Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: January 20, 2009

For More Information: David Doyle, 901-333-5085/

Workshops Focus on Steps Businesses Can Take to Survive During the Economic Downturn

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) announced today it will be providing a training series across the state for small businesses entitled "Business Survival in Tough Economic Times."

"The free training event is designed to address a wide range of steps business owners can take to preserve cash and maintain business operations during the present national economic recession. It is critical for all businesses to fully explore all possible measures to off-set reductions in cash flow and bottom line," said Patrick Geho, State Executive Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

"Small business is critical to Tennessee's economic well-being," said Governor Phil Bredesen. "While recent research indicates Tennessee enjoys a comparative advantage over other southeastern states in respect to small business growth, we must continue to take steps to assist small businesses, especially in these tough economic times. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center's work is an important part of our efforts to provide our small businesses with tools to help them succeed."

"Southwest Tennessee Community College is committed to supporting the needs of local businesses," said Dr. Joanne Bassett, Provost/Executive Vice President at Southwest Tennessee Community College. "Our Tennessee Small Business Development Center has a strong track record for helping many small businesses become more successful. We encourage business owners to utilize this expertise, especially during these challenging economic times."

The goal of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center program is to assist business owners through business training and one-to-one business counseling. The program has been assisting existing and start-up businesses since 1985.

The TSBDC program is a partnership between the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Headquartered at Middle Tennessee State University, there are 15 TSBDC service centers located across the state in both rural and urban communities. In addition, business training and counseling is provided at multiple affiliate office locations such as chambers of commerce, banks and community centers, as well as on the internet. To determine which location is the most convenient and to register for the training sessions online, go to and click on TSBDC Locations. For more information on the training sessions for Memphis, contact David Doyle at (901) 333-5085.