The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to promote business ownership to enlisted and retired members of the armed forces and their families as well as civilian business owners affected by deployments.
The KSBDC is one of four programs nationwide to receive a veterans small business grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The center will develop a package of technical assistance services designed specifically for veterans and businesses impacted by deployments that include: Web site development, market research, educational programming, financial analyses and management assessments. Veterans will have access to KSBDC services prior to, during and after deployment through the use of online technology and e-mail consulting.
Another component of the grant involves developing a statewide support network to increase coordination among organizations that assist veterans and promote available services. The network will work to address gaps in services while providing veterans an opportunity to have access to all organizations that can be of service.
A new Web site, which is currently being developed, will provide veterans with information about the services available and provide access to online training tools and social networking opportunities.
For more information, visit www.ksbdc.org.