Cabinet for Economic Development
2010 Small Business Connections Forum Series Continues in Madisonville and Mayfield

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 04, 2010  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

Free conferences designed to help small businesses & entrepreneurs plug into resources


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 4, 2010) –   The Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several economic development organizations in the Pennyrile and Purchase Area Development Districts (ADDs) to host two Small Business Connections Forums.   The first forum will be held on Wednesday, June 16, in Madisonville, followed by a second forum on Thursday, June 17, in Mayfield. 

The free conferences will provide an opportunity for business owners in the ADDs to learn about federal, state and local resource organizations that provide financing, marketing and other services to help small businesses grow.  

“Regional entrepreneurs and small business owners shouldn’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about a wealth of small business resources available to them from the local, regional and state levels,” said John E. Cole III, director of the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Small Business Services Division.  “Our goal is to demonstrate that small business is big business across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”   

In addition to presentations on the Cabinet’s small and minority business, procurement assistance, international trade and small business advocacy services, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs currently operating a small business in their region. Additionally, there will be afternoon workshops focusing on topics such as workforce development; finance and venture capital; business planning and market research; state/regional/local resources; licensing/permits and taxes; and a “mini start-up slam” for those who may be ready to launch a technology-based business at the event.  

Dr. Larry W. Cox, associate professor of entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, will offer the keynote presentation at both events, highlighting the many facets of “How Entrepreneurs Move the Needle.” A “Small Business Marketplace” of service providers and vendors allied with the small business community will also be on hand to share information and answer questions throughout each event in the Exhibit Halls at both locations.   

“Whether you’re currently in business, or thinking about starting a business, this forum is a perfect arena to gain additional information about programs that can help you in today’s tough business environment,” added Cole.  “It also is a great networking opportunity with experienced and seasoned small business owners and entrepreneurs who have been there and done that from across the Pennyrile and Purchase Area Development Districts.”    

The Madisonville conference will convene in the Brown Badgett Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center on the campus of Madisonville Community College, located at 2000 College Drive.  This event will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. CDT.  The Mayfield expo will take place at the Graves County High School in the Performing Arts Center, located at 1107 Housman Street.  This event will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.  Both events include a free lunch sponsored by the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. Agendas for both events are attached. 

Attendees can register and obtain directions for either of these free forums by visiting or or by calling (270) 821-1939 for the Pennyrile ADD event and or (270) 247-7171 for the Purchase ADD event.  Registrants can also contact Darlene Barber with the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Small Business Services Division at (800) 626-2250. 

Additional forums will be held later in the year with confirmed stops in the following ADDs: Green River (Owensboro, Aug. 12) and Northern Kentucky (Covington, Dec. 9).  A special series of workshops will be presented in the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development District in Louisville, Oct. 14-15, in partnership with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights 50th Anniversary Conference. 

Pennyrile ADD Small Business Entrepreneurial Connections Forum at Madisonville E-Flyer Registration Form.pdf  

Purchase ADD Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Expo at Mayfield E-Flyer & Registration Form.pdf

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