Local Resources

8(a) Business Development

The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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American Association of Women Dentists

AAWD provides support and education to women dentists. We are constantly striving toward our mission of “becoming the recognized resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists.

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Business and Professional Women of Tennessee

The Business and Professional Women of Tennessee (BPW/TN) is a statewide organization promoting equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. A powerful network of working women seeking to advance career goals, earn higher salaries, build stronger businesses, and achieve pay equity and equal opportunities.

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Federal Government Designations – Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

The Women-Owned Small Business Program is administered by the Small Business Administration. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program authorizes contracting officers to set aside certain federal contracts for eligible Women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or Economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs).

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Frequently Asked Questions When Seeking Training and Business Assistance

The following list of resources to help you take advantage of the several free counseling and training programs that are available to assist you in starting and growing your business. From low cost business training and free mentoring, selling to government, finding access to capital and expanding your business internationally, these partners can help get

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Governor’s Office of Diversity Business

The Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise (Go-DBE) encourages Minority Owned, Woman Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned and Small Business Enterprise firms interested in the state of Tennessee procurement opportunities to register for certification with the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise. Learn more about the Governor’s Office of Diversity Business, click here.

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Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)

The HUBZone program provides contracting assistance to companies located in historically underutilized businesses zones as prescribed by the SBA. The primary purpose of the program is to encourage economic development and increase employment in these distressed urban and rural areas.

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Nashville CABLE

CABLE is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of diverse professionals committed to connecting women and opportunity. CABLE fosters relationships and learning that enable its members to grow their businesses, serve their communities, and develop their unique talents and strengths.

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