TN Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development Course

Promoting entrepreneurship and small business development is a growing strategy for job creation and economic development in Tennessee communities. The one-and-a-half day Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course will explore the economic impact of small businesses on local and regional economies; needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and available resources to assist them; effective networks and strategies to support entrepreneurship and small business development.

This course is one of a series of economic development courses, provided by UT Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS), designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders and elected officials.​

Date and Location:

August 21-22, 2024 

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown | Two Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 (See hotel accommodations below for hotel booking link)

Course Agenda:

Coming soon!

Course Fee:

Registration: $445 | Early Registration $395 (by: July 30, 2024)

The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Please remit payment for the course no later than 10-days prior to the course start date.  If payment is not received, you risk having your registration cancelled to make room for those on the waitlist.

Course Times:

Onsite check-in: 9:30 AM
Day 1: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM 
Day 2: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meals provided: Day 1 - Lunch; Day 2 - Breakfast


If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact Carol Jones at 615-253-6371 or  You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Cancellations made 7 days or more prior to the course start date will be eligible for a full refund or credit.  Cancellations made less than 7 days will be eligible for credit only for a future course.  

Hotel Accommodations:

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown - A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $117.  Make your reservations by July 19, 2024 to receive the group rate.  Click here to reserve your room. Book early as the block may fill up! 

This link and rate code is only available for class attendees.  If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation.  


A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Scholarships cover $295 of the $395 early registration fee, and do not include hotel, travel or meals. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $100 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by: July 10 to be considered.

If applying for a scholarship, please register for the class to save a seat and choose the "Invoice" option. If a scholarship is not received, the participant may decide to keep the seat or withdraw at the time of notification with no penalty. Scholarships are non-transferable.

Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

Other TCED Economic Development Courses:


Mo Collins    

Mo Collins


Mo Collins is a nationally recognized advisor, researcher, author and training consultant contributing to entrepreneurship economic development, workforce and women's economic health from more than 20 years.

She has trained for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) for more than a decade, serving several hundred economic development professionals annually with research, emerging best practices and CeCD preparatory instruction around entrepreneurship and tech-led economic development.