Success Stories

Veteran Owned Business Providing Gun Safety Training and Recreational Shooting

Templar Shooting Sports

1101 South Jackson Street

Tullahoma, TN 37388


12 employees



In 2016, Richard G. and Natasha Brooks started Templar Shooting Sports (Templar). The business provides an indoor shooting range, gun sales, and firearms training and education. In 2016, the Brooks needed financial assistance to start the business.

Solution: How the SBA helped

Through a recommendation of a local economic developer, Mr. Brooks came to South Central Tennessee Development, an SBA 504 Certified Development Company (CDC). The SBA approved a $350,000 CDC loan to Templar. This loan enabled the business to purchase land, construct a building and purchase/install equipment.

Successful Impact/Outcome

His business increased sales from $99,000 in the first year of operation to $615,000 in year two.    Templar is planning to expand with a... Read More

InHouse Brand Group Expands with an SBA 7(a) Loan

125 Center Park Drive Drive, Suite 800

Knoxville, TN 37922


5 Employees



In 2012, Tony Smith started a graphic design business while in his junior year of college in Knoxville, Tennessee. After doing design work and contracting out his screen-print jobs to other companies, he knew it was time to expand. To expand, Mr. Smith needed his own equipment.


Solution: How the SBA helped

Mr. Smith reached out to his mentor, Doug Minter of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Minter advised Mr. Smith to apply to the UT Federal Credit Union for a loan. UT Federal Credit Union financed a $30,000 SBA 7(a) guaranteed loan to acquire his own equipment in 2014.


Successful Impact/Outcome

The business is minority owned. The financial assistance has allowed the business to expand from one to 5 employees. Since obtaining the loan, the business has expanded into... Read More

Green Cube Solutions from Business Idea to Brick and Mortar Business


Green Cube Solutions, LLC

Blountville, TN

15 employees



In 2012, Joseph Powers founded Green Cube Solutions, LLC, which provides standard intermodal shipping containers for sale or lease. In 2017, Mr. Powers needed additional space to house his business.


Solution: How the SBA helped

Mr. Powers reached out to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at East Tennessee University in Johnson City, Tennessee. The SBDC provided counseling guided Mr. Powers with developing  a business plan and estimating for growth This counseling assisted Mr. Powers in starting the business and obtaining a conventional loan for Green Cube to purchase land and build a facility to house the business.


Successful Impact/Outcome

In 2017, Green Cube purchased and built its own facility. The business has expanded its territory from the... Read More

Rural Business Offers Event Venue for All Occasions


Epic Event Centre and Chef Christopher’s Catering

392 West Main Street

Gallatin, TN 37066


20 employees



In 2002, Christopher and Brenda Newton started Chef Christopher’s Catering. The business grew to 20 employees and became the top catering company in Sumner County, Tennessee. Chef Christopher’s Catering is a family business with the Newtons and their three sons working together. In 2011, the Newtons wanted to expand beyond Chef Christopher’s Catering.


Solution: How the SBA helped

The Newtons sought counseling and training through thee Tennessee Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Volunteer State Community College. With the assistance of the SDBC, the Newton developed a business plan and obtained conventional financing to launch Epic Event Centre.

Successful Impact/Outcome

The two businesses have increased revenue from $... Read More