About KOSBE

Vision: Our desired future state

Our intent is to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the right partnerships.

Purpose: Why we exist

To help small business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the rough waters of small business ownership and management.

Mission: What we do

We are a technical assistance provider offering assistance including but not limited to: forming a business, how to write business plans, business plan reviews, obtaining capital for start-up or expansion, pursuing government contracts, analyzing financial and management performance, proving business case, developing existing and new business, and planning for succession.

Core Values: The shared beliefs that define our culture and foster loyalty

  • Respect
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Results
  • Continuing Education
  • Collaboration

Overview & History

In 2004, the Kingsport Chamber 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.