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Course for entrepreneurs and small business owners planned for Eastern Kentucky

Entrepreneurial SMARTS scheduled for April in Paintsville

MOREHEAD, Ky. (March 9, 2016) — Southeast Kentucky Economic Development (SKED) and Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are partnering to bring the Entrepreneurial SMARTS course to the Johnson County area in April.

msu-small businessEntrepreneurial SMARTS is a four-session, 12-hour course (scheduled for April 7, 13, 21, and 28 at the Johnson County Cooperative Extension Office in Paintsville) designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resource materials they need to get a new small business off the ground. This training also provides owners of existing small businesses the skills they need to become more successful and grow their businesses.

To date, 472 aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have completed entrepreneurial SMARTS training in 39 sessions held across the 45 counties in SKED’s service area.

SKED staff conducts the entrepreneurial and small business training program – Entrepreneurial SMARTS: Simple Methods And Reality-based Training for Success – which is based on a nationally recognized training program called Core Four® Business Planning Course.

During the classroom-style training sessions, entrepreneurs and small business owners are instructed in how to create a business plan including basic knowledge about starting, financing and operating a business and planning for success. Class participants are also given the tools needed to determine if business ownership is for them.

Existing small business owners receive the support they need to advance the growth of their business and operate a solid, reliable investment. Upon successful completion of this training, participants receive a certificate recognizing their achievements and are eligible to apply for business startup or expansion funding from SKED’s loan funds.

For information about entrepreneurship training, contact Amanda Kelly at 606-416-2008 or email at [email protected]. For more information or to register for SMARTS training, visit www.southeastkentucky.com.