The Knoxville Chamber works with business and community leaders, as well as nonprofit and government partners, to create a healthy ecosystem for entrepreneurial growth in the region. Path to Prosperity focuses on convening community resources to overcome challenges within that ecosystem, charging the Entrepreneurship / Small Business Council with developing an access to capital strategy.
Entrepreneurship / Small Business
Driving Economic Growth
Access to Capital
As a Path to Prosperity priority, the Knoxville Chamber aims to develop a regional access-to-capital strategy that increases the availability of usable capital across the spectrum of needs. Research shows that lack of access to capital has a greater negative impact on Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses. A holistic, collaborative strategy can have a positive influence on the economic mobility of those communities while building a more resilient, regional economy.
To that end, the Knoxville Chamber is actively engaged with 100Knoxville, an initiative aimed at growing local, black-owned businesses by $10 million in five years.
Access Area Resources
The Office of Business Support helps the business community navigate city regulations, policies and departments, making it easier to do business in Knoxville. The office interacts with business owners on a variety of issues and helps the City to be more responsive to their needs.Learn More
This business guide, provided by the City of Knoxville, is intended to provide general information and an overview of the range of processes you may have to go through in establishing or expanding your business.Learn More
The Innov865 Alliance develops, supports, and promotes the Knoxville region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and increase access to capital.Learn More
KnoxDevs fosters a healthy software developer community in Knoxville, Tennessee. The organization is committed to providing an outstanding experience and increasing learning opportunities for all members.Learn More
Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership, guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Their mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.Learn More
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Association, the organization provides mentors, on-demand webinars, online resources and local events.Learn More
Startup Knox is the force for collaboration in support of startups with the goal of growing a significant and sustainable startup economy in Knoxville and the surrounding region; establishing the Knoxville region as a premier hub for innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship and startups; and energizing an active network of BigCos, institutions, investors/funders, entrepreneurs and startups.Learn More
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s mission is to be the premier provider of quality solutions to potential and existing small businesses’ needs through consultation, education, referral and support services.Learn More
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development offers a range of resources for the successful growth and expansion of small businesses, microenterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs.Learn More
The University of Tennessee (UT) Research Foundation promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property, encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond.Learn More
Knoxville Chamber Small Business efforts are funded in part by:
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