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SmartStart™ Communities

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Become a SmartStart™ Community

SmartStart™ Communities partner with TNECD’s BERO office to support a thriving small business and entrepreneurial environment by providing education, tools and resources. The Community Partners in each community are the core of making their SmartStart™ Community tick.

A SmartStart™ Community uses a “no wrong door” approach for starting or growing businesses in their community. “No wrong door” means that those businesses get the right resources at the right time, no matter which “door” they try.

A SmartStart™ Community increases collaboration within a community. Greater collaboration helps the community deliver up-to-date resources and tools to its small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Community Partners provide resources to aspiring and existing small business and entrepreneurs. They are key to the success of a SmartStart™ Community!

Who is a Community Partner?

Any organization in the community that is willing to provide resources for their aspiring and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs. A Community Partner often has a “storefront,” but it is not necessary.

Here are some examples of Community Partners:

  • An elected official and staff
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Entrepreneurial Support Organizations
  • Electric providers
  • Small business leaders
  • Educational institutions
  • Artists, maker’s spaces, inventors
  • And more!

Any combination of Community Partners works because each community is different – there is no specific formula

Enrollment Deadline

We offer rolling onboarding for communities ready to become a SmartStart™ Community.

 There is no deadline. Training sessions are being coordinated now.


It easy to do! Be sure you have all the Community Partners’ contact information handy.

To sign-up as a SmartStart™ Community, complete the form below:

Questions? Please email us at

In this section, Community Partners can add and remove members, request additional resources like  SmartStart™ guides, stickers and decals, and make changes to the Tennessee SmartStart™ Guide entries for their community.

What do you want to do?

Make a change to your Community Partners

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West Tennessee

  • Brownsville
  • Collierville
  • Covington
  • Dyersburg
  • Halls
  •  Humboldt
  • Jackson
  • McKenzie
  • Paris
  • Savannah
  • Selmer
  • Somerville
  • Union City

Middle Tennessee

  • Centerville
  • Columbia
  • Cookeville
  • Fayetteville
  • Gallatin
  • Hohenwald
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Lebanon 
  • Lewisburg
  • Livingston
  • McMinnville
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Murfreesboro
  • Pulaski
  • Shelbyville
  • Tullahoma
  • Winchester

East Tennessee

  • Athens
  • Bristol
  • Cleveland
  • Elizabethton
  • Erwin
  • Greeneville
  • Johnson City
  • Kingsport
  • Morristown
  • Newport
  • Rogersville
  • Sweetwater