Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

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


FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 13, 2009) –   The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several economic development organizations in the KIPDA Area Development District (ADD) as the 2009 Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum series travels to the host city of Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, November 19.  

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 entrepreneurs that currently operate small businesses throughout the region.  

The November 19 small business forum will be held in the Archibald & Cochran Rooms within the Galt House Hotel & Suites, located at 140 North Fourth Street in Louisville.  The forum will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET and includes free parking and lunch provided by event sponsors.   

Optional one-on-one business funding consultations with representatives from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Capital Access Corporation, Louisville Metro Economic Development Department, Community Ventures Corporation and a host of other lending institutions will be available from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET for attendees to discuss specific funding opportunities. 

“We’re excited to be working with so many dynamic organizations within the KIPDA area,” said John E. Cole III, director of the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Small Business Services Division.  “Our hope is that regional entrepreneurs and small business owners will take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain insight on a wealth of small business resources available to them from the local, regional and state levels.”  

The Cabinet will present information on services provided by the Small and Minority Business Branch, the Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program, the International Trade Division, and the Commission on Small Business Advocacy.   

“Whether you’re currently in business, or thinking about starting a business, this forum is one of the best arenas to obtain 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 KIPDA Area Development District.”     

Other organizations providing information on available programs include the Office of Employment & Training within the Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center, kyBIZinfo, the Louisville Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, MetaCyte Business Lab, LLC, Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council, Fort Knox, Chrysalis Ventures, Capital Access Corporation,  Louisville Metro Economic Development Department, Community Ventures Corporation, Louisville Enterprise Group, the Enterprise Corporation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development.   

Attendees can register and obtain directions for this free forum by visiting or by contacting Greater Louisville Inc. - The Metro Chamber of Commerce at (800) 500-1066.   

The KIPDA ADD Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum is a joint effort of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at the University of Kentucky, Greater Louisville Inc. and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.   

The final forum of the 2009 Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections series will be held within the Bluegrass Area Development District in the host city of Lexington on Tuesday, December 1.