Greater Louisville, Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce

As The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc. helps grow businesses and our regional economy. GLI offers one-on-one support for individual businesses during every stage of development, while representing the collective needs of the community, including pursuing pro-growth policies, talent strategies, economic development investment, and inclusion.

As an investor-led nonprofit, it’s this organization’s business to help your business. Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) works diligently to be the voice of the business community by:

Advocating for the community at the state and federal level.

Creating unique programming and initiatives to help your business be successful.

Solving your talent attraction, retention, and workforce development needs.

Implementing strategies to grow the regional economy.


As a member of the Chamber, here are a few of the ways investors benefit: Promotion and visibility with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, event partnership opportunities, the GLI Ambassador program, and other GLI committees.

A variety of events and opportunities to network, plus the opportunity to use GLI meeting and event space.

Cost savings programs like discounted health insurance, HR and staffing solutions, cybersecurity, and notary services.

And, so much more!

If you are not yet an investor in Greater Louisville Inc. and want to take your business to the next level, click here for information on joining as an investor. To discuss the benefits of your organization joining the Chamber, contact Brian Schneider, Director of Investor Development.

Greater Louisville Inc. represents a 15-County/2-State Regional Area:

– Indiana Counties: Clark County, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington.

– Kentucky Counties: Bullitt, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble.

GLI works to influence growth in the regional economy through business attraction and expansion. A true regional economy requires the collaboration of distinct communities working together to retain and attract an educated and plentiful workforce, enabling the region to grow, thrive and prosper. Only when each of us succeeds do we all succeed – and that includes our regional communities. The Greater Louisville region is made up of 15 counties surrounding the Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana areas, home to more than 1.4 million people and over 58,000 businesses. GLI is here to support your organization whether you’re ready to move counties or expand your footprint. With any questions, email Ben Pratt, Chief of Regional Economic Growth, SVP.

Whether you’re looking to promote your business or make connections, GLI can help! Our brimming schedule of events offers many opportunities to grow your network by creating business connections and advertise your business, learn from industry leaders, explore new and established venues throughout the region, participate in discussions on advocacy, and more!

In addition, our Investor Relations team can help to promote your business through ribbon-cutting ceremonies, social media promotions, and more.

GLI puts strong efforts towards talent attraction, retention, and workforce development, as these are challenges that many employers are facing. Our team has developed great solutions to navigate an evolving workforce with strategies that best meet your needs. Whether you are relocating to the region and looking to recruit talent, upskill/reskill your current workforce, build talent pipelines, or expand/sustain current operations, GLI can assist you in navigating Greater Louisville’s robust workforce ecosystem.

WORKFORCE ECOSYSTEM HUB: GLI has developed a robust online platform to help both employers and job seekers identify opportunities and partnerships in our community. These include workforce partners, training programs (free and fee-based), financial aid, apprenticeship resources, and more! Employers can also find resources to eliminate barriers to work, and upskill/reskill their workforce, as well as info on state and federal funding available to supplement the cost of that training.

JOB SEEKER RESOURCES: Search the region’s largest local-only job board at and connect with employers who are looking for talent like you with GLI’s Job Seeker Connection Program. For new-to-Lou residents, connect with City Champs Ambassadors and explore relocation resources. And, if you are a college student, join Live in Lou’s professional and leadership development program called Finding You in Lou.

LINKEDIN TALENT INSIGHTS: Through a partnership with LinkedIn, GLI can develop customized campaigns to help you hire that hard-to-find talent. We analyze available talent across the U.S., identifying geographical areas where the supply of that talent outpaces demand, where salaries and/or cost of living are comparable or beneficial to Greater Louisville, and curate a list of potential candidates who fit those parameters. We then contact the candidates on your behalf and send qualified, interested candidates to your inbox. With any questions, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.

PRIVATE LABEL CAMPAIGNS: If you are looking to expand your business or need to fill large numbers of open positions, GLI can build a customized talent attraction campaign for you. Utilizing data gathered from their Talent Insights partnership, GLI will build a customized digital ad campaign to attract needed talent. The GLI team develops the creative, place and monitor the media, provide weekly optimizations, and reports regularly on engagement. Your role? To accept resumes, interview, and hire great candidates. For more information, email Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies.


On the local, state, and federal levels, GLI produces publications to inform policymakers and the business community about key issues and initiatives that will move the Greater Louisville region forward. Check here to see what concepts GLI will be promoting or to see how policymakers have chosen to stand for business.

As an investor-driven chamber of commerce, GLI’s public policy committees, made up of regional business leaders, take the lead in developing GLI’s positions on public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. All GLI investors are eligible to serve on one or more of the six Issue Advisory Committees. To learn more about joining a committee, email us.


Live in Lou is the region’s premier talent attraction and retention initiative. GLI has developed a suite of tools to assist you as you recruit top talent to the region. Employers can post open jobs, download relocation information, and point candidates to information on what makes Greater Louisville unique. Also check out the City Champs Ambassador Program that connects new or prospective residents with trained city ambassadors to provide a warm and friendly welcome.
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Leadership Louisville Center

The Leadership Louisville Center is a nationally-recognized resource for individuals and organizations who strive to go beyond being individually successful to being truly significant. Leaders Louisville Center is the Greater Louisville region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement. Their innovative, world-class curriculum and experiential learning opportunities are available for all levels of leadership. No matter where you are located in the world, Leadership Louisville Center can help you build stronger leaders! The Center is the place where leaders can connect with diverse networks, build understanding, and take action to drive positive social and professional impact.

For more information on any programs listed below, contact Aimee Jewell, Engagement Manager, at or (502) 468-2426.


A leadership program that deepens your connection to the community and your capacity to make a difference.For over 40 years, The Leadership Louisville program has been part of the fabric of our community. Both lifelong residents and those new to Louisville learn more about the city over 10 months – exploring a new sector each session. Carefully designed cohorts and curriculum provide an unmatched experience. The Leadership Louisville program is designed for established leaders who are ready to generate meaningful social impact and contribute to the region’s growth and success. Approximately 60 leaders are selected through a competitive application process each year to represent the diversity of the Louisville region.

Ignite Louisville is a leadership program that builds stronger next-generation leaders. Ignite Louisville is a professional development program like no other. This award-winning experience combines training, intensive team building, and hands-on work with a local nonprofit over the course of 6 months. Our participants graduate with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities, and connections essential to realizing leadership potential, pushing the needle for both our participants and their employers.

For more than 30 years, Focus Louisville has offered everyone from newcomers to native Louisvillians a fascinating insider’s look at our city. Focus Louisville can jumpstart your journey in making our city better for all citizens. You will connect with 50 other civic-minded Louisvillians you might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet. You’ll gain a more complete view and understanding of Louisville, along with a better sense of belonging, and how to put leadership into action.

A women’s leadership experience developed by the Leadership Louisville Center in order to accelerate and sustain the growth of women into positions of influence.

The Bingham Fellows program annually brings together about 40 experienced Louisville leaders to address one of the region’s most critical issues. Considered our most advanced leadership program, a diverse class of participants is selected following a competitive application process to ensure the class includes content experts and unique voices representing all parts of the community. ​

Encore Louisville is for experienced leaders who have spent decades of their careers in leadership roles, and want to give back to the community. Through the program, they share their wisdom to make our community’s nonprofits stronger.

A program of the Leadership Louisville Center, Leadership Accelerator is a new initiative designed to accelerate the growth of a company’s diverse talent, grow skill sets in individuals, and deepen connections between affinity group leaders.

“Better leaders. Better results. Better world.” Through LeadingBetter™, we help organizations like yours retain, attract, and activate talent through better leadership. We understand the bottom-line value of what leadership can do – and our training courses are curated and crafted to meet the needs of individuals and organizations across all industries, sectors, and levels of experience. We’ve worked with over 200 organizations in the Greater Louisville area to deliver essential fundamentals and cutting edge topics relevant to the shifts happening in today’s workplaces. Our services are like building blocks. They can build a complete training program or fill gaps in your talent development strategy. Our content can be delivered in a variety of formats: open enrollment courses for individuals or teams, private or on-site training for organizations, and talks and keynotes for events or special programs.

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KentuckianaWorks offers a wide variety of resources for employers in the Louisville region. Whether you are looking to find new workers, build partnerships within your industry, or get support in developing a more inclusive organization, we can help. We can connect you to qualified job seekers by promoting your open positions, connecting you to industry partners, and more. Interested in learning more about joining one of our industry partnership groups? Email Aleece Smith, Director of Inclusion and Sector Strategies.

Looking for help finding a new job or better career? We have the tools to help you succeed! Services provided include: free pre-employment training, job search assistance, career literacy training, basic skills testing & development, and other wrap-around services through the Kentucky Career Center.

KentuckianaWorks helps job-seekers find jobs and good careers, education and training to develop a fully prepared and engaged workforce that is aligned with the needs of the community. We help job seekers in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties find jobs, education and training and we connect employers with skilled, qualified workers.

For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 574-4727 or

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Southern Indiana Works

Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center is the region’s Career Center for Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Crawford, Scott and Washington counties in Indiana. SIW provides individuals with training and career services, and partners with businesses to develop solutions to address their talent needs. This organization also offers workshops to help job seekers stay current in the ever-changing job market. Facilitators cover topics like professionalism, resumes, interview skills, social media, job-seeking strategies, Microsoft Office products, and more. See their offerings below for employers, adults, and students. 

Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center provides a variety of unique business services to meet the individual needs of employers, including hiring events, assistance in creating a job description, HR solutions, pre-employment screens, and skills training through in-house training programs, The Skillful Network and on-the-job training.

Southern Indiana Works, WorkOne Career Center also assists job seekers with obtaining high wages in in-demand careers through one-on-one career coaching, career exploration, skills assessments, career fairs, and networking events, and, referrals from the WorkOne Business Services Team. Learn more here.

Through a career pathways approach, SIW WorkOne Career Center assists young adults in the attainment of a High School diploma or equivalent, post-secondary education or training, career exploration and education, work-based learning, and other skills development to prepare the next generation of talent. Learn more here.


For more information, contact Cindy Mahoney, Business Services Manager at or 812.941.6404.

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Louisville Urban League

The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to eliminating racism and its adverse impacts on the community. Their mission is to assist African Americans and other marginalized populations in attaining social and economic equality through direct services and advocacy. As part of a broader National Urban League network of historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States, the Louisville Urban League, like all affiliates, is dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities, with our focus on Jobs, Justice, Education, Health, Housing, and Black Business. Currently, the Louisville Urban League’s service area includes the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Bullitt, and Hardin; and the Indiana counties of Floyd, Harrison, and Clark.

For more information, contact (502) 585-4622.



CLEAN START The Louisville Urban League (LUL) has teamed up with Facility Management Services (FMS), a janitorial service in town and one of our community partners, to create a new program, “Clean Start.” Although the perception of working in janitorial service may be misleading, it’s a lot more than just cleaning! The key to this partnership is the combination of a nonprofit’s wraparound support with a for-profit’s social mission based a collaborative goal of having a positive impact on society, workers, and the community. Anyone who signs onto Clean Start can enjoy the peace of mind that LUL’s wraparound services afford, such as helping people pay their rent and utilities, finding reliable transportation, and seeking mental health counseling.


The Pathways to Tech Careers Program by the Louisville Urban League is an 8-week entry-level online digital skills course that kickstarts your tech support career. During the class, participants will get an introduction to the computer and the convergence of technology, and will have the option to continue learning and gain tech credentials. Instruction is provided by Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC): participants will receive college credits through JCTC, and scholarships are available! With questions, contact Greg Tripure, Workforce Specialist at (502) 585-4622 or


The Urban Seniors Jobs Program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older. Participants receive training that helps them to upgrade their current skills for re-entry into the workplace. Participants work an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. You can qualify while receiving social security, unemployment, disability, and other benefits. Veterans are encouraged to apply!


Led by the region’s top corporate recruiters, skilled human resources professionals, life skills and leadership coaches, CEOs, and Meyers Briggs certified trainers, Workforce Wednesday workshop topics include interviewing skills, communication skills, teamwork, conflict resolution, adaptability, problem-solving, workplace ethics, self-awareness, and more. Workforce Wednesdays help you to develop the critical skills that can enhance your career, enrich relationships and sharpen your leadership capacities.

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Code Louisville

Code Louisville provides quality training and support to help residents of Louisville enter software development careers at no charge. Code Louisville offers a variety of courses covering the development of websites and applications, data analytics, and more. They will guide students in learning not only the skills a programmer needs, but also provide them with resume-writing assistance, interview workshops, a community of developers to network with, mentors to answer questions, and a network of employers interested in finding their next developer!

Code Louisville has cohorts in both Southern Indiana and Louisville, KY.

For more information, contact Emily Sullivan at or (502) 208-6880‬.

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160 Driving Academy: Truck Driver Training

Are you ready to take the first step towards a higher-paying career by earning your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? With one instructor for every four students, 160 Driving Academy invests the individual time needed to make sure each student excels in his or her industry and is able to provide closer supervision and personalized instruction. Their team is passionate about their students’ success, and their instructors will do everything they can to help students achieve their career goals. Plus, learning to drive a truck and completing training doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming! Students at 160 Driving Academy will graduate in just four weeks ready to enter an industry with an average salary of over $50k, according to market data. Through this school, many students receive full reimbursement of tuition from their future employers.

For more information, contact or (502) 822-2269.

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Kentuckiana Builds

Kentuckiana Builds can prepare participants for quality professions like electricians, carpenters, fiber optic installers, welders, and many more. This program can equip you with the hands-on skills you’ll need for the job and connect you to local employers who are hiring. To be eligible to receive training through Kentuckiana Builds, you must be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a state-issued ID, have a high school diploma or GED, and have selective service registration (males only).

For more information on this program, contact Crystal Shockency, Workforce Specialist, Louisville Urban League, or call (502) 362-2824.

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Zoom Group, Inc.

Zoom Group has been providing support for individuals with disabilities for 35 years. This organization’s mission is to empower, educate, and employ people of all abilities. Zoom Group offers work adjustment training programs (including job placement) and pre-employment transition services programs like job exploration, work-based learning experiences, counseling, workplace readiness training for social skills and independent living, and self-advocacy. Zoom Group also offers supported employment programs designed to help individuals be trained in and secure the jobs they want.

For more information, contact Tera Walker at or 502.323.5872.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College


Jefferson Community & Technical College is a community where students find confidence, collaboration, compassion, and success. Whether you’re starting college for the first time or thinking about a career change, JCTC has you covered! JCTC offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, and they’re here to help you reach your goals. Get started by finding the program that works for you!

For more information, fill out this information form or call (502) 873-4187.



The University of Louisville Center for Engaged Learning The Workforce Solutions team at Jefferson Community and Technical College links the Greater Louisville community to the many resources Jefferson provides to meet regional workforce development needs. By offering flexible, diverse educational training and services; on-demand and site-based program delivery; customized credit and non-credit offerings; and the ability to create partnerships with a wide range of constituents, the JTCT Workforce Solutions Department is poised to serve all industry sectors and regional economic development initiatives. For more information, contact Elena Shulgina at or (502) 213-2480.


Do you like playing video games and have an idea for new ones? Thought about developing a new app or improving current ones? Do you have a sharp memory and an inquisitive mind, confidence around a computer and a desire to figure out how things work? If so, you’re probably the right type of candidate for bit502! This is a great time to “Be in Tech (bit)”. BIT502 is an apprenticeship-style training program where you’ll earn valuable on-the-job experience while also earning a paycheck as you work toward your degree. Click here for more information.

Align Southern Indiana

Align Southern Indiana strives to actively facilitate a shared regional process that will align resources, address needs and produce sustainable solutions resulting in our region achieving its potential as a best place to live, work and play. This organization strives to meet the current and future talent needs of the regional workforce with a goal of high paying jobs, increased productivity, and retention of talented graduates. Through aiming to enhance quality of place in the region, Align Southern Indiana’s goal is to create an area that is attractive for economic development and is inviting for citizens to live, work and play.

For more information, contact Rita at 502-777-0779 or


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Chefs for Success Culinary Arts Training Program

Chefs for Success, by the Salvation Army, is a workforce development program for those interested in obtaining employment in the culinary industry upon completion. Chefs for Success participants gain the foundational skills to apply for an entry-level position in the culinary industry. Participants will complete a free, five-week class and then will be provided with interviewing and employment best practices and earn a Food Handler certificate that adds value to their skill set.
For more information, contact or (502) 671-4900.
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Venture Connectors

Venture Connectors is an incorporated, not-for-profit business association originally formed in 1995 as the Venture Club of Louisville. Venture Connectors’ goal is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, inventors, academics, practitioners, technologists, students and business experts to encourage the expansion of business and commercial investment activities in the Kentuckiana region. Events include monthly luncheons and the annual Venture Sharks™ competition. Membership is open to founders, business professionals, venture capitalists, private investors and students who are involved in the entrepreneurial community. Anyone interested in making valuable contacts, exchanging information or pursuing mutual business opportunities is welcome to attend a Venture Connectors event.

For more information, contact

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Civitas: Regional LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

Civitas is the LBGTQ+ Chamber of Commerce which serves the state of Kentucky with Areas in Greater Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky, Eastern, Southern, & Western Kentucky, and is an affiliate chapter of the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce.

This organization focuses on LGBTQ+ business certification, education, and networking to strengthen the regional ecosystem based on the idea that supporting diverse-owned businesses is the foundation of community transformation and economic impact. Civitas stands for citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community, and was born out of the desire of many stakeholders from Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington, and beyond to create a chamber focused on supporting and cultivating a thriving LGBTQ+ community. They are proud to have representation from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum already engaged, knowing there will always be opportunities for growth.


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Health Enterprises Network

The Health Enterprises Network (HEN) is the region’s premier healthcare business network. Formed by area leaders in 2000, HEN’s mission is to champion and foster the growth of the Greater Louisville Region’s healthcare economy. Comprised of 1200 professionals from 160 investor companies, HEN represents a diverse and growing industry, from hospitals and health services companies to medical device manufacturers and leading health law firms. HEN is the convener that breaks down barriers, opens doors, and is the catalyst for engagement with healthcare professionals and leaders. Health Enterprises Network is an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc.

For more information, contact Logan Gatti, Director, at

The Healthcare Fellows is a formal executive education program focused on the many business sectors in Louisville’s vast healthcare ecosystem. Each year 14-24 professionals are selected from around Greater Louisville to participate in the 10-month program. Fellows are challenged to grow in their leadership capacity, increase their health-related knowledge, and expand their professional reach through monthly sessions with community leaders, academics, elected officials, organizational experts, researchers and entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact Logan Gatti, Director, at

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Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into the community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.

For more information, contact John Koehlinger at or (502) 479-9180.

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Main Street Association (KY)

The Main Street Association is the main source for networking, membership, advocacy and a collective voice, for 40+ years! Main Street Association membership provides businesses and individuals with networking and participation opportunities in forums, luncheons, special events, exhibits and receptions. Plus, businesses can can broaden their exposure and awareness through Main Street Association’s media contacts, cooperative advertising, print materials and social media. Click here to learn more about joining. 

For more information, contact Laurie Anne Roberts, Executive Director at or 502-561-3493.

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USA Cares: Veteran & Family Support

USA Cares: Veteran & Family Support offers career readiness which provides individuals with tools and resources to better prepare them for the hiring process and refers qualified candidates to corporate organizations with open positions of employment specific to their skill sets. In addition, this organization offers many additional programs including a Military Assistance Response Program, a Financial Education & Empowerment Program, a Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program, and more.

For more information, contact 800-773-0387 or

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Jefferson BuiLT

Jefferson BuiLT (Building Trades Leadership Training) is an employer-supported apprenticeship-style program. Apprentices will work for one of the program’s partner employers while taking classes. One day each week, apprentices will be in the classroom taking courses in carpentry, plumbing, electrical safety, blue print reading, and leadership. All of these (about 30 credit hours in total) count towards a diploma or associate degree in Construction Technology, Plumbing or HVAC. If an apprentice finishes their program and stays employed, it could lead to a full-time position. Not only will students get professional instruction so they can do the work, but they’ll also receive the training they need to be a leader in their fields!

For more information on this program, contact Joshua Lichtsteiner, Jefferson BuiLT Coordinator at or 502-213-4160.

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Louisville Teacher Residency Program

The Louisville Teacher Residency (LTR) program was created by Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) with a commitment to empower prepared and culturally responsive teachers for all students. LTR is a one-year, urban teacher-preparation program for individuals with limited to no teaching experience. Residents receive personalized instruction throughout the process to help them become successful in JCPS classrooms. The LTR program creates a diverse teacher workforce that transforms educational outcomes of all students through courageous conversations, racially equitable instruction, culturally responsive teaching, and meaningful reflection. See the benefits of the program here.

For more information, contact or (502) 485-7967.

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Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana: Excel Center

The Excel Center, created by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, is a full service non-traditional high school for all ages and languages in Clark County Indiana. Graduates receive a free Indiana Core 40 high school diploma, plus a post-secondary occupational certification of preference. The school provides free day care for its students, as well as transportation options, flexible scheduling, coaching and support, along with assistance with college and career pathways. Earn free certifications for high-demand careers such as a Pharmacy Technician, HVAC Maintenance, Welding, Dental Assistance and more.
For more information, contact The Excel Center at or 317.524.3925.

Southwest Center Employment Services

The Southwest Center for the developmentally disabled provides a wide variety of community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each service is geared towards helping each person to live, work, and enjoy life in their community. The Southwest Center was founded in response to the growing need for programs and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. Since that time, we have grown to provide a wide variety of community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each service is geared towards helping each person to live, work, and enjoy life in his or her community.

For more information, contact (502) 935-1848 or

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Louisville Teacher Residency Program

Teach Kentucky launches the education careers of ambitious college graduates in Louisville, Kentucky’s public schools. The organization has grown from bringing two teacher candidates in its first year to annually bringing a new 40-45 person cohort of aspiring teachers from across the nation to our city. Once they are here, teachers have found a home to stay and build their professional and personal lives.

Teach Kentucky is known for its community, which is one of the primary reasons teachers thrive in Louisville. Their veteran teachers are committed to helping the newer cohort members which often leads to innovative collaboration and long-lasting friendships.

For more information, contact (502) 458-0830 or

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RightChoice Health Care Training Institute

RightChoice has dedicated teachers with a desire to help train the next generation of nurse aides and nurses. We offer small clinical class sizes (8 students) to allow for more personal, individualized attention. RightChoice Healthcare Training Institute offers online coursework and provides the clinical/practical training in a simulated clinical setting at their facility on Hurstbourne Pkwy. The training center is also open and available by appointment on non-class days for students to watch videos and practice skills.

For more information, contact 502-974-2541 or

NuLu Business Association (KY)

The NuLu Business Association supports the businesses and residents of NuLu through marketing, events, economic growth and integrity of the neighborhood. As home to the greenest commercial building in Kentucky, many historic restoration projects, as well as several restaurants offering organic and locally sourced ingredients, NULU has emerged with a culture of sustainability and a “New” way of thinking about working and living in a historic urban neighborhood.

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Indiana University Southeast

Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university located in New Albany, IN, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY. Founded in 1941, it provides high-quality educational programs and services that promote student learning and prepare students for productive citizenship in a diverse society, and that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our region. The campus is home to a diverse and eclectic student community. Besides our core of traditional students who arrive as freshmen straight out of high school or homeschool, nontraditional students such as adult learners and veterans also play a prominent role in shaping campus life. Student involvement is high, with over 100 student groups and organizations.
For more information, contact the Student Success Center at or (812) 941-2312.


Staff Development: Invest in your current workforce through tailored educational opportunities with short-term, long-term, or executive growth education solutions.


Fast-track your career with an undergraduate certificate! With the competitive job market, an undergraduate certificate allows you to build your skills and knowledge within your chosen field in a short amount of time. Certificates provide an affordable option for kickstarting your career or preparing for certification or licensure in a short amount of time. IU Southeast offers a variety of undergraduate certificates that can help you get your foot in the door of your career of choice, including Allied Health, Business & Management, Entrepreneurship, Communications, and more.


Work with the IU Southeast Speakers Bureau to find knowledgeable speakers from their faculty and staff for media comments, presentations, lectures, discussions, workshops, and debates. The bureau was created as a service for the regional organizations, media, and communities that the university serves. Browse topics and speakers here!


IU Southeast offers Sales Training through the Sanders Professional Sales Center (SPSC) The SPSC was created to draw high-ability students toward selling as a career, better prepare those students—regardless of major—for early success in professional selling careers, and to connect them with sales professionals in the Kentuckiana region. The core sales curriculum consists of courses in Consultative Selling, Sales Management, and Negotiation, and is supported with other marketing courses in Buyer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Marketing Strategy. Learn more here.

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Kentucky FAME

The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement career pathway and apprenticeship-style educational programs that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. KY FAME helps employers discover the workforce of tomorrow, and helps students launch into their careers today, with no school debt!


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KY FAME provides a comprehensive, hands-on education that prepares individuals for a rewarding career in the industry. As part of The Manufacturing Institute, and through its coalition of employers who work collectively to support skills training programs, KY FAME is proactively developing a robust pipeline of qualified workers to close the skills gap. FAME is the premier advanced manufacturing workforce education and development program, helping students become highly skilled, globally competitive, well-rounded and sought-after talent that can meet the unique needs and challenges of today’s modern manufacturing workforce. Every year, FAME graduates’ transition into well-paying, diverse career pathways in critical disciplines across the manufacturing industry and across the country. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program administered under the FAME model leverages a work/learn framework to weave technical knowledge, professional behaviors and distinct manufacturing core exercises into a focused co-op experience to build global-best, entry-level, multi-skilled maintenance technicians.


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Once you’re accepted into KY FAME, you will begin work on a combination education/training program to earn certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). You will attend classes at a local community college two days a week and work 24 hours a week for a local employer – all while being paid a competitive wage for your work. After five semesters you will have earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, 68 to 71 college credit hours, two years of work experience and the AMT certification. At that point, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed—and with the potential of no school debt!


For more information on this program, contact or ‪(202) 480-9260‬.

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Kentucky School of Phlebotomy

Kentucky School of Phlebotomy is a dynamic educational institution focused on community education and specializing in training for phlebotomy and related health careers. This institution is committed to teaching the essential fundamentals for starting a career in healthcare, and students gain valuable experience in both hands-on skills and understanding the theories essential to practice. The KY School of Phlebotomy’s primary goal is to share experiences in the field of medicine to produce students whose skills are exceptional and whose understanding of safety is superior. This school consists of experienced professionals who provide students with the personal attention they need to succeed.

This program provides students with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. The course contains 6-weeks of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by a 40-hour clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital, or clinic. The hours of the externship are site-specific, but are usually done over the space of one week, Monday through Friday. This is a larger time commitment but the externship is a valuable clinical experience.

For more information, contact or (502) 791-5977.
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Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network

The Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network (AML), an initiative of Greater Louisville Inc., is a collaborative of manufacturing and logistics companies that come together to share best practices and engage with resources to improve individual business performance and strengthen the community as a whole.

The AML network is focused on five key areas:

– Networking and Industry Collaboration: AML provides programming that includes networking opportunities, community engagement, and learning opportunities that share best practices for industry advancement.

– Advocacy: AML collaborates with GLI’s policy committees to advocate for issues important to the AML industry including transportation, legislation for ease of doing business here, expanding airlift service, and much more.

– Workforce & Education: AML collaborates with regional educational systems to develop and support workforce training and talent pipelines.

– Economic Development: AML collaborates with economic development efforts to support the recruitment of investment to the region to grow the regional economy.

– Structure: AML strives to develop a strategic framework that is sustainable and supportive of the overall network mission and vision.

For more information, contact Christine Tarquinio Vice President, Talent, Workforce, and Brand Strategies, at
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Software Guild

The Software Guild has coding boot camps to help you break into software development or to advance your programming career. With their apprentice-level boot camps in Java and .NET/C#, you can learn the skills you need for your first programming job and start a whole new career. Students will learn from instructors with years of industry experience in a hands-on, project-based format so they can acquire practical skills they can apply immediately. Their flipped instruction approach ensures that time in the classroom is valuable and that students can work on projects in a way that makes sense to them.

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Amplify Louisville

Amplify Louisville is a place for tech-enabled startups and founders to explore ideas, build solutions, launch products, and grow businesses. This organization provides opportunities to connect with mentors, apply for capital, find a co-working space, and every step of the process to building a successful startup.

For more information, contact Keionna Baker at or 502-709-7099.

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Center for Employment Opportunities

The Center for Employment Opportunities provides immediate, effective, and comprehensive employment services exclusively to individuals who have recently returned home from incarceration. Their comprehensive employment and training services help individuals connect to a job and career. CEO exists to create greater opportunities for people who face multiple barriers to economic success. With more than half of their participants between 18 and 30 years old, CEO is committed to continuously building, implementing, and evaluating programming that addresses their needs and affirms their agency.

For more information, Contact Jacqueline McGhee-Rutledge at or 502-694-7878.

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Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is a program provided by the Kentucky Career Center to empower Kentuckians with disabilities to maximize independence and economic security through competitive, integrated employment. Services include supported employment, vocational and other training services, counseling and guidance, job placement and retention, employment follow-up, telecommunications, sensory, and other technological aids and devices.

For more information, contact,, or 502-564-4440.


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Prosser Career Education Center

The Prosser Career Education Center is committed to providing multiple comprehensive programs and work-based learning experiences to all students. Prosser offers 26 different exciting Career and Technical programs with work-based learning activities. These programs allow students to collaboratively engage with local employers and Prosser instructors for structured learning experiences. These experiences allow students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and lab to real-world situations. All work-based learning experiences and activities are strategically integrated within the CTE curriculum. Some of this valuable learning will occur within the classroom environment while much of it will occur in a place of business or community organization.

For more information, contact or 812-542-8508.
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Middletown Chamber of Commerce (KY)

The Middletown Chamber helps to create a stronger, more dynamic and prosperous business community. As a member, businesses have a competitive edge with leadership opportunities, networking with business leaders, and business-building initiatives. The Middletown Chamber attracts business leaders from a wide variety of industries. This important advantage provides members with a connection to vital economic and community resources beyond their individual organizations. The Middletown Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in which all Middletown companies – regardless of size or industry – can prosper together.

For more information, contact or (502) 245-0404.

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Community Foundation of Louisville

The Community Foundation of Louisville mobilizes people, networks, and assets to drive meaningful change in and beyond Louisville. This organization strives to connect community resources and relationships to advance racial equity and open opportunity for all. Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in Kentucky with over $800 million in assets and more than 2,300 charitable funds created by donors.

Some initiatives include:

Hadley Creatives, a program that helps artists advance their careers by building business acumen.
Alden Fellows, an initiative that equips nonprofit executives with high-level leadership skills.
Give for Good Louisville, an unprecedented day of unity in the name of philanthropy.

For more information, contact Kitty Gruber, SHRM-CP at or 502.585.4649.
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Mattingly Edge

Mattingly Edge cultivates partnerships that enable people with disabilities to thrive at work, at home, and in relationships. This organization supports people to spend their time, not in day services or specialized programs, but instead working, volunteering, attending school, exercising, socializing, performing personal and household tasks, and investing in other responsible engagements. Mattingly Edge supports people to spend evenings and weekends in their homes and community, hosting friends, attending a book club or art class, or yoga session, participating in a community of faith, going to the local nightspot for a beer, and other ways to enjoy oneself, meet people, and grow as a person. Mattingly Edge refers to these things as “the good things in life.”

To help people attain the good things in life, this organization provides customized one-on-one support with an individual’s specific goals and support needs in mind. A team of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) is recruited and matched with an individual based on personality, skills, interests, and logistics. The person being supported is always an active participant in the interviewing, hiring, and direction of their support team.

For more information, contact Hope Leet Dittmeier, Executive Director, at or (502) 451-6200.

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Knight School of Welding

Knight School of Welding offers a variety of welding certification classes and completes small welding jobs in the Louisville, KY area. In their program, you’ll get hands-on experience with our MIG, STICK, TIG, and pipe welding training programs. This institution offers classes during the day and at night for your convenience and provides support to graduates after your classes and certification with their lifetime employment assistance. Their team can help you with your employment search, your resume, and preparations for employer welding tests.

For more information, contact contact or (502) 444-1515.
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Lavish Beauty Bar Training Academy

The Lavish Beauty Bar offers a group training course consisting of training with the most in-depth details on the lashing industry. Lavish Lashes Academy provide many different learning techniques to ensure we reach each person’s learning style. We will work from both client and lash artist experience so that we make sure your confident in being on both sides of the business. Classroom sizes are no bigger than 3 per instructor to make sure your getting an extensive individual attention. Our course comes with an exclusive Lavish Lashes training manual that has everything you need to know about lashing. After becoming certified and perfecting our craft we feel confident that we have the education and technique you will need to be successful eyelash technician. In our intensive training students will learn the theory of eyelash extensions in great depth as well as the hands on application skills needed to be successful in this industry. Lavish Lashes classic extension training includes a complete kit, certificate, 10% off student discount on future products, 15% off one refresher training within 2 years, and ongoing mentoring.

For more information, contact or 502.709.5161.

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Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL)

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) provides leadership development, educational opportunities, and philanthropic support to Louisville’s Young Professionals for the benefit of the local community. The mission of YPAL is to connect, engage, and develop metro Louisville’s young professionals through community, professional, and social opportunities.

For more information, contact Cassidy Hyde, Executive Director, at 502.625.0017 or

Learn more about the Emerging Leaders program here: The YPAL Emerging Leaders Program is a unique program in the Louisville area that addresses specific leadership development needs of young professionals as emerging leaders. The program spans seven classes over three months and is open to approximately 20-30 YPAL members selected via an application process.

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Interapt – Workforce Development

Interapt Workforce Development solves enterprise resource constraints, helps employers to closes talent gaps, promotes diversity, and propels equity in tech. Through customized training programs offered at no cost to employer partners, Interapt Workforce Development finds, selects, and trains untapped talent with the ability to quickly onboard to meet your business goals. Interapt can help build your talent pipeline from the ground up! Their unique workforce development model means end-to-end talent acquisition management for your business, resulting in a DEI-focused customized talent pool with exceptional retention rates. See the program’s flyer here, or contact to learn more.

Training programs include:

Full-Stack Software Development (Java, Cobol, React, and more)
Data Science
Data Analytics
IT Project Management
IT Support
Mainframe Programming
UX/UI Design
Entry-Level Roles

For more information, contact Merabeth Martin, President of Interapt Skills at

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Mission Behind Bars & Beyond

Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3) directly addresses the causes of recidivism and seeks to reduce the rate of recidivism among returning citizens released from Kentucky correctional facilities. The program adopts a multi-layer, holistic approach that begins with the individual while incarcerated, assists with pre-release preparation, and provides support and assistance once the individual returns to the community. Mission Behind Bars and Beyond is making a safer Kentucky, one returning citizen at a time.

For more information, contact (502) 214-5338.

Want to volunteer? MB3 volunteers provide assistance behind the bars and beyond.  There are many ways for you to volunteer with MB3:

  • Do you know how to knit or crochet?
  • Perhaps teach a life skills training class on nutrition, job-interviewing, or financial management?

Let us know and we will find the right place for you as you help transform the lives of those who are seeking a second chance in life. Click here to contact us and we’ll get back to you to discuss options for your participation.

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Lincoln Foundation

Lincoln Foundation has empowered youth to overcome adversity through education since its founding by Berea College in 1910. Their mission is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming social and economic barriers to achievement. Lincoln Foundation provides a signature college readiness program: Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars®, which annually admits high-potential youth from under-resourced communities throughout the greater Louisville region. Students commit to participating in experiential Saturday morning and summer programs that prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for high school graduation and the rigors of college.

For more information, contact contact or 502.585.4733.


The Whitney M. Young Scholars Program® is Lincoln Foundation’s signature college readiness program annually admits high potential youth from under-resourced communities throughout the Louisville area. This program serves the needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged students in grades eight through college, and the goal of is to empower students toward academic achievement and college graduation. Lincoln Foundation also assists Scholars and their families in identifying and obtaining financial aid for post-secondary education, and guidance/scholarship assistance continue throughout the Scholars’ college years. Scholars can receive scholarships each college semester as an incentive for continued academic achievement! Click here for more information.

Formerly known as Project BUILD, the Digital Transformation Academy from the Lincoln Foundation enhances students’ understanding of the various ways data and technology are transforming the modern business world. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, students learn multiple technology applications, including Google analytics and software applications. Participants in the program earn certification in Google Analytics. Click here for more information.



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Common Table Culinary Arts Training

Common Table works to reduce poverty in the community through job training. This organization provides training in the culinary arts to those who face barriers to employment, empowering them to achieve success in their careers and personal lives. During the eight-week program, students learn the basics of working in the food service industry and obtain Louisville Metro Food Service Manager’s Certification. Common Table has an 81% job placement rate and graduates have been hired at the Omni, Collegiate, Eddie Merlot’s, Masterson’s, Levy and Kroger. Common Table offers box lunch catering a recurring 6-week soup and bread subscription, and skills are refined through experiential learning in the Common Table kitchen as students prepare food for catering orders. All revenue generated through catering sales supports the training program.
For more information, contact Lacole Hamilton at or 502-873-2566 ext. 256.
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The Plan Room

The Plan Room at OneWest was formed in 2014 by a diverse group of professionals in Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows program. They believed that the clearest path to economic renaissance in west Louisville is an influx of private, philanthropic, and public capital. It is abundantly clear that Louisville’s continued growth and vitality rests primarily on intentional and focused inclusion of west Louisville. Their vision includes strategies to provide the residents of west Louisville with increased opportunities for employment and business ownership; to re-create the 18th and West Broadway corridor as a destination of choice where Louisvillians will spend their dollars; and, an increased economic prosperity will stabilize the housing market, enhance access to services, improve health and safety, and instill a renewed sense of pride.

For more information, please contact Donovan C. Taylor, Director, at 502.384-0490 or or


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Edge Employment

Edge Employment welcomes opportunities to partner with businesses, organizations, professional networks, individual professionals, and schools of all levels! The organization aims to expand meaningful employment opportunities within Greater Louisville businesses that match the contributions of disabled job candidates, assist disabled teens and adults to explore post-secondary and employment opportunities, and, disrupt misconceptions around the value of disabled people and integration in the workforce.

For more information, contact Merry Reid Sheffer, Lead Employment Specialist, at or 865-548-7979.


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Canopy KY

Canopy recognizes the changing landscape in business: employees want purpose, consumers are paying attention to who they buy from, healthy communities are good for business, and, a healthy landscape is good for business. Canopy’s mission is to grow Kentucky businesses to positively impact people, the planet, and the future. Through education, certification, and connection, Canopy helps Kentucky businesses participate and succeed with the Good Business movement.

The Canopy Certified Program guides Kentucky businesses toward achieving measurable social and environmental good, operating with the highest ethical standards, and, taking care of all stakeholders along the way.

For more information, contact Ben Smock, Director of Development, at

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Women’s Business Center of Kentucky

The Women’s Business Center of Kentucky helps female-owned businesses start and grow, and is one of over 120 women’s business centers across the country that provides technical assistance to help women start and grow their small businesses. WBC empowers entrepreneurs by offering tools and support to established businesses so they can stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, strategize future growth, and contribute to the growth and economic development of our community. The Women’s Business Center offers free, confidential business coaching to start-up and existing businesses.

For more information, contact (859) 231-0054 or

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New Hope Services, Inc. 

New Hope Services Inc. offers an array of services for both job seekers and employers/business owners! These include Vocational Training & Employment Services; Skills Training; Family Support Services; and, workforce solutions through the New Hope Industries program. Learn more about these programs below:

For more information, contact Brad Wolfe at (859) 231-0054.


The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
New Hope Industries, by New Hope Services, has been providing a variety of manufacturing and subcontracting services for over 45 years to a growing list of companies in Greater Louisville with a full range of subcontracting work for businesses and customers. New Hope Industries offer a capable workforce, competitive pricing, two full-service delivery trucks, double loading docks, adherence to deadlines, and quality control. Jobs can include collating, labeling, small hand assembly, and a wide array of piecework assignments. In addition, their facility has 8,000 square feet of production and warehouse space. Featuring diversified operations and a commitment to quality, New Hope is ISO 9001-2015 certified and adheres to a robust Quality Management System. Download the NHI Fact Sheet to learn more and see a list of businesses that count on New Hope Industries to get the job done. Some services include:

The Skills Training Program (offered in Clark, Scott, and Floyd Counties in Indiana) helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities work toward personal goals to achieve their highest level of independence. Goals focus on personal, social, educational, daily living, and community integration skills. The Vocational Training program helps clients with mild to moderate intellectual or physical disabilities to gain work and productivity skills. Services are based on an individualized plan of care and can include services at New Hope Center or in the community. Activities occur in both group settings and one-on-one with staff. Facility group ratios range, depending on the activity, from 1 staff to 2-8 clients. Learn more here.

The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a plan for employment, build a resumé, perform a job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consultants can work with clients to help with job stability. Learn more here. Also, be sure to check out the New Hope Industries program below.
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Building Institute of Greater Louisville

At the Building Institute of Greater Louisville, you can become a Licensed HVAC Journeyman! In partnership with the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, the Building Institute’s HVAC Program is now being offered to students in Louisville and surrounding areas. Every building in Kentucky needs some form of heating and cooling, and there’s a shortage of HVAC technicians in our state. The year-long program allows you to get practice working on the job and studying during the evenings. Students who have completed this program say they enjoy the pace and on-the-job learning, and, the field training allows them to put what they learned into practice immediately.

For more information on this program, contact 502-429-0513 or visit their website.

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Render Capital

Render Capital takes a hands-on, founder-first approach that leverages their startup, venture, and corporate innovation networks. As the only institutionally-backed venture capital fund in Kentucky, this organization envisions a robust and thriving regional economy where entrepreneurs see the Midwest and South as a place they can find appropriate risk capital necessary for them to start and grow. Render Capital invests in startups that are solving problems with innovative solutions, attacking a large market with global applications, and that have a founding team and advisors with deep experience; industries they invest in include: healthcare, health technology, supply chain/logistics, advanced manufacturing, CPG/e-Commerce, food/beverage, and, B2B SaaS.

For more information, contact or 502-286-9191.

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Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence was established in 1999 by community leaders including founding CEO Kevin Connelly, the Donors Forum of Kentuckiana, Metro United Way, and the City of Louisville. Prior to the opening of CNPE, the team found that nonprofits in Greater Louisville were missing a central point to access information, best practices, professional development, and, hands-on consultation aimed at helping nonprofits reach their potential. Just over two decades later, CNPE is recognized as the go-to resource for the area’s nonprofit community. This organization’s mission is to accelerate the success of nonprofits through capacity building, connections, and community support to amplify the good work of the sector. CNPE was created expressly to help nonprofits achieve their missions more effectively and with excellence – from getting started through strategic planning and resource development. CNPE envisions a just and equitable community that supports and emboldens nonprofits to ensure everyone has the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

For more information, contact Ed Cortas, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Consulting, at or 502-618-5329.

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Community Venures

Community Ventures helps people own homes and start businesses. From affordable financing to education, to neighborhood revitalization, Community Ventures’ areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for people across Kentucky. This organization is focused on the areas of greatest need, where they feel they can make the most impact; they offer a range of products and services from financial counseling to large scale neighborhood revitalization. The Community Ventures Homeownership Center works to enable prospective and current homeowners to achieve their dreams through counseling, education, and affordable lending options. They have a successful history of building new homes and buying, remodeling, and re-selling homes, making it possible for their clients to purchase like-new homes and enjoy the benefits of safe, affordable homeownership.

Learn more about their two programs for entrepreneurs here: Art, Inc. and Opllo E-Commerce

For more information, contact Brad Wolfe at (859) 231-0054.


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Sullivan University

Sullivan University has created an environment where students from different places and different stages of life can come together, exchange ideas, and learn and that is what makes Sullivan unique. If you want to attend a school where you will learn through a Career-focused curriculum, work with instructors who are passionate about their fields and who will help you succeed, while also taking the next step toward your future, then Sullivan is the place for you. Sullivan University has certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs available.

For more information, contact or 502-456-6505.

Parnell Commercial Driving School (Mister “P” Express)

Begin your driving career at Mister “P” Express today! This school is fully accredited since 2007 by the State of Indiana and is located in Jeffersonville, IN. Parnell Commercial Driving School is the premier commercial driving school in Southern Indiana and the Metro Louisville area. The Parnell CDL School has grants available for qualifying individuals and individuals that complete the program are offered immediate employment through Mister “P” Express. What sets the Parnell CDL School apart from the rest is it’s devotion to train students with the best technology.

For more information, fill out their contact form or call (812) 256-0400.

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Western Kentucky University (Elizabethtown, KY)

Western Kentucky University (Elizabethtown Campus) is a student-centered, applied research university that is dedicated to making sure students achieve their goals and graduate with skills for success. In addition to graduating with a diploma, students will enter the real world with experience that makes them stand out above the rest. WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business, and our award-winning speech and debate team. More than 18,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro, and the Elizabethtown area.

For more information, contact Gail Ledford, Coordinator of Student Services & Outreach, at or (270) 706-8870.

One Southern Indiana

One Southern Indiana (1si) is the state-recognized Local Economic Development Organization (LEDO) and Chamber of Commerce for Clark and Floyd counties. Their primary goal is bringing new businesses to Southern Indiana and helping existing businesses grow. Services include assistance in site selection and resources for local and state incentives to get businesses up and running faster and keep them running longer. For businesses, check out 1si’s programs including:

Local & State Tax Incentives: Indiana is a cost-effective state in which to build a business, as the state’s total business taxes are lower than adjoining states.

The ONE Fund: The ONE Fund serves small business owners in the Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Scott and Washington with loan amounts ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 at an affordable interest rate equal to the Prime Rate plus 2%. Repayment terms are two years for working capital loans, five years for machinery and equipment financing, and seven years for real estate/brick-and-mortar loans.

For more information, contact Lauren Wagoner at or Mike Fulkerson, Small Business Navigator, at or 812.945.0266.

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Louisville Downtown Partnership

The Louisville Downtown Partnership works to maintain the value and importance of Downtown Louisville and the Business Improvement District, with emphasis on providing clean and safe services, economic development, and fact-driven resources for the region’s ratepayers, stakeholders, and potential investors. This organization remains steadfast in their belief in the community and, most importantly, in Downtown Louisville’s ultimate resilience and significance to the overall local and regional economy. Whether you’re a sole proprietor, a startup with one employee, or, an established business with many employees, the LDP supports businesses from grand openings to expansions, through promotion, technical assistance, referrals to small business resource providers, and, identifying sources of financial assistance.

Click here to download the New Business Welcome Package! 

For more information, contact or 502-584-6000.

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Louisville Free Public Library Immigrant Services

The Louisville Free Public Library offers a wide range of ongoing international and English Language Learning programming at the Library. LFPL’s collection includes books and movies in many languages and more than 500 learn-a-language CD sets, from Arabic to Urdu, as well as downloadable audio foreign language courses. A number of library locations also offer a rich mix of activities, including multilingual storytimes, cultural showcases, conversation groups, foreign films, and literary “salons” in several languages. During the month of September, the entire Library system celebrates Louisville’s diversity during International Month.

For more information, contact Alecia Fuller at or (502) 574-1611.

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The Spot: Young Adult Opportunity Campuses

The Spot: Young Adult Opportunity Campuses offer free career and education resources for young adults ages 16-24 in the Louisville region. Located at JCTC Campus (800 W Chestnut Street) and NIA (2900 W Broadway), the Spot provides an inviting environment for anyone needing guidance in figuring out the next step in life, like continuing education, starting a career, gaining credentials, by creating a path to independence and self-sufficiency. Nobody is ever alone at the Spot! Earn incentives and wages as you explore the world of possibilities, communicate with people who get it, and tap into your inner self.

No pathway is out of the question. The Spot partners with a wealth of educational, vocational, and training providers to meet in-demand jobs and creative jobs. Some trainings are provided in-house, such as Digital Literacy and Customer Services. National credentials are always our mission when serving you with a variety of trainings.

For more information, contact Renee Walters at 502-574-4115 or


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Behavioral Health Groups
Transportation Assistance
Case Management
Mental Health – 1:1, Music Therapy, Group Therapy
Exploration of Career Pathways
Paid Trainings, Credentials, and Licensure
Placement with Employers – Job Shadows, Internships, Permanent Jobs
Assistance Navigating the Court System
Job/Work Ready Workshops
Digital Literacy
Career – Interest and Aptitude Assessments
Legal Aid and Expungement
General Education and Post-Secondary Education
Paid Internships up to 350+ hours
Professional Development

Oldham County, KY Chamber of Commerce

The Oldham County KY Chamber of Commerce strives to be the “go to” organization for business networking, business expansion, professional development, community relationships and much more. This Chamber offers business development support, including access to the Small Business Resource Center including manuals, technology and consulting assistance; member networking opportunities and free business promotional support with ribbon-cuttings/groundbreakings; relocation services; and much more!

For more information, contact Heidi Ocheltree at or 502-222-1635.  

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Louisville Independent Business Alliance

The mission of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned, independent businesses and educating citizens on the value of purchasing locally. In order to pursue LIBA’s mission, the organization will focus on:

1. Informing citizens of the value provided by locally owned businesses,
including their importance to the local economy, culture, and social fabric. The goal is to encourage area residents to view themselves as citizens — as members of a community rather than merely as consumers.

2. Offering group branding, promotion and advertising to LIBA members to elevate the individual and collective profiles of locally owned businesses in order to provide marketing and exposure advantages chains routinely enjoy.

3. Creating strong relationships with local government and media to inform local decision-making, give voice to the locally owned independent business community, and promote policies that support community-rooted enterprises.


For more information, contact Leslie Spanyer at 502.473.4687 or

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Seven Counties Services

The Seven Counties Services Training Institute is for community mental health professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities for professional development through classroom trainings and workshops. Many courses offered are submitted to Kentucky licensing boards for CE hours. Other courses offered are state-approved certifications for Targeted Case Management, Community Support Associates, and Peer Support Specialists.

For more information, contact, or (502) 589-8600.

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Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College offers associate degrees, short-term certificates, and workforce certifications in fields where workers are needed most, so you can be ready to get started in a career quickly. Ivy Tech has the resources, focus, and flexibility to meet students where they are, then walk with them to where they’re going. This institution knows that no two students’ paths to the future look the same, and they listen and support each individuals plans to develop a plan. With 70+ academic programs and classes in 75+ communities in Indiana, plus online options, you’ll be able to find your fit for the next step in your career which will lead to a better life, every day from graduation on.

For more information, contact or 812-246-3301.

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana is a nonprofit organization that inspires and prepares young people for success. With interactive programs tailored to elementary, middle and high school students, Junior Achievement introduces young people throughout our community to the realities and possibilities of the working world and personal finance. Want to inquire about hosting a Junior Achievement program at your organization/school? More information is available here!

Break out of your typical workday by helping young people prepare for the working world. Junior Achievement provides the training, materials, and encouragement. You bring your great attitude, experiences, and enthusiasm. More information on volunteering with JAKY is available here!

For more information, contact Barbara Byrd at or 502-561-5437.

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Queer KY Inclusivity Workplace Training

The team at Queer Kentucky has told the stories of LGBTQ+ Kentuckians for over four years and has learned that there is a huge need in our state for queer and trans education for employers. Are you interested in making your business a safer place to work for your trans and nonbinary employees? Did you know that being trans-inclusive actually improves the bottom line? What does it mean to be trans-inclusive anyway? Queer Kentucky is excited to help your company’s inclusion initiatives grow and succeed. Queer Kentucky is now offering diversity, equity, and inclusion training and workshops for the workplace, with both on-site and off-site training for the greatest efficiency and convenience. To become a queer-inclusive partner and host a workshop at your organization on Trans Inclusivity, fill out this form.

For more information, contact Noa August at

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Chef Space Kitchen Incubator

Chef Space is a food business accelerator located in Louisville’s West End that provides commercial kitchen space and business training for entrepreneurs to start food‐related ventures. Their mission is to create food businesses in West Louisville. For more than three years, Chef Space has been the only place in Louisville to start and grow your food business. With industrial equipment, production workspace and tailored support, Chef Space has everything you need to get started! Amenities include: 13,556 sq. ft. commercial kitchen space available for hourly or monthly rent; business training, technical assistance, and access to capital for food entrepreneurs; industry connections; and, large meeting and event space available for private events and gatherings.
For more information, email or submit a contact request at
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Created by Jefferson Community & Technical College, Code Louisville and the Louisville Tech Alliance


bit502 is an apprenticeship-style training program where you’ll earn valuable on-the-job experience while also earning a paycheck as you work toward your degree. This is a great time to “Be in Tech (bit)”. Do you like playing video games and have an idea for new ones? Thought about developing a new app or improving current ones? Do you have a sharp memory and an inquisitive mind, confidence around a computer and a desire to figure out how things work? If so, you’re probably the right type of candidate for bit502! There are a lot of high-paying computer-related jobs in the Louisville market, but there aren’t nearly enough highly-skilled applicants to fulfill those positions. If you’re accepted into bit502, you can get to work immediately!
For more information, visit or contact JCTC at (502) 213-5333.



Metallica Scholars Program (ECTC)

Metallica Scholars is a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. These programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or other applied learning program. The program has caught the eyes of some major players in the workwear industry who have made significant contributions to their workforce education program. Both Carhartt, through its “Hard Rock is Hard Work” Labor Day campaign, and Wolverine, through its Project Bootstrap program, have helped the Metallica Scholars team to train the skilled trade professionals of tomorrow.
For more information, contact ECTC at (270) 769-2371 or visit the ECTC Metallica Scholars Program website.

Scott County, IN Chamber of Commerce

The Scott County IN Chamber of Commerce strives to build a community of resources for its members by offering the opportunity to work with like-minded professionals to help you grow your business. Since 1991, the Scott County Chamber has committed to education, connection, growth and prosperity to promote and support their members. Whether you are just getting started or are an established business, the Chamber has programs and member benefits to fit your needs, including networking, advertising, events, insurance discounts, and more.

For more information, contact or 812-752-4080.  

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ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. High school students in the Louisville area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities through mentors from the design-build construction industry in hope of securing young students to become professionals or tradesmen in the industry. Over 10,000 students participate annually, drawn from approximately 1,450 high schools.

Want to be an ACE Mentor? Click here for more info!

For more information, contact Jeff Hofmann, Board Treasurer at, or Dwayne Rice, Board Chairman, at

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Greater Knox Coding Academy (ECTC)

The Greater Knox Coding Academy (ECTC) provides courses and certification for coding and computer repair/diagnostic/security. Graduates who pass the course and certification exams are eligible for high paying careers in government, manufacturing, military, consulting, industry, and business. Starting salaries as much as $40,000 – $70,000. Students who complete the program and pass all the related exams may earn college credit hours. All of these credits count toward the Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Technology programming track.
For more information, contact contact Steve Bratcher at or call/text 270-734-7653.
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University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

For more information, contact or 502.852.6531.


The University of Louisville Center for Engaged Learning was created to provide a coordinated effort to expand learning beyond the classroom by collaborating with campus, community, and industry partners to provide engaged learning opportunities that prepare undergraduate students for academic and career success. The CEL celebrates diversity and pursues equitable opportunities for all students to participate in high-quality experiences.


The Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate Program offered by the University of Louisville is workforce-focused and seeks to fill the gap of entry level positions and cybersecurity jobs. The University of Louisville has created a coalition of schools called “Pathways Coalition” to create a Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate program, funded by The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. The Coalition focuses on enhancing student knowledge in cybersecurity foundational courses. Post-graduation, students will have the skillset to begin or grow a career in cybersecurity. For more information, contact 502-852-3871 or


The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences is proud to be the Commonwealth of Kentucky Local Performance Site (LPS) for the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC) located at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta. The Commonwealth of Kentucky PHTC LPS offers public health training workshops, continuing education, student field placements, and regional health assessment and collaborative development. The purpose of the University of Louisville PHTC is to strengthen the competencies of the current and future public health workforce, expose public health students to the value of working in underserved areas, advocate for public health systems and policies, and contribute to the work of the national PHTC program. This mission will be achieved through the provision of workforce trainings in collaboration with partners, faculty and student collaborative projects, and student placements. For more information, contact Collette Davis at


The UofL Organizational Leadership & Learning Department, offers innovative programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels that educate professionals who focus on leadership, organization development, human resources, and workforce development to benefit individuals, organizations and society. For more information, contact


Truck Driver Institute (TDI)


Since 1973, the Truck Driver Institute (TDI) has trained over 10,000 of the highly-qualified licensed truck drivers in America, who are hired by their 20+ carrier partners because their standards match truck driver employment policies. Courses at TDI are a mixture of classroom and behind-the-wheel training to ensure that students leave TDI training facilities with the skills, knowledge, and experience that big transportation companies are looking for from their rookie drivers. TDI offers excellent financial aid options including: military benefits, carrier-paid tuition, student financing, and a $1,000 scholarship for self-paying students. In their program, students will receive support every step of the way from enrollment to graduation and job placement after graduation.
For more information, see the links below or contact 800-848-7364.

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Blue River Services, Inc.

Blue River Services is on a mission to assist people with disabilities in realizing maximum personal growth and development in home, work and community by providing a continuum of individualized services and supports in settings least restrictive for the needs of the individual. Blue River Employment Services provides placement to individuals with intellectual, developmental and acquired disabilities and other barriers to employment. Individuals can obtain and maintain employment through career exploration, job readiness and development, soft skills training, follow-along services and individual job coaching. Services are designed in accordance with the individual’s support needs and preferences. Blue River staff assist individuals in discovering and understanding their vocational interests, values, temperaments, work-related behaviors, aptitudes, skills, physical capabilities, learning style, and training needs. Individuals are paired with an Employment Consultant, who assists with employment-related concerns helping participants further their skills training.

For more information, contact Holly Adam at 812-542-3077 or

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Simmons College of Kentucky (HBCU)


Simmons College of Kentucky is an institution of biblical higher education dedicated to educating people through strong academic and professional programs so they may become productive citizens and agents of change in society. Simmons is proud to be Louisville’s only Historically Black College & University (HBCU). This institution delivers a top-notch, one-on-one educational experience that fosters lifelong success for graduates. Simmons brings outstanding scholars and growing minds together to challenge the status quo and create a more accessible and equitable world. Simmons’ Black-centric curriculum builds the strength of character and sense of ethical perseverance needed to truly make a difference – no matter the course of study.

For more information, contact Ta’Kiesha Barger, Academic Affairs Coordinator, at or (502) 776-1443.

Greater Germantown Business Association (KY)

Greater Germantown Business Association is creating economic opportunity for those who live, work, and do business in Germantown-Schnitzelburg and surrounding neighborhoods. By organizing and recruiting a wide variety of member showcasing events, this Association provides their members with opportunities to generate new customers and accelerate brand building. Greater Germantown is creating unified and cohesive branding that represents and respects the unique identities and histories of all of the Greater Germantown communities. By creating a unified voice for the greater Germantown community, they will create a strong message, reach a broad audience, and create a greater impact for our members and for their neighborhoods. By creating a central hub for strategic partnerships, they help link neighborhood, business, consumer, governmental, resident strengths, and resources to create a greater whole.

For more information, contact or (502) 637-4900.

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Metro United Way: Business United

Metro United Way works every day to lift the community by mobilizing people and maximizing resources to advance opportunity and equity for all. MUW brings together businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, foundations, and individuals to engage in the kinds of collaboration that changes lives. Through data-driven insights, their team identifies the community’s greatest needs and addresses systemic challenges by fighting to improve the disparities that persist in early care and education, economic mobility, home ownership, racial equity, and public policy in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties in Indiana.

For more information, contact Michelle Elsby at or (502) 583-2821.

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Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center


The Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center provides on-the-job training to help individuals find the career that’s right for them! Job Corps is fully funded by the federal government and is FREE to students and their families, and offers hands-on career technical training in high-growth industries. They can also help individuals get a GED or high school diploma. The Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center fully supports the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. This organization also offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, driver’s education and English language learning, along with benefits including residential housing, food service, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and a clothing allowance.
Before and after graduation, this organization will assist students in conducting a job search and can help with connections to resources relevant to healthcare, housing, legal assistance, and childcare. For six months after graduation, a Job Corps Career Transition Specialist will keep in touch with each student to make sure things are going well in their new careers. They also have agreements with community colleges and related institutions to teach career courses and to have individual students take courses to gain college credit, and they can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when appropriate.
For more information, contact (502) 722-8862 or (national office

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Trimble County, KY Chamber

The mission of the Trimble County Chamber & Economic Development is to promote the general welfare of the citizens of Trimble County, KY through the retention, development, and growth of new and existing industries, businesses, tourism, other organizations and associations which may provide employment opportunities for our residents and by encouraging an orderly expansion and development of all segments of the community.

For more information, contact Deborah Crawford at 502-221-6068 or

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Russell Promise

Russell Promise is an initiative started by Cities United and the Louisville Metro Government and is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Community Foundation of Louisville. The vision of this initiative is to build Black wealth through investment without displacement including sharing decision-making and leadership with residents; connecting individuals and families to resources leading to homeownership and traditional and nontraditional business ownership; building pathways and opportunities to strengthen existing Black-owned businesses; creating innovative connections to career-track jobs; and, community ownership of neighborhood assets.

For more information, contact

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Preston Area Business Alliance (KY)

Preston Area Business Alliance (PABA) is a network of business owners and community leaders dedicated to advancing business through enhanced connection, understanding, and action. This organization focuses on supporting, promoting, and strengthening businesses along the Preston Corridor. PABA is a collective of individuals with personal or business interests along the corridor, and creates a platform for its members to strengthen business relationships through networking; voice their most pressing concerns in a unified way; and leverage the alliance as a resource for communicating trends, needs, and recommending strategy and vision for the future of the Preston Corridor.

Whether you are a new or existing business, PABA can assist in expanding your reach and growth. As a new member of PABA, you will be listed in the e-newsletter and on social media. Businesses have the opportunity to be highlighted in other PABA publications, and have opportunities to grow by advertising and sponsoring events, and it can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when identified as a member of PABA. 

For more information, contact

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Rauch, Inc.

Rauch, Inc. works to support people with disabilities and their families while encouraging a community that acknowledges the value and contribution of all people. Rauch, Inc. promotes professional growth by providing employees opportunities for promotion to supervisory roles and to apply for new roles across departments. This organization also supports employment by assisting with the job search, skill development, and job coaching as well as working with schools in the community to aid students in their journey after high school.

For more information, contact Holly Adam at (812) 945-4063 or

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Junior League of Louisville

The Junior League of Louisville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Above all else, their goal is to promote and perpetuate social change in Louisville, KY and the surrounding communities that will benefit most from it. By empowering women and providing valuable leadership training, JLL is giving local women the tools to get involved, put their talents to work, and positively impact the communities in and around Louisville.

For more information, contact 502-637-5415 or

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Helping Hand of Hope (Hardin County, KY)

Helping Hand of Hope works to offer compassionate relief to people in need by providing immediate assistance and appropriate referrals to meet basic human needs. This organization provides our community with an opportunity for sharing resources that foster personal self-worth and human dignity. Helping Hand of Hope provides the following services:

– Rent Assistance
– Utility Assistance
– Clothing Assistance
– Food Assistance
– Prescription Assistance
– Transportation Assistance for Hardin Co. residents with out-of-county medical appointments
– Job Readiness/Job Placement
– Beds for Children

For more information, contact or (270) 769-3092.


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