Roane State selected as pilot location for Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Initiative

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Roane State is one of just 11 colleges in North America recently accepted into the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum Initiative Phase II. The pilot program is the result of a partnership between the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Intuit, maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint.

The pilot’s main goal is to empower future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success, according to a news release from NACCE. Using this curriculum, future and current entrepreneurs will have a solid foundation of how to manage their business finances and their own personal finances.

Intuit launched the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs Curriculum Initiative in 2018 targeting an initial six community colleges across the nation. Intuit and NACCE have selected additional colleges to participate in this initiative for 2020. Roane State is the only college from Tennessee selected and is one of only two colleges from the southeastern U.S. to be chosen for this phase.

A grant will provide software access to participants enrolled in classes and dynamic training modules for instructors and participants. Classes will be primarily offered to non-credit participants through the Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) in Crossville and through other Roane State campus locations. 

For additional details about the new Intuit training for entrepreneurs, small businesses and those interested in starting their own business find more information at the following link:

Roane State’s Workforce Development division currently offers a variety of in-person and online training for local business and industry. For a full listing of course offerings, please visit contact Kim Harris at

The Cumberland Business Incubator at Roane State in Crossville offers a variety of in-person and online training, business coaching and other support services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Available amenities include a Maker Space to produce products and other spaces available for lease. For more information, visit the Cumberland Business Incubator online at, send an email to or call (931) 456-4910. Holly Hanson, the CBI Director, can be contacted at

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit

Michelle Price is the former managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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