As the backbone of our state's economy, small businesses make up a majority of all companies in Tennessee. Some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies were started right here in the Volunteer State. Like each of these established businesses, success began with a small business owner who dared to dream big and didn't shy away from hard work.
The challenges that entrepreneurs face are often intimidating. Adequate support and resources are crucial to navigating the early stages of any new venture. Whether you’re just starting out or you just completed your business plan, this website will guide you through the step-by-step process of establishing a business in Tennessee.
We hope you will find this guide helpful and informative. After all, our future success relies on the expansion of small businesses. With one of the country's best business climates, there's no better place to grow a business than Tennessee.
This information is a general guideline for registering your business. Aspects of your business may require additional steps, registrations or licenses; and you may need to consult an attorney, CPA or business counselor. If you have questions or need additional information about starting a business in Tennessee, please contact the Small Business Advocate in the Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury at firstname.lastname@example.org. This page is administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.