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Chamber, 3CDC host free small-business event

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

The News-Democrat

If you have been considering the idea of starting up a small business in Carroll County, then mark 4-8 p.m. tomorrow on your calendar.

Business Celebration Day, which will be held outdoors at the Carroll County Courthouse downtown, will feature four half-hour seminars aimed at people who own or want to start a small business.

Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the Carroll County Community Development Corporation, Business Celebration Day is the first time the two entities have combined forces.

Though served by the same staff – Joan Moore, CCCDC executive director, and administrative assistant Rachel Troxell – the organizations actually are seperate entities, each with its own board of directors, Moore said.

“It’s really neat to have the two organizations working together with similar goals.

Along with the seminars, Moore said the event offers local businesses and industries a chance to network.

She said 64 Chamber members, ranging from North American Stainless to Hometown Pizza, will have booths set up around the Courthouse Square to promote their wares and servicdes.

The News-Democrat also will have a booth.

“It’s a chance to let the community see what their businesses have to offer,” Moore said.

Previously, CCCDC has offered day-long small business seminars at the Conference Center at General Butler State Resort Park. This year, organizers decided to have the event on Main Street downtown.

“We want people to see what Carrollton has to offer,” Moore said. “There are new restaurants going in, and of course our beautiful library, as well as free wireless Internet access.”

The first seminar is 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and features local attorney Nick Marsh, who will discuss legal issues facing small businesses.

From 4:45-5:15 p.m., Tommie Causey of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will give an overview of the services his organization offers to business owners.

After a short break, Bill DiGrezio, chairman of Northern Kentucky SCORE, will talk about marketing. SCORE is an organization of retired businessmen who volunteer their time to counsel small business owners.

Last, from 6-6:30 p.m., Carrollton residents John and Carolyn Glauber will discuss the topic, “Maintaining a Successful Business.”

Glaubers, of course, own Glaubers’ Sporting Goods and are former owners of Glauber’s Shoes, which was a mainstay on Carrollton’s Main Street for more than 100 years.

“We’re hoping for a really great turnout,” Moore said. “All of the businesses will bring items to their booths to give away.”

Additionally, there will be activities and inflatables for children, as well as free hot dogs, chips and drinks. Funding for food was donated by Arkema and the city of Carrollton.

The “Cash Cube,” a popular attraction at this summer’s First Fridays, also will be there.

One lucky person could win as much as $100, donated by Backyard Bounce.

Area residents and businesses also may bring documents to be shredded by A+ Paper Shredding. Participants are limited to one boxful of paper each.

“We’re very excited about it, and we think it’s going to be a fun event,” said Heather Yocum, a Chamber member and head of the committee that organized Business Celebration Day.

“Over half of the Chamber membership will be there, and we hope to acquire more members,” she said.

For more information about the event, call Troxell at (502) 732-7034 or Moore at 732-7035.