Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Helps Kentucky Businesses Get State Government Contracts

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 05, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued her support of Kentucky businesses today, hosting a program in Lexington to provide businesses and their agents information and resources to help them get state government contracts.


“Government buys everything from paper clips to parking garages, and we must make sure those dollars flow to Kentucky businesses,” said Grimes, the state’s chief business officer. “This is an important, but often overlooked, way we can help keep our economy going and growing, and I’m proud to help businesses and those who represent them take advantage of the large market we have right here in the Commonwealth.”


The seminar was the tenth and final stop of Grimes’ “Kentucky Means Business” tour. Grimes shared with participants new features on the state’s Business One Stop Portal,, that streamline registration processes and provide enhanced security for users. She also focused on her “Kentucky First” program, which gives business owners convenient access to guidance on state procurement procedures and tools for maximizing opportunities.


The presentation also included an overview of procurement laws and regulations, the state’s eProcurement website and bid response issues given by Stephanie R. Williams, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration Cabinet.


“I’ve visited businesses and met with leaders across Kentucky, and every region of our state has abundant resources and talented, hard-working people. We should be doing everything possible to make sure our government is looking within our borders to fulfill its needs,” said Grimes.




Grimes has given the green light to small businesses.


·         Floyd County Times: Grimes Promotes, Defends Kentucky Jobs – “Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has helped grow Kentucky’s economy and give the green light to small businesses. In addition to expanding and improving the Business One Stop Portal, she has supported legislation that creates online crowdfunding opportunities in Kentucky and approves new generation cooperative associations to encourage development in the agriculture and energy industries.” [Floyd County Times, 9/24/15]


·         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]


·         Associated Press: Online site for occupational license tax forms “makes it easier for businesses that operate in more than [one] taxing jurisdiction to find all the forms they need in one place.” [WKYT, 3/15/13]


Grimes has promoted business development across the Commonwealth.


·         WLKY: Alison Lundergan Grimes makes rounds on ‘Kentucky Means Business’ tour [9/10/15]


·         Murray Ledger & Times: Grimes talks economic development [9/17/15]


·         Madisonville Messenger: When Grimes speaks, she ‘Means Business’ [9/17/15]



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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