Nurturing Seeds of Success
SEED provides training and support designed to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing companies in coal-impacted counties of Eastern Kentucky.
SEED’s goal is to help businesses develop the knowledge and confidence needed to win government and private contracts. Since 2017, SEED has worked with more than 50 small businesses to acquire the certifications and training needed to meet with major contractors from across the U.S.
Unique and customized trainings have been offered across the region since 2017, in partnership with the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KPTAC), Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA), the Appalachian Regional Commission and partners throughout the region.
“Summit Aviation was having a difficult time navigating on our own. The opportunity to meet with purchasing representatives from large defense contractors has proven very fruitful to our growth. I’m excited to see how this continues to evolve over the next few years. The year-round training provided to the regional manufacturers continues to develop into a great resource.”
Director of Manufacturing
Small Business Owner
For Kentucky Businesses
SEED provides many benefits and growth opportunities for participating businesses.
Here are just a few:
• The opportunity to meet with officials from a number of different prime contractors
• Hands-on technical assistance in preparing a capabilities statement to send to contractors
• Instruction in applying for and receiving helpful and necessary certifications, such as women-owned, minority-owned and HUBzone
• Ability to compete globally for new business after diversifying the customer base
• Presentation skills required to sell your business and services
• Stronger connections built through networking events and conferences
• Training to help manufacturers of all sizes grow, improve their manufacturing and business strategies and processes
For Prime Contractors
When you invest in East Kentucky companies, you invest in people who know the value of hard work.
• Increased economic value
• A workforce that is knowledgeable and compliant with regulations
• An integral role in economic growth and development efforts in the region
• Access to multiple, qualified local companies through the SEED Contracting Symposium
“Our region has a unique opportunity to harness the power of high performance broadband and our skilled workforce to compete for military and automotive contracts, and create new jobs in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. We’ve proven time and again that our workforce can compete with the best in the country, and countless contracts are renewed every year as a result of the stellar products that are made in our region. I believe we can attract more business and successfully compete for more contracts right here at home, and this SEED Symposium is where it all begins.”
Congressman Hal Rogers
Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District
“For Boeing to become a global industrial champion, we need to partner with great companies. Boeing is committed to making an impact in Eastern Kentucky and working with suppliers that share our commitment to delivering safe, quality products on time to their customers. It’s our honor and a privilege to engage and invest in hard-working businesses such as those that attended this training. We are proud to be a part of their growth and development.”
Supplier Development and Diversity
The Boeing Company