Business Resources

In addition to being a networking, leadership development, and educational resource to you and your business, Commerce Lexington Inc. is also your resource for the information that will help you succeed.  From business planning assistance to financing to get your business up and running to connecting you with the publications and information you need to give you and your business a leg up, it’s all here at Commerce Lexington Inc.

Part of Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Mission Statement says “…creating the environment and opportunity for economic prosperity” for the community and our membership. A number of programs and services are available at Commerce Lexington to assist your business with expansion or growth. We aim to make you successful, and we hope that you’ll take advantage of the opportunities.

Just getting started in your idea or business?
Check out Commerce Lexington’s Small Business Resource Guide (PDF) – a step-by-step guide to getting started.

COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC.:
As a member of Commerce Lexington, not only do business owners receive benefits that help their business grow, but their investment also strengthens the organization's commitment to advancing the Bluegrass business community and the area's quality of life. From representation at all levels of government to informative small business targeted programs to great marketing opportunities in various publications to educational and professional development opportunities, and even networking events, Commerce Lexington seeks to provide members with the information they need to make their business a success.

BUSINESS SUPPORT:
Business support programs like the Business Owners Advisory Board and the Business Resource Roundtables help small business owners and sole proprietors succeed through educational events, networking opportunities, and peer group advice. Members also have access to the vast resources of our Business Information Center, which tracks statistics, rankings, demographic data and more in order to provide the most up-to-date information to entrepreneurs starting new businesses, out-of-town companies looking to relocate, or existing businesses hoping to expand.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES:
Membership in Commerce Lexington also comes with great targeted and affordable marketing opportunities from the many event sponsorships throughout the year to its web site at www.CommerceLexington.com to its monthly magazine, Business Focus, to its E-Newsletter currently delivered to over 3,300 e-mail Inboxes each week to the Guide to the Bluegrass, Lexington Street Map, and various resource guides like the Small Business Resource Guide, the Guide to Gaining Media Attention, and Minority Business Resource Guide.

GET INVOLVED:
Involvement means everything to our organization, and we welcome all members looking to make valuable business contacts while lending their expertise on program or planning committees, public policy development, or retention efforts such as the Ambassador committee.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Commerce Lexington's Economic Development Division focuses its energies on assisting local business retention and expansion, encouraging entrepreneurial activity through programs like the Lexington Venture Club, and recruiting new business investment in the Bluegrass. Within the ED Division, the Minority Business Development program aims to promote and sustain the economic growth and development of minority business owners and entrepreneurs, recruits minority-owned businesses into the Lexington MSA and Commerce Lexington, and provides business referral services to local agencies that aid in business planning process, financing, and efforts to improve purchasing and procurement opportunities for minority business owners.

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION NETWORK:
Local workforce development initiatives are led by Commerce Lexington's Business and Education Network (BEN), which seeks to improve our local workforce through education and training programs by connecting and coordinating educational institutions and private businesses to better serve individuals and businesses. BEN contributes to the economic growth potential of our community through its efforts to upgrade our workforce.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:
If it’s leadership development that you’re after for yourself or for your employees, you’ll want to check out Commerce Lexington’s Leadership programs - Leadership Lexington, Leadership Central Kentucky, and the Leadership Lexington Youth program. Each is an intensive program that engages participants in the issues and challenges that impact our city and/or region.