Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: May 5, 2010

For more information contact, Pat O'Brien, (901) 333-4021

TSBDC at Southwest Now Offering Free Online Business Training to Child Care Centers

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College has been tasked by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) to provide free business training workshops to TDHS-licensed child care facilities throughout the state.

An online counseling and training center to serve all of Tennessee was developed at the request of TDHS and is now being implemented throughout the state. The new training center is available to both start-up and existing businesses and is accessible at the TSBDC Web site, Currently, 20 online courses cover topics in accounting, marketing, human resources and business planning, specifically for child care facilities. A few of the courses are available in Spanish, and all will be in the near future.

TSBDC offers a wide array of additional comprehensive small business services child care facility owners will find very valuable in the start-up, expansion, improvement and continued operation of child care facilities:

Those interested may register at the TSBDC Web site to have their business name and e-mail address added to the TSBDC database; receive a monthly newsletter with information relevant to child care and other businesses and industries, including workshop schedules; or arrange an appointment for counseling services.

TSBDC offices are located at the Renaissance Business Center, 555 Beale Street, and at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 737 Union Ave., Parrish Bldg 134. Those requiring additional information should contact Yolanda Handy at (901) 333-5085.