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Small Business Development Center launches new website

Portal can better market resources available to potential entrepreneurs and small business owners

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has launched a newly enhanced KyBIZinfo.com website, with much of the restructuring resulting from a call for help by the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 3.20.14 PMFormed by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the SOAR initiative held over 100 listening sessions with residents throughout Eastern Kentucky during the summer of 2014 and collected valuable input from business owners regarding what were deemed the greatest needs.

From the numerous conversations with residents, one of the top requests presented to the initiative administrators was to develop and promote a web portal clearinghouse to better market resources currently available to potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.

The website’s extensive online directory contains detailed profiles and information on Kentucky’s non-profit and government agencies that provide services to assist the region with its continued economic growth.

“When Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers launched the SOAR initiative last year,this is exactly the type of success they envisioned; a unique collaboration and the elevation of an organization that is already doing fantastic work within the region,” said Jared Arnett, executive director for SOAR. “We are encouraged to see the Small Business Development Center responding so quickly to meet one of the needs identified in the final report as submitted to the SOAR Executive Board in September.”

Entrepreneurs who need help starting a new business or growing an existing business can gain access to an array of services by using the site’s advanced search functionality. The system allows the user to select the type of assistance they need. It then filters through the available catalog of resources and delivers a customized list of local service providers offering the specific support requested.

The website’sresource partners provide assistance with issues relating to business planning, business training, economic development, financing/loan programs, importing and exporting, management assistance, manufacturing and product development, marketing, small business advocacy, business networking, permits and licenses, procurement assistance, research and technology and many more areas.