Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development Course

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

Promoting entrepreneurship and small business development is a growing strategy for job creation and economic development in Tennessee communities. The Tennessee Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course is designed to help economic development practitioners, government leaders and others interested in economic development at state, regional and local levels understand the economic impact of small businesses on local and regional economies, identify needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and available resources to assist them, and develop effective networks and strategies to support entrepreneurship and small business development. 

The class is one of a series of economic development courses, provided by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), designed to share best practices and trends with Tennessee’s economic development practitioners, private industry leaders, community leaders, and elected officials.

Date and Location:

Tuesday and Wednesday March 13-14, 2018

Franklin, TN

Drury Plaza Hotel

Course Agenda:

2018 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Course Agenda.pdf

Course Fee:

$345 Early Registration (until March 5, 2018)

$395 Registration (after March 5, 2018)

The registration fee covers course materials, instruction, selected meals and refreshment breaks. It does not cover hotel and other travel expenses. 
Registration is limited to 35 participants and is filled on a first come-first served basis. 

Course Times:

  • On-site check-in: 9:15am
  • Course begins: March 13 10:00am - 5:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
  • Course concludes: March 14 8:00am - 12:00pm noon (Lunch will not be provided) 

How to Register:

Register Here

If you don't remember the email address you created your account with, please contact Carol Jones, 615-253-6371 Carol.Jones@tennesseee.edu

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Payment needs to reach our office two weeks prior to the class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class, but credit may be applied towards another UTCIS course.

Hotel Accommodations :

Drury Plaza Hotel                                                                                          

1874 W McEwen Dr, Franklin, TN 37067

Click here for Hotel Registration Link

This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 


A limited number of scholarships are available to course participants from Tennessee. Applications for scholarships can be downloaded here Scholarship Application.

Scholarships cover $270 of the $345 course tuition cost, and do not include hotel, travel or meals. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $75 of the tuition cost, which will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course. Applications must be received by TBA to be considered for a scholarship.

Dress Code:

The attire for the course is business casual.

Other TCED Economic Development Courses:

View other TCED economic development courses




Maureen (Mo) Collins is a speaker, trainer and partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project.  She served as the Small Business Development Center Director and Director of the Regional Business Center at the University of Northern Iowa and continues to serve as a Researcher in Residence.  In 2001, she launched an award winning service-technology incubator as part of an adaptive-reuse downtown revitalization project, followed by a second, campus-based incubator supporting technology transfer and commercialization.  Collins received the 2010 Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation Award and was twice awarded Iowa’s ASBDC State Star.

In 2006, Collins was tapped to serve as the Interim Director of Technology Transfer and later became UNI’s first director of Entrepreneurship Outreach.  She initiated multiple statewide outreach efforts in support of innovators, including a popular traveling entrepreneur conference called EntreFest. Throughout her tenure, Collins led a small team of UNI innovators, charged to create technology resources to serve communities and entrepreneurs at www.MyEntre.Net.  Today, the award-winning MyEntre.Net programs serve more than 2,000 Iowa entrepreneurs each year with grants, business intelligence, peer learning and business focused webinars-all online.  

In 2014, Collins became a founding partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. She is a North American conference speaker on topics associated with entrepreneurship and trains for IEDC, OUEDI and multiple basic ED courses. She is currently engaged in primary research associated with women entrepreneurs and is the author of the upcoming book WE: Women Entrepreneurs. 

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