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It takes more than hustle to run a successful business. It also takes knowledge of key tools in the entrepreneur’s tool box.

The Small Business Development Center at Eastern Kentucky University will host a free fall workshop series focusing on some of those tools, covering such topics as search engine optimization, small business legal questions, Excel training, successful pitching, time management skills and professional social media. Six workshops on various business topics will be offered at various time throughout August and early September.  To see a full schedule and to register, visit

Jason Rainey, director of the SBDC at EKU, said the Kentucky Small Business Development Center offers services to help start and grow small businesses with hopes of creating jobs and ultimately enriching the economies within their service region, adding that such workshops offer training and access to tools and advice that could be out of reach for smaller business in rural communities.

“In an effort to drive more entrepreneurial activity in Richmond area, it made perfect sense to partner with Director Mendi Goble and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce,” said Rainey.

Rainey said outreach is a primary objective of the EKU SBDC and hopes to forge more partnerships with local organizations throughout the service region.

David McFaddin, executive director of engagement and regional stewardship at EKU, echoed the importance of supporting local small businesses.

“As past president for the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, I understand the great impact small businesses can have on our employment and economic vitality in a community and region,” McFaddin said “These workshops offered by the EKU Small Business Development Center are invaluable resources for local business owners and entrepreneurs.” 

The workshops are offered free of charge and seating may be limited.

The Small Business Development Center at EKU serves 15 counties in central and southeastern Kentucky: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley. The outreach service is sponsored in part by the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), housed in EKU’s College of Business and Technology. The SBDC at EKU is also a part of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) network and sponsored by the Small Business Association.

The SBDC at EKU will also offer workshops in several other counties throughout its service region. More information is available at

Services provided by the SBDC at EKU include counseling, training and information programs and services designed for both new and growing businesses. Current and prospective business owners interested in services provided by the SBDC at EKU can visit, stop by Room 155 of EKU’s Business and Technology Center or call 859-622-1384.