Business Resources

When starting a business in Johnson City, there are plenty of people and organizations who are willing to help. This is a list of some resources that provide valuable assistance to local business owners. Click on the organization's name to visit their website.

The Johnson City Development Authority (JCDA)

The JCDA provides support for entrepreneurs through the CO.STARTERS initiative.

These classes walk small-business owners through the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups, in a simple and intuitive way.  The JCDA also

provides business mentoring through their Downtown Strong program.
Phone: 423.342.3540

Address: 207 N. Boone Street, Suite 23 Johnson City, TN 37604

Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership (NeTREP)

NeTREP is a public-private partnership that aims to consistently advance

economic development in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties. Creating opportunities for businesses to thrive, jobs to be created and investment to flourish. They have extensive experience in all areas of economic development and are extremely knowledgeable and qualified to assist with your specific needs.

Phone: 423.202.3510

Address: 300 East Main Street Suite 406 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. 

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: 2109 West Market Street Johnson City, Tennessee, 37604

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: 603 East Market Street Johnson City, TN 37601


AccelNow provides resources to entrepreneurs to help them start up successful businesses and create jobs and wealth in the Northeast Tennessee region. They help people connect to a system that provides them with assessments, training, tools, mentors, advisers and improved access to capital.

Phone: 423.392.8837

Address: 400 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN 37660

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