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The Knoxville Chamber recognizes entrepreneurship as a primary component of driving regional economic prosperity. Entrepreneurs seeking to launch in the Knoxville area are encouraged to use the resources below to grow and expand in our community.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC)

KEC helps entrepreneurs in Knoxville start and grow successful businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for advice, guidance or assistance on how to move forward, this is the place for you. KEC’s mission is to build a community where entrepreneurs have access to the capital, customers, and talent they need to be successful.


Startup Knox

Startup Knox is the force for collaboration in support of startups with the goal of growing a significant and sustainable startup economy in Knoxville and the surrounding region.

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Innov865 Alliance

The Innov865 Alliance is a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses.

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Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee’s mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Kauffman Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Entrepreneurs works with entrepreneurs, empowers them with tools and resources, and works to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.

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Additional Resources

The Office of Business Support helps the business community navigate city regulations, policies and departments, making it easier to do business in Knoxville. The office interacts with business owners on a variety of issues and helps the City to be more responsive to their needs.

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The Knox County Business License page allows you to apply for a new business license, search new business listings, and file a business tax return.

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Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran and milspouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business.

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Driving Economic Growth

Access to Capital

As a Path to Prosperity priority, the Knoxville Chamber aims to develop a regional access-to-capital strategy that increases the availability of usable capital across the spectrum of needs.

Knoxville Chamber Small Business efforts are funded in part by:

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