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KSBDC Symposium Events to Help Minority and Woman Business
Owners with Certification Process
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2006) – The Kentucky Small Business Development
Center, part of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics,
is presenting the “What Can Certification Do for You?” symposium.
The symposium events are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Lexington at the
UK Student Center and Monday, Nov. 13 in Louisville at the University of Louisville
Swain Student Activities Center.
This program is designed to create a comprehensive event to help minority and
woman business owners understand and evaluate the value of certifications in growing
their businesses. Certification is a review process designed to ensure the small
business is owned, controlled and operated by the applicant. Becoming certified,
although not a guarantee for receiving business, can be used as a marketing tool to
open the doors to government and corporate contracts.
Each participating certifying agency will conduct a breakout session to explain
their certification process and help participants complete the application. Tom
Masterson, president of T.E.M. Electric, will explain how certification helped his
business grow into a multi-million dollar company. Additionally, the Lexington event will
feature UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. as the luncheon keynote speaker. Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert will address the Louisville participants
during a keynote presentation.
An Equal Opportunity University
"This is a tremendous opportunity for minority and woman business owners in
Kentucky," said Becky Naugle, director of KSBDC. "There are a number of private and
public organizations eager to work with certified businesses. This symposium will
provide participants with the information they need to pursue certification."
Both the Nov. 7 and Nov. 13 programs are scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. The cost is $25.00. The events are sponsored by the University of Kentucky,
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration.
For more information about the “What Can Certification Do for You?” symposium
or to register visit www.ksbdc.org or call (888) 475-7232. The registration deadline is
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