Interested in starting or improving your business?

Regardless of the size, entrepreneurs and small businesses are key to a vibrant future for rural Kentucky. Whether you are self-employed, starting a new business, or want to grow your current business, resources are available to assist you at each stage of your growth.


Entrepreneurs’ Resource Centers are available throughout south-central Kentucky* as an outreach of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.  The goal is to assist citizens in accessing the local, state, and national resources available to help them start and sustain healthy businesses.


KECI continues to identify and gather the most relevant, comprehensive, and easy-to-use sources of information to help entrepreneurs save time and money!  This webpage is one tool available to you as part of your local Entrepreneur’s Resource Center (ERC).  The physical ERC in Barren County is located at the following address: Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library, 1530 S Green St, Glasgow, Kentucky 42141.  At the physical ERC, you will find printed materials including reference books and resources, local regulations, and related license and registration applications.


The list of resources you will find below is by no means exhaustive, but rather includes those we have found to be the most relevant, comprehensive, and easy-to-use sources of information for new entrepreneurs.  


*ERC locations at this time include: Adair County, Barren County, Green County, Hart County, Marion County, Metcalfe County, & Washington County.

What is KECI Anyway?

Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute combines leadership development with entrepreneurial coaching and advocacy. Funded by a grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, this unique educational initiative trains volunteer leaders from formerly tobacco dependent counties throughout the commonwealth to coach individual entrepreneurs and work with others to stimulate entrepreneurial friendly communities. For more information about the Institute check out the KECI website.
Local Resources

What resources are available in Barren County?

In this section, you will find resources available specifically to businesses in your county or in a region in which your county is located.


Glasgow-Barren Co Chamber of Commerce:  

The purpose of the Glasgow/Barren County Chamber of Commerce is to promote business and community growth and development in Glasgow and Barren County.  You can reach the Chamber by phone at 270-651-3161.


Glasgow Barren County Industrial Development & Economic Authority:

A must site to visit before opening a business in Barren County.  Information available on demographics, work force, education, tax incentives and MUCH more!  Also available by phone at 270-651-6314.


Barren County:

Designated as the 2007 Best Place to Live in Rural America, Barren County is a great place to live, work, and visit.  Our community offers its residents and visitors a wide variety of entertainment, historical sites, lakes, rivers, and some of the most beautiful nature scenes in Kentucky.  This site will offer current, as well as archived, information on county government and services.


City of Glasgow:  

Current information on city government and services in Glasgow, Kentucky.  Includes information and contacts on licensing, as well as offering on-line forms.  City Hall phone number:  270-651-5131.


Cave City Chamber of Commerce: 

Information available on tourism, local attractions, and development opportunities.  City Hall phone number:  270-773-2188.


Barren County Extension Office:

Part of the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University off-campus information network, the Barren County Extension Office delivers information, education, and solutions. And we grow ideas into better communities, stronger local economies, and healthier lives. Contact them by phone at 270-651-3818.


South Central Kentucky:

Through this site you can research our 10-county region along the Interstate 65 corridor in Kentucky. Our economic development site contains demographics, economic data, workforce information and a state of the art geographic information system which allows detailed analysis of available sites and buildings and other data about this region.

Kentucky Resources

Kentucky is working hard to provide entrepreneurs will the resources they need to get started. Below are several resources available to businesses in Kentucky including information, forms, research, grant funding, and even one-on-one assistance. Most of these resources are available at little to no cost to you.


Think Kentucky: 

Starting a business (or buying an existing business) requires an understanding of local, state and federal requirements to legally operate the business. The required permits, licenses and registrations can vary depending on the type of business, how the business is structured, where the business is located, etc.

Click here to find, in general, the steps that most businesses need to consider when starting and operating a business in Kentucky.


Kentucky Business Guide

Kentucky Small Business Development Center:

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has been assisting the Commonwealth’s small business community for more than 25 years. With 15 service centers statewide and an experienced and knowledgeable staff, KSBDC provides unparalleled consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs succeed. Our 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.  Starting a new venture or purchasing an existing business is an enormous decision considering the professional and personal risks involved.  However, with proper research, careful planning, relentless dedication and a burning passion for the business success can be achieved.   By working with the KSBDC you will receive many benefits, including:  Gaining access to experts on funding sources and options;  Decreasing risk due to extensive research and analysis;  Saving time collecting and compiling resources;  Business Planning:


Workforce Kentucky

This is the Workforce Kentucky web site delivered by the Office of Employment and Training (OET). The site is designed to serve employers, job seekers, students, counselors, educators and training providers. It is the largest source of labor market data in the Commonwealth. Users can explore occupations, labor markets, geographic areas, industry projections, and much more. For more information, please take the tour.


Kentucky State Data Center:  

This site provides statistics, maps, presentations, and publications about data related to Kentucky employment, education, housing, economy/business, and income/poverty.


Kentucky SOS Trademarks and Service Marks Database

This is a part of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.  It can be used to select search criteria and enter keywords that can identify and find a registered mark.  It is important to understand the limitations of the database.


Market Maker

An interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Kentucky, providing an important link between producers and consumers. The MarketMaker:Kentucky project is made possible by a unique partnership among the following public and private entities that have joined forces to promote and enhance Kentucky's local food economy by linking farmers to consumers:


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Kentucky Proud Program: 

Kentucky Proud is a trademarked initiative developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to aid Kentuckians in establishing or expanding their market place. The program is funded by monies set aside by the Kentucky legislature from Kentucky's portion of the Master Tobacco Settlement.  Considerable time, effort and financial resources are invested each year to further promote the Kentucky Proud brand. Food producers and retailers can be "Kentucky Proud". 


The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service: 

Based in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, the UK Cooperative Extension Service reaches millions of Kentucky residents each year with educational programs in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth development, and community and economic development. They serve as the local "front door" to the campus of the University of Kentucky through local agents working in each of the Commonwealth's 120 county Cooperative Extension offices. 


The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy: 

The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) provides a direct link between the Governor and one of the state's most important industries. The office administers the Governor's Commission on Family Farms, the Kentucky Agricultural Resource Development Authority (KARDA), the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (Phase I), the Kentucky Tobacco Settlement Trust Corporation (Phase II), and the Kentucky Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund. Additionally, this office represents Kentucky's interests as national agricultural policy is developed. 


Kentucky is one of only two states to set aside money and assist its farming community in expanding and/or creating new sustainable agricultural opportunities. The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy is dedicated to doing all it can to develop and implement agricultural development policies that result in a brighter future for our Commonwealth. 


Start Up Kentucky:  

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of people, companies and organizations to develop and apply science and technology and compete responsibly in the global marketplace.


The goal of the Kentucky Enterprise Fund is to stimulate private investment in Kentucky-based technology companies.  The goal of the Rural Innovation Fund is to assist rural companies with the development and commercialization of technology with the ultimate goal of developing new or value-added companies, jobs, technology, or products.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to develop and lead a commercially successful venture. Companies seeking capital go through a rigorous due diligence process and are judged in terms of industry fit, return on investment, and potential for economic development.


The Innovation and Commercialization Center Network (ICC):  

A statewide network of six (6) regional urban offices and six (6) rural offices throughout the Commonwealth focused on helping Kentucky entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers perfect their business strategies to build successful high-tech businesses.  The ICC is funded through the Kentucky Department of Innovation and Commercialization (DCI) for the Knowledge-Based Economy, a Department within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

National Resources


What federally-funded resources are available to me? The following are national organizations and governmental programs which provide helpful information and assistance to entrepreneurs.



SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


Click here to download templates and get SCORE advice. To download, click on the link and choose “Save this file to disk”. Save the templates to a desired folder on your hard drive. 


Center for Rural Entrepreneurship: 

Welcome to the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Our mission is to help leaders and citizens in rural communities and regions across the U.S. embrace entrepreneurship as a core rural economic development strategy. To learn more about the tools, success stories, research and other information we have developed, please click Enter.


The Kauffman Foundation:

The Kauffman Foundation is often referred to as one of the largest foundations in the United States—or as the world's largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship. 


The Bureau of Economic Analysis:   

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.  BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration. 


BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. Although it is a relatively small agency, BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures. 


Small Business Resource Guide: 

This site provides the most timely and up-to-date tax information for small business and the self employed. Web links to business forms, publications and other useful governmental information.


Small Business Video and Audio Presentations:  

As a part of the Internal Revenue Service website, these short presentations are dedicated to helping your small business. In addition to these video and audio presentations, please visit the Small Business Tax Workshop Video page for instructional lessons. To view the videos, please download the Flash Player if you don't already have it.


Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center:

Small business and the self-employed will also find information and resources in this Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center.