BOWLING GREEN, KY (11/7/12) – Several local organizations will host a Build Your Business half-day seminar on Friday, November 30, 2012, offering insightful workshops and key resources for current and potential small business owners.
"The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the SBDC and the Central Region ICC to host this seminar," said Chamber Board of Directors Chairman D. Gaines Penn.
"Small businesses make up more than 85 percent of our Chamber partnership, and we want to help all of them increase sales and grow their bottom lines, as well as encourage people thinking about starting a business. This seminar will help do that," continued Penn.
Led by the WKU Small Business Development Center, the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, this event offers two tracks for attendees, who will learn valuable information and collect experts' best practices-all to help their businesses thrive.
"The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, as part of the Kentucky Innovation Network, is excited to be a part of this project," said Douglas Rohrer, executive director of the CRICC. "Our mission is to help entrepreneurs start new companies and grow existing firms. This workshop will provide timely and valuable information to current and potential business owners."
"The WKU Small Business Development Center is pleased to be a sponsor of this important workshop. We encourage all small business owners seeking to start or grow their business to attend," said Miller Slaughter, director of the WKU SBDC.
The seminar begins at 7:30 a.m. on November 30 and ends at noon, and it will be held at the WKU Center for Research and Development at 2413 Nashville Road in Bowling Green.
The seminar includes two tracks, each consisting of three seminars. Registration cost is $20 and includes breakfast. Register online at www.bgchamber.com. Registrants will be entered into a drawing for a new iPad Mini™.
Chad Harpole, director of public affairs at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will present the keynote address, titled "What the Upcoming 2013 Legislative Sessions Will Mean to Small Business."
Starting a small business can be a rewarding-but daunting-task. From navigating legal issues to setting up a website, entrepreneurs face lengthy to-do lists when starting their businesses. Track 1 will help you identify resources and determine the next steps to begin a new business.
• Legal Considerations: Topics include protecting your intellectual property, trademarks and legal structure.
• Starting a Business in KY: Step-by-step discussion of how to start a business in KY and where you can find help.
• Google Tools: Learn about online tools offered by Google including Google Apps, Analytics, Places & more.
So you've started a small business. Now what? The formula seems simple enough: add more customers, close more sales, and grow your business. But most small business owners know that there's more to being a success. Track 2 will address some of the opportunities and resources that will help you take your business to the next level.
• Affordable Health Care Act: Learn what the Affordable Health Care Act means for your small business.
• Attracting Customers with Digital Marketing: Use your website, social media & other on-line resources to grow your business.
• Government Contracting: Learn how small businesses can take advantage of government contracting opportunities and grow.
The presentations will be timed so participants can participate in different tracks if desired.
Register online at www.bgchamber.com. Visit the Chamber's website to learn more about the organization.
Visit www.kyinnovation.com to learn more about the Kentucky Innovation Network.
Visit www.wkusbdc.com to learn more about the WKU Small Business Development Center.
Information provided by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
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