Economic Development and Lending

The Economic Development and Lending department works with community leaders to secure grant funds primarily for industrial development as well as offering loans to small businesses seeking to expand and create jobs. Our Economic Development team, composed of lending professionals, small business development experts, and other knowledgeable staff, ensures we continue to provide top-notch support and services to the Upper Cumberland.

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Additional Support and Resources

Upper Cumberland Small Business Development Center

About Upper Cumberland SBDC

The Small Business Development Center at UCDD serves the 14-county Upper Cumberland region and provides small business start-up services including, but not limited to: business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital, and social media guidance.

Contact our team today to learn more:

Tyler Asher | Director of Small Business Development Center at UCDD 

P: 931-520-6081 | E: tasher@ucdd.org

Jodi Pitts | Small Business Specialist

P: 931-520-6080 | E: jpitts@ucdd.org

Recovery2Work

About R2W

For those in recovery, success after treatment depends on a sense of belonging to their community. They need the community to understand that addiction is a physical dependency; not a moral failing. With employment, housing, and recovery support, the healing process can begin and the feeling of safety begins to grow.

Click here to learn more.

Cumberland Area Investment Corporation

About CAIC

The Cumberland Area Investment Corporation assists businesses seeking to grow through revolving loan funds; specializing in gap financing and partnering with traditional lenders to help support job creation as well as regional and economic prosperity in the Upper Cumberland.

Jesse Villard | Loan Officer 

P: 931-520-9575 | E: jvillard@ucdd.org

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This region is rich in natural and human resources, a ‘can do’ attitude, and is just the right size for a business like ours. What CAIC has done for us can’t be described in a few words. They share our vision for a brighter future for everyone.

Eric Jackson, Jackson Kayak

Triple C Machine owes a lot of our success to CAIC they have been great to work with. When I first started, the business grew way faster than I even thought and without CAIC there’s no way we could be as big as we are today…

Jason Cantrell, Triple C Machine

Proudly serving Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland since 1984

Cannon – Clay – Cumberland – DeKalb – Fentress – Jackson – Macon – Overton – Pickett – Putnam – Smith – Van Buren – Warren – White

UCDD and CAIC are equal opportunity providers, employers, and lenders.