FREE seminars currently scheduled include:
- Wednesday, May 18, 8 a.m., Utilizing workforce programs to better your business. Moderator: Mary Anne Medlock, West Kentucky Workforce Board, and a panel of small business owners.
- Wednesday, May 25, 8 a.m., How to make more money through government contracts. Presenter: Frank Bennett, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC).
- Tuesday, May 31, Time TBD, Protect your business: The fundamentals of information security for small business. Presenter: FNB Bank.
- Tuesday, June 7, noon, Tap into the tools available to small business owners through the Cabinet for Economic Development – including access to investors, small business loans or tax credits. Presenter: Marilyn LeBourveau, KY Innovation, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Small Business Cohort Program is launching in May. The program assists small business owners who want to take their business to the next level and will ultimately contribute to the economic vitality of the Paducah-McCracken County region.
The Chamber’s 2022 Small Business Cohort Program provides participants with the tools to assist them to advance their business by studying operations, financial management, marketing and sales, human resources, business strategy development, access to capital, and contract development.
The program is scheduled to begin in late May and run through November.
The Presenting Sponsors of the Cohort Program are Murray State University’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurial Development and Paducah Bank. The Supporting Sponsor is West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions.
The Chamber’s Cohort Program is in its second year. Sixteen members of the first Small Business Cohort in 2021 celebrated their graduation in December. Members of the Cohort represented both new and existing businesses, with number of years in business ranging from 2 to 20 plus.
Program curriculum is based off nationally recognized business consultant and author Mike Michalowicz’s book, “Fix this Next.” In “Fix This Next,” Michalowicz details the strategy businesses can use to determine what to do and in what order, to ensure healthy, fast, permanent growth and to avoid debilitating distractions.
The Chamber will recognize members of the 2022 Cohort during a Power in Partnership Breakfast and in other Chamber publications.
Scholarships for minority owned businesses are available and provided by the MacKenzie Scott gift: “WKCTC Guarantee: Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”
Additional sponsorships are available. Interested sponsors and applicants should contact the Chamber at 270-443-1746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Small businesses are important to the Paducah Chamber with about 2/3 of our members employing 25 employees or less. The Chamber has as an initiative in our Strategic Plan to strengthen our partnership with small businesses by providing statistical data, celebrations, recognition, seminars, and establishing an advisory group.
The Paducah Chamber has partnered with the City of Paducah and Greater Paducah Economic Development to create a SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE to provide resources to new and existing small businesses.
Small Business Webinar Replays
2020 Small Business Seminar Recaps