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Steps of Starting A Business in Kentucky

Step 1. Choose an Idea 
Step 2. Plan Your Business 
Step 3. Form Your Business 
Step 4. Register for Taxes 
Step 5. Open a Bank Account 
Step 6. Set Up Accounting 
Step 7. Obtain Permits & Licenses 
Step 8. Get Insurance 
Step 9. Define Your Brand 
Step 10. Establish a Social Media Presence:

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Resources to aid you in Kentucky:

S.C.O.R.E., SBDC, Community Ventures, Women’s Business Center of KY

Workforce Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor announces investments to support ex-offenders’ successful reentry into workforce

The Department plans to award up to $4,500,000 each to eligible organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status, including post-secondary educational institutions; women’s, minority, community, and faith-based organizations; state or local governments; or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under section 166 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Grant applicants must seek partnerships with community colleges in order to provide education and training in those local industries most in demand, including but not limited to healthcare, information technology, and energy.

The Department is especially interested in program models that offer work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships, and models that exhibit strong partnerships with employers. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that propose serving communities with rates of high-poverty and high-crime and communities located in a qualified opportunity zone.

Agency Employment and Training Administration

Date March 16, 2020

Release Number 20-481-NAT:

The Funding Opportunity Announcement, which includes information about how to apply, is available at