Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium set for Feb. 28

Staff Report

Allison Ball

Kay Frances

PAINTSVILLE – The 18th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Paintsville. The theme of this year’s conference is “Taking the Road Less Stressed” and will feature two keynote speakers.

The morning address, “Leadership Lessons Learned” will be delivered by State Treasurer Allison Ball and National Speakers Association member Kay Frances will present the afternoon address “Lighten Up, Stress Less and Take Care of Ourselves.”

The cost of the event is $30, which includes all workshops, keynotes and meals. All women are invited to attend the symposium, presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center.

Ball has a rich Kentucky history; her family has been in Eastern Kentucky since the 1790s. Ball is the 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the youngest statewide female elected official in the country. She holds a degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and was very active while a student there, serving as president of the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Prior to her role as State Treasurer, Ball practiced bankruptcy law and focused on consumer rights and commercial litigation. As part of her time in public service, she spent four years as an assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases. Ball developed a deep appreciation of entrepreneurialism and small businesses when, at the age of nine, she started her first business selling pencils and continued with the operation of a small town law practice.

Frances, also known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster”, has shared her message to lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 38 states and Canada with small businesses for more than 25 years. She holds a master’s degree in business administration, a degree in physical education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”

She lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”

Entertainment for the symposium will be provided by members of The Big Sandy Singers. The group consists of six vocalists – Jerica Grim, Lindsey Russell, Lauren Dotson, Rebecca Slone, Summer Pugh and Bethany Runyon.

Registration, breakfast and exhibits will run from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Welcoming remarks from Emcee Trish Adams will follow. Ball will begin her morning keynote at 9:30 a.m. Breakout sessions will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment will begin at noon. Afternoon address by Frances will begin at 12:45 p.m. The symposium will conclude at 2:30 p.m., following closing remarks and door prize drawings.

The event is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Additional information is available by calling the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center at 606-432-5848. Registration for the event is available online.

Allison Ball Ball

Kay Frances Frances

Staff Report


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