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TSBDC at Vol State Celebrates Five Years of Helping Small Business

Submitted on April 09, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The numbers speak for themselves: 925 clients, 106 business starts and 337 jobs created and retained. Those are just a few of the accomplishments for the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Volunteer State Community College. It's the five-year anniversary of the TSBDC and business owners have plenty to say about the help they've received.

"We wanted to expand our catering business, to owning a large event facility and with the TSBDC's help we did it," said Christopher Newton of Chef Christopher's Catering and EPIC Event Centre in Gallatin. "We started with a business plan and lots of advice, which led to the purchase of a million dollar facility. TSBDC is the first place to go when starting or expanding your business."

"Our time spent with the TSBDC has been extremely important to the success of our business," said Linda Alkasem of Café Rakka in Hendersonville. "His expertise working with small businesses has been such a valuable tool for our restaurant."

Charles Alexander is the director of the TSBDC at Vol State. He offers free and inexpensive workshops for small businesses that address their most pressing needs, as well as one-on-one business consulting free of charge. There has been an overwhelming response from the local community and surrounding counties to the services offered by the TSBDC. 3,687 people have attended the 233 classes and workshops held over the last five years. Alexander was recently named a 2012 Business Champion by the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the website www.tsbdc.org to see what workshops are available. To schedule an appointment to meet with a business counselor e-mail charles.alexander@volstate.edu or call 615-230-4780.

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