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Pictured standing are (from left) graduates James Elliott of Hazard and Candala Nantz Gibson, Chris Hatton, Eagle Brosi, Kae Fisher, Josh May, and Roger Blair, all of Whitesburg. Seated from left are Ty Brock, Sarah Blair, Hettie Adams, Sarah Hatton, Crystal Mart, and William Banks, also all of Whitesburg.

Pictured standing are (from left) graduates James Elliott of Hazard and Candala Nantz Gibson, Chris Hatton, Eagle Brosi, Kae Fisher, Josh May, and Roger Blair, all of Whitesburg. Seated from left are Ty Brock, Sarah Blair, Hettie Adams, Sarah Hatton, Crystal Mart, and William Banks, also all of Whitesburg.

A group of 13 small business owners and entrepreneurs have graduated from SKED’s Entrepreneurial SMARTS final class of 2014 in Whitesburg.

“I think the training is just what eastern Kentucky needs,” said Eagle Brosi of Mountain Tech Media. “We need more businesses and more positive spirit.”

Brosi, of Whitesburg, was one of 10 small business owners in the graduating class.

Chris and Sarah Hatton attended the small business training course together. The owners of Hattons Heating and Cooling ended the course with the belief that everyone, not just entrepreneurs, should take the training.

“(It was) very helpful,” said Sarah Hatton. “ My fears of having my own business melted away with each segment.”

Omni Gallery owner Sarah Blair also praised the training.

“I’ve learned so much, and wish I had done this 30 years ago,” she said. Omni Gallery is located at Ermine.

Other graduates included James Elliott of Hazard; Candala Nantz Gibson of Pine Mountain Paso Finos and The Feed Store in Whitesburg; Kae Fisher of Railroad Street Mercantile in Whitesburg; Josh May of Roundabout Music Company in Whitesburg; Ty Brock of Whitesburg; Hettie Adams with County Judge/ Executive’s Jim Ward’s offi ce in Whitesburg; Crystal Martin with Heritage Basket Company in Whitesburg; Roger Blair of Omni Gallery, and William Banks with The Banks Co. Ltd. in Whitesburg.

Entrepreneurial SMARTS is a four-session, 12-hour course designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resource materials they need to get a new small business off the ground or grow the one they already have.

Letcher Count native Pat Bradley, SKED small business training specialist, conducts the Entrepreneurial SMARTS classes. She may be contacted at (606) 335-1488 or by e-mail at pat.sked@yahoo.com.


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