Louisville, KY – This is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
“Small businesses are a powerful part of our regional economy,” said GLI President and CEO Kent Oyler. “They employ well over half the private sector workers in the Greater Louisville region and represent upwards of 80% of net job creation in the region. It should be noted that many small businesses aren’t so small anymore, having grown to 500 or more employees.”
Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCorp offers resources to grow small businesses, create jobs, and drive innovation. Program assistance includes the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit, Enterprise Angels, Kentucky Small Business Credit Initiative, and SBIR/STTR matching funds programs.
“My role is to provide innovative small businesses with a support system to succeed,” said Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Lisa Bajorinas.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has been assisting the Commonwealth’s small business community for more than 25 years. Services include: one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections and information needed to make informed business decisions.
“With 15 service centers statewide and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, we provide unparalleled consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs succeed,” said Louisville SBDC Director David Oetken.