Where to Go for Small Business Information in Memphis and Shelby County

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Produced by the Business and Science Department of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, First Tennessee Small Business Center,  Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, Tennessee 38111.

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This directory is produced by the First Tennessee Small Business Center located in the Business and Science Department of Memphis Public Library & Information Center. To provide valuable information for current and potential small business owners, First Tennessee Bank and the Memphis Public Library have formed a unique partnership. Working together, they have created the First Tennessee Small Business Center to serve as a resource, referral, and distribution center for small businesses in the Mid-South.

This directory is intended to be the place to go for information about small business resources in the Memphis community. Comprehensive information about each agency, the type of help offered, any associated costs, requirements, and contacts are updated regularly.

Every effort has been made to be as comprehensive as possible in presenting information about resources available from each agency included in the directory. Inclusion of an agency does not constitute endorsement nor does omission constitute disapproval of any program. Information was obtained through telephone interviews or written responses from agency directors or their designated representatives. All entries were reviewed and approved by responsible agency staff before they were included in this directory.

Information included in the directory is updated regularly. 

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A-Z Guide
Where to go for Small Business Information in Memphis & Shelby County

 

Alt.Consulting

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Alt.Consulting
Name: Alt.Consulting
Address: 516 Tennessee St.
Memphis TN 38103
Telephone: (901)-312-9797
Fax: (901)-312-9798
Web Site: www.altconsulting.org
Email: ines@altconsulting.org
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Director: Ines Polonius - Executive Director
Contact: Voneshia Mitchell
Purpose: Our mission - alt.Consulting works to increase the capacity of small businesses and organizations contributing to wealth and fair-wage job creation in minority and rural communities.
Eligibility: Alt.Consuting provides professional management consulting services to small minority owned or economically-distressed area businesses.
Fee: Sliding scale, fee for service structure. Subsidies available for qualified minority owned or economically-distressed area businesses.
Services: Consulting services included:
  • Financial Assessments
  • Business Assessments
  • Financial Systems Implementation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Operations Planning
  • Marketing Plans
  • Software Installation and Training
  • Acquisitions Assistance
  • Business Seminars
  • Classroom Training
  • Turnaround Strategies Implementation
  • Cash Flow Management Tools

Please see website for more detailed explanation of services being offered.

 

Black Business Association of Memphis

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Black Business Association of Memphis

Name: Black Business Association of Memphis
Address: 555 Beale Street
Memphis, TN
38103
Telephone: 901-526-9300
Fax: 901-525-2357
Web Site: www.bbamemphis.org
Email: robyswilliams@hotmail.com
Days Open: Monday-Friday Hours Open: 8:30-5:00
Director: Roby Williams, President and CEO
Contact: Staff
Purpose: To promote the creation, expansion, and development of African-American owned businesses.
Eligibility: Active membership in BBA
Fee: Membership fee, $150.00; for seminar and workshop fees, check with the BBA.
Services:
  • Marketing and Public Relations: promote member businesses through trade shows, church expos, radio talk shows, and other special events. Collect and distribute requests for products and services to members. Maintain Public Relations Committee and Speaker's Bureau; provide information about local developments in member businesses to mass media and industry/trade journals.
  • Information Services: conduct studies to develop new methods and techniques; perform studies to improve products and services; interface with other databases for up-to-date information on small businesses; coordinate requests for bids and other procurement opportunities; provide directories of suppliers and buyers; publish legislative, technical and other bulletins as needed; publish membership directory and newsletter.
  • Technical Assistance Program: free consultation services for businesses; access to professional support organizations regarding business management; seminars and workshops presenting current and relevant business opportunities.
  • Education: sponsor short courses, clinics, seminars, workshops; provide AV training and training materials, tests and manuals for employee training; provide scholarships.
Publications: Membership Directory
Newsletter
Additional Information: Events: Monthly membership meetings; special luncheons and receptions; discounted booth space at the Black Business Association expositions; company members are eligible to compete in the annual BENNY (Black Economic Networking Now) awards.

 

Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)

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Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
Name:Business Enterprise Resource Office
(BERO)
Address:170 North Main Street, Suite 12th Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone:901 543-7426
Days Open:Monday-Friday
Hours Open:8:00-4:30 (By Appointment Only)
Web-Site:http://www.tennessee.gov/ecd/bero/index.htm
Territory:All 21 Counties in West Tennessee, including Shelby County
Contact:Sharon Taylor McKinney, Business Enterprise Specialist BERO Regional Contact, West Tennessee Region Minority, Women, and Small Business Development
Email:Sharon.K.Taylor@state.tn.us
Purpose:To offer general counseling for persons interested in starting a business; providing connections and resources for existing and starting businesses in Tennessee.
Eligibility:51% ownership by African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American, Aleut; Area of operation in West Tennessee
Fee:No fee.
Services:
  • Provides technical, financial and management information assistance to small, minority and women owned businesses. BERO’s main office is located in Nashville with regional offices in Memphis and Knoxville.
  • Focuses on four main areas of development to achieve its mission:
    • providing technical assistance (business planning, licensing, certification, financial assistance, expansion assistance and other special needs).
    • assisting with procurement opportunities
    • driving manufacturing initiatives and
    • creating export opportunities.
  • Works in close partnership with the Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (
  • Has a designated director of small manufacturing initiatives whose goal is to identify and create partnering opportunities between small and large manufacturers by facilitating business to business matching; advocating and connecting small manufacturers with companies and government agencies; creating a manufacturers’ resource directory which includes financial information; and coordinating with federal and local government agencies, trade associations and community organizations.
  • BERO, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Trade Centers, Tennessee Small Business Development Centers and other local agencies, assists small businesses throughout the state to export their goods and services through the Trade Roots program.
Publications:Small Business Guide
Quarterly newsletter
Additional Information:

History: In 2002, BERO had 1 staff person responsible for the entire state; Today, BERO has 6 full-time and 1 part-time staff in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

Mission: Expand economic opportunities for disadvantaged businesses by providing information on procurement opportunities, loan programs, and development opportunities with Tennessee private industry and government entities.

 

City of Memphis

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City of Memphis Purchasing Department
Name: City of Memphis
Purchasing Department
Address: Purchasing Agent
Room 354, City Hall
125 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103-2083
Telephone: 901 576-6683
Days Open: Monday-Friday Hours Open: 8:30-5:00
Director: Jerome Smith, Purchasing Agent
Contact: Staff
Purpose: Procurement
Eligibility: The city maintains an open door policy for all potential bidders and encourages the participation of small and minority businesses in the purchasing process.
Fee: No fee.
Services:  
Publications:
Information: To register as a buyer or seller, contact the City of Memphis Purchasing Department. For additional information regarding City of Memphis procurement, please contact the City Purchasing Dept. or go to the city's website at www.memphistn.gov and click on the link, "Doing Business with the City."

 

Economic Development

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Economic Development Tennessee Valley Authority
Name: Economic Development
Tennessee Valley Authority
Address: 50 North Front Street
Suite 550
Memphis TN 38103
Telephone: 901 577-2610
Fax: 901-577-2620
Website: www.tvaed.gov
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-5:00
Director: Spencer Sessions, Economic Development Specialist
Contact: Spencer Sessions, Economic Development Specialist
Chuck Marquis, Economic Development Specialist
Purpose: To encourage and assist the growth of entrepreneurship.
Eligibility: Small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other minorities.
Fees: No fee.
Services:
  • Coordinate with other economic development agencies such as Urban League, Memphis Economic Development Center, as well as federal, state, and local government. Try to send person to appropriate resource for their needs.
  • Loans: Shareholder in West Tennessee Venture Capital, TVA multimillion dollar loan fund. For specifics on loans, see Regional Manager.
  • Financial Assistance Program for business and community development.
Publications:  
Additional Information:  

 

Home-Based Business Chamber

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Home-Based Business Chamber
Name: Home-Based Business Chamber of Commerce (HBBC)
Address: P.O. Box 41365
Memphis, TN 38174
Telephone: 901 205-7262
Fax: 901 590-2414
Email: info@homebasedbusinesschamber.com
Web Site: www.homebasedbusinesschamber.com
Director: Beverly H. Anderson
Contact: Beverly H. Anderson, President
Purpose: The Home-based Business Chamber was formed to provide an opportunity for home-based business owners to build credibiligy, collaborate and share ideas, and learn how to effectively market their products and services to the mass market.
Eligibility: Business address must be the same as primary resident; no store-front or permanent office space. Business must operate from home (not including outside meeting, events, etc).
Freelancer or independent
Fees: Membership investment is based on the number of years in operation. See website for membership details.
Services: Membership benefits such as an avenue to create their own website, ongoing education and training catered to home-based business development, networking opportunities, access to micro-loans.

 

International Trade Administration

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International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce
Name: International Trade Administration
Memphis Export Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce
Address: Buckman Hall
650 East Parkway South
Suite 328
Memphis, TN 38104
Telephone: 901 544-0930
Fax: 901 320-9128
Email: Ree.Russell@mail.doc.gov
Web Site: www.export.gov
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 9:00-5:00
(call for appointment)
Director: Ree Russell
Contact: David Spann
Purpose: To serve as an export office for existing businesses with products or services ready to be sold.
Eligibility: Existing businesses with products or
Services: to sell.
Fee: No fee for counseling services.
Services:
  • Counseling: Help companies new to exporting develop an international market strategy and serve as a troubleshooter for more experienced companies.
  • Agent/Distributor Identification: Locate commission agents, stocking distributors, joint venture or licensing partners for companies.
  • Advertising, catalog shows, trade fairs overseas to promote a company's products or
  • Mailing Lists of overseas organizations that have imported certain products or services before.
  • Commercial Reliability Service: investigate the credibility or commercial reliability of a foreign firm.
  • Database of U.S. Suppliers: this database matches one of foreign companies abroad. U.S. companies seeking overseas buyers and agents or foreign firms looking for a U.S. supplier now have access to this source.
Publications: International Business Directory (joint project with Chamber of Commerce and Department of Commerce)
Lists, including Memphis International Freight Forwarders; Memphis International Banks; Memphis Area Export Management Companies; Export Trading Companies, Export Consultants; Memphis International Clubs; Memphis Area Manufacturers Who Export
Additional Information:    

 

Memphis Light, Gas, and Water

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Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
Procurement and Contracts Department
Name: Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
Procurement and Contracts Department
528-4381
Jozelle Booker, Manager
jbooker@mlgw.org
Supplier Diversity
528-4635
Kimberly Lehew, Supplier Diversity Coordinator
klehew@mlgw.org
Address: 220 South Main Street
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901 528-4086
Web Site: www.mlgw.com
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:30-5:00
Contact: Staff
Purpose: Promote and encourage economic development in the community.
Eligibility: Minority-, women-, or locally-owned small business enterprise.
Fee: No fee.
Services: MLGW Supplier Diversity Program
Publications: Procurement and Contracts (Brochure)
Additional Information: Required certification through the Uniform Certification Agency, P.O. Box 3060 Memphis TN 38173-0060.

 

Memphis Plan (The)

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The Memphis Plan
(a ministry of the Church Health Center)

Name: The Memphis Plan (a ministry of the Church Health Center)
Address:
(mail)
1210 Peabody
Memphis TN 38104
Address:
(location)
321 S. Bellevue
Memphis TN 38104
Telephone: 901 272-7526
Fax: 901 278-6622
Email: MEMPHISPLAN@ChurchHealthCenter.org
Web Site: http://www.ChurchHealthCenter.org/memphisplan_fs.html
Days/Hours Open: Monday through Friday  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Director: Dr. Scott Morris, Church Health Center Executive Director
Director: Teresa Bolton, Memphis Plan Director
Contact: Jennie Robbins, Memphis Plan Assistant Director
Purpose: The Memphis Plan is a ministry of the Church Health Center, which is an ecumenical healthcare ministry.  The Memphis Plan is a program of primary care and limited hospitalization for low wage, uninsured employees or self-employed individuals.   Services are provided on a volunteer basis by physicians in their offices, labs, and hospitals.
Eligibility: An employer must have less than 200 eligible employees to participate in the Plan.   An employee is eligible to enroll if he or she:
  • makes under $10.00 an hour OR makes less than $400 a week
  • works at least 20 hours a week
  • is currently uninsured
  • has completed three consecutive months of employment
Fee: $45 per month ($10 employer, $35 employee)
$25 per month, for each dependent
$120 maximum amount per month, per family
Services:
  • Primary Care Benefits
    - Preventive Health Services - Routine exam, and vision screening
    - Sick Care - Office visits to your primary care physician, also $5 per visit
    - Subspecialty Services - Referral by primary care physician, also $10 per visit
    - Pharmaceutical Discounts - Discounts available at Ike's and Super D
  • Limited Hospital Services
    - Emergency and surgical care up to a lifetime maximum of $50,000

    Due to space limitations, this is not a full description of Covered and Non-Covered Services.  for complete information, please call the numbers listed above to request information or speak with a representative.
Publications: The Church Health Center Quarterly Newsletter
Additional Information: The Church Health Center provides a number of additional healthcare services through its on-site Clinic and the Hope and Healing Center.  For additional information concerning these services, call 901 272-0003.

 

Memphis Regional Chamber

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Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Name: Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Memphis Chapter, The Chamber
Address: Suite 200
22 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

P.O. Box 224
Memphis TN 38101

Telephone: 901 543-3500
Fax:: 901 543-3510
Email: kkolheim@memphischamber.com
estricland@memphischamber.com
Web Site: www.memphischamber.com
Days: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Director: John Moore, President and CEO
Mark Herbison, SR Vice President, Economic Development
Contact: Kelvin Kolheim, Existing Business Associate
Ernest Strictland, Existing Business Associate
Purpose: Building a thriving economy through leadership in economic growth
Eligibility: We serve the entire business community.
Fee: There is a cost associated with most of our guides and research, however we do have free workshops and seminars.
Services: We offer a variety of services for small to moderate sized businesses. There are free workshops held monthly on a variety of topics geared to small business. Networking events are held several times a month. We will be offering an interactive business plan program on our website scheduled to be available by December 2000.
Publications: The Memphis Crossroads Newsletter
Memphis Crossroads Online
International Trade Directory
Major Employers Directory
Chamber Membership Guide
PinPointer Manufacturers Directory
Memphis Area High Technology Directory
3rd Party Logistics Directory
Memphis Data Book
Memphis Metro Profile
Tennessee Employer's Desk Manual
The Memphis Playbook
For a complete list check http://www.memphischamber.com

 

Mid-South Minority Business Council

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Mid-South Minority Business Council

Name: Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC)
Address: P.O. Box 3050
Memphis, TN 38173
158 Madison Ave, Ste. 300
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: 901 525-6512
Fax: 901 525-5204
Web Site: www.mmbc-memphis.org
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-5:00
Director: Luke Yancy III - President & Chief Executive Officer
Contact: Luke Yancy III - President & Chief Executive Officer
Purpose: Assist minority and woman owned companies in growing their businesses.
Eligibility: Corporate Membership: Corporations wishing to become Corporate Members should contact the agency at (901) 525-6512.
Minority & Woman owned Business Entrepreneurs: Apply for membership by completing certification application. Applications may be obtained at website: www.mmbc-memphis.org
Fee: See Website
Services:
  • M/WBE Certification
  • Business Training
  • Directory listing of certified companies
  • Business growth and development
Publications:
  • Newsletter: Success Link
Additional Information: MMBC is a non-profit agency and membership organization.

 

Office of Economic Development

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Memphis and Shelby County Office of Economic Development
Name: Memphis and Shelby County
Office of Economic Development
Address: 125 North Main Street
Suite 468
Memphis, Tennessee 38103-2084
Telephone: 901 576-7167
Fax: 901 576-7101
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-5:00
Director: Charles Gulotta, Director
Contact: Charles Gulotta, Director
Purpose: To foster economic development for new, expanding, and existing businesses.
Eligibility: New, expanding, and existing businesses.
Fees: No fee
Services:
  • Provides technical assistance to new and expanding businesses in Memphis and Shelby County.
Publications:  
Additional Information:  

 

Regional Economic Development Center

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Regional Economic Development Center
The University of Memphis
Name: Regional Economic Development Center
The University of Memphis
Address: 208 McCord Hall
Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Telephone: 901 678-2056
Web Site: http://planning.memphis.edu/
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-4:30 (call for appointment)
Director: Steve Redding
Email: tredding@memphis.edu
Purpose: To encourage economic development by stimulating job-producing activities. The Center specializes in economic and community development projects.
Eligibility: Both public and private sector; both start-ups and existing businesses; businesses must be located within the 47-county area of West and Middle Tennessee (west of Nashville).
Fees: The Center must charge a break-even fee. The cost varies depending on the complexity of the project.
Services:
  • Small Business Assistance in areas such as product design and development; business management counseling; feasibility studies; loan packaging for loans and loan guarantees by EDA, SBA, FmHA, and SBIC; entrepreneurial counseling; identification of firms with export trade potential; foreign market development assistance.
  • Technical Assistance for community and economic development: industrial development strategies; identification and selection of industrial development sites; development of social, economic, and business data banks. Feasibility studies.
  • Library of Planning Materials open to the public by appointment.
Additional Information:  

 

Renaissance Business Center

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Renaissance Business Center

Name: Renaissance Business Center
Address: 555 Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Telephone: 901 526-9300
Fax: 901 525-2357
Web Site: www.cityofmemphis.org/rbc
Days/Hours Open: Monday through Friday  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Director: Beverly Goines, Deputy Director
Contact:  
Purpose: To serve as a catalyst for economic development by providing high quality, innovative programs, which strengthen and support small business enterprises in an environment that exceeds customer expectations in the mission of the Center.
Eligibility: Persons living in the corporate limits of the City of Memphis who are seeking to open a business in the city of Memphis or receive technical assistance.
Fee: Clients are not charged a fee for services.  Occasionally, however, there may be fees associated with various courses, or workshops offered at RBC.  In these cases, individuals will be notified.
Services: The RBC has unlimited resources to ensure the growth and profitability of your business. We are committed to supporting existing area businesses and increasing our economic base by attracting new companies. Services we provide include:
  • Entrepreneurial Counseling
  • Business Resource Referrals
  • Business Plan Development
  • Economic Information
  • Marketing & Training
Special loan programs that are available are Contractors Assistance Program (CAP) and Memphis Business Opportunity Fund (MBOF).

Business development services include:
  • Management and technical assistance
  • Business analysis for operations and control
  • Application preparation for procurement process
  • Sources for debt and equity financing
  • Database and profiles of companies in the Memphis area
  • Market expansion through export development, technology and incentive assistance
Technical assistance programs provide one-on-one counseling, cash-flow analysis, marketing and advertising, and certifications. A resource library is available with computers, Internet access, printers/copiers, and reference material. Seminars and training are held on:
  • How to Start a Business
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Tax Preparation
Resource partners located at the Renaissance Business Center:
  • Small Business Administration
  • Southeast Community Capital
  • Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  • Memphis Area Minority Contractor's Association
  • Black Business Association
Publications:  
Additional Information: A department of the City of Memphis, Memphis Housing Authority, Division of Housing and Community Development, Small Business Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority.

 

SCORE

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SCORE
(Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Name: SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Address: 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 1701
Memphis, TN 38137
Telephone: 901 544-3588
Fax: 901 544-0557
Email: scorememphis@comcast.net
Web Site: www.scorememphis.org
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 9:00-12:00 a.m.; other hours by appointment
Director: None
Contact: Vernon Tabor
Purpose: To help persons interested in starting a small business or having problems in an already operating business.
Eligibility: Anyone interested in starting a business or with an already existing business.
Fees: All services are free except for some workshops.
Services:
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • All-Day Seminar on start-ups and new businesses conducted by professionals such as bankers, CPAs, attorneys, insurance agents, and real estate brokers.
Publications: How to Start and Manage a Business of Your Own in Tennessee
Additional Information:  

 

Shelby County Clerk's Office

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Shelby County Clerk's Office
Business Tax Division
Name:Shelby County Clerk's Office
Debbie Stamson, County Clerk
Business Tax Division
Address:Downtown Office
150 Washington Avenue
Room 200
Memphis, TN 38103

East Branch Office
1075 Mullins Station Road
West Wing
Memphis, TN 38134
Telephone:Downtown Office 901 545-4249
East Branch Office 901 379-7099
Fax:Downtown Office 901 545-4215
Days Open:Monday - Friday
Hours:Downtown Office 8:30-4:15
East Branch Office 9:30-5:15
Contact:Downtown Office - Jeffrey Jacobs, Manager
East Branch Office - Waylon Wininger, Manager
Purpose:Registration of businesses for local Business Tax License
Eligibility:Businesses domiciled and/or operating in Shelby County
Fee:Varies, depends on location of business
Services:Issue Business Tax Licenses
Issue County Beer Permits
Issue "Going Out of Business" Permits
Issue Pawnbroker License
Issue Tennessee Title Pledge License
Issue Transient Vendors Permits
Issue Wrecker Stickers
Collect Gross Receipts Tax
Collect Room Occupancy Tax
Collect Liquor by the Drink Tax
Publications:Steps to Starting a Business in Memphis and Shelby County
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Small Business Chamber

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Small Business Chamber
Name: Small Business Chamber
Address: 7777 Walnut Grove Road # 11
Memphis, TN 38120
Telephone: 901 818-3031
Fax: 901 328-5719
Email: infor@SmallbusinessChamber.com
Web Site: www.smallbusinesschamber.com
Days & Hours Open: Call for Appointment
Director: Andre Fowlkes, Executive Director
Contact: Andre Fowlkes, Executive Director
Purpose: To help small businesses succeed, because small business is BIG.
Eligibility: Owner of business. 1-100 employees
Fee: $ 20 / month
$ 200 / year
Services: Provide information, education, marketing and opportunities for networking.
Publications: Small Biz Buzz (Quarterly Newsletter)
Additional Info.: 3 - 5 events / month
Encouraged to visit website http://www.smallbusinesschamber.com

 

State of Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services

 
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State of Tennessee
Division of Rehabilitation Services
State of Tennessee
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Name: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Address: Donnely J. Hill, State Office Building
170 N. Main, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: 901 528-5284
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Director: Annyce Luckett 
Contact: Trina Weathers-Boyce, Employment Counselor-528-5296
Purpose: Enhancing the development of a diverse workforce so individuals with disabilities can achieve and maintain meaningful careers
Eligibility: Individuals that have a mental or physical disability that constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment and can benefit from VR services and requires VR services to prepare for, obtain, keep or regain employment.
Fees: No fees
Services:
  • Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Treatment
  • Training
  • Maintenance and Transportation
  • Transition Services From School To Work
  • Personal Care Assistance Program
  • Independent Living Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Supported Employment
  • Job Placement
  • Post-Employment Services
Purpose: To assist individuals experiencing a disability to become subtantially employed.

 

State of Tennessee Purchasing Division

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State of Tennessee
Purchasing Division
Name: State of Tennessee
Purchasing Division
Address: 3rd Floor, William R. Snodgrass TN Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37243-0557
Telephone: 615 741-1035
Website: www.tennessee.gov/generalserv/purchasing
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-4:30
Director: John Bissell
Contact: Staff
Purpose: Procurement
Eligibility: The state purchasing system is open to everyone.
Fee: No fee.
Services: Assists businesses in registering to bid.
Additional Information: Vendors may obtain a bidders application in person or by mail from the Purchasing Division. Every person or firm desiring to bid on supplies, materials and equipment purchased must submit a bidders application form for approval as a prospective bidder.

 

Subject Guide for Where to Go for Small Business Information

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Subject Guide
Where to go for Small Business Information in Memphis & Shelby County
 
  SUBJECT AGENCY

  Accounting / Bookkeeping / Records Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Agents International Trade Administration
  Americans with Disabilities State of Tennessee, Division of Rehabilitation
  Business Plan SCORE
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Buyers Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Center for Industrial Services University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  Certification Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Commerce, U.S. Department of International Trade Administration
  Commission Agents International Trade Administration
  Community Development Economic Development, TVA
Regional Economic Development Center
  Counseling, General Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
SCORE
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Disadvantaged, Services for Economic Development, TVA
  Distributor International Trade Administration
  Entrepreneurs Economic Development, TVA
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Existing Businesses Black Business Association
Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
Home-Based Business Chamber
International Trade Administration
Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
Economic Development
Office of Economic Development Memphis and Shelby County
Regional Economic Development Center
Renaissance Business Center
SCORE
Small Business Chamber
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  EXPO Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Chamber
Home-Based Business Chamber
  Export International Trade Administration
Economic Development
Regional Economic Development Center
  Feasibility Studies Regional Economic Development Center
  Financial Management alt.Consulting
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Foreign Trade Zones Office of Economic Development Memphis and Shelby County
  Hazardous Waste University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  Industrial Development Regional Economic Development Center
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  International Trade International Trade Administration
Regional Economic Development Center
  Inventory Control Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Labor Renaissance Business Center
SEE Personnel
  Licenses and Permits Economic Development
  Licensing Partners International Trade Administration
  Loan Package Regional Economic Development Center
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Loans Economic Development, TVA
Office of Economic Development Memphis and Shelby County
  Mailing Lists International Trade Administration
  Management Black Business Association
Regional Economic Development Center
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  Manpower SEE Personnel
  Manufacturing University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  Marketing Black Business Association
International Trade Administration
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
Regional Economic Development Center
Renaissance Business Center
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Memphis and Shelby County Offices Economic and Resource Development
Shelby County Clerk's Office, Business Tax Division
  Minorities, Services for Black Business Association
Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
Economic Development, TVA
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Personnel Black Business Association
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Procurement Black Business Association
Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
City of Memphis, Purchasing Department.
Memphis Light, Gas, and Water
State of Tennessee, Purchasing Department.
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  Product Design Regional Economic Development Center
  Purchasing Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Rehabilitation Services State of Tennessee, Division of Rehabilitation
  Seminars SEE Training
  Service Corps of Retired Executives SEE SCORE
  Small Business Development Center Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Speakers Bureau Black Business Association
  Start-Ups Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
Regional Economic Development Center
Office of Economic Development Memphis and Shelby County
SCORE
Small Business Council
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  Suppliers International Trade Administration
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Taxation, Education, Registration Tennessee Department of Revenue
  Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
  Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority
Tennessee Valley Center
  Trade, International International Trade Administration
Regional Economic Development Center
  Trade Shows and Fairs Black Business Association
International Trade Administration
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
Small Business Council
  Training, Workshops, Seminars Black Business Association
Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO)
Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
Economic Development, TVA
Renaissance Business Center
SCORE
Small Business Council
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  University of Memphis Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
Regional Economic Development Center
  Vendors Mid-South Minority Purchasing Council
  Waste Reduction Assistance Program University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services
  West Tennessee Investment Corporation Office of Economic Development Memphis and Shelby County
  Workshops SEE Training

 

Tennessee Department of Revenue

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Tennessee Department of Revenue
Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division
Name: Tennessee Department of Revenue
Taxpayer and Vehicle Services Division
Address: 3150 N. Appling Rd
Memphis, TN 38133
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-4:30
Contact: Carolyn Walker, Supervisor
Belinda Phillips, Taxpayer Service Representative
Damita Willamson, Taxpayer Service Representative
Irene Dixon, Taxpayer Service Technician
Wanda Norris, Taxpayer Service Technician
Telephone: 901 213-1400 or fax, 901 213-2675
Purpose: To provide taxpayer education, registration, and assistance
Eligibility: Tennessee businesses
Fees: No fee.
Services:
  • Taxpayer Education: The department provides seminars for new business owners or individuals thinking about starting a business. Those interested can call to get a schedule of our upcoming seminar.
  • Taxpayer Registration: Taxpayers can come to our office before 2:30 p.m., complete a sales tax application, and receive their tax number the same day. Applications can also be faxed or mailed to this office for processing.
  • Taxpayer Assistance: Taxpayers can call or come by the office to receive various tax forms, ask questions, and receive assistance with completing the return. This office has forms available for most Tennessee taxes and can mail most forms directly to Nashville.
Publications:  
Additional Information: Jackson, Tennessee Contact Carolyn Walker (731)423-4757, fax (731)265-1266

 

Tennessee Small Business Development Center

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Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Name: Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Regional Office
Address: Southwest Tennessee Community College
Parish Bldg., RM 134
737 Union Ave
Memphis TN 38103

Second Location:
555 Beale Street
Memphis TN 38103 
Telephone: 901-333-5085 Second Location: 901-526-9300
Email: ddoyle@mail.tsbdc.org
Web: http://www.tsbdc.org
Days Open: Monday-Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-4:30
Director: David Doyle, Executive Director
Contact: Yolanda Handy, Executive Assistant
Purpose: To provide in-depth, high-quality assistance to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and management improvement.
Eligibility: Start-up and existing businesses with sales of five million ($5,000,000) dollars or less and no more than 499 employees.
Fees: No fee.
Services:
  • Provide business counseling and advice by appointment for problem-solving in organizational, financial, marketing, technical and other areas of business. Some of the areas of assistance include business start-ups; business plans; accounting and records; personnel; inventory control; selling to governments; sales, marketing, and marketing research; financial analysis/control; and loan packaging.
  • Offer continuing education, workshops, seminars, and management training on subjects related to small business. Specific needs of small businesses as well as new developments in business environments are focus areas.
  • Assist small businesses in solving technical problems and technological transfer to foster growth, innovation, and increased productivity.
Publications:  
Additional Information:  

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Tennessee District Office

Name: United States Small Business Administration (SBA), Tennessee District Office
Address: 555 Beale Street
Memphis TN 38103
Telephone: 901 526-9300
Fax: 901 525-3201
Web Site: www.sba.gov
Days Open: Monday through Friday
Hours Open: 8:00-5:00
Director: Saundra A. Jackson
Contact: Saundra A. Jackson
Eligibility: Any person living in the state of Tennessee  that is seeking to open a business or management and technical assistance.
Fee: Clients are not charged a fee for services.  Occasionally, however, there may be fees associated with various courses, seminars, or workshops offered by the SBA.  In these cases, individuals will be notified.
Services: The SBA's programs and services can guide you through each stage of building a successful business.  Through partnerships, SBA services include:
  • Financial Assistance through Loan Guarantees
  • Management and Technical Assistance through counseling and training
  • Access to federal contracts through procurement programs
  • Surity Bond Guarantees
  • ...and much more
Publications: Various guides that assist individuals creating business plans.

 

University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

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University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services

Name: University of Tennessee
Center for Industrial Services
Address: 2670 Union Avenue Extended
Suite 1123
Memphis, TN 38112
Telephone: 901 323-9341
Fax: 901 323-9191
Email: harry.kitchens@tennessee.edu
Web site: cis.tennessee.edu
Days Open: Monday - Friday
Hours Open: 9:00-5:00
Director: David W. Hall, Director
Contact: Harry Kitchens, Field Consultant
Purpose: To help manufacturers solve managerial and technical problems.
Eligibility: Existing businesses or industries in the State of Tennessee.
Fee: Varies
Services: Industrial engineering - lean and cellular manufacturing - workforce development which includes supervisor, team, and communications training, etc. - ISO certification assistance - safety, environmental, and waste reduction audits - selling to the government - high performance manufacturing (theory of constraints) - environmental health and safety training and consulting.
Publications: Selling to the Federal & State Government
Solid & Hazardous Waste Audits
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