TSBDC @ Volunteer State Community College
Gallatin, TN

Phone: 615-230-4780
Email: Send

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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.


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:

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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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Events

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This one hour legal presentation will cover the following topics: 1. PROTECT YOURSELF 2. PARTNERSHIPS 3. GET IT IN WRITING 4. BE GOOD TO YOUR EMPLOYEES 5. DEAL WITH GOOD PEOPLE
Speaker: George Phillips - Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
Thursday, May 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
There is some good news and bad news for entrepreneurs. The good news; there are more ways to market your business than ever before! The bad news; there are more ways to market your business than ever before! Learn what you should and should not be doing to market your business with this hands-on, interactive seminar.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Register for this workshop to hear Paul Winkler talk about financial advice (retirement plans, investing myths, and the ideal financial plan) for entrepreneurs. Paul Winkler, QFP, ChFC®, RFC, CLU, LUTCF, CASL, AAMS, is the President and founder of Paul Winkler, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. n addition to being the host of the long-running "Investor Coaching Show" on Supertalk 99.7 WWTN, he has been a guest on multiple radio and TV outlets including: WSMV television- Channel 4, Fox 17 WZTV, NewsTalk 1510 WLAC, 104.9 FM WBOZ, MorningLine on Newschannel 5+ and NewsChannel 5's Talk of the Town. A box lunch will be provided.
Speaker: Paul Winkler
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
You will be permitted to bring your own laptop or tablet for this course. There are also computers available for this hands-on 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, May 12, 2015 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, June 09, 2015 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, July 14, 2015 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
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Location

1480 Nashville Pike
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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