Entrepreneur Tool Kit

Most for-profit businesses operating in Cheatham County are required to obtain a business license from the County Clerk's office.  The cost is $15.00.  Transient businesses, or those without a fixed location, that operate in Cheatham County are required to purchase a transient vendor license, which covers the business for up to 14 days of continuous operation and costs $57.00.  Businesses may renew transient licenses.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center:

http://www.ec.co


Mid-Cumberland Area Development Corporation--manages loan funds:

  • Revolving Loan Fund--makes loans up to $200,000 for new and existing businesses for land and building acquisition, building expansion, building construction or renovation, or machinery and equipment.  Bank participation is required.
  • Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)--makes loans up to $250,000 to start-up and existing businesses for land and building acquisition, working capital, building construction or renovation, and machinery and equipment.  Private lender participation is required with one private dollar invested per one dollar of IRP funds.  The program is provided by USDA Rural Development.
  • SBA 504 Loan Program--makes loans up to $5 million for businesses whose net worth does not exceed $15 million and average profit after tax for the last two years does not exceed $5 million.  Loans may be made for land and building acquisition, building expansion, building construction or renovation, and machinery and equipment.  A private lender must fund 50% of the total project cost.  The program is provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Census Statistics for Cheatham County:

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47/47021.html



Tennessee Small Business Development Center:

http://www.tsbdc.org/


SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Nashville--SCORE offers affordable workshops and free one-on-one mentoring for those who want to start a business or learn how to make their current business more effective


Small Business Administration:

https://www.sba.gov/


Farmers Markets--The Town of Kingston Springs and the Town of Ashland City have active farmers markets, both of which allow locally handcrafted items from artisans in addition to traditional farmers market fare.  

All vendors selling processed food items (baked goods, jams or jellies, pickles or other canned items, eggs if over 3,000 birds, and meat products) must obtain a license from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture prior to offering these items for sale to the public.  Please be sure to read the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's State Compliance Guide for Farmers Markets.

Traffic Counts from the State of Tennessee--Here you can review traffic counts over time in several areas throughout Cheatham County

Entrepreneur Magazine:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/