Entrepreneurial SMARTS - Simple Methods And Reality-based Training for Success

Thinking of starting, expanding, or improving your own business?
Your first step – make a plan!

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Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) is hosting a nationally recognized entrepreneurial and small business training program at 10 locations across Southeast Kentucky. Based on the nationally acclaimed Core Four™ Business Planning Course, developed by the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund in Virginia, MN over a decade ago, this curriculum has been used by community colleges, continuing education classes, community development financial institutions, micro lenders and small business development centers. This training has helped to build businesses ranging from small $500 home-based startups to $1,000,000 business expansions.

Training consists of four 3-hour sessions, one session per week for four weeks, at each of the 10 selected locations. Upon completion of all four training sessions, participants will receive a certificate recognizing their achievements, and will be eligible to apply for business startup or expansion funding from SKED’s loan funds. Space is limited at each site so register early.

Who should attend?



SMARTS Sessions:

I. Success Planning - Week One

Are You an Entrepreneur?
Defining Your Business, Your Dream
Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner
What Do You Expect From Your Business?
What Does Your Business Need From You?
Creating a Business Plan....and more

II. Market Planning - Week Two

Identifying Your Products or Services
Advertising, Marketing, Promotions –
    What’s the difference?
Who’s Your Competition?
Pricing Your Products or Services
Building Your Marketing Plan....and more

III. Cash Flow Planning - Week Three

Business Financial Goals
Projections – Startup cash, operations
Successul cash flow planning
Sales projections
Understanding financial reports
Business Financial Goals....and more

IV. Operations Planning - Week Four

Legal business structures
Taxes (tax identification numbers, business
    taxes, employment taxes, etc)
Employer issues
Insurances / Permits
Customer Service...and more



What do you get?


Space is limited at each location so register early!


Contact Information:

Amanda Kelly ♦ Small Business Training Specialist ♦ akelly+centertech+com ♦ 606.416.2008