The Office of Small Business Advocate is located within the Comptroller of the Treasury. The mission of the Comptroller’s Office is to improve the quality of life for all Tennesseans by making government work better.
The Office of Small Business Advocate serves as a point of contact to state government for owners of businesses with fifty (50) or fewer employees. The Office provides information and answers questions for Tennesseans who are starting a small business or who already own a small business. The Office assists in the resolution of issues concerning small businesses and state departments and agencies.
The responsibilities of the Office include: answering questions and providing information to Tennessee’s small businesses; receiving comments from small business owners regarding regulatory or enforcement actions by agency or department employees; referring comments from small business owners to the appropriate agency or department; informally mediating and assisting with the resolution of issues concerning small business owners and state departments and agencies.
The Office is staffed by Small Business Advocate Lauren Plunk.