Starting and Structuring a Business

Small Business Resources

Starting and Structuring a Business

Local Resources

State Resources

  • TN Business Resources offers a ‘Smart Start’ outline from the Department of Economic and Community Development. The listed resources support the successful growth and expansion of businesses and new entreprenuers in the state.
  • TN Community Quick Links and Resource Guide
    The Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) includes resource lists and quick links for ESOs, DBEs, microenterprises, small businesses and entrepreneurs. 
  • Tennessee Department of State – Division of Business Services
    Use this site to find forms, file annual reports, file new businesses online, search businesses, file and search UCCs, and order copies and certificates. Also includes a place to download and print business forms, business guides to navigate your next steps, how to become a notary, and more.
  • Tennessee Department of Revenue – New Businesses
    Provides 6-step instructions for setting up a new business with the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Also provides guidelines for paying sales or use tax to the State, as well as a tax calendar.
  • Department of Commerce & Insurance – Regulatory Boards
    This website provides information on how to acquire and maintain a professional license. From accountants and hairdressers to private detectives and real estate appraisers, this website will outline the necessary steps and forms for those professions required to be licensed to do business in Tennessee. This department also regulates the licensed professions and will revoke licenses of businesses guilty of violating the laws that govern them. The website is searchable and an archive of disciplinary proceedings is maintained.

Federal Resources

    The Small Business Administration is a federal entity which exists to help small businesses. Local chapters provide resources and workshops while the umbrella organization can offer loans, navigate entrepreneurs through the various steps to starting a business, and more. This site can provide the support necessary to create a business plan, launch a business, manage a business, or grow a business.
  • SCORE – Service Corps of Retired Executives
    SCORE is the national, nonprofit association which has 10,500 volunteers and 389 chapters nationwide dedicated to helping anyone interested in starting a new business. Its official home page will allow you to locate your local chapter of SCORE, offers information about workshops and counseling, and contains many links to web sites which contain business information and tools helpful to entrepreneurs. A treasury of information and resources for the potential business owner is found on this site.
  • IRS Business and Self-Employed One-step Resource
    This small business and self-employed page on the IRS website has information to help small businesses file their taxes. The site also has online learning tutorials and information on the tax calendar and preparing your taxes. For step-by-step information on employee ID numbers check out the page on Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office: Intellectual Property Protection.
    The USPTO has created this site to help inventors and entrepreneurs consider the benefits of strong IP protection. It includes important information on whether and when to file for intellectual property protection, what type of protection to file for, where to file, and how to go about it. From here, also learn about the trademark or patent process with guides to help protect intellectual property.

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