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Entrepreneur Resources Directory
Services offered
Top executive

Business Plans & Startup Guides
Small Business Administration, Tenn. District
2 International Plaza Drive, Ste. 500
Nashville, TN 37217
Startup guide; information on SBA lenders, local business mentors, government contracting opportunities
LaTanya Channel
District director
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa Parks Ave., 27th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Small business and startup guide, business enterprise resource office, economic research
Bob Rolfe
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
17 Market Square, Ste. 201 1
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-246-2663 2
Online and in-person counseling and training; startup financing, marketing guides for entrepreneurs and small business owners
Laura Overstreet

Expansion/ Relocation
Knoxville Chamber
17 Market Square, Ste. 201
Knoxville, TN 37902
Economic research and demographics, business recruitment, networking events, professional development seminars, Propel mentor/protégé program, import/export assistance
Mike Odom
President, CEO
Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development Agency
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
Economic incentive programs, site design and consultation, customized training programs
Tim Tidwell
Derrick Collins
Regional specialist, Northeast Valleys

Export Assistance
U.S. Export Assistance Centers of Tennessee
17 Market Square, Ste. 201
Knoxville, TN 37902
American manufacturer and exporter devoted resource, includes international market intelligence, export counseling, international distributor matchmaking, advocacy support for international bids
Robert Leach

Legal Matters
City of Knoxville Business License/Tax Office
400 Main St., Rm. 453B
Knoxville, TN 37902
Information on business licenses, permits and taxes
Donna Dyer
Revenue administrator
City of Knoxville Policy and Business Innovation
400 Main St., Room 655D
Knoxville, TN 37902
Assists with navigation of regulations relating to food truck, short-term rentals, and other emerging business models
Carter Hall
Policy and business innovation manager
Knox County Clerk
300 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Applications for business licenses, filing business tax returns
Sherry Witt
Knox County Clerk
Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Ste. 403, City County Bldg., 400 Main St.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Zoning regulations, site plan reviews, economic research and data
Amy Brooks
Executive director
Tennessee Department of Revenue, Knoxville Office
7175 Strawberry Plains Pike, Ste. 209
Knoxville, TN 37914
Business tax guide, tax workshops, business incentives information

Managing Finances/Raising Capital
Sheltowee Angel Network LLC
5501 River Point Cove Road
Knoxville, TN 37919
Network that matches angel investors with Tennessee entrepreneurs
Eric Dobson
Three Roots Capital4
12640 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37934
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing business loans, technical assistance, mentoring for businesses in central and southern Appalachia and southeast U.S.
Grady Vanderhoofven
President, CEO

Minority Businesses
City of Knoxville Equal Business Opportunity Program
400 Main St., Rm. 654C
Knoxville, TN 37902
EBOP Certified Business Directory; Minority, Women & Small Business Directory; contracting & procurement services
Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise
312 Rose L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
Assists minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned and small businesses interested in competing in State of Tennessee procurement and contracting activities
Sheila Simpson
Program director
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee
P.O. Box 31552
Knoxville, TN 37930
Networking events, educational opportunities, technical assistance to Hispanic business owners
Knoxville Area Urban League
1514 E. 5th Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Business and workforce counseling, lending programs to create/expand businesses, entrepreneurship training
Phyllis Y. Nichols
President, CEO
Latino Chamber of Commerce East Tennessee
1645 Downtown West Blvd., Ste. 6
Knoxville, TN 37919
Advocate for Latino-owned businesses statewide, offering seminars, workshops, marketing and networking events
Carlos Alavena-Vitelli
CEO, President
Tennessee Small and Minority-Owned Business Assistance Program
502 Deaderick Ave., 15th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Provides education, consulting services and loans/financing assistance to small or minority-owned businesses
Jaye Chavis
Program manager

Networking/ Mentoring
Entrepreneurial Collective/Entrepreneurs of Knoxville
1202 Kenesaw Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919
Peer education and support for local entrepreneurs, co-working space
Kathryn Eaton
Greater Knoxville SCORE
412 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Ste. 450
Knoxville, TN 37923
Free consulting with small businesses through peer counseling from experienced business leaders; workshops, articles, research
Marc Brashares
Cliff Caudill
Vice chairman
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
17 Market Square, Ste. 101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Business accelerator offering mentoring and training for aspiring entrepreneurs, CO.STARTERS business development program
Jim Biggs
Executive director
Launch Tennessee
211 7th Ave. North, Ste. 200
Nashville, TN 37219
Manages regional entrepreneur centers that connect entrepreneurs with mentors, manages the TENN business accelerator program
Lindsey Cox
Referral Excellence Organization
P.O. Box 10552
Knoxville, TN 37939
Small-group networking and referral organization
Raeus Cannon
The Legacy Centre for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
6312 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Mentoring, educational seminars, peer advisory group program for family-owned businesses
Cindy Seaver
Ed Seaver

Raising Capital/ Managing Finances
Southern Appalachian Fund
1020 Commerce Park Drive
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Venture capital fund providing investments and operational assistance to qualifying businesses in southern Appalachia; New Markets Venture Capital Company
Ray Moncrief
President, fund manager
312 Rose L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
Allocates capital funds for Tennessee startups that demonstrate potential for high growth
Lamont Price

East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
10215 Technology Drive, Ste. 202
Knoxville, TN 37932
Business recruitment services, economic and demographic research
Brad Maul
President, CEO
1 Oak Ridge office: 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike; 2 Oak Ridge office: 865-483-2668; 3 Oak Ridge office:; 4 CDFI; 5 Also
Source: State and local organization websites. NA=not applicable or not available.This list and other Knoxville-area market data are available as Excel spreadsheets at If you notice an error or omission, please contact Hayley Choy at 865-342-6494 or

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