PIKEVILLE – The Morehead State University East Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Pikeville office offered the first class in a four-part free workshop series on Tuesday. The Business Basics Workshop Series offers resources to the individual interested in starting their own business or purchasing an existing one.
The workshop brought out 10 hopeful entrepreneurs. Participants learned about topics such as securing adequate and reliable funding, permits, licenses, and registrations, hiring employees, record keeping, liability insurance, bonding, and other coverage, and several other useful topics.
“The bad weather has put us behind, but we are excited to see a good turnout for the workshop,” said Lisa Casebolt, Administrative Assistant.
The Pikeville office for MSU East Kentucky Small Business Development Center services ten counties: Floyd, Breathitt, Johnson, Knott, Wolf, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley and Pike. The center offers various small business services such as business planning, consulting, training, how to obtain funding, write a business plan and many more. Anyone considering starting a business would benefit from the services offered here.
Bryan Vazeii moved to Pikeville a year ago when his wife was chosen to be Assistant Dean of the University of Pikeville Optometry School. Since moving to Pikeville he has been interested in evaluating the community and starting a business. Attending the Business Basics Workshop is the first step of making his dream a reality.
“How do you find out what kind of business is needed in a particular area?” said Vazeii.
“Look at yourself to see what your interest and hobbies are. Starting a business doing something you love is a good way to figure out what kind of business you might do well at,” shared Mike Morley, District Director of MSU Small Business Development Center.
The Small Business Development Center offers one on one services as well as workshops. Visit their website for future workshops and services offered at www.ksbsc.org or call 606-432-5848. The center is located at 3455 N. Mayo Trail #4 in Pikeville.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290