Training Programs

The Small Business Development Center at TTU offers a variety of no-cost and low-cost training seminars which target problems and technology that small business owners need in order to be successful. These seminars are a great way to learn about emerging business technologies and other options to expand or supplement your existing small business. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to own your own business to attend these seminars.

Below are the descriptions of our most common training seminars. Please visit our website at to check for the next available session of these seminars.

So, You Want to Start a Business?

This two-hour seminar is offered quarterly and is geared toward those individuals who are thinking about starting a small business. It is also appropriate for new and existing small business owners and operators who want to know more about the basics of small business management. Topics include: licensing requirements, business planning, legal business structures, obtaining financing, and an entrepreneurial personality assessment. A short question and answer period follows the seminar.

  • Cost: Free

So, You Want to Write a Business Plan?

Business planning is an essential step in starting a business. This two-part seminar is offered quarterly following the "So, You Want to Start a Business?" seminar and covers the parts of a business plan, how to get your ideas organized and on paper, key make-it or break-it points for success, common mistakes, and much more. Every participant also takes home a copy of "The Plan," a 35 page business planning guide written by John W. Nelson, III. This is a step-by-step business planning guide with examples and a fill-in-the-blank format to make business planning as painless as possible.

  • Cost: Free

Getting Ready to Go to the Bank

The seminar addresses various lending considerations for small business owners and what lenders look for in their applicants. Participants will learn what resources are available to help plan, start and grow different types of small businesses. Commercial lenders will be on hand to meet with participants to discuss lending options.

  • Cost: Free

Team Thursdays | Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, and Insurance Agents

Having a good team of individuals you can call on as you run your business is an essential! In our Team Thursdays series we bring in local individuals to help educate you on business topics like selecting a good banker, choosing a legal structure, understanding taxes, and knowing how much insurance coverage is enough. 

  • Cost: Free


To Register for any of these seminars or for further information: Call (931) 372-3648 and leave your name and a daytime phone number.

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