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Date: 8/21/2020

New Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Small Business Entrepreneurial Resources

Knoxville’s office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) has announced a new advertising campaign to draw attention to the resources available for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the counties of Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier and Union. The center, which operates in partnership with Pellissippi State Community College, points to the recent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic as cause to launch the campaign, ensuring the local business community is aware of tools available to help them navigate these extraordinary circumstances.


“As our local small businesses struggle to meet the challenges of operations during this pandemic, it is imperative that they know and take advantage of the resources TSBDC can provide to help them navigate these most difficult times,” says Teri Brahams, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pellissippi State.

While COVID-19 might have motivated the new campaign, TSBDC has a long history of supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs across the state. In the more than 30 years of its existence, TSBDC has assisted hundreds of thousands of Tennessee businesses, from manufacturers, to retailers, to service providers and entrepreneurs who have a business idea. Knoxville’s TSBDC Center provides myriad services for entrepreneurs -- free confidential counseling as well as training seminars, both public and private, on many business-related topics.


“Our center staff has a reputation for compassion, helpfulness, and success as we help small businesses navigate through a harsh business climate in the midst of the pandemic,” says Laura Overstreet, Center Director.

Without the use of TSBDC’s services, local businesses such as HOOKY® would not be the success that it is today.


“The cornerstones of taking my product to a successful business have been laid by business acumen and encouragement from TSBDC and partner Small Business Administration” says owner Jimmy Cochran, “ The resources and experience of the TSBDC advisors cut months off my start up and jump started growth by leaps and bounds.”


Whether you want to start a business, grow a business, or sustain a business, TSBDC advisors are here for you. To contact the Knoxville TSBDC center, call 865-246-2663. More information about TSBDC’s resources can be found at