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.

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Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, March 08, 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, April 12, 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, May 10, 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

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Is starting a business for you? Is a franchised business the best option? Learn how franchising can provide a desirable alternative to traditional employment by reducing the risk of ownership to an acceptable level through proven business systems, comprehensive training, and ongoing support. In this presentation we’ll cover: • Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, investment levels, and fees • Misconceptions about franchising • The pro’s and con’s of owning a franchise • The legal regulations governing franchising that protect the buyer • A strategic approach to safely researching and selecting the right franchise
Speaker: Dan Aronoff - FranNet

Managing Employees

Thursday, March 03, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
When you created your business, did you have a vision? Was there a sense of what could be possible in your life or in the world with the creation of your idea? Creating a business that is flexible and competitive is key to the success of that idea. These factors can lead to substantial growth. Knowing how best to engage and empower your employees is required to handle that growth. Unemployment rates are down, creating a greater competition for skilled workers. Every time someone leaves your company there is cost associated with recruitment and training. "People leave managers not companies" so how can you be the type of leader that keeps them coming back. What results can you expect if your staff is empowered? • Reduced cost and time related to employee turnover • Increased employee productivity and bottom line results • Improved employee job satisfaction which in turn improves customer satisfaction • Increased workforce autonomy, giving you the freedom to choose how best to spend your time Learning Outcomes: • How to identify an empowered individual • The impact of company culture on attracting high performing people • The value of creating an environment that encourages self-direction • How leaders in the company can create an empowering environment
Speaker: Jessica Katz - Practitioner at Eightfold

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This workshop is designed to give you a real world approach for marketing your business! 1. Fine tune your focus 2. Who are your customers 3. Competitive advantage 4. Marketing message and promotion - (with over 30 different methods) 5. Schedule your activities and track your progress You will leave this workshop with a tangible plan to reach your customers on a consistent basis.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Just because you build it… doesn’t mean they will come! Ok, now you are a business owner and your business is open. As a small business owner, you have just so many hours every day and while you have your business development plan, what’s next? How do you separate the real prospect from the tire kicker? How do you help that prospective next client really understand how you are different and why they should pay you more than everyone else. Learn how to make yourself different from the first interaction. Learn how to have that Owner to Owner/ President to President conversation. Learn how and why other executives like you need and want to do business with you. Learn what organizations to join and how to get business from their meetings and your membership. Why the old fashion telephone is still one of the best business development tools there is and why people prefer to be called.
Speaker: Jim Holmes - Sandler Sales Institute
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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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