Ready to start your business? Find funding, mentorship and help in navigating the early days of your new venture.
Meet Tennessee SmartStart. Access to support and resources is crucial to early business success. This online tool will help you visualize your business model and connect with resources across the state.
Ready. Set. Go!
This website will guide you through establishing your business. With one of the country’s best business climates, there’s no better place to start or grow a business than in Tennessee—and no better time than now. These steps include:
Create an Account
To begin, create your login. Enter your information to set up an account, which will provide you with a personalized business canvas. You will be able to access your canvas at any time, so keep track of your login information for future reference.
Tell Us About Your Business
Answer questions about your business name, legal structure and more. Once you complete this section, based on your answers, you will have the information and resources you need to establish (or register) your business in Tennessee.
Complete your Business Model Canvas
The Tennessee SmartStart tool asks clear questions to move you through the step-by-step of why and how your business will work. Your personalized canvas helps you visualize your business, from your ideal customer to your message and your costs.
Our tool can connect your answers to available resources across the state. Use it to find a mentor, search for local help or connect with like-minded individuals as you start your journey.
The Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) is housed within the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). BERO serves as a voice for and advocate of economic inclusion for disadvantaged businesses (DBE); analyzes, disseminates and promotes best practices and access to capital to service providers; and reports on the status of DBEs statewide.