Founded in 2011, the Women's Business Center of Kentucky helps women entrepreneurs, especially those who are economically or socially disadvantaged, start and grow businesses in the state of Kentucky. 

The WBC of KY is one of over 120 women’s business centers across the country that provides technical assistance to help women start and grow their small business.

In an effort to “level the playing field” for women in business, our mission is: To empower, support, encourage, and equip women entrepreneurs and business owners for success through our trainings, workshops, counseling services, and networking opportunities.   Our purpose is: To be a resource partner to women entrepreneurs in the state of Kentucky, especially those who are economically or socially disadvantaged. We are committed to: Provide services and programs that support and accelerate women business owners to strengthen their impact within the state. 


WBC of Kentucky Services:

•    Quality Business Education
•    Access to Micro and Small Business loans and loan package preparation
•    1:1 Business Technical Assistance
•    Business Development Planning and Marketing Strategies
•    Networking Opportunities
•    Training programs for new and emerging businesses

We are a US Small Business Administration program, hosted by Community Ventures Corporation, a private, non-profit community development organization.  

Women entrepreneurs, both startup and established, who face obstacles and barriers in business.

We open doors so that more women can start, grow, and expand their businesses in the state of KY.  We provide training, coaching, procurement opportunities, roundtables, counseling services, and networking opportunities. The WBC of KY serves a diverse population of women entrepreneurs at all stages of development.

The Women's Business Center of Kentucky is supported and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Community Ventures, and led by Phyllis Alcorn.  Phyllis Alcorn came to Community Ventures in January 2009 after an 18 year career in the newspaper industry where she managed and maintained the Lexington Herald-Leader's telephone and voice mail systems.  During her tenure at the Herald-Leader, Phyllis earned her MBA program with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business.

Phyllis has always had an interest in the “business” of business. Helping women learn about business is what excites her most about being a part of the Women’s Business Center of KY and Community Ventures.

Phyllis Alcorn


Women's Business Center of Kentucky