Small business center now provides seminars online

The Cookeville/Tennessee Tech University office of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, announces the opening of the TSBDC Online Center.

The purpose of the center is to provide Internet-accessible small business seminars and online counseling as part of an ongoing effort to provide easier access to TSBDC services.  Online seminars are available on 21 topics, and online counseling sessions are available by appointment.  The TSBDC Online Center can be accessed at www.tsbdc.org.  Individuals without Internet access may attend online classes and arrange for online counseling by visiting a TSBDC access point at participating chambers of commerce.

“Small businesspeople are really pressed for time,” says Patrick R. Geho, TSBDC state executive director. “Making classes and counseling available online allows clients to spend more time focusing on making the business a success and less time traveling to get the valuable information and advice TSBDC has to offer.”

Local chambers of commerce have entered into agreements with TSBDC to provide space and scheduling, and can provide initial orientation to prospective TSBDC clients. In return, TSBDC provides a computer, webcam and the necessary software to connect clients with the statewide TSBDC Online Center. Eventually, 60 computers will be placed in chambers of commerce across Tennessee.

TSBDC online classes cover business basics, financing, managing a business, human resources, accounting and budgeting, and marketing and sales. Online classes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

TSBDC continues, as always, to provide live business seminars and one-on-one business counseling through a network of centers across the state.  See center locations and live seminar schedules here.

For more information, contact Jen Dangelo at 931-372-3706.

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