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Programs & Initiatives

TN Placemakers Entrepreneurship Fund

A pool of monetary resources dedicated to assisting rural and urban core communities across the state develop and train entrepreneurs by allowing them to obtain funds for three broad and diverse categories of entrepreneurial activities. The initial application period is from October 1 to December 31, 2018, and then rolling until funds are fully subscribed.

*Important note for LiftTN grantees: Complete reports at LiftTN Reports

SmartStart™ Communities

Become a SmartStart™ Community now!

A SmartStart™ Community partners with TNECD’s Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) to support a thriving small business and entrepreneurial environment by providing education, tools and resources.

  • Business innovation is growing rapidly across our state. Catch one of the TN Driving Innovation mobile platforms to learn more…
  • Rural Opportunity Fund provides loans and lines for credit ranging from $5,000 to $5 million for Tennessee’s rural businesses