Richmond is home to Eastern Kentucky University, a regional, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. EKU has consecutively ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” according to Forbes, the popular business magazine. EKU has the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) that helps businesses, industries, organizations and communities throughout the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center at EKU offers a variety of counseling, training, and information programs and services to existing and potential small business owners. Their planning and consulting services are provided without charge.Berea, Kentucky is home to Berea College, with a background focus “to promote the cause of Christ.” Adherence to the College’s scriptural foundation, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth” (Acts 17:26), shapes the College’s culture and programs that way students and teachers keep their primary focus on Christ. This environment frees persons to be active learners, workers, and servers as members of the academic community and as citizens of the world. The Berea experience nurtures intellectual, physical, aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual potentials and with those the power to make meaningful commitments and translate them into action.