Give the Gift of Local

You never have to look far for a great gift during the holiday season! This December, the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is showcasing products of producers and agribusinesses on Facebook and Twitter.


Beginning December 4th through December 22nd, we will post a gift idea each day on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Each post will contain information about the product and links to either the vendor’s Facebook Page or website.


Does Your Small Business Need a Tax Break? Consider the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit Program

Kentucky businesses that have 50 or less full-time employees are eligible to apply for the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit (KSBTC) program, which provides a tax credit between $3,500 and $25,000 per year. The credit is based on whether the business has hired new people or has invested in equipment.  Businesses can be awarded a tax credit of up to $3,500 per new staff position created or up to the value of the equipment in which they invested. 


For a small business to be eligible for this tax credit, they must have done all the following:

Tips for Building Your Online Sales

Are you currently selling your products online? Do you want to start selling products online? Online sales offer an opportunity for your customers to shop whenever and wherever they want.  Below are some tips for selling online.


Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Awarded Funding for 2018 and 2019 to Assist Farmers and Agribusinesses in Kentucky

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) recently received $900,000 in funds from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) to continue its work in 2018 and 2019.


Better Living Through Technology: Mountain Tech Media is helping Eastern Kentucky embrace the digital age

October is National Cooperative Month. The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is the leading cooperative development organization in Kentucky, and since our founding in 2001, we have helped establish 25 cooperatives and have assisted over 40 cooperatives, mostly agricultural cooperatives. In this Client Spotlight, we highlight a rural cooperative in a different sector, the growing technology economy in Eastern Kentucky.


2017 Fall Grant Workshops

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) will be hosting a series of six grant workshops this fall in an effort to assist agricultural producers and rural businesses identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds.


Instagram for Business 101: All about the VISUALS

Instagram is an online photo and short video-sharing service that has grown in popularity among teens and young adults. This social media platform allows users to share short videos and photos on Instagram and other social media sites.


Client Profiles We Don't Write: Frequent Situations Our Businesses Face

Last year, we spent a month with “client profiles that we do not write” with examples of what happens in businesses that frankly no one wants to talk about when they talk about their business.  Because we see these problems often, we know that many people are working through these issues, and it became a popular feature last year.  This month, we are focusing on frequently experienced business situations and our response, to form another edition of “The Client Profiles We Do Not Write.”


Knox County Farmers Market: A Community Comes Together and Farmers and Consumers Benefit

In 2014, a group of producers and community members in Knox County came together to consider how to provide a market place that would both increase local food sales for farmers in the area and connect farmers, consumers, and the community generally. The Knox County Farmers Market emerged to provide an opportunity for producers, community members, and local organizations to give the residents of Barbourville and the surrounding area a place to visit and purchase locally raised produce, along with a place for the community to gather.


KCARD Connection July 2017

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