Cabinet for Economic Development
2009 SMALL BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURIAL FORUM SERIES CONTINUES IN RUSSELLVILLE & CAVE CITY

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 05, 2009  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 56407670  


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

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2009) –   The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is partnering with several economic development organizations in south central Kentucky as the 2009 Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forum Series travels to the Barren River Area Development District.  The first forum will be held Wednesday, June 10, in Russellville, followed by a second forum on Thursday, June 11, in Cave City.   

Each conference, which is free to attend, 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 Russellville conference will be held in the Logan County Cooperative Extension Building, located at 255 John Paul Road.  The Cave City forum will take place at the Cave City Convention Center, located at 502 Mammoth Cave Street.  Both forums will run from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT, and include a free lunch sponsored by the South Central Kentucky Economic Development Partnership network.   

“Regional entrepreneurs and small business owners shouldn’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about a wealth of small business resources available to them from the local, regional and state levels,” said John E. Cole III, director of the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Small Business Services Division.   

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

“Whether you’re currently in business, or thinking about starting a business, this forum is a perfect arena to gain 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 Barren County Area Development District.”    

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. Small Business Administration, the Western Kentucky University Small Business Development Center, the Western Kentucky University Innovation and Commercialization Center, Capital Access Corporation, Community Ventures Corporation, the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development.   

Attendees can register and obtain directions for either of these free forums by visiting www.bgchamber.com and clicking on ”Events”, or by contacting Darlene Barber with the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Small Business Services Division at (800) 626-2250.   

The Russellville and Cave City Small Business & Entrepreneurial Connections Forums are a joint effort of the Western Kentucky University Innovation & Commercialization Center, the Western Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the South Central Kentucky Economic Development Partnership, the Barren River Area Development District and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.   

Additional forums will be held throughout the year with confirmed stops in the following Area Development Districts: Buffalo Trace (Maysville – July 23), Lake Cumberland (Somerset – August 20) and Kentucky River (Hazard – September 24).  The remaining Area Development District stops on the tour are in the final planning stages and include: FIVCO (Grayson); Green River (Henderson); and KIPDA (Louisville).        

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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 2008 totaled nearly $1.7 billion with the creation of more than 7,750 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.