People — including outof work coal miners — who are considering starting their own small business can soon access nationally recognized startup training thanks to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) and its Hiring Our Miners Everyday (HOME) initiative.
Presented by the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED), EKCEP and HOME will bring the Entrepreneurial SMARTS course to Hazard starting Oct. 28.
The course gives participants the opportunity to learn more about small business ownership and finding their entrepreneurial niche.
Hundreds of residents around the region have already completed the training and gained knowledge and resources about small business startup and operations.
The four-session, 12- hour SMARTS course will be offered in Hazard on Oct. 28, Oct. 30, Nov. 4 and Nov. 6.
Each three-hour session will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, Hazard at 412 Roy Campbell
Drive just past Whayne Supply.
Through EKCEP and HOME, all participants will be able to take the typically $300-per-person course at no cost.
To register for the course, call toll-free, 1-855- 466- 3690 ( 855- HOME- 690).
“We’ve been hearing many of our customers, including miners enrolled in HOME, tell us they’d like the chance to turn skills like electrical, plumbing, carpentry and others into a small business of their own,” said Jeff Whitehead, EKCEP executive director.
“We’re turning to Entrepreneurial SMARTS to help these people learn exactly what it takes to successfully start and run a small business, and in turn, help contribute to the economic recovery of our region,” Whitehead said.
A service of EKCEP in conjunction with the Kentucky Career Center network, HOME helps outof work miners discover their skills, determine new career options, covers costs for them to enter classroom training, and helps place them into subsidized on-the-job training positions with area employers.