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Business Coach


Candidate will be responsible for:  

  • Helping entrepreneurs with overall business plan development and strategy. 
  • Helping entrepreneurs develop business strategies and mitigate risks around new products, services, and/or processes. 
  • Perform training workshops on a consistent basis
  • Coaching entrepreneurs through launching new businesses and growing or diversifying mature businesses. 
  • Coaching on topics such as exporting, product development, raising capital, and federal contracting. 
  • Connecting clients to key resources for technical and financial support.
  • Facilitating sessions to help entrepreneurs develop appropriate business models, business plans, financial projections, cash flow models, marketing plans, loan packaging, core processes, and customer relationships. 
  • Conducting market research and competitive analysis
  • Identifying and contacting small and medium-sized businesses, assessing their needs, and proposing and delivering solutions to enhance and expand their businesses.
  • Keeping up to date with current entrepreneurial trends, market opportunities and skills training.  Possess an understanding of the entrepreneurial mind-set and the role entrepreneurial skills play in economic development.
  • Delivering various services as required associated with federal programs and awards.
  • Collaborating with other units of the host organization, the Kentucky SBDC and other Kentucky SBDC locations, partners, chambers of commerce, local economic development agencies and lenders.   
  • Building and maintaining close professional relationships with small businesses throughout Kentucky. Must be able to work collaboratively and effectively with partner organizations, including hosts, state and federal resource partners.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience as entrepreneurs, in small start-up settings, or with experience advising new businesses through the startup process.


  • Contact small business to primarily promote the services of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  
  • Identify market opportunities and assist in the development of business strategies.  
  • Develop new services based on demonstrated client need.
  • Maintain current records of client firms, proposals, project status, and timesheets using a PC-based customer relationship management system.
  • Participate in meetings and events of small businesses in the areas served.


  • Demonstrated understanding of how entrepreneurship and related activities serve to strengthen and grow Kentucky’s economy
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter who works well in an independent setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Ability to manage projects effectively
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products with emphasis on Excel
  • Ability to travel with a valid driver’s license


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing or other appropriate field of study is required.
  • Experience:  Five years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in banking, business administration, industrial or labor relations, journalism or communications, demographic, economic, market or development research or planning; or in the ownership/ operation of a business enterprise.
  • Substitution:  A Masters degree from an accredited four-year college or university in accounting, banking, business administration, economics, finance, fine arts, journalism, management, planning, labor or industrial relations, or human resource management may substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience as entrepreneurs, in small start-up settings, or with experience advising start-up entrepreneurs
Salary Range:  
$49,920 to $70,720
Contact Info:  
Ron Bunch
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