Cabinet for Economic Development
SMALL BUSINESS FORUM TO BE HELD IN FRANKFORT

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  


FRANKFORT, Ky.The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several organizations to offer a dynamic Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum in Frankfort on Thursday, December 4.    

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.  

The small business conference will be held in the Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Building located at 400 East Main Street in Frankfort.  The forum will run from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and includes a free lunch sponsored by Traditional Bank.  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, and Community Ventures Corporation will be available from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for attendees that want to discuss specific funding opportunities. 

“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 Cabinet for Economic Development’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 Bluegrass Small Business Development Center, the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Community Ventures Corporation, Capital Access Corporation, the Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Service, and the United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development.  Attendees can register for this free forum online at www.kysu.edu/sbeforum, or call Natasha Sanders with Kentucky State University at (502) 597-5904.   

The Frankfort Small Business Connections Town Hall Forum is a joint effort of Traditional Bank, Kentucky State University, the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center, the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.