Resources to help you take your business to the next level

So you want to run your own business, do you? If you’re passionate, resilient and a bit tenacious that dream you’ve had of making it on your own can come true. You don’t have to take this journey alone. Whatever stage you are at, there are innumerable resources available to help you take your business to the next level.

The Office of Entrepreneurship provides guidance and support to startup operations statewide and assists existing small businesses with growth opportunities. The office also guides the Cabinet’s extensive resources for small and new businesses, as well as innovative and high-tech companies, through funding initiatives, marketing and sales assistance, small business advocacy and available resource referrals, along with a variety of financial and incentive programs to encourage new investment and job growth. All services are provided free of charge.

If you’ve wanted to start on the path of entrepreneurial adventure, but have been uncertain about how to get the ball rolling, let us help guide you through the process. We want to assist Kentucky visionaries—people who want to accomplish something great—to step up and say yes, I want to start or grow my own company right here in the Commonwealth.


Would you like to hear directly from companies and organizations we’ve already worked with?
You don’t have to take our word for it. Hear from Kentucky businessmen and women that have experienced the value of partnering with the Office of Entrepreneurship. Click the link above to read the full list of quotes.

"Supporting entrepreneurs in eastern Kentucky -- both those that bring in new money, but also those that create enterprises that keep dollars in the region that are headed out, is an essential part of the economic landscape. New partnerships with the Cabinet for Economic Development and local economic development organizations are taking these opportunities to another level by connecting entrepreneurs to new skills and markets, and making sure people have access to what they need to grow their business or start a new one."
Justin Maxson, President of MACED

"The Maysville and Maysville Business Region has seen significant business growth in the past 6 years. Growth has been foster by the development of the Maysville Regional Entrepreneur Center a part of the Maysville Community and Technical College under Workforce Solutions. Since its development a community leadership organization has been developed called Maysville Open for Business (MOB Squad). Through this leadership group programs have been developed to assist the business community. Programs include a retail incubator program, cash mobs, business incentives program, pitch your plan program, educational programs and conferences dedicated to business success and development. Maysville wants to be known as being a small business friendly community dedicated to development of the entrepreneurial mindset. Our slogan should read “Come to Maysville for a beautiful business experience".
Mike Jackson, Director Maysville Regional Entrepreneur Center

"Warren Nash, ICC director at UK, was pivotable to this entire endeavor. Without him, I would not have secured funding, made the local connections I currently have, or find the perfect members to fill my board. Starting a company that designs video games in Lexington isn't easy, there's a knowledge and language barrier. Warren worked to locate individuals within the local funding scene that were bi-ligual. Individuals that were fluent in fiscal and tech. Not an easy task, but one that Warren, with additional help from the SBDC and my good friends at Commerce Lexington, took on and delivered."
Wes Keltner – Gun Media Holdings

Do you have additional questions or want to get started?
Contact the Office of Entrepreneurship
(800) 626-2930

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development   Old Capitol Annex  300 West Broadway   Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-7140 (local)   800-626-2930 (toll free)