Workshop looks at setting up shop along Dawkins trail
Ralph B. Davis
PAINTSVILLE — Entrepreneurs hoping to take advantage of a new rails-to-trails project to open a new business targeting adventure tourism enthusiasts can get information on how to do that at a workshop later this month.
Big Sandy Area Development District and the Paintsville Small Business Development Center will host the forum Oct. 25, in Building C of Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Mayo campus. The workshop will be held at two times — 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Both will cover the same material.
“It’s geared toward entrepreneurs interested in starting a business along the Dawkins Trail,” said Michelle Spriggs, director of Paintsville SBDC.
The Dawkins Trail will convert the old Dawkins Line railroad, which ran from Paintsville to Breathitt County, into a trail suitable for hiking and biking. A groundbreaking for the first stage of the trail, running from Paintsville to Royalton, took place last week. Construction is expected to begin soon, with planners hoping to open the first stage of the trail in the spring.
“There is a lot of interest in the Dawkins Trail project,” Spriggs said. “We look forward to it bringing a lot of impact to the local economy.”
While most workshops the Paintsville SBDC hosts are one-size-fits-all and meant to apply to any type of business, the Dawkins Trail workshop is geared specifically for businesses looking to take advantage of adventure tourism.
Subjects to be covered include:
• Starting a Business in Kentucky
• Finding and securing funding
• Adventure tourism focused business development
• Permits, licensing and regulations
•Rails to Trails project information
The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Spriggs at (606) 788-7272.
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