Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 16, 2009  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

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


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 16, 2009) –   The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several economic development organizations in the Buffalo Trace Area Development District (BTADD) as the 2009 Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum series travels to Maysville on July 23.   

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 forum will be held on the Maysville Community & Technical College campus in Fields Auditorium, located at 1755 U.S. Highway 68 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, and will include a free lunch sponsored by the Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Maysville Regional Entrepreneur Center, Bank of Maysville, US Bank, and the Buffalo Trace Area Development District.   

Optional one-on-one business funding consultations with representatives from the Cabinet for Economic Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Capital Access Corporation and the BTADD will be available from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET for attendees to discuss specific funding opportunities. 

“We’re excited to be working with so many dynamic organizations within the Buffalo Trace 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 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.   

Other organizations providing information on available programs include the U.S. SBA, the Morehead State University Small Business Development Center, the Northern Kentucky Regional Innovation and Commercialization Center, Capital Access Corporation, BTADD, the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development.   

“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’s also a great networking opportunity with experienced and seasoned small business owners and entrepreneurs who have been there and done that from across the Buffalo Trace Area Development District.”     

Attendees can register and obtain directions for this free forum by contacting the Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce at (888) 875-6297.   

The Maysville Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum is a joint effort of Maysville Community & Technical College, the Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Maysville Area Regional Entrepreneur Center, BTADD and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.   

Additional forums will be held throughout the year with confirmed stops in the following Area Development Districts: Lake Cumberland (Somerset – August 20), Kentucky River (Hazard – September 24), Green River (Henderson – October 22) and KIPDA (Louisville – November 19).  An additional conference is currently being finalized in Grayson County for the FIVCO Area Development District.