Business Services

Business Licensing

Business growth and retention are crucial to the success of the City. We empower upward economic mobility by encouraging and assisting local businesses. When your business is a success, we celebrate with you since you are the heartbeat of Paducah! 

Please make sure that you have proper licensing to conduct business in the City of Paducah.

Business License Information 

Resources for Businesses

How to Start and Grow a Business

New Business Resource Guide - Business owners are expected to navigate all the twists and turns of moving a dream into reality with funding, permitting, licensing, and so much more. The City of Paducah is revolutionizing the way we help business owners get started on the right foot by connecting you with the people and resources you need to navigate the art of starting, owning, and growing your business with the New Business Resource Guide. This Guide provides connections to local banks, commercial insurance agencies, accountants, local grants, and more. If you have a question, contact the Planning Department at City Hall (270-444-8690).

New Business Resource Guide

Digital Presence Readiness Checklist - Curated by the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Digital Presence Readiness Checklist aims to equip visitor industry partners with free tools and helpful resources to prioritize their business' digital presence. Suggestions for completing a digital presence health check, maximizing owned media channels and platforms including Google MyBusiness are relevant to many local businesses.

Digital Presence Readiness Checklist

Small Business One-On-One Meeting - Paducah's Business Development Specialist Melanie Reason (270-444-8690) provides ongoing support and assistance for business retention, expansion, and start-ups to create a climate where small businesses thrive.

Schedule a Meeting

Get Your Project Started with a Kick-Start Meeting - A Kick-Start Meeting provide a pre-application review of your potential project.  Our team provides helpful information, feedback, and guidance as you prepare to launch your project.  A Kick-Start Meeting is an opportunity to meet with key City staff members from various departments prior to the preparation and submittal of a formal application to the City.  You'll be introduced to a Customer Experience Representative who will act as your liaison and point of contact throughout your journey.  Email  or call 270-444-8800.

Quick Guide to Permitting and Kick-Start Meetings (2 pages)

Paducah 311

Through the Paducah 311 app and online portal, we are enhancing the public’s experience by providing more ways to request a service, report issues, or ask a question. 

Paducah 311

Paducah Main Street - Downtown Development Programs

The City of Paducah has created an effective and exciting toolbox of programs through the Planning Department to encourage development, beautification, rehabilitation, and stabilization of the Historic Downtown Commercial District. Our goal is to encourage vibrant streets, increased residential density, and thriving businesses. For assistance in the Downtown district, call 270-444-8690.

The Downtown Development Programs are as follows:

  • Artist Setup Area Application
  • Downtown & Market House District Assessment and Reassessment Tax Moratorium
  • Historic Downtown New Business Grant Program
  • Micro-Grants: Facade and Beautification
  • Roof Stabilization Assistance Program
  • Upper Story Residential Grant Program
  • Assistance also is provided in completing state and federal applications for historic tax credits.

Downtown Development Programs 

Panel Discussion - Creative Business Bootcamp

The City of Paducah with funding support by the National Endowment for the Arts held a Creative Business Bootcamp to help creatives, makers, artists, and entrepreneurs design and grow their creative businesses. The November 6, 2020, workshop showcased local resources and connections that benefit anyone looking to start or grow a business. This one-hour panel discussion introduces the viewer to the Small Business Resource Guide, permitting, kick-start meetings, business licensing, special events permits, downtown development grants, and the Creative & Cultural Council in addition to benefits and resources through Greater Paducah Economic Development and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

Popular Links for Business

Partner Organizations

Barkley Regional Airport

Barkley Regional AirportBarkley Regional Airport is conveniently located in the western side of McCracken County.  Parking is only steps away from the terminal, and customer service is exceptional.  The airport provides jet service on Contour to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, North Carolina). 

A new, attractive and modern terminal opened to the public in June 2023 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony featuring federal, state, and local officials held July 6, 2023. 

Paducah-McCracken County Convention Centers

The Julian Carroll Convention Center and adjacent Bill and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center are conveniently located in downtown Paducah along the Ohio River.

The Convention Center facilities offer more than 100,000 square feet in convention space with rooms to accommodate various size groups.  

Greater Paducah Economic Development

GPED logoGreater Paducah Economic Development (GPED) is the economic development agency for Paducah and McCracken County. It is a public/private partnership formed to attract and grow jobs and investment through assisting existing business with expansion projects and recruiting new businesses. GPED controls three separate business/industrial parks, totaling over 2,500 acres in Paducah/McCracken County. In addition, GPED promotes private property throughout McCracken County for job creation projects and assists companies with permitting applications at the city, county, and state level. 

McCracken County Government

McCracken County logoPaducah is the county seat for McCracken County.  The County government is led by the McCracken County Fiscal Court.  

Visit the McCracken County government website for more information about the Fiscal Court, Sheriff's Department, County Clerk, County Attorney, Property Valuation Administration, McCracken County Jail, Coroner's office, McCracken County Animal Control, and more.

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce logoThe Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce is the fifth largest Chamber in the state, with more than 1,000 business members.

Our Chamber is made up of nearly 90 percent small business. The Chamber has numerous programs benefiting our members. While some programs assist and promote business, other programs help develop local business leaders into community leaders. More than 500 Chamber members have graduated from the Leadership Paducah Program, since its inception in 1984.  

Paducah Area Transit System (PATS)

PATS logoPaducah Transit Authority (PATS) provides reasonable, dependable, and available transportation to the residents and visitors of Paducah and surrounding counties.

PATS offers fixed route bus service in Paducah and McCracken County, scheduled service, and medical transportation in the 8 county Jackson Purchase Area of Western Kentucky. PATS also offers service between Paducah, Mayfield, Benton, and Murray and points in between.  

Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)

CVB logoThe Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official Destination Marketing Organization for Paducah, is responsible for generating incremental economic benefit to the community through the attraction of leisure traveler, convention, trade show, and group tour visits. The goal is to ensure a positive visitor experience by providing the most detailed information and the ultimate customer service.  

Paducah Hospitality Association


Sprocket is a nonprofit digital economic development organization in Paducah/McCracken County. Serving as the state’s regional hub for entrepreneurship in Western Kentucky, Sprocket’s mission is to help entrepreneurs move their business forward. Sprocket provides entrepreneurial support programs and facilitates connections that give small businesses the advantage needed to compete and grow in the digital economy.

Find the following at Sprocket:Sprocket logo

  • Co-working space with flexible membership options
  • Business startup support and a local business accelerator
  • Annual startup competition
  • Networking and educational events
  • Software development training