Starting your own business is hard work, but we can help you locate the tools you need to get your ideas off the ground. Don't forget about the print resources, meeting spaces, and faxing/scanning services available at each of our locations.
These services can be accessed for free with your library card. Book a Librarian for a quick, one-on-one tutorial.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
Helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
Up to date information on topics from starting a company, operations management, and sales to growing or rescuing a business. Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.
These sites provide additional business-related information:
Bluegrass Small Business Development Center
The Bluegrass SBDC provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Central Kentucky. The Bluegrass SBDC also meets the educational needs of the local small business community by offering a variety of low cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC Consultants.
Commerce Lexington Inc.'s economic focus centers on promoting entrepreneurial start-ups, business expansion and retention, and new job creation; advocacy; workforce development; connecting people and businesses; community, minority, and small business development; and the cultivation of local and regional leadership.
Kentucky Business One Stop Portal
The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal is here to create an easy-to-use environment where Kentucky's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to own and operate a business in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Innovation Network has been around since 2001 creating a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. The Network is managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, along with local partners.
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
Experienced volunteer business professionals who serve the greater Lexington area as part of the nation's premier mentoring organization for small business.
Startup with Google
A collection of tools, best practices, and communities to help with your new startup, cultivated by the folks at Google.
University of Kentucky Libraries: Entrepreneurship
A guide to resources for both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs.