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Verified Pay $28-$36 per hour
Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Lexington, Kentucky

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Job Title:

STEPS Business Coach (Somerset, KY)

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

81045:Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Work Location:

Somerset, KY

Salary Range:


Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Physical Requirements:

Sitting for long periods of time.


40 hours per week, 8-5 (M-F), some evenings/weekends will be required.

Job Summary:

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.
  • Consulting 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.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:
  • 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.
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Deadline to Apply:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.