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Community Ventures receives $450K from SBA to support Kentucky entrepreneurs, small businesses

Kentucky small business owners and entrepreneurs received a much-needed boost this week in the form of subsidized training and business development support through Community Ventures, who was awarded a $454,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA funded this award to Community Ventures to provide pre-loan and post-loan training and technical assistance to small business...

Commentary: Family farmers speak out against family separation bill, other impacts of SB1

By Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall Special to KyForward We are Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall, a husband and wife team running a mid-sized diversified farm in Oldham County. As small business owners, farmers, and employers we are deeply concerned about the impact that Senate Bill 1 could have on the immigrant employees who make our business a success. As many Kentucky farmers know, immigrants not only provide...

Community Ventures awarded $749,000 to issue loans to small-business owners in Kentucky

Community Ventures received $749,000 for a new loan program that will provide much-needed business loans to small-business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Kentucky. This past month, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund announced the 321 recipients of its FY 2019 Financial Assistance (FA) Awards, naming Community Ventures among...

U of L’s Ichor, Pikeville’s K2 Medical take home top honors at Idea State U competition

A product that helps top athletes bounce back through cold therapy and a startup working on an innovative way to assist first responders in lifting patients each won first-place prizes at the 11th annual Idea State U finals in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business concept competition, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation among Kentucky’s college and university students. This year’s...