ky small bizOWENSBORO, Ky. (8/6/13) – Small town retailers and restaurant businesses are the heart of local 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 side appeal, merchandising, pricing structure and much more. Skilled SBDC consultants will then help business owners address weaknesses to strengthen and grow their businesses.
 
“We are so excited to bring this new program to the state,” said KSBDC State Director Becky Naugle. “Through this program we will be able to assist retailers and restaurant owners in rural communities and help them build better businesses and, in turn, better local economies.”
 
“It is our hope that STMP will help rural retailers and restaurant owners alike adapt their businesses to a changing economy and a changing customer,” said Dee Dee Harbut, KSBDC special programs director. “The business audits will be a valuable tool to help focus both the consultant and business owner on key areas that need attention.”
 
The Small Town Merchant Program will be in Henderson on Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Independence Bank located at 76 South Green Street. For more information or to register, please visit http://goo.gl/S8H79 or call 270.926.8085.
 
The Small Town Merchant Program kicked off in January 2013 with a series of workshops held across the state throughout the year. These two-hour sessions will feature national retail consultant Marc Willson and focus on the timely topic of staying relevant to a changed customer. Following the session, several attendees will be chosen to receive a special business audit by Willson himself.
 
For more information on this program, or to see when the STMP kickoff is coming to the area, visit www.ksbdc.org/STMP. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that help existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For more information on how the KSBDC can serve you, visit www.ksbdc.org.
 
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