Running A business: Lesson 8

Preparing for Your Business Expansion

Kayla Miller, with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, will be talking about how to grow your small business using resources from the TSBDC.


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Video Lesson Topics

- One on One Consultation and Guidance

One of the best ways to prepare your small business for growth will be to meet with a SBDC Consultant. The consultants can use the tools discussed in this video at no cost to you.

- Reference USA - Data Axle

Reference USA – Data Axle allows business consultants to access thousands, if not millions of data points such as demographics, businesses, and consumer information in your area. This tool can also pull competitor information that can assist in a competitor analysis. If you are interested in growing into new or different markets, this tool can also run a customer demographics analysis in order to learn more about what the customers in your area want and commonly purchase. 


SBDCNet is a research tool that can not only help small businesses starting out but also those existing businesses that are looking to grow. When using this tool to grow, your business can view five different reports using your NAICS code and location. The five reports include industry overview in trends, GIS Report with a ring study analysis, financial ratios and benchmarks, market statistics, and finally competitor lists. 

- ProfitCents

ProfitCents is a tool that can create financial projections of up to 5 years using your current financials, financial ratios and benchmarks. These projections will give your business insight into what the financials, cash flow, income statement, and balance sheet might look like. 

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information


Leadership vs Management


Succession Planning


Work-Life Balance


Business Growth


Time Management


Decision Making


Strategic Planning


Preparing for Your Business Expansion


Delivering Your Product/Service to Your Client


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