TSBDC @ Volunteer State Community College
300 Bldg.
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

Friday, May 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:30 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 *Learn why telling stories is the best way to connect with your audience. 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 *How to easily create engaging content on your own with you smart phone or your computer. *Social Media Plan Building, Building an effective Social Media Plan 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 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
Tuesday, June 07, 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, July 05, 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

Financing

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The training covers SBA loan options including which loan program meets a specific entrepreneurial need. The session begins with the 5 C's of credit including character, cash flow, collateral, capitalization and conditions. It then transitions to an overview of SBA's actual loan programs. Lastly, specific information will be shared about interest rates and repayment terms plus our participating lenders.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, May 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This QuickBooks workshop is designed for basic users and small business owners that operate a for-profit business. Therefore the course description below is focused on that group of learners.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, May 12, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Building & maintaining a website for your business can seem like an intimidating task, but this workshop will break down the fundamentals of what a website is, what it can do and how it can serve your customers. There has been a major shift in how consumers find and research local businesses. Consumers want information instantly, so your business needs a reliable and professional looking website that will provide them with what they are looking for. No need to fear learning about code, servers and other tech jargon in this workshop. This will be presented so that anyone with a basic knowledge of surfing the web will understand and learn these valuable tips: Defining Your Goals • What does your website need to accomplish for you • What type of content should you post • Why responsive design is a necessity • When to consider a web overhaul Driving Traffic To Your Website • Making your website a content hub • How to appear in search engines • Using paid advertising • Gaining repeat traffic and retaining an audience Analyzing Behavior & Competitors • Using Google Analytics to track website traffic & visitor behavior • How to understand keywords and utilize them • How to outperform your competitors • Getting wins for your website How To Build A Website • What / who not to use when building a website • Prioritizing user experience & site performance • Easy DIY options such as Squarespace • Using more robust platforms such as Wordpress, Drupal & Joomla Overview Of More Advanced Options • Ecommerce & selling online • Search engine optimization • Understanding the value of links to your website • Positioning your website as an authority
Speaker: Robbie Green
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Location

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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