Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2009  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

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


FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 19, 2009) –   The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with the Bluegrass Area Development District (ADD) and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center as the Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum series makes its final stop of the year in the host city of Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, December 1.   

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.   

John L. Herman, Jr., author of The Innkeeper Tales and Hermanisms: Axioms for Business and Life, will be the keynote luncheon speaker.  In addition, sessions titled Trends Entrepreneurs Need to Know, Is Entrepreneurship Right For You? and Basics of Starting a Business will also be presented.  There will also be numerous opportunities for networking with a host of resources beneficial to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

The December 1 small business forum, promoted as the “Bluegrass Entrepreneurial Summit”, will be held at the Embassy Suites, located at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.  The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET and includes parking and free lunch sponsored by the Bluegrass ADD and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center 

“We’re excited to be working with the Bluegrass ADD and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center to present the Small Business & Entrepreneurial Forum in Lexington,” 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 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 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 summit 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 Bluegrass Area Development District.”   

Other organizations providing information on available programs include the Office of Employment and Training within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet,, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Bluegrass Area Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, Capital Access Corporation, Community Ventures Corporation and the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center.   

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Go to to register online.  For more information contact George Leamon at (859) 269-8021 or e-mail:   

Dates for the 2010 Small Business & Entrepreneurial Forum Series will be announced in January.