In 2004, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and City of Kingsport jointly formed the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development organization, to specifically nurture, counsel and encourage the continued robust growth and development of startups and existing small businesses in Kingsport, Tennessee.

On February 15, 2011 your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce announced the new partnership between KOSBE and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) becoming the TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate OfficeThrough its affiliation with TSBDC at ETSU, the Kingsport Affiliate Office now covers a wider service area, including Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins and Sullivan counties.  We're proud to call these industry leaders our partners:


Appalachian Power Economic and Business Development  

The City of Kingsport


Holston Business Development Center

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Development Centers - Tennessee (SBDC)*

U.S. Small Business Adminstration (SBA)

Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB)

Kingsport Office of Foreign and Investment Trade (KOFIT)


*The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the State of Tennessee.

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