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Business Development ‘TennesSeed Camp’ free for entrepreneurs

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

The Franklin County Business Development Center is partnering with Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers to offer a free one-day “TennesSeed Camp” at the Franklin County Business Development Center on Thursday.

The camp is designed to provide potential entrepreneurs with a foundation on how to transform and idea into an “investable story” and to assist start-up companies in finding seed funding and resources necessary for success.

seedFranklin County Mayor Richard Stewart and the Industrial Development Board are excited to bring this event to Franklin County and hope to host others like it in the future.

Stewart said that the TennesSeed Camp program can help entrepreneurs and business owners take opportunity to the next level.

“The goal is to create jobs and economic growth at the community level by connecting our promising startups to the resources they need,” Stewart said.

Entrepreneurs, companies looking to grow, and individuals who have an idea for a new business are encouraged to attend the free event.

To apply to participate in this free one-day event, visit , call 455-0155 or email

Regional accelerators like SMTEC are a key component of LaunchTN, a five-year strategic plan designed to coordinate statewide entrepreneurial efforts, expand access to capital and private investment, enhance the state’s commercialization efforts, and host world-class events that bring together entrepreneurs, mentors, researchers and investors from across the country.

SMTEC is one of Tennessee’s nine regional accelerators established to assist entrepreneurs through mentoring; education and training; strategic and technical support; and assistance identifying sources of capital.

SMTEC serves Perry, Wayne, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, and Franklin counties.

Partners include Columbia State Community College, Martin Methodist, Maury County Alliance, Motlow State Community College, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Fayetteville-Lincoln County IDB, Pulaski-Giles County EDC, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Wayne County ECD, NEST-TN, LLC, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Solidus Company, Tullahoma Business Incubator, Workforce Solutions and South Central Tennessee Development District.

Franklin County Industrial Development Board, a non-profit corporation, promotes the industrial and economic development for Franklin County and surrounding areas, thereby increasing job opportunities and improving the standard of living for the citizens of Franklin County.

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