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Business Coaching and Resources

Regardless of the size, entrepreneurs and small businesses are the key to a vibrant future for rural Kentucky. Whether you are self-employed, starting a new business, or want to grow your current business, resources are available to assist you at each stage of your growth.

Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute combines leadership development with entrepreneurial coaching and advocacy. Funded by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, this unique educational initiative trains volunteer leaders from formerly tobacco dependent counties throughout the Commonwealth to coach individual entrepreneurs and work with others to stimulate entrepreneurial friendly communities. For more information
about the Institute, check out the KECI website at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CLD/KECI/ .

What does an Entrepreneurial Coach Do?

Entrepreneurs may not be able to do everything needed to start or expand a business themselves. Just as athletes depend on a coach to help them reach new horizons, an entrepreneurial coach can help you to think and act more creatively for success. Entrepreneurial coaches are well-trained volunteer leaders from south central and north
eastern Kentucky who have been selected in a highly competitive process and have received significant training and practical experience to coach those who want to start or expand a business or non-profit venture. The bottom line: by connecting you with the right resources more quickly, a coach can help you save time and money.

Click here to find a coach near you.

Entrepreneurs’ Resource Centers



Entrepreneurs’ Resource Centers (ERCs) are now available throughout south-central Kentucky*, including the Marion County Public Library, as an outreach of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute. The goal is to assist citizens
in accessing the local, state, and national resources available to help them start and sustain healthy businesses.

*ERC locations at this time: Adair County, Barren County, Green County, Hart County, Marion County, Metcalfe County & Washington County.

Available at Your Local ERC:

  • Free business-related seminars
  • Step-by-step guides on starting your business
  • Reference and how-to books about business
  • Information about laws, regulations, and taxes
  • License and registration applications
  • Information about funding sources including grants
  • Online links to free market data and research resources
  • Resource people, trained to help you navigate the process of starting a business
  • A “Virtual Business Center” online including valuable local, state, and national resources
  • Access to free videos, tutorials, and sample business plans
  • Information about accessing free business coaching and consulting services
Click here to find more information about the Marion County ERC.