Resources for Small Business and Entrepreneurial Activities

Business License Links

Knox County Business Licenses

(865) 215-2392
The Knox County Clerk issues county business licenses and collects business taxes.

City of Knoxville Business Licenses

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(865) 215-2083
The City of Knoxville Business License Office issues city business licenses and collects business taxes.

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Small Business and Entrepreneurial Assistance

Tennessee Small Business Development Center

(865) 246-2663
Business start-up, planning, taxes, market analysis, loan prep and other topics covered through workshops, online seminars and one-on-one consultations.

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SCORE ‘ Service Corps. Of Retired Executives

(865) 692-0716
Free and confidential entrepreneurial counseling and support for small business owners.

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Entrepreneurs of Knoxville

Membership organization that promotes entrepreneurship.

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Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

If you are an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, or professional in Knoxville interested in engaging in venturing, this is your program.

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Business Development

University of Tennessee’Center for Industrial Services

(888) 763-7439
This institute provides training and best practices workshops for area manufacturers to help improve productivity, government contracting, environmental and safety compliance, and research and development opportunities.

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Export Assistance Center

(865) 545-4637
The U.S. Department of Commerce offers assistance and services to businesses wanting to export their goods to foreign markets. ‘Additional information can be found at the homepage of the National Export Center located at

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Economic Development

Innovation Valley, Inc.

Innovation Valley, Inc. is a regional economic development initiative centered on a 25-mile Technology Corridor with world-class resources in science, technology and business. ‘The partnership was created to implement a five-year economic development blueprint for business growth in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area of East Tennessee. The blueprint outlines 13 targeted industry sectors that are based on an analysis of the region’s world-class resources.

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Knoxville Chamber

The Knoxville Chamber was founded to be a one-stop shop for businesses in the Knoxville area. The Partnership brings together organizations focused on providing advice, council and services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, large businesses, professionals and relocating or expanding companies.

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East Tennessee Economic Development Agency

ETEDA is a regional marketing and business recruitment organization that provides site location information and assistance. ETEDA helps facilitate the site selection process with its co-located partners, the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The three organizations work together as one business recruitment team, which provides a single point of contact for the 15-county Knoxville-Oak Ridge region.

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Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

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Greater Knoxville Foreign Trade Zone

The Greater Knoxville FTZ #148 was established in 1989 to support international trade and help expand our region’s economy. The Zone serves the Knoxville Port of Entry which includes Knox, Anderson and Blount counties and the 10 contiguous outlying counties integral to our regional economy. FTZ #148 currently consists of five general purpose zones and one special purpose sub-zone.

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Knoxville Land Inventory

Industrial Land Inventory and Comparative Study Report of Results prepared for the Knoxville Chamber and Development Corporation of Knox County.

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