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STEPS Business Coach
University of Kentucky in Harlan, Kentucky
Date Posted 02/25/2021
Faculty-Business-Other Business Faculty
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
  • 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
  • This position is considered CARES Act: Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Kentucky’s response to COVID-19. An employee hired into this role may be responsible for providing space, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location.


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?


Preferred Education/Experience


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.

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