Owning a business is both exciting and intimidating; but you have lots of support. Find resources to help you make decisions on starting or growing your enterprise. Browse these tools, then contact your SCORE mentor to get help putting your ideas into action.

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The Three Phases Of Forming A Business

There are three natural and essential phases to go through when trying to decide whether to form a business. You might refer to them as: (In the business world they are called) Read more

Free Assistance

Export Assistance East Tennessee International Commercial Council Telephone: (865) 974-6110 International Trade Center Telephone: (865) 632-2990 Read more

Lawson McGhee Library

Lawson McGhee Library  500 West Church Street Knoxville, TN  37902 (865) 215-8722    Starting and Operating a Business  Read more


Starting a non-profit can be a lengthy process; particularly if you wish to solicit donations, apply for grants, and be tax exempt by applying for 501(c)3 status with the Internal Read more


In spite of what people see on television or hear from friends, the fact is there is no government agency or private foundation handing out free money to start small businesses, re Read more

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:  Read more

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. Read more