Maced Has Worked for 40 Years to Support a

New Economy in Appalachia

How We Help

Small Business Lending

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are the foundation of our economy. They need financial support, training and encouragement to follow their dreams. MACED provides these critical resources to turn those dreams into reality.

Energy Programs

MACED’s energy programs work to promote energy efficiency in small businesses, homes and nonprofits in Appalachian Kentucky.

Small Business Training

Because 50 percent of start-up businesses fail within four years of opening, MACED provides technical assistance before and after a loan is made to help businesses grow and navigate change.

Policy Reform

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) conducts research and provides public education on important policy issues facing Kentucky. KCEP seeks to improve public decision making through solid information, analysis and perspective, and contribute to new economic opportunities and an improved quality of life for all Kentuckians.

Community Development

MACED works to support thriving communities through capacity building, networking and collaboration on regional projects and initiatives.

Strategic Initiatives

MACED actively seeks new and innovative ideas and opportunities for investment and development to support the new economy of Eastern Kentucky.

Social Enterprises

In addition to supporting a local economy, social enterprises create community impacts. MACED is mindful of the delicate balance social enterprises strive for between achieving mission and margin. That’s why we support them through lending, technical assistance and individual coaching and consulting


Because we are stronger together, MACED works collaboratively with several regional and local partners on lending, community development, policy and communications campaigns aimed at supporting a just transition.

Our work is making an impact.

The data shows it.

Latest Stories

MACED is devoted to ideas for a more just, sustainable and prosperous economic future in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. This blog is a resource for that conversation.

Grow Appalachia

Grow Appalachia, established in 2009, works with Appalachian families interested in growing their own food. Since then, they have worked with over 5,700 families to produce more than 4 million pounds Read More