small-business-resourcesLouisville small business owners, and those aspiring to start businesses, too often don’t know about all the resources available to help them. But Louisville is rich with resources and assistance providers that are ready, willing and able to help!  Business planning and advice for starting, relocating and expanding a business and access to financing opportunities, training and workforce development assistance are all available by clicking here

This quick and easy, single entry point allows you to inquire about the resources you need for your business and be connected with experts to assist you.

Louisville Forward Economic Development offers access to resources and technical assistance for businesses at all stages. If you are interested in starting your own business, and need to understand  the rigors involved in being your own boss. Louisville Metro Department of Community Services offers a free one-hour workshop, “Exploring Entrepreneurship,” and a more intense day-long seminar, “Own Your Own Business.”

You may need a bank loan to finance your dream; but you can’t do that without a well thought-out business plan. You can receive free business plan assistance through a number of professional business assistance providers, as well as mentors with corporate and business ownership experience closely matched to your needs. You also may be eligible for alternative lending programs through a variety of organizations, depending on the location of your business and your access to capital.

Louisville Forward Small Business Development’s team of managers will help guide you to the resources and partner organizations that will best fit your needs. This includes introductions to the Small Business Association, Small Business Development Center, SCORE Counselors, Community Ventures, Legal Aid Society, EnterpriseCorp, KentuckianaWorks, METCO, Department of Community Service Microbusiness Program, and more.

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