In an effort to better serve the business community across the Commonwealth, Governor Steve Beshear today joined state and government leaders to launch a one-stop business website to help businesses start and operate in a more efficient way. The Kentucky Business One Stop – onestop.ky.gov – is an interactive web portal designed to provide faster, friendlier, more reliable and cost-effective state government services to businesses.
“Throughout my administration, we have found numerous ways to make navigating state government much easier for Kentucky’s business community. Now with the launch of the Kentucky Business One Stop, we have created yet another avenue to strengthen this relationship,” Gov. Beshear said. “This website will serve as a single, unified access point for businesses to find information on planning, starting, operating or expanding a business right here in the Commonwealth. Putting all of this information in one place is a huge step in the right direction to save our businesses time and money.”
The website will be particularly helpful for those starting small businesses, which represent some 90 percent of the businesses in the state and create many of our new jobs, Gov. Beshear said.
The website, created by Senate Bill 8, features a link to the Secretary of State’s office allowing citizens to register a new business online, while at the same time, providing a convenient way to communicate and interact with the Department of Revenue. A common sense guide is provided to walk businesses through all the steps needed at the state and local levels to start a business in Kentucky.
Information is also provided on the website concerning economic development incentives, employee insurance information and business counseling expertise.
The Beshear administration worked with business leaders and Secretary of State Elaine Walker and her staff to develop the website. Walker and Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet Mary Lassiter co-chaired the website’s development committee, which included representatives from all state agencies that interact with Kentucky businesses.
“As a small business owner, former mayor focused on job creation, and now Secretary of State, I know the value of a Kentucky One Stop Business Portal,” Walker said. “I am pleased with this important next step and look forward to the continued efforts to streamline the way businesses interact with state government. The One Stop Business Portal is an enhanced and open format for the Commonwealth to assist businesses as they generate jobs and economic development throughout our communities.”
Several members of the business community advised the development team during the creation of the website and will continue to be partners with the Commonwealth as future features to the website are implemented.
“The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to partner with state government in the effort to provide streamlined information and support to businesses through Kentucky Business One Stop,” said Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “Our organization has always been supportive of efforts by state government to improve communication between state agencies and the business community. That is why we supported Senate Bill 8 and have worked with the Beshear administration to implement the Kentucky Business One Stop Portal. Kentucky businesses will benefit greatly from this website and the new resources available to them.”
Several other states have developed similar successful websites, including Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia. Kentucky was able to work with these states during the creation of its website.
The 2011 legislation creating the Kentucky Business One Stop, sponsored by Sen. David Givens of Greensburg, requires an assessment of the near- and long-term vision of the website to be delivered to the General Assembly, the Secretary of State and the Governor.
“As the sponsor of Senate Bill 8, creating the Business One Stop, my motivation came from my experience in the private sector where web-based business transactions flourish in a secure and highly efficient manner,” Sen. Givens said. “Business One Stop will allow our state government to begin moving ‘at the speed of business’ making it easier for Kentuckians to start and grow their business by eliminating the need to fill out multiple forms from multiple agencies. As it grows and develops, I am hopeful the many positive benefits derived from this web-based platform can be applied to making other parts of state government more effective.”
Gov. Beshear embraced the legislation and pushed for its passage. He credits numerous individuals and agencies for working enthusiastically to create the website for the benefit of Kentucky’s business community.
“The Kentucky Business One Stop will create one-stop shopping and, in the process, help promote economic development, job creation and efficiencies for both businesses and government,” he said. “We are always looking for good ideas that improve our Commonwealth.”