Best Small Business Resources in the Louisville Area

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 Louisville 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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Louisville 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.


Chef Space

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

In addition to access to kitchen space with fryers, mixers, ovens, etc., this kitchen incubator includes plenty of space to host events. This organization can also help you find venues to sell your product in. As Chef Space also holds large events, such as conferences and weddings, these events need catering and this can be an easy way for your business to make money in the space. 

Restrictions

Businesses in the food industry only.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1812 W Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40203
502-992-9436


Louisville 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 Park

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Park offers basic office amenities and is unique in its emphasis on sustainability practices. Benefits include private room space, sustainable office practices, access to technology including printing and scanning, and plenty of wide open spaces. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1229 S Shelby St.
Louisville, KY 40203
502-410-5875

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 6 am -12 am

(For members)


Wild Accelerator

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning

Offers Free Service

Description

This accelerator is a nine-week program that includes mentoring, workshops, and funding. Depending on the stage of your business, it will help you develop a prototype and/or create a focused and specific marketing strategy for your product. You will also get the opportunity to pitch your business at a Demo Night in front of advisors, investors, media, and your community. 

Restrictions

Businesses must be majority-owned by women. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

201 S. Shelby, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40202
hello@wildaccelerator.org