LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 22, 2015) – The Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host the first GovPro Conference on May 13 at The Campbell House in Lexington. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will run until 4:30 p.m. EDT Read More →
Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (PTAC) and Lexington-Fayette County Government (LFUCG) offer FREE CLASSES FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES
To register for the PTAC/LFUCG Workshops, Call 859-257-7668 or register on-line
For additional information, email Marilyn Clark or call 859-258-3323. The following workshops will take place at 330 East Main Street Lexington, KY.
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Instructor: Maude Moreno, WBENC / Cincinnati (9-11am)
The Women’s Business Enterprise Certification is accepted nationally by over 1000 corporate clients with active supplier diversity programs who are committed to work with WBENC-certified WBEs. In this class you will learn the criteria for WBE certification, the process for application and the benefits and resources available as a certified WBE.
How to Do Business with the Local Government and Quasi-Government Organizations
Instructor: Todd Slatin, LFUCG Senior Buyer; Darryl Thompson, Manager of Economic Development, FCPS; George Brown, Supplier Diversity Business Enterprise Coordinator, UK Facilities Management; Lynn Hoard, Grants and Contract Administrator/ DBE Liaison Officer, Blue Grass Airport; Keith Srutowski, Director of Purchasing, LexTran; Gene Travers, NDS/KCTCS ( 4-6pm)
The local government and quasi-government entities spend millions of dollars each year on goods and services. In this class you will learn about what they purchase; how their procurement system works; bonding requirements; how to find work; where to register and much more.
SBA Programs and Certifications
Instructors: Robert Coffey, SBA Louisville and Sharron Johnson, WBC Louisville (4-6pm)
SBA certifications can allow contracting officers to set aside specific federal contracts to certified Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged businesses within certain eligible industry codes. This class will give information on the eligibility requirements, the certification process, how to use third-party certifications, the steps necessary to participate in the programs and helpful tips on how to bid.
Instructors: Shella Eagle, Program Investigator II; Cherie Shelton, Branch Manager Construction Procurement (9-11am)
Contractors must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility to qualify to bid upon and accept work on projects sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Commonwealth of Kentucky. It also requires prequalification as provided in KRS 176.130, the regulation relating to the Prequalification of Highway Contractors. Come to this workshop to learn the necessary steps and paperwork to complete to get your Certificate of Eligibility and Prequalification to do construction work with the KY Transportation Department and Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky MWBE Program Certification
Instructor: Valeria Cummings-Swope, Kentucky Finance Cabinet, Frankfort (9-11am)
The Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification Program, along with Kentucky’s Small Business Connection Portal, helps facilitate the development of women and minority owned businesses in Kentucky.
The certification will also allow minority and women owned businesses to compete for work in states outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that require certification by a statewide body. This class will teach you all the requirements for this new Kentucky MWBE certification program.
How to Do Business with the Federal Government
Instructor: Dee Dee Harbut, Program Director, Kentucky PTAC (4-6pm)
The federal government spends billions of dollars annually and has goals for the total dollars to spend with minority and women owned businesses. In this workshop you will learn the steps to take to access billions of dollars in federal government contracts.
Each year, the US Small Business Administration sets aside a week to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of small businesses and to highlight their importance to their local and national economy. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center joins with the SBA and other partners in honoring Kentucky small businesses by hosting a variety of small business events, workshops and award ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth. Read More →
SBA and AARP, along with the SBDC, SCORE and the Women’s Business Center, will host free Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month events for those ages 50+ who want to start or grow a business. These events are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, go to the links below or call 1-877-926-8300.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses. Read More →
You’re invited to Friday 15, a new series from Google to help grow your business.
Friday 15 will provide solutions to help your business succeed online, in 15 minutes or less. Join live via Google+ Hangout for regular discussions with industry experts on a wide range of topics like Tips for Choosing a Domain Name and How to use Google Alerts.
All you need to join us is a computer and an internet connection. For your opportunity to grow your business online, sign up now at http://www.gybo.com/kentucky/friday15
The next Friday 15 Hangout is on January 11, 2013 at 11am PST/2pm EST. The Hangout will cover how Google Trends can provide useful insights for your business.
Visit the Friday 15 page at http://www.gybo.com/kentucky/friday15 for instructions on how to join the Hangout. You can watch previously recorded sessions and sign up for email reminders about upcoming Hangouts.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2012) — Small town retailers and restaurant businesses are the heart of our communities, so helping to ensure they thrive is vital to the local, state, and national economy.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s (KSBDC) Small Town Merchant Program (STMP) will bring custom retail and restaurant business audits to small towns across the state. These business audits will assess everything from curb size appeal, merchandising, pricing structure and much more. Skilled SBDC consultants will then help business owners address weaknesses to strengthen and grow their businesses. Read More →