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Get the Business Support
You Need at Every Stage

Launch. Grow. Scale.

When starting a business in Johnson City, Tennessee, there are plenty of people and organizations who are willing to help. Start here with valuable assistance whether you are a local business owner, someone just starting to figure out your business dream, or an experienced business that is ready to call Johnson City home.


The Johnson City Development Authority (JCDA)
Phone: 423.342.3540

Address: P.O. Box 2482 Johnson City, TN 37605

Physical Address: 300 E Main Street, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601

TN SmartStart 

A SmartStart™ Community uses a “no wrong door” approach for starting or growing businesses in their community. “No wrong door” means that those businesses get the right resources at the right time, no matter which “door” they try. A SmartStart™ Community increases collaboration within a community. Johnson City is a certified SmartStart community. The website is a great start to know what resources and services are available to you. The downloadable guide will get you started, too.

Shop Small by American Express

Support for Shop Small isn't only for Small Business Saturday. As a business owner, everyday is shop small day for you and your customers. As a neighborhood champion, it is our job to equip you with the resources to succeed. American Express' Shop Small Site hosts free business assets including decals, posters, tote bags, to-go box stickers, check trays- you name it, they've got it!​

Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)

The Johnson City TSBDC Office provides small business start-up services including, but not limited to: business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital, and social media guidance. In addition to start-up assistance, the TSBDC provides existing

business assistance including business growth planning, government contracting guidance and international trade guidance.

Phone: 423.439.8505

Address: 112 E Mountcastle Drive
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Northeast Tennessee Economic Development Corporation (NETEDC)

The NETEDC promotes economic development through loan programs to businesses. NETEDC has been making loans to businesses since 1991.  The program assists businesses through fixed asset and permanent working capital financing. They also administer the Downtown Redevelopment Loan Program.

Phone: 423.928.0224

Address: 3211 North Roan Street Johnson City, TN 37601

Johnson City Chamber of Commerce

The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce addresses issues impacting the small business community and creates an entrepreneurial atmosphere that fosters communication of ideas, networking and educational opportunities.

Phone: 423.461.8000

Address: 602 Sevier St Suite 101

Johnson City, Tennessee 

Founders Forge

Founders Forge is a network of entrepreneurs and supporting organizations whose mission is to connect entrepreneurs to the resources, mentors and events in the Tri-Cities in order to grow the startup community.

Phone: 423.220.4501

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