Programs & Initiatives

TN Placemakers Entrepreneurship Fund

Resources dedicated to assisting communities across the state, from rural to urban, develop and train small businesses and entrepreneurs by making funds available for broad and diverse categories of entrepreneurial activities.

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

SmartStart™ Communities

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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.

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI 2.0)

SSBCI 2.0 — funding for (1) small business financing, and (2) technical assistance to help small businesses become capital ready

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  • Rural Opportunity Fund provides loans and lines for credit ranging from $5,000 to $5 million for Tennessee’s rural businesses