small business

Gov. Matt Bevin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has joined 15 other states in supporting a Trump administration rule that would allow small businesses to sign up for health insurance plans that don’t comply with protections required by the Affordable Care Act.

The policy, which has been blocked in federal court, would allow small businesses or groups of people to sign up for “association health plans” that are exempted from covering prescription drugs, emergency services and mental health treatment — all provisions that insurance companies are required to provide under the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center's new executive director, Kristina Joyce, reassures budding entrepreneurs that there is no such thing as a dumb question - and theirs are kept in confidence.

  There are nearly 350,000 small businesses across Kentucky, according to the Small Business Administration. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a network of 12 offices throughout the state with a mission to help start-up and existing business succeed.

Succeeding longtime director Becky Naugle, who retired in May, is Kristina Joyce. She talked with Tom Martin about the challenges and needs of Kentucky small buisiness owners and entrepreneurs. 


Marisa Hempel

The topic this week: small businesses and entrepreneurship as the Small Town Merchant Program comes to town.

Our round table is full on Eastern Standard, as experts in the field of entrepreneurship are in town and on our show to help teach others who own small businesses. We will discuss all things relating to the local economy, and talk about the innovations in owning your own start-up in the changing times. Our Guests this week include:

Focus On Business: Vincent Smith on SCORE

Apr 4, 2016

Tom Martin talks with Vincent Smith, chair of the Lexington Chapter of “SCORE,” an organization of volunteer business mentors helping small businesses and startups work through business issues.