TSBDC @ Volunteer State Community College
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


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
http://www.pinterest.com/jasonelkins/content-creation-on-the-fly/ 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) and also a panel discussion with some special guests that use self created content to generate revenue.
Speaker: Jason Elkins - 100 Cups Consulting
Thursday, October 15, 2015 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 Ptichford - Waller Law
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raising the Bar on Your LinkedIn Marketing Sherman Mohr, Enterprise Worldwide Relationship Manager for The Rainmaker Companies shares in this two hour session truly implementable ways to utilize LinkedIn and social media for true connectivity and real results. In this power packed session you’ll learn: · Integration tactics for that tie LinkedIn article creation into your blog and twitter strategy. · The power of LinkedIn group participation and LinkedIn group creation. · Best Practices on relationship building on LinkedIn. · How to write to the audience you wish to attract, not the one you currently have. Sherman has been on LinkedIn since May of 2004 and has witnessed the evolution of social media first hand. His hand has been on many projects on social media and he is a consistent student of social media, technology, marketing, and business.
Speaker: Sherman Mohr - The Rainmaker Companies

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, October 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
Tuesday, November 10, 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

Business Accounting and Budget

Friday, September 18, 2015 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.
Speaker: Rachel McCrary - Greeno CPA

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 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.
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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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