Secretary of State
Kentucky Business Portal Wins National Award

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 28, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal received a prestigious national award on Sept. 25 in New Orleans in recognition of the portal’s outstanding applications and infrastructure, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced.


“Kentucky’s One Stop Business Portal is a national leader in increasing efficiency for both businesses and government agencies,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished these past four years, expanding and improving available services, and our team is extremely deserving of this honor.”


The award was given by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.


In 2014 the Portal won the Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations Award at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit. That award was given to an individual or organization that demonstrated special, coordinated efforts on technological projects, data sharing and other governing initiatives.


The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal,, was originally created in 2011 to simplify and streamline business interactions with different government agencies. It is a partnership of the Office of the Secretary of State, the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Cabinet for Economic Development and the Commonwealth Office of Technology. Kentucky is one of only 11 states with a one stop business portal.




Business One Stop Portal streamlines processes for businesses.


·         Floyd County Times: Grimes Takes Major Steps to Make Kentucky more Business Friendly – Business One Stop Portal “enhancements save businesses both time and money by streamlining transactions and data and providing more flexibility and security in managing information.” [Floyd County Times, 6/11/15]


·         Herald-Leader: “Once elected, Grimes worked to implement the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal, a project approved by state lawmakers in 2010 to help business cut through government red tape. In 2013, she successfully pushed a bill that created a uniform business identification number that can be used across state agencies, helping streamline businesses’ interaction with government.” [5/12/14]


·         Levisa Lazer: Kentucky Business One Stop Portal Receives Praise and Award [Levisa Lazer, 7/18/14]


More than 100,000 new businesses have opened in Kentucky during Grimes’ first term. The Paducah sun reported, “Since Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took office in 2012, 100,000 new businesses licenses have been issued across Kentucky,” and “[s]he wants to help keep that momentum going with open dialogue among local business, education, transportation and economic development officials….” [Paducah Sun, 9/17/15]


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