PRESTONSBURG – Community partners are gearing up this month for an event that is aimed at helping small businesses grow and thrive in Eastern Kentucky.
The first ever Big Sandy Small Business Expo is set for Friday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley State Park Convention Center in Prestonsburg. The event is sponsored by Citizen’s National Bank, in partnership with Appalachian Wireless, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), Community Trust Bank, and Highlands Regional Medical Center.
The expo is designed to provide information to small business owners and managers in the region regarding programs and services that can assist them in expanding markets, being more efficient in their operations, and saving money to become more successful.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Trish Adams, industry liaison for the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), one of several organizations participating in the expo. “We want to make sure that our region’s small business owners know that there are many organizations and services right here in Eastern Kentucky that can help them grow and be successful.”
A portion of the expo will also focus on taking advantage of the planned broadband expansion in Eastern Kentucky, and how ecommerce can play a role in developing opportunity for businesses in the region. Symbiosis Media Group (SMG), a technology services company based in London, Ky., will lead a presentation on ecommerce opportunities beginning at 11 a.m. on the morning of the expo.
“In today’s economic climate, businesses need to look more towards capitalizing on the expanding accessibility of broadband internet,” said EKCEP Economic and Entrepreneur Liaison Ian Mooers. “Companies across the world are increasingly turning to ecommerce to expand their businesses. Those same opportunities are open to small business owners in Eastern Kentucky, they just need better access to the tools available that can help them succeed.”
Additional vendors scheduled to attend the expo include MACED, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Big Sandy Community Action Program (BSCAP), Office of Employment and Training (OET), Big Sandy Area Development District (BSADD), Chambers of Commerce: Floyd, Johnson, and Southeast, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), Kentucky Innovation Network, Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center, Job Corps, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center.
The event is free of charge, but registration is recommended. Many business service professionals will be on hand to answer any questions and provide helpful information. Refreshments will also be available. For more information and to register, contact Denise Thomas at (606) 886-2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.