Calling all entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky
Just because you don’t have a million dollar marketing budget or an office in Silicon Valley doesn’t mean you’re not an entrepreneur. If you sell something at a store, from your home, or online — you’re an entrepreneur. SOAR Innovation’s mission is to help you be a successful one.
Meet the SOAR Innovation Team
Considering starting a business?
Read the Complete Guide to Entrepreneurship in Eastern Kentucky
Before you can turn your idea into a thriving business, you have to lay a strong foundation. Pulling from our experience working with hundreds of entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky, we’ve created a five-part, step-by-step guide to help beginners get started.
Get help with business basics
Early entrepreneurs, tap into our direct services
We can help young professionals just starting out on their entrepreneurship journeys get the essentials set up with the least amount of time and money. Reach out to your SOAR Innovation rep today to get started with any one of these six services.
Accelerate your growth
Help for entrepreneurs ready to take the next step
When it’s time to build on the basics, we’ve got you covered. Use these resources to steadily improve your operations and marketing — and prepare your business for funding opportunities.
Join the CO.STARTERS accelerator led and taught by the SOAR Innovation team and other experts. You’ll join peer entrepreneurs from right here in our region for practical guidance and step-by-step execution of business processes — all in a group setting.
Reach out to your SOAR Innovation rep to learn how to join the next cohort.
Attend quarterly SOAR-hosted, professional networking events to connect with other small business owners and entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky.
Access digital tools & training
National Digital Navigator Corps
SOAR Innovation is empowering digital literacy programs and initiatives across Eastern Kentucky. We believe, with digital skills and access, everyone in our region can use the internet to its greatest potential for entrepreneurship.
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) named Shaping Our Appalachian Region as one of 18 organizations that will launch the National Digital Navigator Corps. This grant will help thousands of Eastern Kentucky residents gain much-needed access to the internet, devices, and digital skills training. Lizzie Gillum will be our designated SOAR Digital Navigator.
Learn more about this program and apply to be a part of it!
Let’s make it official
SOAR Innovation has many programs and tools to help entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky. Let us know which ones you’re interested in receiving more information about. You’ll also get email updates in the future about entrepreneurship events, news, and milestones in your county.