Many people and organizations stand ready to help both entrepreneurs and social cause organizations with their businesses.
Here are some that are committed to enabling our entrepreneurs:
- ETRAC (East Tennessee Regional Accelerator) – a regional start-up accelerator designed to help get a company from idea to prototype/investor-ready pitch in 90 days
- Tennessee Small Business Development Center - state organization to help get new businesses started
- Tech 20/20 - mentoring organization for technology-based businesses
- Entrepreneurs’ Organization - networking group consisting of serial entrepreneurs with a minimum level of sales volume
- Entrepreneurs of Knoxville - entrepreneurial networking group in Knoxville open to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs
- SCORE - volunteer organization of retired executives that educates entrepreneurs and helps new businesses get started
- UT Center for Industrial Services - provides training in areas including human performance, manufacturing, selling to the government, and health and safety
- U. S. Small Business Administration - government organization with resources to help people start businesses
The Anderson Center also has a program to help build the capabilities of social cause organizations: Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness.