Smart Start™

Start Your Business "Smart!"

As a Smart Start™ Community, we support a thriving small business and entrepreneurial environment by providing new and existing businesses with education, tools and resources. Within our community, Community Partners help small business owners and entrepreneurs easily connect with tools and resources to grow their business downtown.

Using the Smart Start™ Guide

Whether you are just starting or still growing, use this guide to grow your business in Downtown Franklin. Follow the guide for tools and resources available to you from within our community. The resources available through this guide are either invested DFA members, or provided by one of our Community Partners (including but not limited to Williamson Inc., Visit Franklin, and the City of Franklin), or provided through our accreditation with Main Street America®, or directly through our Smart Start™ status.

DFA Smart Start™ Guide

TN Start-Up Checklist

CHECKLIST:

An interactive guide for starting a business, including how register, referrals to entrepreneur support organizations for assistance locally, and a dynamic business model canvas, all of which are tailored to the user’s responses HERE>

TN RESOURCES:

  • Static, PDF/hardcopy resources: (1) TN SmartStartTM Guide, a guide for new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs, (2) a visual flowchart “How to Start a Business,” and (3) a blank Business Model Canvas HERE>
  • Procurement, certification, policy information and resources for small and DBE business owners HERE>
  • Access to current data for businesses that have employees or have no employees as well as data based on business ownership by race, ethnicity, gender and veteran status HERE>
  • Resources to help businesses and communities deliver better, with topics from advocacy to data collection, art to agriculture to tech HERE>
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Rural Opportunity Fund, TN Driving Innovation mobile platforms – the Lab, the Venture and the AMP HERE>

FUNDING:

  • Access Launch Tennessee Resources HERE>
  • Funding opportunities for rural and urban core small business and entrepreneurship development HERE>

MENTORSHIP:

Access the nearest SCORE chapter HERE>

NETWORK:

  • Join the Downtown Franklin Associaton HERE>
  • Join the Williamson Inc. (Chamber of Commerce) HERE>

VETERANS:

Access specialized veteran start-up resources HERE>

OFFICE SPACE:

Consider officing at the Franklin Innovation Center HERE>

City of Franklin

City of Franklin Smart Start™ Resource

 

Beer Permits

  • To apply for a Beer Permit, please contact Revenue Management at 615-791-3217.

 Business Licenses

  • To apply for a Beer Permit, please visit franklintn.gov, select “I Want To” tab, then select Apply for “Business License.”

Building and Site Alterations

Building Uses & Zoning Information

Floodplain Information

Historic Districts/Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) Information

  • Many exterior building and site alterations, within the Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO), including signage, require issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to building permitting and/or work commencing. Visit franklintn.gov/historicpreservation for more information, including the Historic District Design Guidelines, and contact Amanda Rose at 615-550-6737 or amanda.rose@franklintn.gov to determine if your property is within the HPO and to discuss any projects that may require a COA.

Mobile Food Vendors

Sidewalk Use Permitting

Signage

  • Historic Districts/Historic Preservation Overlay—
    • New or modified existing signage within the Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) requires issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to building permitting and/or work commencing. Visit franklintn.gov/historicpreservation for more information, including the Historic District Design Guidelines, and contact Amanda Rose at 615-550-6737 or amanda.rose@franklintn.gov to determine if your property is within the HPO and to discuss any sign projects that may require a COA.

Utility Services

 

 

Real Estate Resources

These are local realtors, office space, engineering professionals, architects, and mortgage services from among our invested members of the Downtown Franklin Association...

Bradford Real Estate Franklin

Daniel-Christian Real Estate

Franklin Innovation Center

Genesis Engineering Group, LLC

Luxury Homes of TN

Magli Realty

Parks Realty

Security National Mortgage

Towne Creek Realty

Village Real Estate Services

Other Resources...

Loop.net

Join the Network Looking for Space Downtown HERE>

CPA & HR Services

These tax professionals downtown are local and can help with entity formation, tax accounts, bookkeeping, payroll, tax filings, and strategic advisory...

Moyer and Company 

Legal Services

These legal services are local to downtown and invested members of our community...

Cheatham, Palermo, and Garrett Law

Hartzog & Silva, PLC

Insurance Coverage

These insurance providers can help meet your needs downtown...

Ed Underwood State Farm

McKinney-Green Insurance

Financial Services

These financial service providers are local to downtown and invested in our community and can help with accounts and lending...

First Bank

First Horizon

F&M Bank

Fourth Capital

Renasant Bank

Simmons Bank

Tower Community Bank

Investment Planning

These financial and investment strategists are invested members of our association...

Abound Wealth

Carmichael Creel Investments

Mercer Advisors 

Wellspring Financial Solutions of Raymond James

Growth Tools

The following businesses can help you build your brand and grow your business downtown and are invested members of DFA...

BrandMETTLE, LLC

Current Marketing Solutions

MP Consulting

Sheridan PR

Signs First of Franklin

Southern Exposure Magazine

The Tennessean

Thnks

Visit Franklin

Williamson Herald

Williamson Inc.

Your Williamson

TN Tourism Resources

Tennessee is excited to be rolling out the Tourism Business Marketing Toolkit educational portal for ALL businesses in Tennessee!

Businesses will have free access to the portal using the promo code provided below. Inside the Marketing Toolkit, find content covering a variety of topics, from optimizing presence in Google My Business (GMB), TripAdvisor, and Yelp to best practices for copywriting and content marketing.

How to access the portal:

Go to  https://tennessee.tourismbusinessmarketing.com/
1.           Log in using your Google account
2.           Enter the promo code TENNESSEE
3.           Find best practices, tips and more for marketing your business online

Here’s the link to the resource on our industry site too!
https://industry.tnvacation.com/rural-tourism-educational-resources

TN Start-Up Checklist

CHECKLIST:

An interactive guide for starting a business, including how register, referrals to entrepreneur support organizations for assistance locally, and a dynamic business model canvas, all of which are tailored to the user’s responses HERE>

TN RESOURCES:

  • Static, PDF/hardcopy resources: (1) TN SmartStartTM Guide, a guide for new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs, (2) a visual flowchart “How to Start a Business,” and (3) a blank Business Model Canvas HERE>
  • Procurement, certification, policy information and resources for small and DBE business owners HERE>
  • Access to current data for businesses that have employees or have no employees as well as data based on business ownership by race, ethnicity, gender and veteran status HERE>
  • Resources to help businesses and communities deliver better, with topics from advocacy to data collection, art to agriculture to tech HERE>
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Rural Opportunity Fund, TN Driving Innovation mobile platforms – the Lab, the Venture and the AMP HERE>

FUNDING:

  • Access Launch Tennessee Resources HERE>
  • Funding opportunities for rural and urban core small business and entrepreneurship development HERE>

MENTORSHIP:

Access the nearest SCORE chapter HERE>

NETWORK:

  • Join the Downtown Franklin Associaton HERE>
  • Join the Williamson Inc. (Chamber of Commerce) HERE>

VETERANS:

Access specialized veteran start-up resources HERE>

OFFICE SPACE:

Consider officing at the Franklin Innovation Center HERE>

City of Franklin

City of Franklin Smart Start™ Resource

 

Beer Permits

  • To apply for a Beer Permit, please contact Revenue Management at 615-791-3217.

 Business Licenses

  • To apply for a Beer Permit, please visit franklintn.gov, select “I Want To” tab, then select Apply for “Business License.”

Building and Site Alterations

Building Uses & Zoning Information

Floodplain Information

Historic Districts/Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) Information

  • Many exterior building and site alterations, within the Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO), including signage, require issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to building permitting and/or work commencing. Visit franklintn.gov/historicpreservation for more information, including the Historic District Design Guidelines, and contact Amanda Rose at 615-550-6737 or amanda.rose@franklintn.gov to determine if your property is within the HPO and to discuss any projects that may require a COA.

Mobile Food Vendors

Sidewalk Use Permitting

Signage

  • Historic Districts/Historic Preservation Overlay—
    • New or modified existing signage within the Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) requires issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to building permitting and/or work commencing. Visit franklintn.gov/historicpreservation for more information, including the Historic District Design Guidelines, and contact Amanda Rose at 615-550-6737 or amanda.rose@franklintn.gov to determine if your property is within the HPO and to discuss any sign projects that may require a COA.

Utility Services

 

 

Real Estate Resources

These are local realtors, office space, engineering professionals, architects, and mortgage services from among our invested members of the Downtown Franklin Association...

Bradford Real Estate Franklin

Daniel-Christian Real Estate

Franklin Innovation Center

Genesis Engineering Group, LLC

Luxury Homes of TN

Magli Realty

Parks Realty

Security National Mortgage

Towne Creek Realty

Village Real Estate Services

Other Resources...

Loop.net

Join the Network Looking for Space Downtown HERE>

CPA & HR Services

These tax professionals downtown are local and can help with entity formation, tax accounts, bookkeeping, payroll, tax filings, and strategic advisory...

Moyer and Company 

Legal Services

These legal services are local to downtown and invested members of our community...

Cheatham, Palermo, and Garrett Law

Hartzog & Silva, PLC

Insurance Coverage

These insurance providers can help meet your needs downtown...

Ed Underwood State Farm

McKinney-Green Insurance

Financial Services

These financial service providers are local to downtown and invested in our community and can help with accounts and lending...

First Bank

First Horizon

F&M Bank

Fourth Capital

Renasant Bank

Simmons Bank

Tower Community Bank

Investment Planning

These financial and investment strategists are invested members of our association...

Abound Wealth

Carmichael Creel Investments

Mercer Advisors 

Wellspring Financial Solutions of Raymond James

Growth Tools

The following businesses can help you build your brand and grow your business downtown and are invested members of DFA...

BrandMETTLE, LLC

Current Marketing Solutions

MP Consulting

Sheridan PR

Signs First of Franklin

Southern Exposure Magazine

The Tennessean

Thnks

Visit Franklin

Williamson Herald

Williamson Inc.

Your Williamson

TN Tourism Resources

Tennessee is excited to be rolling out the Tourism Business Marketing Toolkit educational portal for ALL businesses in Tennessee!

Businesses will have free access to the portal using the promo code provided below. Inside the Marketing Toolkit, find content covering a variety of topics, from optimizing presence in Google My Business (GMB), TripAdvisor, and Yelp to best practices for copywriting and content marketing.

How to access the portal:

Go to  https://tennessee.tourismbusinessmarketing.com/
1.           Log in using your Google account
2.           Enter the promo code TENNESSEE
3.           Find best practices, tips and more for marketing your business online

Here’s the link to the resource on our industry site too!
https://industry.tnvacation.com/rural-tourism-educational-resources