Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 20, 2006

For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023

TSBDC at Southwest and Seedco Offer Free Workshop To Help Area Businesses Grow
Written by Brenda J. Rayner

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Seedco, a community and economic development non-profit, are offering a FREE workshop on November 16, 2006, to aid the growth of existing small and medium size businesses in communities throughout Shelby County.

The workshop will focus on preparing cash flow projections and analyses that are needed for financing applications. A panel of community financing representatives from Seedco Financial Services (SFS), Southeast Community Capital (SCC), the Center City Commission (CCC), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Memphis Area Association of Government (MAAG) will be available to discuss available options for financing the needs of existing businesses. Edwin Hong, Senior Financial Services Officer for Seedco, will facilitate the workshop and will also be on hand to share his expertise with business owners.

Seedco is one of the nation’s leading community development operating intermediaries, and undertakes a range of lending programs for community organizations and small businesses. Seedco opened its Memphis office in 2004 to create economic opportunities and provide assistance to communities throughout the state of Tennessee.

“This is an opportunity for business owners to gain essential information on business expansion,” said Laura Seidell, Seedco Vice President. “We will provide valuable insight about obtaining financing including direct access to community organizations that can provide alternative financing that many businesses may not realize is available.”

The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Business Center located at 555 Beale Street on November 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Parking is free and breakfast will be provided.

Space is limited. Register by November 15 by calling Yolanda Handy at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (901) 333.5085.

For more information about Seedco or the workshop, please contact Meredith Hennessy, Seedco Program Manager for the Mid-South, at (901) 528-1204 or via internet at