Entrepreneurial Development


The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center was created because of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s INCITE initiative, which is designed to focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology, and entrepreneurship in Tennessee.  Through this effort, nine regional accelerators have been established throughout Tennessee to support local entrepreneurs to create economic prosperity for all Tennesseans.

NTEC serves the nine county area of Northwest Tennessee, including Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley. NTEC is a public-private organization that provides mentoring, education, training, strategic and technical support, and assistance identifying sources of capital for entrepreneurs.

Northwest TN Entrepreneur Center
206 White Street P.O. Box 963
Martin, TN 38237

Phone: 731.587.4213
Toll Free: 800.750.6866

As the backbone of our state’s economy, small businesses make up a majority of all companies in Tennessee. Some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies were started right here in the Volunteer State. Like each of these established businesses, success began with a small business owner who dared to dream big and didn’t shy away from hard work.

The challenges that entrepreneurs face are often intimidating. Adequate support and resources are crucial to navigating the early stages of any new venture. Whether you’re just starting out or you just completed your business plan, this website will guide you through the step-by-step process of establishing a business in Tennessee.

We hope you will find this guide helpful and informative. After all, our future success relies on the expansion of small businesses. With one of the country’s best business climates, there’s no better place to grow a business than Tennessee.