Economic Development

Minority Businesses Encouraged to do Business With the State

The state encourages small, women- and minority-owned businesses to register as vendors with the These businesses can participate in events that focus on developing minority-owned businesses and establishing stronger supplier diversity efforts for public entities and private companies.

Procurement Process Using Minority Vendors

Agencies are encouraged to reach out to ethnic minority-owned small businesses to increase participation. The Finance and Administration Cabinet requires executive branch agencies to reach out to ethnic minority vendors when possible to contract for goods or services.

Civil Rights and Small Business Development

The Office of Civil Rights and Small Business Development is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities, a diverse workforce and promoting equitable business opportunites throughout Kentucky.
A current opportunity exists with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. If you are interested in participating in the Louisville Southern-Indiana Bridges Project contact the Office of Civil Rights and Small Business Development at 502.564.3601 or visit

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program

The objective of the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program is to encourage growth among Kentucky businesses owned by women and minorities and to assist those businesses in locating and obtaining further business opportunites. The certification will also allow minority and women businesses to complete for work in states outside of Kentucky that require certification by a statewide body. The establishment of a state certification program is a critical step toward creating, maintaining, and promoting Kentucky's valuable women and minority-owned businesses. For more information go to

How to Do Business With State Government: Government Procurement

Many small businesses are interested in selling their products or services to federal, state and local government agencies, as the U.S. government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. State and local government agencies also purchase significant amounts of products and services. To learn more about how this service may be able to assist your government contracting efforts, contact Darrall Henderson at KSTC at
859.233.3502 or email

Office of Diversity, Equality and Training

The Office of Diversity, Equality and Training (ODET) is responsible for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs to promote and monitor progressive statewide workforce management in the areas of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, retention, inclusion, and diversity. ODE&T also has responsibility for the development, coordination, and implementation of all training, employee development, and related programs conducted on behalf of the Executive Branch.

Governor's Minority Management Trainee Program

The Governor’s Minority Management Trainee Program (GMMTP) is designed to help fulfill our desire to attract, develop, motivate and retain a talented, diverse workforce on behalf of our entire enterprise. Though the administration of this program is housed in our Office of Diversity, Equality and Training, the Governor’s Minority Management Training Program is not just a diversity initiative. It’s a part of our leadership development priorities. One of our many goals in the Personnel Cabinet is to help the Commonwealth leverage its people to help create a more competitive and innovative Kentucky. Leadership is the key to such an ideal. More specifically, leveraging and developing a fluid and diverse talent pool of leaders is what will make the difference in that regard. For more infomation visit

Career Opportunities

If you are interested in career and employment opportunites with the Commonwealth please visit our job seeker website at