APSU’s Small Business Development Center offering free webinar courses, other help during COVID-19 pandemic
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The new coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on the Clarksville-Montgomery County business community, with many businesses changing the way they operate, from offering curbside options to cutting hours and workers. The recent passing of a $2 trillion federal stimulus package, which included assistance for businesses, has led to the Small Business Development Center at Austin Peay State University becoming the epicenter of education and business counseling for the Clarksville community.
“Educating corporations, sole proprietors and independent contractors on the different loan packages available due to COVID-19 continues to be the focus of the center as the health crisis continues to cripple business,” Lorneth Peters, director of the center, said.
The center has increased engagement with businesses in the community by more than 50 percent since the crisis began, and it has provided more than 200 businesses with support.
To continue providing value during the pandemic, the center will offer free webinar courses on the SBA loan process, marketing tools, Quickbooks, business taxes and other topics.
Contact Peters to set up a phone or zoom meeting. To stay updated, visit https://www.tsbdc.org/apsu/.
The center is located in the College of Business on the APSU campus. The center also supports surrounding counties such as Stewart, Dickson, Robertson, Humphreys and Robertson. Contact the center by calling 931-221-1370 or email Lpeters@tsbdc.org.
SBA disaster relief loans are an important tool that can help businesses in Tennessee. Small businesses can learn more about the programs at www.sba.gov/disaster or by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
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