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Regional Economic Development Center
The University of Memphis
Name: Regional Economic Development Center
The University of Memphis
Address: 208 McCord Hall
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Telephone: 901 678-2056
Web Site: http://planning.memphis.edu/
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-4:30 (call for appointment)
Director: Steve Redding
Email: tredding@memphis.edu
Purpose: To encourage economic development by stimulating job-producing activities. The Center specializes in economic and community development projects.
Eligibility: Both public and private sector; both start-ups and existing businesses; businesses must be located within the 47-county area of West and Middle Tennessee (west of Nashville).
Fees: The Center must charge a break-even fee. The cost varies depending on the complexity of the project.
Services:
  • Small Business Assistance in areas such as product design and development; business management counseling; feasibility studies; loan packaging for loans and loan guarantees by EDA, SBA, FmHA, and SBIC; entrepreneurial counseling; identification of firms with export trade potential; foreign market development assistance.
  • Technical Assistance for community and economic development: industrial development strategies; identification and selection of industrial development sites; development of social, economic, and business data banks. Feasibility studies.
  • Library of Planning Materials open to the public by appointment.
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