PADUCAH, Ky. — The Paducah Chamber is expanding its small business programming with the launch of a Mastermind Cohort Group to begin this summer. The application process opened May 1 and continues through June 4, and is open to all small business owners in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.
The executive education cohort program was established for small business owners that will help participants learn what they need to grow their companies. The presenting sponsor is Murray State University’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (CEED); the supporting sponsor is West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions.
Participants will begin with identifying the needs of their business and be grouped with like-minded professionals who will provide mentorship, peer-to-peer learning, accountability and support. The program will provide participants the tools to accelerate business growth, fill in knowledge gaps and provide insights, strategies and networks necessary to grow and scale. Murray State University’s CEED and West Kentucky Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions will provide the business curriculum for the program. Other speakers and consultants will be utilized to ensure the program’s success.
“This is about creating and sustaining successful businesses in our community to create more economic growth and jobs,” said Sandra Wilson, chamber president. “This cohort group will focus on setting time aside to identify their projected growth areas, learn more about areas that may be holding them back, have a support group, learn from other peers, rely on an accountability coach to keep on track, learn from coaches in specific problem areas, and build confidence to help them get to the next level of success.”
The chamber is looking for 25 to 30 participants with a desire to invest in themselves and their future business success. Businesses interested in participating can learn more on the chamber’s website.