Best Small Business Resources in the Bowling Green Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Kentucky has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Bowling Green area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Kentucky.

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Western Kentucky University Small Business Accelerator

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Coworking

Description

The WKU Accelerator is an incubator/accelerator that offers mentoring, office space, and useful connections for networking and funding your business. It can also connect you to rapid prototyping opportunities.  

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Center for Research and Development , 2413 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-901-3490

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 4:30 pm


Bowling Green SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Bowling Green SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.