Business Development Resources

We provide valuable services to our partners, advocate a positive business environment and stimulate economic development for South Central Kentucky, uniting businesses and professionals to collectively accomplish what cannot be done individually. Through our 1,200 partners, we represent more than 36,000 employees.

Service Corps of Retired Executives Association

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce encourages business owners and entrepreneurs to look to SCORE for business counseling and education.

SCORE has been assisting small businesses for more than 40 years and is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The association, made up of 11,000 volunteer business executives and professionals across the nation, provides free counsel, advice and education to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Counselors advise and guide their clients to make decisions about business ventures. Counseling is available to anyone wanting to go into business and those already in business. SCORE counselors have experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, inventory control, production scheduling, finance and engineering, among other business experiences.

To learn more, call Larry Oden at 270-779-2621. Meetings are available by appointment only.

The Bowling Green branch of SCORE is in need of more SCORE counselors. There are many opportunities to become involved for business leaders looking to utilize their business expertise to help a small business start up or to expand an existing industry. Volunteer roles are available for individual/team counseling, email counseling, business training workshops and administrative support. Volunteers do not need to be retired to join SCORE.

To learn more, email bowlinggreen@score-kentucky.org.

Western Kentucky University Small Business Development Center

The Western Kentucky University Small Business Development Center has assisted entrepreneurs for 25 years by providing emerging and existing businesses with:  

  • Free one-on-one consultation
  • Small business training programs
  • Small business publications and reference information 

SBDC supports 11 counties in South Central Kentucky, providing free one-on-one management counseling relating to:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Market Research
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Business Planning
  • Management Issues
  • Strategic Planning

SBDC is affiliated with the Small Business Administration. Each university in Kentucky has a SBDC office, and several universities have satellite offices.

For more information, visit the WKU Small Business Development Center or contact Miller Slaughter, director of the WKU Small Business Development Center, at 270-745-1905 or miller.slaughter@wku.edu.

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