profit, requires teams of people working together to accomplish their goals. Each team best utilizes the talents and resources of its participants. True Colors provides an ideal method for choosing, mixing and motivating the team members, so that they will perform at their best in an interactive, supportive, creative, and responsible manner. In the True Colors Introduction Workshop, you history and background of True Colors, your personality spectrum, a look into the perspectives of each personality type, and an understanding of how True Colors can be leveraged for team building in your organization. Key Benefits Include: • Exposure to the True Colors System of personality assessment • An understanding of your color spectrum • An understanding of other color spectrums and how to interact with them • A brief discussion of the benefits of bringing True Colors into your organization for team building
Speaker: Jessica Katz, Certified True Colors Facilitator
Thursday, October 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Intellectual Property Assets - a brief overview of the type of protection available for intellectual property and how to turn your ideas into assets on a balance sheet
Speaker: Andy Pitchford - Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
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300 Bldg. Nashville Pike Ofc. 103C
Gallatin, TN 37066

To get here take the GAP Blvd entrance to Volunteer State Community College.  Then take your second entrance on the right into the parking lot and our office is located in the 300 Building. 

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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