With so much of the Kent economy based on small business entrepreneurship, it’s fair to ask what have we done for small businesses lately? The answer would be KRBA.
The Kent Regional Business Alliance (KRBA) is our resident small business advisor, facilitator, professor, instigator, whatever-needs-to-be-doner, all in the name of helping small businesses get started and finish first. KRBA is in it for the long haul with new businesses; they’re like the BFF that is always there for small business owners with a shoulder, a strong back and sleeves rolled up ready to dig whatever needs to be dug.
KRBA was recently honored by the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce for their remarkable success rate — which is measured by the success of the businesses that they assist. In the world of start-ups the numbers can be ugly. Most small businesses don’t survive that first 5 year milestone — unless they went through the KRBA. KRBA’s business success rate far exceeds industry averages and it’s a credit to the solid advice they give. They speak in plain English and if they see holes in your business plan they’ll tell you straight-up, and then they’ll get busy trying to help you fill them before you get your business over-extended and in trouble.
If you’re a small business dreamer KRBA is a local organization that you need to get to know. And here’s a great chance to do that:
PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release
FROM: Kent Regional Business Alliance, 211 East Summit Street, Kent, Ohio 44240
CONTACT: Marie Cassidy, Director KRBA Phone: 330-474-3595
KRBA SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR SERIES
KRBA updates small businesses on building credit and alternative financing in today’s economic climate
KENT – The Kent Regional Business Alliance (KRBA) will host a financing workshop as part of an ongoing series of planned training seminars for area businesses on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, followed by a networking session from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The event will take place at the NEOUCOMM Conference Center in Rootstown, Ohio.
Experts from Cleveland Small Business Administration, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Portage County’s Family and Community Services Inc., the University of Akron Small Business Legal Clinic, the Kent State University Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Cascade Financial Group, the Interface Financial Group and Tax and Financial Strategies are among the presenters that will offer valuable tips and guidance on how to build business credit and how to assess the pros and cons of a variety of small business financing options, including factoring (using purchase orders to secure financing), government–backed loan programs (including updates on SBA loans), seeking investors and borrowing from friends and family. Small business owners will also share their honest experiences with diverse financing and business planning in the current lending climate.
KRBA sponsors these workshops to provide assistance to small business as part of its State and SBA sponsored Small Business Development Center program. (SBDC)
The $25.00 registration fee includes all conference materials, light refreshments and business networking.
For more information, and to register, visit the KRBA website at http://www.krba.biz/ or call KRBA offices at 330-474-3595.
The hands on training supports the collaborative mission of the State of Ohio Department of Development, SBA and KRBA to assist existing business owners and entrepreneurs in discovering the resources available to maintain and expand their business, particularly in these unprecedented capital markets.
Space is limited for this event, so early registration is encouraged.