The Berea Chamber of Commerce promotes prosperity and enhance the quality of life in Berea by supporting the success and growth of its current businesses, enhancing communications and collaborations, and promoting Berea as a place to live, work and explore. With over 300 active members the Chamber is a great place to engage with the business community and can serve as a catalyst for growing your business. The Chamber provides networking opportunities, ribbon cuttings, community events and information about local resources. For more information visit www.bereachamber.com.
Berea Tourism promotes and advertises Berea and its unique offerings to tourist throughout the country. With staff at two welcome centers, Berea Tourism highlights tourist-oriented businesses to ensure that tourists are aware of goods, amenities, and entertainment opportunities available. Tourism’s business services include producing the annual travel guide, sponsoring and conducting events, hosting tourism-related business information on the tourism website, coordinating artist workshops, and continually promoting Berea as a great place to visit. For more information visit www.visitberea.com.
The City of Berea recognizes the importance of local government on a business’s ability to get started or expand its operations. The Business and Economic Development team will coordinate the relevant departments necessary to address ongoing needs. Individual departments address the following areas:
For more information about the City of Berea Departments visit www.bereaky.gov.
As the state agency encouraging job creation, retention and business investment in Kentucky, the Cabinet for Economic Development works to attract new industries and to assist existing companies to grow and expand. This includes providing site selection services, detailed community data, assistance in obtaining required state permits and licenses, and preparation of financial incentive packages. For more information about Cabinet for Economic Development programs and incentives visit www.thinkkentucky.com.
The Kentucky Career Center matches qualified job seekers with employers. The Kentucky Career Center allows employers to post jobs openings on the Focus Talent job portal and provides essential labor market information. Assistance in recruitment, testing, taking and screening applications and creating resumes is also available. For more information about the Kentucky Career Center business services, visit www.kcc.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Innovation Network is a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies and create jobs. The Innovation Network aids with business development, growth strategies, and funding sources. For more information about the network, or to contact the local office, visit www.kyinnovation.com.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has been assisting the Commonwealth’s small business community for more than 35 years. With 13 service centers statewide, KSBDC provides consulting and training services that help existing business owners and potential entrepreneurs. Their services include one-on-one management consultations, training workshops, market research, loan packaging help, assistance with financial projections and information needed to make informed business decisions. For more information about the KSBDC visit www.ksbdc.org.