Quick Reference Filing Guide to Tennessee


Tennessee’s site as comprehensive and user friendly as possible. The Volunteer State’s pages are personable and extremely informative. The opening page from Governor Don Sundquist is a message of pride and joy that you’ve come to learn about Tennessee online, and all that it has to offer. All the departments and agencies in Tennessee share space online, and the state shows a strong commitment towards making government accessible. The kid’s links lead to the many kid’s pages on different agencies websites, and are recommended.

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State regulates the incorporation process through the Business Services Division. You can download business forms, fee schedules, and brochures (PDF format), thought there is little on their site in HTML format concerning the business formation process. The Tennessee Blue Book, available in part on the Secretary’s pages, is an interesting collection of information about the State of Tennessee.

Business Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development has a helpful and informative site. If you are looking for information about business in Tennessee, it’s highly recommended that you start with the Tennesee Small Business Information Guide. It’s difficult to remember a more comprehensive state specific site online about how to go about starting a business.


At the Tennessee Department of Revenue is a nice set of instructions and guidelines for learning what tax obligations a business may face in Tennessee. The Frequently Asked Questions section is also worth taking a look at. For example, one question reads: “I sell computer hardware and software. Is consulting or training taxable?”


At the Tennessee General Assembly, Tennessee Statutes are available online courtesy of Lexis Law publishing, and can be reached via a link found under the “Other Links” Menu heading from the main page. There’s an email address for each of the legislators, as well as a record search for legislative bills.