Inside Look

Economic Gardening coming to Region

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We are pleased to announce that thanks to a grant from USDA we will be offering Economic gardening in the Promise Zone counties!

Those counties included in our service region include:  Clinton, Jackson, McCreary, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley Counties.

Partnering Clients with EKU classes and students

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One of the great benefits of being located on EKU's campus and working in partnership with them is the vast resources the university environment can offer.

We have two key services that we will be offering this fall to clients of our SBDC Center. 

New SBA Loan Guidelines

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Effective July 1, 2014 SBA lenders no longer have to perform an analysis of cash flow or debt-service coverage on loans of $350,000 or less, eliminating two requirements.

 Using the new SBA scoring tool, banks are now incentive to underwrite more small-dollar loans and reduce the time needed to originate a small-dollar loan by as much as 50 percent.

"Richmond 5" Competition Announced

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Have a great business idea but don't know what to do next?

The Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at Eastern Kentucky University is looking to help five ambitious entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

Rainey named Director of Small Business Development Center at EKU


Jason Rainey has been named director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Eastern Kentucky University.

Rainey, a native of Winchester, is no stranger to helping small businesses of the region succeed. Nor, as a business owner himself, is he unfamiliar with the travails that go with the job.

Michael Rodriguez: June 4, 1966 - February 25, 2014

Michael Rodriguez: June 4, 1966 - February 25, 2014

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of Michael Rodriguez, Director of the EKU Small Business Development Center in the College of Business & Technology’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology.  He leaves behind a wife, Teresa and a son, Timothy. 

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30

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Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities. They're the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. And the mom-and-pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood your neighborhood.

EKU SBDC Client Success Story: Mustard Tree Counseling

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Our latest client success story comes to us from Mustard Tree Consulting. The husband and wife team of Tony and Darcy Miller have opened a counseling service to support children, teens, and their families with substance abuse, depression, family relationships, and developmental disorders.

Reach Customers Using YouTube

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Yes, YouTube is a great place to see hamsters rollerskating and people falling into wedding cakes, but used correctly, it can be a great way to market your business.

EKU Co-op/Intern Program Looks to Place Students in YOUR Business

Amanda Lawrence, CBT Outreach Coordinator

Amanda Lawrence is the new Outreach Coordinator for Eastern Kentucky University's College of Business and Technology.

As part of her role, Amanda will be working with employers in business to create Cooperative Education/Internship experiences for students.