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Advantage Kentucky Alliance

 
 
 
 

Giving YOU the Advantage of the Alliance!


 

Alliances with Universities, Chambers, and State Agencies bring you world class technologies, enabling planning for your company's future.  New revenue streams created through universities and manufacturing contacts currently unknown to you allows you to compete locally, regionally, and globally.

BUSINESS GROWTH SERVICES 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP (MEP)

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA): Creating Profitable Growth. By accelerating a continuous flow of innovations to address a manufacturer's department, division, or company problems and opportunities, AKA provides the ncessary tools and methods to systematically identify and target those opportunities to develop new products, new markets, new services, and/or new customers. The "Define", "Discover", "Develop", and "Deliver" techniques of innovation projects help transform the company's culture, move innovation ideas from concepts to products/services/processes, and have a dramatic impact on sales and profits. Go to Contact AKA to locate your local project manager for AKA.

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   STATE AGENCIES

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED): KCED is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging job creation and retention and new investment in the state. Programs administered by the Cabinet are designed to support and promote economic development, primarily by attracting new industries to the state, assisting in the expansion of existing industries, leading a statewide network of support for entrepreneurs, small business owners and knowledge-based start-up entities, and assisting communities in preparing for economic development opportunities. Visit us at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

Contact: The Department for Business Development - Mandy Lambert, Deputy Commissioner at (502) 564-4886 or mandy.lambert@ky.gov  

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Kentucky's Small Business Development Center (KSBDC): KSBDC provides no cost, comprehensive, and hands-on business consulting services. Our services are available at 17 locations around Kentucky or on-line. We help our clients start or grow a business, improve profitability, expand into new markets, find money, and solve business problems. To find an office near you, go to www.ksbdc.org or call Gordon Garrett at (859) 257-6957.

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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED): MACED is a private not-for-profit lender serving east and south central Kentucky since 1976. They specialize in working with enterprises that create jobs, diversify local economies or provide critical community services. MACED has offices in Berea, Paintsville, and Hazard and serves 54 counties in Kentucky.

Please visit us at www.maced.org for more information.

SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP (MEP)

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA): Responding to Evolving Supply Chains. In the expanding global marketplace, the interdependence of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their supply chains will continue to evolve. As the OEMs focus on improving their competitive position through the development of an efficient supply base and the identification of innovative processes and products, it is increasingly important for the suppliers to understand industry needs, market drivers, as well as focus on adopting productivity improvements to remain competitive. Through work with both OEMs and suppliers, AKA understands industry needs across all levels of the supply chain in terms of market space, integration requirements, and best practices. Go to Contact AKA to locate your local project manager for AKA.

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 STATE AGENCIES

 Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED): KCED is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging job creation and retention and new investment in the state. Programs administered by the Cabinet are designed to support and promote economic development, primarily by attracting new industries to the state, assisting in the expansion of existing industries, leading a statewide network of support for entrepreneurs, small business owners and knowledge-based start-up entities, and assisting communities in preparing for economic development opportunities. Visit us at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

Contact: The Department for Business Development - Mandy Lambert, Deputy Commissioner at (502) 564-4886 or mandy.lambert@ky.gov

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA): Performance Improvement as a Foundation. A culture of continuous improvement is necessary to enhance productivity and free up the capacity that will provide manufacturers a stable foundation to pursue innovation and growth. MEP centers around the country have a strong record and solid reputation for providing superior lean and quality services as well as other programs that target plant efficiencies. AKA’s Continuous Improvement Services, will continue to provide a unique approach to implementing the concepts of lean manufacturing across all aspects of the enterprise. Our Continuous Improvement Services are scaled for smaller companies to readily adopt and serve as a starting point to leverage the operational improvements into company-transforming strategies. Go to Contact AKA to locate your local project manager for AKA.

TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATION & ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA): Leveraging Technology to Stimulate Business Growth. Accelerating opportunities to leverage and adopt technology is the key to long-term business growth and productivity. AKA will serve as the connection between manufacturers and the technology opportunities and solutions they require to grow and compete in the global marketplace. AKA, in partnership with other organizations, will develop tools and services to bring innovative and affordable new product and process improvement opportunities adapted to the needs of manufacturers. Additionally, AKA will make available a range of product development and commercialization assistance services to help manufacturers rapidly move new product opportunities into production and out into the market. Go to Contact AKA to locate your local project manager for AKA.

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STATE AGENCIES

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED): KCED is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging job creation and retention and new investment in the state. Programs administered by the Cabinet are designed to support and promote economic development, primarily by attracting new industries to the state, assisting in the expansion of existing industries, leading a statewide network of support for entrepreneurs, small business owners and knowledge-based start-up entities, and assisting communities in preparing for economic development opportunities. Visit us at www.ThinkKentucky.com.

Contact: The Department for Business Development - Mandy Lambert, Deputy Commissioner at (502) 564-4886 or mandy.lambert@ky.gov

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 UNIVERSITIES

Northern Kentucky University (NKU): NKU faculty and students are eager to work with companies, both locally and at the national level. The Engineering Technology Program offers R&D and product development help for companies in each of the following areas: 
     • Prototype Development and Testing 
     • CNC Manufacturing       
     • Plasma CNC Cutter Capability  
     • Sinker CNC-EDM Capability      
     • Materials Analysis, including use of a Scanning Electron Microscope  
     • Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing to Help Design Conceptual Parts

 Contact: Morteza Sadat, Director of Engineering Technology at (859) 572-5762 or sadathossien@nku.edu 

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Western Kentucky University (WKU): WKU faculty and students have experience working with hundreds of companies nationwide. The Institute for Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, the NOVA Center, and the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology offer R&D and product development help for companies in each of the following areas: 
     • Prototype Development and Testing 
     • Materials Analysis, including use of the only Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope available to companies in the U.S.  
     • Automated Robotics Manufacturing Configuration

 Contact: Blaine Ferrell, Associate Vice President for Research at (270) 745-4033 or blaine.ferrell@wku.edu

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

STATE AGENCIES

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED): Kentucky's workforce network is a partnership of dedicated workforce professionals from the Cabinet for Economic Development, Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development, Labor Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. Our partners strive to deliver quality and efficient solutions-based services to businesses throughout Kentucky. through collaborative resources, such as recruitment services, job placement, training incentives, and customized training we strive to maintain and grow a thriving workforce that is based on the market demands of Kentucky's business and industry community. Visit us at www.ThinkKentucky.com or call Josh Benton, Executive Director of Workforce Development at the Cabinet for Economic Development at 502-564-7140 or joshua.benton@ky.gov.

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UNIVERSITIES

 Northern Kentucky University (NKU): NKU faculty and students are eager to work with companies, both locally and at the national level. Student co-op with companies in the areas of electronics, mechanical, manufacturing engineering technology, pre-engineering, and physics.

Contact: Morteza Sadat, Director of Engineering Technology at (859) 572-5762 or sadathossien@nku.edu

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Western Kentucky University (WKU): WKU faculty and students have experience working with hundreds of companies nationwide. Student internships with companies in the areas of manufacturing, engineering, chemistry, and physics.

Contact: Blaine Ferrell, Associate Vice President for Research at (270) 745-4033 or blaine.ferrell@wku.edu 

ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP (MEP)

Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA): Embracing the Green Economy. Sustainability has become a key driver of economic growth as global demands for diminishing resources increase, renewable and alternative energy technology needs expand, and environmental concerns heighten. Whether it is simply a response to rising energy and resource costs or as a corporate growth strategy, sustainability seeks to balance economic, environmental, and societal challenges and opportunities. AKA will help companies gain a competitive edge by reducing environmental costs and impact by developing new environmentally focused materials, products, and processes to gain entry into new markets. Sustainable practices also increase manufacturing's contribution to the economy by helping companies embrace environmental goals profitably. Go to Contact AKA to locate your local project manager for AKA.

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   STATE AGENCIES

Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC): KPPC is Kentucky's primary resource to help business, industries, and other organizations develop environmentally sustainable, cost-saving solutions for improved efficiency. The Center provides customized, on-site assessments, training, and technical services designed to help companies: 
     • Lower costs by systematically improving efficiencies in production and distribution processes - reduce energy use, water and material waste, reduce packaging and
        shipping costs, and recycle or reuse materials;   
     • Develop and promote sustainable business practices that increase worker productivity, reduce employee turnover, encourage employee ownership of efficiency
        efforts, and promote organizational behavioral change; and 
     • Improve market position and brand value by enhancing public image as a responsible steward of the environment;

Please visit us at www.kppc.org/es or call 502-852-0965 for more information about how KPPC technical services can assist your organization. 

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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED): MACED’s Energy Efficient Enterprises (E3) project works to promote energy efficiency to small businesses and nonprofits located in Appalachian Kentucky. We offer:

An energy audit equipment library with free borrowing privileges.

• Excel calculators to calculate energy and cost savings.

• Informational sheets on energy efficient technologies and approaches for specific business types.

• Technical assistance to building trade contractors.

• Financing through our energy microloan and Enterprise Development team.

• Energy consulting by our Certified Energy Manager.

MACED serves the following counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Casey, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Metcalfe, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley

Please visit us at www.maced.org for more information.

Funding & Other Assistance

Every day, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its nationwide network of partners help millions of potential and current small business owners start, grow, and succeed.

Capital: Small business financing is available through guaranteed loans by bank and non-bank lenders, loan programs for international trade and contracting, and disaster loan programs.

Counseling: Free, confidential counseling through our Small Business Development Centers, SCORE offices, and Women's Business Centers, as well as educational events and courses.

Contracting: The federal government awards over $100 billion per year in small business contracts. Learn about opportunities, as well as SBA contracting programs, for small business.

Advocacy: SBA's Office of Advocacy gathers small business statistics, monitors small business trends, and reviews regulatory proposals for impact on small businesses.

SBA Kentucky District Office:
600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 188
Louisville, KY 40202
Tel.: 502-582-5971  |  Fax: 502-582-5009  |TDD: 502-582-6715
Website: www.sba.gov/ky

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development's (MACED) Enterprise Development program promotes entrepreneurship and homegrown development. With offices in Berea, Paintsville, and Hazard, they serve 54 counties in and lend to businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies. 

MACED loan products include the following:

Microloans—Loans of less than $50,000 to start-up and existing enterprises. Typical uses are:

• Start-up loan with support services package ($1,000-$15,000)

• Short-term working capital

• Purchase of equipment or leasehold improvements

Business Loans—Loans over $50,000 and are usually made to existing enterprises. Typical uses are:

• Purchase of equipment or real estate

• Short-term working capital

• Debt restructuring

• Acquisition of another business or expansion of business line

Energy Efficiency Loans—Loans to finance improvements such that loan repayments match monthly energy savings. View the Energy Saving Fact Sheets.

• Lighting, HVAC and other facility systems improvements

Grocery refrigeration and heat waste reduction (with free Lighting Assessment)

• Facilities energy cost share savings programs (by qualified ESCOs)

• Microloans ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for energy efficiency projects (e.g. E3 Energy Microloan)

Community Services Loans— Loans to enterprises that provide community services such as child care, elder care or health care. Typical uses are:

• Short-term bridge financing for capital projects

• Purchase of equipment or leasehold improvements

• Energy efficiency projects

Enterprise Support ServicesMACED's qualified staff and contractors support business owners with a free initial assessment and customized technical assistance. They also sponsor various classroom-based trainings to meet typical needs of entrepreneurs at various stages, from start-up to seasoned entrepreneurs and managers. Here are some of the training programs MACED has offered:

• Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture™, GrowthVenture™, Listening to Your Business™ (Business Planning)

• Cash Reigns Supreme

• QuickBooks Basics, Intermediate, Payroll

Counties Served: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Casey, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Metcalfe, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley

Please visit us at www.maced.org for more information.

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