Inventor’s Network KY and Small Business Administration team up to inspire local entrepreneurs

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) – Inventor’s Network Kentucky and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted a seminar in London on Tuesday evening at the KY Highlands Innovation Center.

Three small business experts broadcast live to the in-person group to help entrepreneurs, inventors and small business owners turn their ideas into successful businesses.

Rodney Kuhl runs the Small Business Development Center in London and said equipping entrepreneurs with knowledge will help lay the foundations for strong local economies.

“It’s important for our region to have a place to go to work with someone who can help them take a concept and turn it into a product that can be sold to consumers,” Kuhl said.

Inventor’s Network KY Vice President Leo York said the goal is to help individuals thrive and ultimately drive community growth.

“People who build businesses have to hire people,” York said. “They have to network with other companies for transport and for global logistics. And it’s a snowball effect, it’s dominoes. This is going to have enormous positive repercussions for the region.

Inventor’s Network KY President Don Skaggs has started a small business in Lawrence County. After selling, he began his work inspiring future entrepreneurs in central Kentucky and said he was excited to do the same in his native eastern Kentucky.

“We are trying to empower [people]”, Skaggs said. “We’re trying to get them to understand that they can actually do it. And we’re not just doing it from an academic standpoint. We’ve been there, done that.

Skaggs said this was just the first event in the area. Inventor’s Network KY will make the London meeting a monthly fixture and their organization is securing a second location in the mountains.

The inaugural event in London was sparsely attended in person, but drew large crowds online. Kuhl said it was good and, echoing Skaggs, sees Tuesday as a start.

“This is our first, this is our kickoff,” Kuhl said. “So every month for the next few months we’ll have these type of briefings that anyone can attend.”

Those wishing to attend a future presentation will find updates and a schedule on the KY Inventor Network website.

The SBDC is funded by a grant from the Small Business Administration.

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