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:

1.      One on one consultations:  confidential, specific to the clients’ needs. Click the Request Counseling link to schedule an appointment.

2.      Access to Resources: connecting clients with one of our many resource partners (such as the IRS, Dept of Revenue, Chambers, local, state or federal governments).

3.      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:


o  4 Lakes District Authority

-  615-374-4607

-  tlcfourlake@aol.com

-  325 Old Highway 25, Hartsville, TN, 37074

o   Macon County Chamber of Commerce

-  615-666-5885

-  huber@nctc.com

-  685 Tn-52-Byp W, Lafayette, TN, 37083

o   Westmoreland Library

-  615-644-4732

-  jrather@amsimailing.com

-  2305 Epperson Springs Rd, Westmoreland, TN, 37186



o   Lebanon Chamber of Commerce

-  615-444-5503

-  akwilke@wilsoncounty.com

-  149 Public Sq, Lebanon, TN, 37087



o   Portland Chamber of Commerce

-  615-325-9032

-  portcofc@bellsouth.net

-  106 Main St, Portland, TN, 37148


o   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


Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Learn what the successful entrepreneurs are doing to grow their business! This is a hands-on class with a lot of interaction. If you only use one of these habits, you could dramatically change your business.

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, February 07, 2017 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, March 14, 2017 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 11, 2017 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


Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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

Government Contracting

Thursday, February 02, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Federal agencies spend roughly $100 billion with small businesses on an annual basis. It was realized that that federal government contract awards to Women-Owned Small Business (WOSBs) were limited and a subsequent study listed industries in which women were underrepresented and substantially underrepresented in the award of federal contracts. To address this issue, the WOSB Contracting Rule was implemented February 4, 2011.
Speaker: Jacqueline Merritt
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300 Bldg. Nashville Pike Ofc. 103C
Gallatin, TN 37066

To get here, take the GAP Blvd entrance from Nashville Pike into Vol State.  Then take your first entrance on the right into the parking lot. The 300 Building will located in the round-a-bout and has the number 300 on the front.

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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