TSBDC moving – again

COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech is moving – again.

The office, which assists start-ups and existing businesses in the region, is relocating to Foundation Hall less than nine months after it moved to the Regions Bank building in downtown Cookeville. The offices were closed Wednesday for the move; TSBDC reopened to the public Friday.

“This move marks a new chapter for the Cookeville office, and we hope that our ability to make a difference will continue to grow in our new location,” said a TSBDC email. “For over 20 years, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center office at Tennessee Tech University has remained a beacon of light for entrepreneurial minds in the Upper Cumberland.”

The office was originally relocated in July to the third floor of the Regions Bank building, located at 10 W. Broad St., following a move from its longtime home within the College of Business. The location was marketed as more accessible to local entrepreneurs and businesses.

But the bank will soon house Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a technical, engineering, intelligence and IT sector provider, which, earlier this month, announced the opening of a new Cookeville facility. The university’s Foundation purchased the bank building in 2014 for $1.8 million.

The local TSBDC office serves Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Pickett, Putnam, Smith and White counties and provides small business start-up services like business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, social media guidance, and provides existing business assistance including business growth planning, government contracting guidance, international trade guidance and more.

Foundation Hall is located on the outer edge of Tech’s campus, near Collegeside Church of Christ.