Most businesses don’t just need money. They need founders who understand financials. They need clean legal formation and to be in compliance with applicable laws.

AssistTN is designed to connect small business owners and entrepreneur's with the resources they need to be ready to receive a loan or investment.


Access the legal, accounting, or financial advisory services your business needs for the loan or investment you are seeking. The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) also offer a variety of training resources covering many business topics.

How to participate

To learn more, connect with the TSBDC, or to get started now, complete the AssistTN interest form.

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Tri-Star Angels Program

The Tri-Star Angels Program (TAP) provides education and training on angel capital for startups and potential investors. TAP participants will learn about investment in startup companies locally and regionally, expanding capital through angel investing, mentoring startup founders, strengthening deal flow, and learning from other angel investors. The program will begin with regional kickoff meetings and transition to virtual training in a cohort model for the duration of the program.

TAP seeks to strengthen Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by partnering with Regional Entrepreneur Centers, cowork spaces, other ESOs, and the Angel Capital Association to align the needs of angels, entrepreneurs, and the startup community.

How to Participate in TAP

Individuals must apply for and be accepted into the Tri-Star Angels Program.

The applications will open August 1 and close August 31. The first cohort will begin in September and finish before Thanksgiving. The trainings will be a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. More details to come!

Coming August 1

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an angel investor?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provides a broad variety of information on investing types and risks for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Learn more on the SEC’s website. Angel investors are individuals who invest money in business startups in exchange for equity ownership of a business. An angel investor provides initial seed money for businesses usually in exchange for equity ownership in a company.

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) provides expertise on how angels think and invest. Learn more on ACA’s website

Who is eligible for the Tri-Star Angels Program (TAP)?

To be considered for TAP, applicants must:

  • Reside in Tennessee
  • Apply for acceptance into the training cohort
  • Identify as a current or future small business owner, entrepreneur, or investor (this includes SEDI/VSB business)
  • Commit to completing the six required Angel Capital Association basic courses
  • Participants who receive the basic angel investing certification may be deemed eligible to participate in four additional advanced angel investing courses

What courses will be offered?

Basics of Angel Investing

  • Fundamentals of Angel Investing
  • Risks in Angel Investing
  • Angel Returns & Portfolio Strategy
  • Term Sheets
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuation

Advanced Angel Investing

  • Advanced Cap Tables
  • Angel Exits
  • Startup Board Basics
  • Startup Boards in Action

What are the advantages of completing TAP?

A participant will contribute to job growth in your community and beyond by investing in startup companies locally and regionally, learn about angel investing as an asset class, expand individual capital through angel investing, mentor startup founders, strengthen deal flow, engage with, and learn from, other angel investors and processes.

Find out if you qualify