Louisville has a robust community of partners and resources to help small businesses start and succeed.
Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development
Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development assists businesses with resources, including troubleshooting regulatory processes with other agencies, finding a location for new or expanding business, facilitating connections with other small businesses, business associations and resources, and obtaining funding to help the business open or grow.
- The METCO loan program is housed in this department, and businesses can apply for loans up to $100,000.
- Nia Center Business Clinic is a one-stop resource where you can find information for just about anything, from finishing your GED to starting a business to getting a job.
Louisville Metro Department of Resilience and Community Services Microbusiness Program
This program helps low- and moderate-income business owners start and grow small businesses (five or fewer people). The program includes training, technical assistance, and an opportunity to apply for a microloan of up to $15,000.
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development – Office of Entrepreneurship
The Office of Entrepreneurship provides guidance and support to start-up operations statewide and assists existing small business with growth opportunities. The office also guides the Cabinet’s extensive resources for small and new businesses, as well as innovative and high-tech companies, through funding initiatives, marketing and sales assistance, and small business advocacy.
EnterpriseCorp is the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the regional chamber of commere and the Louisville Regional Office for the Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN). EnterpriseCorp is dedicated to building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture for small, early and second stage fast-growth firms.
Navigate Enterprise Center
The Navigate Enterprise Center is a subsidiary of Jewish Family & Career Services, which focuses on assisting low-income individuals, immigrants, and refugees in pursuing entrepreneurship as a viable means of achieving economic self-sufficiency. This is accomplished through business education, mentorship, financial literacy training, and access to micro-lending programs and partnerships.
Kentucky Small Business Development Center
Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers training and consulting services, including one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, and assistance with financial projections.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA provides counseling services to help start and grow a small business, as well as a full array of loan, contracting, and exporting programs.
SCORE is a volunteer, nonprofit organization of counselors who provide free and confidential business counseling to both prospective entrepreneurs and existing small business owners throughout the Louisville metropolitan area.
Access Ventures' Growth Loan is a character-based loan of up to $35,000 with no collateral or credit requirements. The nonprofit's loan is designed for small business owners who are unable to access capital through traditional underwriting methods.
The nonprofit provides business loans to start-up and existing businesses and offers help with business planning and technical assistance.
UofL Family Business Center
Family Business Center is a community where certain businesses can exchange strategies and experiences and talk about challenges that are unique to family-owned businesses.
LHOME is a community development financial institution formed by the leadership of Jewish Family and Career Services and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition with the aim to provide greatly needed low-interest, credit-building loans to low-income Louisvillians.
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