Small Business Connection

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What is SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions?

SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions is a searchable, online database of small, minority, and women-owned businesses in Kentucky. The purpose of the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions program is to help match small businesses in Kentucky with buyers from government agencies and large businesses. Small businesses in Kentucky are encouraged to register in the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions database at www.kentucky.gov/sbc. Registrants provide basic information about their business including contact information, a description of the products or services that they provide, and business certifications (third-party and/or self-certifications). SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions is a joint effort of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet. Registration is free to small businesses with a physical location in Kentucky.

Registration in the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTion vendor database is not the same as registering in the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Vendor Self Service (VSS) at https://emars.ky.gov/online/vss/AltSelfService. VSS is the official vendor registration site for all firms (large or small, in-state or out-of-state) that want to do business with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTion vendor database is a supplemental database that is designed exclusively for small businesses located in Kentucky.

Why should I register my business in the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions database?

Many government agencies and large businesses (prime contractors) are actively looking for small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Several different vendor databases currently exist, but there isn’t a single comprehensive source exclusively for Kentucky small businesses. The SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions database is designed to promote small businesses in Kentucky. Registering in this database will make it easier for buyers from government agencies and large businesses to find your business and learn about your capabilities, which may lead to additional business opportunities. Once you’re registered, buyers will be able to review your business profile by searching the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTion vendor database at https://secure.kentucky.gov/sbc/database.aspx.

How do I Register/Create a Small Business Profile?

A vendor registration form is available at https://secure.kentucky.gov/sbc/files/SmallBusinessConnectionVendorRegistrationForm.pdf. This form can be used to collect the information needed to create a profile in the SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTions database. After you’ve collected the registration information, go to www.kentucky.gov/sbc, click on “Login or Create a Profile”, and then select “Create a small business profile here”. For registration assistance, e-mail cedsbsd@ky.gov or call 800-626-2250.