Small Business Development Center

Tennessee’s economic growth and stability depends largely on the small business community and its ability to get products to market. However, getting a new business on solid ground is no easy feat. That’s why the Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State Community College was created. Dedicated to helping entrepreneurs every step of the way, the Small Business Development Center turns small business dreams into reality.

What Is the Small Business Development Center?

Cleveland State’s Small Business Development Center is one branch of Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, a network of professional business consultants with 14 centers and seven affiliate offices throughout the State of Tennessee. The TSBDC provides expert business advice to all types of businesses, whether you’re running a manufacturing, retail, service or professional business. In other words, the TSBDC and the Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State are here to help you help your business.
Over 80,000 businesses have received TSBDC’s expert counsel in countless areas, from accounting, banking and finance to advertising, human resources and sales to location analysis, exit strategies and international trade. How can we help your business?

Personalized One-on-One Counseling
Most places that provide the level of consulting found at the TSBDC lack a personal touch. With the Small Business Development Center, personal is the name of the game.

From the start, you’ll be assigned a personal consultant to work with as you solve your business problems. Your consultant is your point person, the person who will know everything pertinent to your situation. No matter if you need financial, marketing, operations, management or other business advice or services, your personal consultant is here to provide it. And if you’re nice, your consultant may even grab you a cup of hot coffee!

The Small Business Development Center offers training for you and your staff on many relevant business subjects, including the following:

  • buying and selling abroad
  • e-commerce
  • marketing
  • preparing financial statements for small business
  • starting & managing a small business
  • writing a business plan


Referrals to Professional Services and Agencies
The TSBDC has extensive resources available, which are used to find the answers to your business questions.

The Right Price
We’re certain you’ll be impressed with the extraordinary personal attention you will receive from our consultants. Besides – what have you got to lose? These cutting-edge professional services are absolutely free! That’s right – all your one-on-one counseling and services are provided to your business at no cost! In fact, the only time you’ll ever pay for any of our services is if you choose to take advantage of our professional training seminars, which come with a small fee.
So, stop making excuses, and start growing your business! Explore our “How Can the TSBDC Help Me?” to begin discovering the professional solutions available for your business.

Still have questions? Here are answers to some of the most common questions we field:
Who can benefit from the Small Business Development Center?
Anyone who currently owns a small business or is interested in opening a business in Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe or Polk counties.
Do you have a bilingual small business specialist?
Yes. David Hudson is fluent in Spanish and English. You may reach him directly at (423) 614-8707.
How do I make an appointment?
Call the Small Business Development Center at (423) 478-6247. To register for training workshops and seminars, call us or visit the website at
Where are you located and what are your hours of operation?
The Small Business Development Center is located on the Cleveland State Community College campus in Cleveland, Tennessee, at 3535 Adkisson Drive in the technology building, room 126. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the Small Business Development Center, call (423) 478-6247 or (800) 604-CSCC, ext. 247.