We are here to help entrepreneurs in the Upper Cumberland region get access to the resources they need to start and grow successful businesses.  Along with our coaching, programs and events we also offer a variety of resources from educational blogs & podcasts to access to a wide network of local industry experts.

Resource Compass

Connect with industry experts throughout the state of Tennessee.

Knowledge Center

Get access to a variety of downloads, workbooks and checklists.


Tune into the latest episodes from our podcast partners.


Check out our latest blog posts on all things entrepreneurship.


Join our Virtual Hub to connect with your local fellow entrepreneurs.

Office Hours

Book a 30 minute meeting with a industry experts. Coming soon.

Quick Links for Registering a Business

Register Your Business: TN Secretary of State

The TN Secretary of State’s division aids in business name searches, name registrations, and filings (initial, annual, and change requests). This division is also responsible for formation guidance for LLCs and corporations.

Best for: Early stage entrepreneurs and people with a company that is legally registered as an LLC or Corporation.


Obtain Your Business License

The Business Tax Division provides licenses needed to legally operate a business within each county in the Upper Cumberland region and your city


TN Department of Revenue

The Department of Revenue is the tax division for the State of Tennessee. Their office assigns tax accounts once the business has registered with them. This office works in conjunction with the Business Tax Division. Each business should establish a TNTAP (Tennessee Taxpayer Access Point) account to account for their quarterly and annual tax obligations.


Internal Revenue Service

The IRS is responsible for processing personal and business tax returns, and assigning EIN (Employer Identification Number) to business entities.


Get Started:
Resources for Planning a Business

Tennessee Smart Start Small Business Guide

With Tennessee SmartStart, users can access to support and resources is crucial to early business success. This online tool will help you visualize your business model and connect with resources across the state. Download the FREE Tennessee Smart Start Small Business Guide too!


Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

Our local divison of the SBDC can help you develop a business, get access to funding and more.


The Biz Foundry Coaching

Meet a Biz Foundry Coach to share your venture or business and get access to the resources and guidance you need to launch and grow.


Tennessee Tech Center for Rural Innovation (TCRI)

The Tennessee Tech Center for Rural Innovation is here to help you…


Build your Brand:
Resources for Marketing


WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to host and build websites. WordPress contains plugin architecture and a template system, so you can customize any website to fit your business, blog, portfolio, or online store.



Squarespace is a drag-and-drop website builder that allows people to use pre-built website templates and elements to create and modify webpages.


Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic, currently as a platform inside the Google Marketing Platform brand.



Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. The platform is free to use and offers paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality.


Did you find what you were looking for?

If not, we are more than happy to assist! Help us connect you to the most appropriate resource for your business by filling out the form below. The form should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

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