Best Small Business Resources in the Lexington 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 Lexington 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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Awesome, Inc.

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial
  • Networking

Description

This organization offers a variety of incubation programs, workshops, and pitch events that focus on different ways of helping entrepreneurs, such as funding and workshops. If you need a workspace, Awesome Inc. can provide office space for your company. It can also link you to angel investors and other funding venues for your business. 

Restrictions

Businesses in the tech industry only. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

348 E Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
859-960-4600
founders@awesomeinc.org


Community Venture Corporation WBC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1450 N. Broadway
Lexington, KY 40505
859-231-0054 ext. 1003
mprince@cvky.org


Kentucky 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.


Lexington 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.


The Plantory

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Financial
  • Networking

Description

The Plantory offers basic office amenities as well as networking opportunities with other local entrepreneurs. It can help you locate funding for your business through fundraising, donor matching, and fiscal scholarships. If you need computers or other technology equipment, you can borrow from this organization. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

501 West Sixth St., Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40508
859-255-6999
info@plantory.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 9 am - 5 pm