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A guide to resources for both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs.
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Local Small Business Advising

Commerce Lexington Inc, is a nonprofit public-private economic development partnership representing the Lexington MSA. At Commerce Lexington Inc., everything we do is aimed at helping business owners succeed by equipping them with the tools they need to grow or expand their business.

The KSBDC provides unparalleled consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs succeed. Our services include: one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections and information needed to make informed business decisions.


  • Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

    The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is the nexus for startup companies at the University of Kentucky.  Services include market research, commercialization assessment, assistance with business plans and marketing strategies, connections to vetted service providers, and access to federal, state and private funding sources.



    This research guide is designed for use by both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs

    If you are not affiliated with the University of Kentucky (as faculty, staff, or student), you will have to come to one of our campus locations in order to access most of the electronic resources.  Community members who are Kentucky residents and over 18 years of age can get a library card and check-out materials.



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      Models of Opportunity - Gerard George; Adam J. Bock
      Call Number: eBook
      ISBN: 9780521765077
      Publication Date: 2012-02-16
      Models of Opportunity links scholarly research on business models and organizational design to the reality of building entrepreneurial firms. It provides actionable advice based on a deeper understanding of how business models function and change.The insights, tools and cases, provide a fresh perspective on emerging trends in entrepreneurship, organizational change and high-growth firms.

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      The Startup Owner's Manual - Steve Blank; Bob Dorf
      Call Number: HD62.5 .B53 2012
      ISBN: 0984999302
      Publication Date: 2012-03-01
      This near-encyclopedic guide unlocks the secrets to startup success - walking you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank.

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      The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
      Call Number: HD62.5 .R545 2011
      ISBN: 0307887898
      Publication Date: 2011-09-13
      The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

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      Startup: an insider's guide to launching and running a business - Kevin Ready
      Call Number: eBook
      ISBN: 9781430242185
      Publication Date: 2011-12-21
      This book not only reveals the actual experience of entrepreneurship, but it provides readers with a set of universal entrepreneurial skills and tools they can use to build a business.

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      Small Business Sourcebook - Hill, Sonya D.
      Call Number: HD2346.U5 S65 2008
      ISBN: 0787699500
      Publication Date: 2008-01-01
      In this annual two-volume annotated guide, you'll discover more than 27,000 listings of live and print sources of information designed to facilitate the start-up, development and growth of specific small businesses, as well as more than 29,000 similar listings for small business topics.

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      Exploring Entrepreneurship - Richard Blundel; Nigel Lockett
      Call Number: HB615 .B627 2011
      ISBN: 9780199211555
      Publication Date: 2011-02-15
      Exploring Entrepreneurship examines the nature of entrepreneurial activity in the 21st century, and aims to help students develop the skills and knowledge required by commercial and social entrepreneurs.

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      The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law - Constance E. Bagley; Craig E. Dauchy
      Call Number: KF390.B84 B34 2003 - Law Library
      ISBN: 0324042914
      Publication Date: 2002-07-22
      This book contains 17 chapters that follow the progression of a start-up business and anticipate its legal concerns through the stages of growth up to an initial public offering.

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      Online Resources

      • Encyclopedia of Small Business
        Provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own businesses, including financing, financial planning, business plan creation, market analysis, sales strategy, and tax planning.
      • Small Business Reference Center (includes description)
        Offers full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books.
      • Business Owner's Toolkit
        With an emphasis on problem solving, BizFilings Business Owner's Toolkit offers more than 3,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, startup advice and business templates to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
      • Start Your Own Business: 50 Things You'll Need to Do
        The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form an organization that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction. For help with the beginning stages of operating a business, the checklist on this website is a great place to start.

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