Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

Free conference designed to help local businesses plug into resources  

FRANKFORT, Ky.The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several organizations to offer a dynamic Small Business Connections Town Hall Forum in Pikeville on Thursday, October 16. 

The free conference will provide an opportunity to learn about federal, state, and local resource organizations that provide financing, marketing, and other services to help small businesses grow.  In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of local entrepreneurs that currently operate small businesses.  

The small business conference will be held in the Pike County Public Library located at 119 College Street in Pikeville.  The forum will run from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, and will include a free lunch sponsored by Community Trust Bank. 

“Local entrepreneurs shouldn’t miss this chance to learn about a wealth of small business resources available to them,” said John Cole, director of the Economic Development Cabinet’s Small Business Services Division.  “Whether you’re currently in business, or thinking about starting a business, this forum is a perfect opportunity to gain additional information about programs that can help you in today’s tough business environment.”   

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will present information on services provided by the Small & Minority Business Branch, the Procurement Assistance Program, the International Trade Division, and the Commission on Small Business Advocacy.  Other organizations providing information on their programs include the Morehead State University (MSU) Small Business Development Center, the MSU Innovation Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), Pike County SCORE, and Capital Access Corporation.  Attendees can register for this free forum online at, or call the MSU Small Business Development Center in Pikeville at (606) 432-5848.   

The Pikeville Small Business Connections Town Hall Forum is a joint effort of Community Trust Bank, the Morehead State University Small Business Development Center, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County SCORE, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.      

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2007 totaled nearly $2 billion with the creation of over 13,300 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at