Minority Owned Business 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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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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Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council

The TMSDC works to build business partnerships between minority businesses (suppliers) and major corporations (purchasers). We are affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) which has a network of more than 15,000 certified minority businesses, 3,500 major corporations, and 37 regional councils nationwide.

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Tennessee Resource Map

Tennessee is home to a number of business advisers and resource providers for existing and new businesses. Pathway Lending has created the following interactive map of our statewide partners to help users find local and regional business resources and advisers.

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