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South Central Kentucky Business Development Programs Launch Partnership

SCKyONE Opportunity Network for Entrepreneurs

Published Tuesday, September 6, 2016 1:00 pm

Bowling Green, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) - Today, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of SCKyONE. The South Central Kentucky Opportunity Network for Entrepreneurs is a powerful partnership between the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bowling Green Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and Western Kentucky University's Small Business Accelerator and Small Business Development Center. The new partnership will cross promote the services and benefits of each office as well as streamline processes for entrepreneurs and companies seeking their services.

"SCKyONE will transform how our business development resources are used. This partnership will spark conversations among the partners and throughout the community resulting in an invaluable information-sharing network for the partners, business owners, startups and entrepreneurs alike," said Jeff Hook, Director, Center for Research & Development and Small Business Accelerator.
 
As the voice of the business community, the Chamber convened the partners that comprise SCKyONE to accelerate the growth of existing as well as new businesses here in South Central Kentucky. The collaboration will streamline the business start-up process and promote entrepreneurial success.
 
"Each of the partners offers a variety of services and resources. SCKyONE will link each organization, encouraging collaboration and ensuring assets are being leveraged to grow businesses throughout the region," said Ron Bunch, president and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, "We are confident that this collaboration will spark a new culture of innovation and creativity in South Central Kentucky that will serve our existing businesses and grow new ones right here at home."
 
SCKyONE will be a one-stop-shop for financial and technical assistance for entrepreneurs and small businesses alike. The partnership will also establish a system of volunteers to enhance the creation and growth of local small businesses. The partners will offer seamless collaboration with multiple points of entry. The partners will work together to identify funding resources that assist in entrepreneurial success and small business development and will collaborate on networking events, training, and professional development activities.
 
"SCKyONE is a collaboration that will provide training and professional development opportunities as well as networking events across all five-partners. This initiative adds real value for companies and individuals looking to make things happen in a quick and efficient way," said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
 
"We are fortunate to have world-class facilities and experts in small business development right here in Bowling Green and this partnership will showcase what resources are available to grow the talent and opportunity that exists in South Central Kentucky," said Mike Buchanon, Warren County judge-executive.
 
For more information on SCKyONE, contact Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch at ron@bgchamber.com or (270) 901-4602.
 
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About the WKU Small Business Accelerator:
 
The WKU Small Business Accelerator, a business incubator currently home to 20+ startup and growth stage companies, opened over 11 years ago, has expanded 3 times and currently occupies approximately 45,000 square feet within the WKU Center for Research and Development. The Small Business Accelerator provides businesses a world-class office environment, business development consulting, training and networking opportunities - all within a growth-focused entrepreneurial community. Through our network of strategic partners, tenants have access to a wide variety of business development resources.  Learn more about the WKU Small Business Accelerator at www.wku.edu/accelerator
 
About the Central Region office of the Kentucky Innovation Network:
 
The Kentucky Innovation Network has been working with startups and small businesses in South Central Kentucky since 2002. The Bowling Green office serves 11 counties including Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren and is one of twelve offices operating across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Innovation Network provides business development consulting, mentors, funding opportunities and access to additional resources that can accelerate business growth and gain exposure for start-up, emerging, and existing entrepreneurs on the pathway to success. The Bowling Green office is managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and Western Kentucky University and is staffed by experienced business leaders. Learn more about the Kentucky Innovation Network at www.kyinnovation.com.
 
About the WKU Small Business Development Center:
 
The WKU Small Business Development Center is committed to helping small business and entrepreneurs in the area. For the past 30 years our highly trained staff has been assisting small businesses in South Central Kentucky with starting, financing and growing their business. All of our services are free, confidential and professional.
About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:
 
Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region. Learn more about South Central Kentucky's advantages at www.southcentralky.com