The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) is part of a network of small business counselors with over 1,000 offices nationwide. As the SBA’s go-to technical assistance provider, the TSBDC has provided counseling and training services in Tennessee aimed at helping existing small businesses as well as new business start-ups succeed for 27 years. TSBDC has a full-time dedicated staff assigned to its clients. All services are free of charge.
The SBA has designated the TSBDC as an International Trade Center. Counselors help clients to identify markets for products; selection of foreign partners; procedures for shipping products; export regulations and controls, and international trade payment methods. The only other International Trade Center in Tennessee is located in Nashville.
The TSBDC partners with Chattanooga State Community College, the Greater Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration (SBA).