Small business development

Click here to inquire about resources and assistance for your small business. 


COVID-19 Small Business Resources

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Small businesses drive the local economy, providing jobs and stability for families and accounting for approximately two-thirds of the jobs in our workforce. Small businesses also provide most of the necessary services in neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for those residents.

Starting a business in Louisville is easy! This comprehensive guide provides information and contacts for starting a business and developing a site in Louisville. There is no local business license required, so once you are registered with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission and Commonwealth of Kentucky, you are in business. 

Assistance for all stages of business
We're ready to assist you in all stages of business development. Here you will find information and resources to help start or grow your business. Whether you are a sole proprietor, a start-up with 1 employee, or an established business with multiple employees, you can receive one-on-one assistance. In coordination with our community resource providers, we can help you develop business and financial plans, receive mentoring from experienced business owners, and identify potential sources of financial assistance. 

Find your stage of business:

Interested in doing business with Louisville Metro?
In addition to helping businesses get started, grow and connect with other businesses, we also want to encourage local companies to do business with Louisville Metro. Click here to register as a vendor.
Are you eligible for Business Enterprise Certification?
Visit the Human Relations Commission to pre-qualify and certify your business, and the Purchasing office to register your business to receive notifications of bid opportunities.