PRESTONSBURG – With the economy in Eastern Kentucky on a downward spiral, Community partners are joining together to promote small businesses. The Big Sandy Small Business Expo was held Friday at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. The event was sponsored by Citizens National Bank, Appalachian Wireless, Community Trust Bank, Highlands Regional Medical Center and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).
“We have to think outside the box,” said Michael Smith. “Yes, there are not very many jobs here in Eastern Kentucky, so what do we do? We look at the whole picture and ask ourselves what are we missing? What is a need that is not being met? Then it’s to the drawing board to figure out how we can make a living fulfilling that need. If there are no jobs available, create your own, that is my philosophy.”
Several booths promoted different programs and opportunities in the community that are available for small business owners. One of the most exciting booths available to expo participants was the presentation on ecommerce and how to take advantage of selling goods on the web. Symbiosis Media Group was present to discuss the opportunities available and how things will improve once the community officially makes broadband internet available to every household.
Vendors taking part in the event were Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), Big Sandy Community Action Program (BSCAP), Kentucky Innovation Network, Office of Employment and Training Services (OET), Big Sandy Area Development District (BSADD), Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center, Carl. D. Perkins Job Corps and Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.