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.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
This class is taught in a fun and interactive presentation, and you get a calendar template, and links to free tools to help you with your social media planning/implementation. Takeaways: • Understanding current social media platforms and why certain strategies work/others do not. • Which platform is right for you --Learning the functions and business uses for social media • Learn how to build a content calendar to plan your social media posting • Tie social media to your business goals. • Learn tools to streamline social media (Pages App, Buffer, SproutSocial etc • How to run effective campaigns that combine both offline and online marketing. • Tracking – effective use of free/paid tools to streamline you social media efforts
Speaker: Jason Elkins - owner of 100 Cups Consulting. Jason coaches businesses, brands and entrepreneurs on how to effectively use digital platforms and social media.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- How to build your brand and grow your business - Discover how to position your brand as the go-to authority in your field - Marketing strategies that your clients will rave about John Michael Morgan is a bestselling author, in demand speaker, and peak performance coach to top leaders & achievers, as well as some of the world’s largest brands. John Michael Morgan has been called the Chuck Norris of leadership and is known for his high energy and passion when teaching proven strategies designed to help achievers reach their goals. John is the founder of The Achievers Alliance, a personal development coaching program designed to equip leaders and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to achieve success. He has served as a private consultant and mentor to bestselling authors, Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, entrepreneurs, celebrities, churches, and some of the world’s largest brands and high achievers. He is the bestselling author of Brand Against The Machine, which spent 9 months atop Amazon’s Top-Rated Marketing books list and has been labeled “the new definition of branding”. John is an in-demand public speaker on the topics of leadership, achievement, and marketing. He has spoke across the world at business conferences, associations and organizations, as well as churches and universities. John began studying the topics of personal development and achievement when he was a teenager as a way of overcoming a battle with depression. Since then, he has started 3 successful businesses both online and offline and is now on a mission to equip 10 million leaders with the strategies they need to achieve success.
Speaker: John Michael Morgan
Wednesday, January 27, 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

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, December 08, 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, January 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, February 09, 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 Accounting and Budget

Friday, December 04, 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
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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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