U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Basics

Effective March 20, 2020 Tennessee is a declared state for Coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster assistance. If your business has been impacted, you can now apply at no cost for a disaster assistance loan. What does this mean for small business owners across Tennessee? It means you can apply to the SBA for an Economic Injury Disaster

READ MORE
Product photo: flavored olive oil dispensers

Client Profile: Nashville Olive Oil Co

When Michelle and Jeff Quimby first married, they couldn’t put a meal together and began frequenting a small gourmet food shop in town. The Quimbys credit the shop’s owners with helping them discover a love for learning to cook with high-quality products. As their confidence grew, they became avid users of infused and flavored olive

READ MORE

Client Profile: Power of Clean Energy

In the few short years since launching, Power of Clean Energy (PCE) has built a thriving business as a trusted energy efficiency consultant helping nonprofits, schools and churches across the Southeast save money with brighter, safer campuses, facilities, classrooms and worship halls. The Nashville firm has set itself apart in the fast-growing market with its

READ MORE

3 Fears Every Entrepreneur Must Overcome

Owners of Bradley’s and Knoxville Chocolate Company, Brad and Joy Hamlett, found themselves in a scary situation after purchasing a 100-year-old candy factory: Sales were flat but expenses doubled. “I just remember times when we felt like how are we going to make it? Something has to give,” said Joy. While the candy business might

READ MORE

Understanding Your Competitive Advantage

As an entrepreneur your competitive advantage must be front and center in your mind. It sets you apart and is essential to your business success. To understand and define your competitive advantage you need to know three things: your business, your customers and your competition. Through an in depth knowledge of your products and services,

READ MORE

The Dangers of Falling In Love With Your Business Concept Too Soon

The first step in the process of planning your business is asking yourself if your business idea is a good one. Your business idea must be one of two things: something people already want but can’t get or something you can convince them they want. Many new entrepreneurs fall in love with a concept before

READ MORE

Client Profile: D&C Freight

Neal Clack’s retirement was in full swing when his son, Joe Dischner, pitched him a business idea – launching a freight trucking business. The idea made sense. Trucking ran in the family after all, and Neal hauled explosives for a time on one of his early assignments in the Marines. “I may be stating the

READ MORE