Small business development

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, improving the quality of life for those residents.

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

Start a Business
Louisville Forward is ready to help you start or grow your business, whether you are a start-up with 1 employee, or an established business with multiple employees. In coordination with our community resource providers, we can help you develop business and financial plans, receive mentoring from experienced business owners, as well as identify potential sources of financial assistance. 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. 

This comprehensive guide provides information and contacts for starting a business and developing a site in Louisville. 

Site Development
The Department of Economic Development encourages small business and retail development and investment along Louisville Metro's commercial corridors, by seeking retail tenants to occupy available sites or spaces, or by finding property for an interested developer or retail business. Find your future site or building by visiting our Sites and Buildings page, or by calling our office. We can perform site selection searches, customize and analyze demographic information, as well as create maps.
Co-Working Spaces
Co-working spaces allow entrepreneurs, small-business owners and teams who need flexible workspaces the opportunity to access office resources in a collaborative environment.  Click here to view a list of innovative co-working spaces located in Louisville. 
Doing Business with Louisville Metro
In addition to assisting businesses with starting, growing and finding other businesses with which to do business, we also want to encourage local businesses to do business with Louisville Metro.
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.
Getting your business online
Louisville Metro's success is largely based on our business' successes. We know that almost all consumers search for local businesses online, so it is important to be there when they're looking for you. Increase your visibility and customer base in a few simple steps, by visiting our Digital Economic Corridors page for more information about getting your business online.
Join a Business Association
We also encourage small businesses to become members of the local chambers and business associations
, providing peer-to-peer networking and business opportunities. Department staff provide liaison assistance to all business associations and can help connect your business.

If you're interested in starting a business association, please contact us or call 502.574.4140.

Meet the team!

Rebecca Fleischaker, Louisville, Louisville Forward, Louisville Metro Government, Economic Development, Small Business, Small Biz, Business Expansion, Business Retention Rebecca Fleischaker, Deputy Director
Rebecca oversees the support and cultivation of a small business support system to make Louisville a great place to do business.

Tommy Clark
Tommy Clark, 502.574.6822
Tommy focuses on Central and South Louisville, and specializes in real estate opportunities.

Christy Jarboe, Louisville, Louisville Forward, Small Business, Small Business Development, Highlands, Louisville Metro Government, Economic Development, Business PlanChristy Jarboe, 502.574.6235
Christy focuses on development in East and Northeast Louisville, and specializes in providing resources and information for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business owners.  


Scott Love, Small Business, Small Business Development, Louisville Forward, Economic Development, Louisville Metro Government, West LouisvilleScott Love, 502.574.1346
Scott focuses on small business development in West Louisville, and supports local entrepreneurial startup opportunities.


Jordan Turner, Small Business, Louisville, Louisville Forward, Economic Development

Jordan Turner, 502.574.1140
Jordan focuses on small business startup and development at the Nia Center Business Clinic.