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Governor Haslam Announces Startup Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam and his economic development team unveiled a plan to grow jobs by helping home-grown businesses.

Startup Tennessee is a new approach to helping entrepreneurs and businesses already in the state.

Startup Tennessee will provide folks with the mentoring, training, and resources they need to turn their great idea into a thriving business.

"We all know there's no magic bullet for companies to predict which companies will succeed and which will fail. But our hope is that Startup Tennessee gives entrepreneurs with a great idea and a burning desire to build a company their best chance for success," governor Haslam said.

The creation of Startup Tennessee comes after the White House launched the Startup America Partnership, which is the President's call to promote high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

Governor Haslam said if the data shows that new jobs are coming from entrepreneurs and budding businesses, and that's where he plans to focus.

"And while we have no intention at all of giving up on going to the ends of the earth to recruit business to come to Tennessee. We decided to make a real priority and focus on companies already doing business here and people already doing business here," added Governor Haslam.

Part of the effort includes dividing the state into nine regions to offer economic support tailored for the area through regional business accelerators

Both Startup Tennessee and these regional business accelerators are part of the Governor's INCITE Initiative, a key component of the Governor's Jobs4TN plan.

The governor's team is looking for feedback:

Governor & ECD's Questionnaire about regional business accelerators

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