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By creekmoremarketing 31 Jul, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 22, 2015) – The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host the first GovPro Conference on May 13 at The Campbell House in Lexington. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will run until 4:30 p.m. EDT

“We are very excited to have Mildred Quinley from the Office of Small Business Utilization, U.S. General Services Administration as our luncheon speaker. The office of Small Business Utilization advocates for small businesses, and its mission is to promote increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities,” said Dee Dee Harbut, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center director.

Government procurement professionals from federal, state and local agencies will also be on hand at the trade show to talk about opportunities for small-business owners.

Spending more than $500 billion annually makes the U.S. government the largest consumer of products and services. From purchasing items as simple as soap to the construction of buildings to consulting services, the opportunities for businesses to expand their revenue through government contracts are vast. Networking and understanding the “how to” is the purpose of the GovPro conference.

“The Kentucky SBDC continues to strengthen the local economy by offering educational and networking opportunities such as the GovPro conference to small-business owners seeking to grow their revenues with government contracts,” said Shirie Hawkins, Bluegrass SBDC director.

Among the features of the conference will be the breakout sessions led by experienced professionals with solid working knowledge of the procurement process and regulations. Session topics will include: How to Market to the Federal Government, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, An Insider’s Insight to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Accounting Requirements for Federal Contractors.

Along with the workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, a trade show and networking breaks are included for each registered participant. For more information about the GovPro conference or to register, visit http://2015govproconference.eventbrite.com or contact Kristy Coates at 859-257-7668. The deadline for registration is May 6.

The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center falls under the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. KSBDC’s network of 15 offices located throughout the state helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services is available online at http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

By creekmoremarketing 31 Jul, 2015

Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (PTAC) and Lexington-Fayette County Government (LFUCG) offer FREE CLASSES FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

To register for the PTAC/LFUCG Workshops, Call 859-257-7668 or  register on-line

For additional information, email Marilyn Clark  or call 859-258-3323.  The following workshops will take place at 330 East Main Street Lexington, KY.

October 27
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Instructor: Maude Moreno, WBENC / Cincinnati (9-11am)
The Women’s Business Enterprise Certification is accepted nationally by over 1000 corporate clients with active supplier diversity programs who are committed to work with WBENC-certified WBEs. In this class you will learn the criteria for WBE certification, the process for application and the benefits and resources available as a certified WBE.

October 30
How to Do Business with the Local Government and Quasi-Government Organizations
Instructor: Todd Slatin, LFUCG Senior Buyer; Darryl Thompson, Manager of Economic Development, FCPS; George Brown, Supplier Diversity Business Enterprise Coordinator, UK Facilities Management; Lynn Hoard, Grants and Contract Administrator/ DBE Liaison Officer, Blue Grass Airport; Keith Srutowski, Director of Purchasing, LexTran; Gene Travers, NDS/KCTCS ( 4-6pm)
The local government and quasi-government entities spend millions of dollars each year on goods and services. In this class you will learn about what they purchase; how their procurement system works; bonding requirements; how to find work; where to register and much more.

November 3
SBA Programs and Certifications
Instructors: Robert Coffey, SBA Louisville and Sharron Johnson, WBC Louisville (4-6pm)
SBA certifications can allow contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts to certified Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged businesses within certain eligible industry codes. This class will give information on the eligibility requirements, the certification process, how to use third-party certifications, the steps necessary to participate in the programs and helpful tips on how to bid.

November 14
KYTC Pre-Qualification
Instructors: Shella Eagle, Program Investigator II; Cherie Shelton, Branch Manager Construction Procurement (9-11am)
Contractors must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to qualify to bid upon and accept work on projects sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Commonwealth of Kentucky. It also requires prequalification as provided in KRS 176.130, the regulation relating to the Prequalification of Highway Contractors. Come to this workshop to learn the necessary steps and paperwork to complete to get your Certificate of Eligibility and Prequalification to do construction work with the KY Transportation Department and Commonwealth of Kentucky.

November 18
Kentucky MWBE Program Certification
Instructor: Valeria Cummings-Swope, Kentucky Finance Cabinet, Frankfort (9-11am)
The Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program, along with Kentucky’s Small Business Connection Portal, helps facilitate the development of women and minority owned businesses in Kentucky.

The certification will also allow minority and women owned businesses to compete for work in states outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that require certification by a statewide body. This class will teach you all the requirements for this new Kentucky MWBE certification program.

November 20
How to Do Business with the Federal Government
Instructor: Dee Dee Harbut, Program Director, Kentucky PTAC (4-6pm)
The federal government spends billions of dollars annually and has goals for the total dollars to spend with minority and women owned businesses. In this workshop you will learn the steps to take to access billions of dollars in federal government contracts.

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

SBA and AARP, along with the SBDC, SCORE and the Women’s Business Center, will host free Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month events for those ages 50+ who want to start or grow a business.  These events are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, go to the links below or call 1-877-926-8300.

April 24: McKendree University, 10168 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223

April 30: Community Ventures Corporation, 1450 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40505

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses.

 

WHEN:  February 19-21, 2013, daily at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Webinar topics and presenters are:

Jay Goth, Business Consultant

TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Topic: Crowdfunding – Pros and Cons

Tuesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Lehman, CEO and Co-Founder

Three Revolutions

Topic: Crowdfunding Innovation

Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Ryan Finch, General Manager

Raleigh City Farm

Topic:  Kickstarting an Urban Farm

Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Audio Conference Login Instructions

1. Dial the AT&T Connect Teleconference

Toll-Free Number – 1-888-858-2144

2. Enter your AT&T Access Code

– 4259370 (press the # key)

 

Web Conference Login Instructions

1. Login at www.connectmeeting.att.com

2. Enter “Meeting Number” 1-888-858-2144

3. Enter “Access Code” 4259370

4. Enter “Email Address, First and Last name”

5. Click Submit

6. Click Participant

7. Click Participant Application (Recommended)

8. Click “Enter” Event

9. Click Dial-In/Already Connected by Phone

(Close the Telephone Connection Instructions pop-up box)

System Requirements:

To set up the AT&T Connect Participant application, a user’s PC must run either Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 or Mac OS X 10.7 with either Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher) supported. AT&T Connect does support the Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser.

Note: The phone number is the “meeting number” when logging in to https://www.connectmeeting.att.com .

 

A separate telephone line is needed for the conference call-in portion.

 

For assistance with AT&T Connect Web Conference Service, contact AT&T Connect Customer Care at 1-888-796-6118.

National Entrepreneurship Week (February 16-23, 2013), hosted by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education celebrates the heritage of entrepreneurship in America and of entrepreneurship education for the next generation. For details on this and other events, visit the National Entrepreneurship Week Website at www.entre-week.org

By creekmoremarketing 29 Jul, 2015

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Friday 15 will provide solutions to help your business succeed online, in 15 minutes or less. Join live via Google+ Hangout for regular discussions with industry experts on a wide range of topics like Tips for Choosing a Domain Name and How to use Google Alerts.

All you need to join us is a computer and an internet connection. For your opportunity to grow your business online, sign up now at http://www.gybo.com/kentucky/friday15

The next Friday 15 Hangout is on January 11, 2013 at 11am PST/2pm EST. The Hangout will cover how Google Trends can provide useful insights for your business.

Visit the Friday 15 page at   http://www.gybo.com/kentucky/friday15   for instructions on how to join the Hangout. You can watch previously recorded sessions and sign up for email reminders about upcoming Hangouts.

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By Robbi Meisel 21 Mar, 2017
WASHINGTON – Kentucky businesses and residents affected by severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, winds and hail from Feb. 28 through March 1, 2017 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda E. McMahon announced today.

McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter on March 16 from Michael E. Dossett, Authorized Representative of Gov. Matthew Bevin, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Estill County and the adjacent counties of Clark, Jackson, Lee, Madison and Powell in Kentucky.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Kentucky with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said McMahon. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:
Estill County
Estill Development Alliance
177 Broadway Street
Irvine, Kentucky 40336

Opening: Thursday, March 23
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Days: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, March 26
Closing: Thursday, March 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.15 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.875 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela .

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster . Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is May 19, 2017 . The deadline for economic injury applications is Dec. 20, 2017.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit their website at www.sba.gov/disaster .
By Robbi Meisel 27 Feb, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Feb. 14, 2017) – Kentucky Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Pacesetter Awards. The recognition program was created to honor high performing, second-stage businesses that are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15.

KSBDC encourages small businesses that meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:

         ·  Privately held

         · In business for three or more years

         · Employ six or more full-time employees, including the owner

         ·  Annual sales meet or exceed $500,000

         · Located and headquartered in Kentucky

         ·Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow evidenced by the judging criteria.

Pacesetters will be selected based on two or more of the following criteria:

         · Growth in the number of employees

         ·Increase in sales and/or unit volume

         · Innovativeness of the product or service

         ·Response to adversity

         ·Employee engagement and commitment

         ·Contributions by the nominee to aid community-oriented projects

Pacesetters will be recognized at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business event held at the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort during the first week of May. Each honoree will receive an award inscribed with the business’s name and a promotional video for their own use that highlights the business. In addition, KSBDC will send a customized press release announcing the award to local media and trade associations. Honorees are given the rights to use the Kentucky Pacesetter logo and event photographs in promoting their business.

Anyone may submit nominations, including third parties associated with an eligible second-stage business. A business may self-nominate by completing the required form. Winners will be notified by March 27. Full nomination requirements and the application are online at https://www.ksbdc.org/kentucky-pacesetters1 .

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services can be found on their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

 

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104

 

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.

 

 

 

By Robbi Meisel 20 Feb, 2017
MURRAY, Ky., (Feb. 2017) — Chris Wooldridge, Kentucky Small Business Development Center district director for the Murray State University SBDC and Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, has joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry.

FKI is a statewide, not-for-profit, with the goal of strengthening manufacturing in Kentucky, a very important economic driver in the commonwealth. FKI’s Board of Directors is comprised of manufacturing, education, economic development and public policy leaders.
Project and program partners currently include LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow), JPMorgan Chase, KY FAME (Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education), business and public partners.

“We are pleased to announce Chris Wooldridge, District Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center at the Murray State University Bauernfeind College of Business, will be joining the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Kentucky Industry. Mr. Wooldridge’s experience and expertise regarding business and economic development will be a great asset to the Foundation’s work of maximizing career opportunities for both Kentuckians and industry in 21st century manufacturing,” according to Mary C. Breeding, President and CEO, Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI).

About Murray State University SBDC: Murray State University hosts the West Kentucky Region of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center program.  KSBDC is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .
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