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Export Assistance East Tennessee International Commercial Council Telephone: (865) 974-6110 International Trade Center Telephone: (865) 632-2990 U. S. Department of Commerce -... Read more
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TEN MISTAKES TO AVOID

Since one mistake is usually enough to bring down a business, do your best to avoid these ten mistakes. 1. Start a business with partners and associates with no form al written... Read more
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Lawson McGhee Library

Lawson McGhee Library  500 West Church Street Knoxville, TN  37902 (865) 215-8722    Starting and Operating a Business  Don’t forget the library when you’re in the initial phase... Read more
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Your Business License

Tennessee law requires businesses to have a business license issued by local government, except Businesses located in the counties of Clay, Claiborne, and Morgan which do not... Read more
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Additional Resources

In addition to the handouts provided on this web site, the Greater Knoxville SCORE office at 530 South Gay Street, Suite 224, has the following resource materials:  These are... Read more
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Catalog of Federal Assistance

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that... Read more
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SBIR

Research (SBIR) Program SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential, and provides incentive for them to profit... Read more
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Business Loan Options

The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) does not directly fund loans. They are a government agency guarantor for loans that are made by the lending agency. This allows... Read more
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Loan Qualification

Can I Qualify for a Loan? Whether you’re applying for a micro-loan, SBA loan, or traditional bank loan, there are factors that improve your ability to obtain financing. Do you... Read more
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Credit Scoring

Understanding “Credit Scoring” Credit scoring is a system used by banks and other lending institutions to help them determine whether to give you credit. Under this system, a... Read more
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ABCs of Borrowing

All businesses, no matter what size, need to raise money at some time. Small business owners may be able to dip into their personal savings or borrow money from friends. More... Read more
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PASS

PASS and PESS are SSI work incentives — rules that determine how your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will be affected when you prepare for and go to work. They are... Read more

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