Let’s do business better.
We invest in a better way of
life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky through:
Don’t worry. If you struggle with business challenges or want to achieve new goals, SKED’s lending specialists will find financial solutions that work for you — so you can stop losing sleep and start chasing dreams.
> Explore lending programs
Connection is power. Let the leaders at SKED connect you to the right community resources so you can do business better in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
> Explore the region and properties
Success is always possible. All it takes is an open mind, motivation and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Our small business assistance team will walk you through the rest.
> Find training that fits your needs.
Hours of Technical Assistance Provided
The proof is in the success story.
Learn about the ways we’ve helped our Southern and Eastern Kentucky clients do business better across the region.
Marcella Lovell, owner
“We loved working with the folks at SKED. They made the process smooth, answered all of our questions and went above and beyond in helping us make connections with other coffee shop owners.”
Maria Hopper, owner
Happy Hoppers Coffee & More
“I am truly honored to be named Kentucky’s Small Business Advocate of the Year. However, I can’t take all the credit. What we do at SKED is a team effort. Kyle Smith (SKED small business training specialist) and I have spent countless hours creating and improving Entrepreneurial SMARTS and Be Boss Online; without his assistance and contributions, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Amanda Kelly, small business training director
“Thanks to SKED, Hurley Electrical Contracting is thriving as a female-owned business. We have been able to expand and provide employment within our region. The dedication and professionalism demonstrated by SKED staff has given us the opportunity to see our dream become a reality.””
Carolyn Hurley, president
Hurley Electrical Contracting, LLC
“As a first-time female business owner, I found that SKED was willing to work with me and championed my concept of bringing the cultural and arts heritage of the Kentucky mountains to bigger markets. Because of their microloan funding, I was not forced to focus solely on financial viability but able to promote the double bottom line of supporting artists and emerging economies in the region, while also building my gallery.”
Sky Marietta, owner
Moonbow at Second & Main